Tuesday 25 October 2016

Shels fans vent anger at unpopular answer to tough question

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Published 17/10/2016 | 02:30

No goals tonight at Eamonn Deacy Park
No goals tonight at Eamonn Deacy Park

The First Division season went out with a bang on Saturday but not at the venue where it was necessarily expected.

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Wins for Cobh and Drogheda put them into the promotion play-off, yet it was the meaningless Tolka Park encounter between Shelbourne and a Waterford side with just two subs on the bench - which says a lot about the graveyard division - that really flared up.

Shels fans threw flares onto the pitch to stall proceedings as they chose the occasion to vent their frustration at the club's planned move to a new Dalymount Park where they will share a home with Bohemians.

They are unhappy with how the whole incident has been handled by the club hierarchy and believe that another solution could have been found.

Their fear is that relocating to a venue that is synonymous with Bohemians will have grim implications for Shels given that it could limit their scope to attract new support.

It's a delicate debate to wade into from the outside because it's hard to quibble with that viewpoint. But it's hard to see where else Shels can go to plan ahead.

There was something very Irish about two clubs just over 2km apart both struggling away in dilapidated stadiums. After all, bigger operations in other countries have learned how to share facilities.

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