U19s – Letterkenny Rovers v Shelbourne – REPORT

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Letterkenny Rovers 0

Shelbourne 2 (Aaron Ashe [pen], Aaron ‘Red’ Robinson)

After last week’s winat home toFinn Harps, the 19’s travelled north to Letterkenny Rovers’ Lechview Park complex.

Manager Martin Murray waswithout afew players for this outing – Sean McGrane, who got a three match suspension for his red card last week and both George Mukete and Paddy Obijuru who were injured – and also the surprise departure of Adam Farrell to Drogheda United.

The Lechview Park was a credit to Letterkenny, but it was narrow and not very long and didn’t help Shels get into their stride, butstill theydominated the first half without really creating much, nearest being Stephen Confrey hitting the post on 39 mins, with a super turn. Half time arrived withthe score0–0.

Shels came flying out of the blocks for the second half, upped the tempo and started moving the ball from side to side and opening up Letterkenny, eventually being rewarded in the 62nd minute when centre forward Stephen Confrey was awarded a penalty, having been upended when just about to pull the trigger to score. Aaron Ashe stepped up and coolly put the keeper the wrong way to make to 1–0 to Shels,Aaron’s third goal in two games.

Fromthen on it was all one way traffic, with Shels dominating the game and creating chance after chance, withAaron Robinson, Stephen Confrey and Aaron Ashe unlucky not to score. Eventually the points were wrapped up in the 88th minute,when a flowing move resulted inthe ballbeing laid back to Aaron ‘Red’ Robinson and from a full 30 yards hehit a screamer to the top corner to score his first goal for the Under 19’s.

This result moves Shels up to4th place in the league at this early stage, three points behind pace-setters Derry City and Dundalk and a point behind St Patrick’s Athletic.

With no game next weekend because of Inter-Provincial Competition, the next game up for Murray’s crew is on Saturday 11th October vs Drogheda United at Tolka Park with a 12 noon kick-off.

Shelbourne Team: Eric Donnelly, Eoghan Dempsey, Andrew Ward, Gavin Kearney, Darragh Gannon, Aaron ( Red ) Robinson, David Pakenham, Aaron Robinson ( Capt ), Aaron Ashe, Stephen Confrey and Ahu Obhakhan.

Subs; Dylan Grimes for Pakenham, Andy Gorman for Obhakhan and Ronan O’Flynn for Ashe.

Subs Not Used; Jack Brady, Conor Keeley, Armstrong Bekombo, and Luke Doyle.

Management: Martin Murray, Ger Ralph, Anto Kennedy, Ciaran Bizzell and Mark Frazer.