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Dean Kelly, Shelbourne, in action against Rudolph Austin, Leeds United XI. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Dean Kelly, Shelbourne, in action against Rudolph Austin, Leeds United XI. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Dean Kelly, Shelbourne, in action against Rudolph Austin, Leeds United XI. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

SHELBOURNE remain unbeaten in the league since the end of June after taking a point from fellow strugglers Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds as the game ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

Both teams struggled to retain possession and when in doubt players simply booted the ball to safety.

Dean Kelly created the first chance for the visitors after 12 minutes when his pass found Sean Brennan who held off his marker to get a shot off just outside the six-yard box but his effort was taken care of by Darren Quigley in the Bray goal.

With just five minutes of the half remaing, Bray had their first clear-cut effort when a beautifully weighted pass from Gary Dempsey over the top of the Shelbourne defence found Jason Byrne, but the veteran striker's shot was too tame and Lee Murphy scooped it up easily.

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However, after the restart, Bray took the lead as Byrne made amends by turning Dean Zambra's free-kick into the back of the net for his 11th league goal of the season.

Buoyed by their goal, Bray began to dominate and, on 58 minutes, a mazy run by Kieran Waters led to the Shelbourne keeper making an acrobatic save from his long-range effort.

From the resulting corner Wanderers nearly extended their lead as a Zambra delivery created another goal chance with only the width of the post denying the home team.

But then, against the run of play, Shelbourne equalised after 76 minutes with Dean Kelly heading home a Sean Brennan free-kick.

And that's how it stayed, leaving both teams level on 20 points, two ahead of bottom side Bohemians.


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