U19s Dundalk 1-2 Shelbourne – REPORT

With the news of the Johnny McDonnell resignation still in the air, it wasup to Martin Murray 19’s to put a smile back on the club’s face with a fantastic win over title challengers Dundalk in Oriel Park – especially as Dundalk won in reverse fixture in Tolka Park back in September.

From the very off Shels took up the challenge and played on the forward foot, with Aaron Ashe twice and Aaron Robinson testing Sheelkey in the Dundalk goal, but it was Dundalk who took the lead in the 30th minute.A ball was played up to Michael O’Connor and unfortunately Brady misjudged the ball, knocked O’Connor over, the referee pointed to the spot and George Pointin made no mistake.

Shels didn’t let this effect them and only four minutes later equalised. A through ball was played from Brady to Confrey and hechipped Sheelkey from 25 yards.

The game flowed back and forward with neither team able to take advantage. Half-Time 1-1.

Shelbourne came out the second halfwith intent and how they didn’t score in the first five minutes is a mystery, with three great chances from Grimes, Pakenham and Ashe, but eventually made the break through in the 72nd minute. Some great work down the right side from Confrey and Gannonled to Confrey crossing to the back post forGrimes and Obhakhan to fight over who was going to score -Grimes ending up hitting the ball in off Obhakhan.

Dundalk threw everything at Shels to get an equaliser, but Shels prevailed with Keeley, Dempsey, Robinson (Ryan), Gannon and Brady standing stubbornly, to deserving take the three points home.

Not much time to dwell on the victory and this young squad are back in action against St Patrick’s Athletic on Thursday (Dec 4th) in Pearse Park Astro, Crumlin with 8.30pm Ko.

Shelbourne; Jack Brady, Darragh Gannon, Eoghan Dempsey, Conor Keeley, Ryan Robinson, Aaron (Red) Robinson, Dylan Grimes, Aaron (Robbo) Robinson, Aaron Ashe, (Paddy Obijuru 75min), David Pakenham (Ahu Obhakhan 60min), Stephen Confrey.

Subsnot used; Eric Donnelly, Andy Gorman, Gavin Kearney, Armstrong Bekombo and George Muteke.

Management; Martin Murray, Ger Ralph, Anthony Kennedy, Ciaran Bizzell and Gary Matthews O’Toole.

Dundalk; Sheelkey, McQuillan, Murphy, McCoy, Finegan, Pointon, Pontony, Reilly, O’ Connor, McGowan and Doherty.

Subs; O’Hanlon, Hughes, Obanozou, McGuire and Kavanagh.

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