U18 Schools FAI Squad 2 (Connor Ellis 2)
Shelbourne FC U19s 1 (Aaron ‘Red’ Robinson)
Shelbourne’s Under 19’s had their first run out of the New Year with a friendly against Paddy Reilly’sSschool’s U18 International squad.
With Ryan Robinson, Aaron Robinson and Darragh Gannon been promoted to the first team and Aaron Ashe and Stephen Confrey going into pre-season training with Kevin Doherty’s squad, manager Martin Murray used this game as an opportunity to re-structure his team and started this game with only three U19s, fiveU18s and and three U17s.
It was the young Shels team that started the better and was unlucky not to score from Dylan Grimes or Aaron Robinson. Eventually Shels made the breakthrough in the 35th minute from skipper Aaron Robinson – and so there is no confusion, there were two Aaron Robinsons on the Under 19 team, and itwas the younger (tagged ‘Red’)who is still with squad -who received the ball on 25 yards out and hit a sweet strike to the bottom on the Irish net.
The game went back and forth with both teams unlucky not to score, but gradually as the game wore on, the Irish squadgot stronger as they freshened up their team going into the last quarter, and it was one of those subs -cork man Connor Ellis – who scored in the 70th & 75th minutes. And Martin used this as an opportunity to blood some young 16players from Keith Breun’s Shelbourne U16 team – theimpressive Mark Powell making his debut at this level and both Patrick Leonard and Nathan Doyle coming inagain, showing further the talent in the Club.
Try ashard as the did Shels just couldn’t get the equaliser, but certainly Murray was very pleased with the performance of his young group. Next up is a game against Leixlip United from the Leinster Senior League on Monday night (5th Jan) with an 8pm Ko in Leixlip community centre.
Jack Brady (Eric Doneelly 45 min), Andy Gorman (Eoghan Dempsey 40 min), Luke Doyle, Conor Keely, Gavin Kearney, Aaron ‘Red’ Robinson Capt, Armstrong Bekombo, Dylan Grimes, David Pakenham (Patrick Leonard 70min), AhuObhakhan (Nathan Doyle 70 min) Ronan O’Flynn.
Martin Murray, Ger Ralph, Anthony Kennedy, and Mark Frazer.