U19s: Harps 0-3 Shels REPORT

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Finn Harps 0

Shelbourne 3 (Bekombo 11′, Mukete 63′, Obhakhan 71′)

Martin Murray’s Shelbourne Under19’s travelled to the North West and brought all three points back.

Things didn’t start too well, losing influential centre back Conor Keeley to concussion last night, but as usual they just got on with it.

Playing with a strong breeze in the first half Shels started brightly, but it was very evident from early on, thatFinn Harps weren’t going togo toe to toe. They put men behind the ball and at every opportunity put the ball out of play,to break the game up – and a lack of a second ball didn’t help to speed things up. But on 11 minutes, Shelbourne got their reward when David Pakenham, was played in anda rash tackle in the box by Harps centre half led to Davy being up-ended and the awarding of a penalty,which Armstrong Bekombo duly despatched to the net. The rest of the half was as uninspiring, as Harps only had one objective – to stop Shelbourneby any means possible.

Second half kicked of and Shels midfield of Bekombo, Robinson and Grimes started to orchestrate the game, pulling the strings and putting both Pakenham and Obhakhan in. Eventually, in the 63rd minute, anexcellent move by Pakenham and Mukete, and with Pakenham putting in a precision pass for Mukete to finish to the net with a deft touch. At this stage, Shels were bombing at all angles and in the 71st minute, they put the game beyond Harps with that man Pakenham, again,working with Obhakhan and this timeAhu finished to the net.

Manager Martin Murray emptied his bench at this stage to give debuts to new signings, Glenn Carragher and Aaron Ralph -Cian Kennedy being the first of the trio, making his debut from the start.

It’s amazing too, thatthis Shels teamfinished with only one19 year-old on the pitch (man-of-the-match David Pakenham) and FOUR 16 year-olds (Eric Donnelly, Aaron Ralph, Luke Doyle and George Mukete) and a fifth – DylanGrimes – subbed.

Next up is a friendly against Leinster FA on Wednesday 28th Jan in the Garda Club, Westmanstown with a 6.15pm ko – and then, home to Letterkenny Rovers, in the League next Saturday (31st Jan) in Stella Maris ground (Richmond Road) with 2pm ko.

Shelbourne Team: Jack Brady (Eric Donnelly 80′), Andy Gorman, Cian Kennedy, Gavin Kearney, Luke Doyle, Armstrong Bekombo (Glen Carragher 75′),Aaron Robinson (Capt), Dylan Grimes (Aaron Ralph 80′), David Pakenham, Ahu Obhakhan (Ronan O’Flynn 70′) and George Mukete.

Management: Martin Murray, Ger Ralph, Anthony Kennedy, Mark Frazer, Ciaran Bizzell and Gary-Matthew O’Toole

Supporters: Bernadette Frazer and Enda Brady.