Wednesday 21 March 2018

Hurley and Hanlon hit gold for Shels

Just when they thought they were out, they pulled them back in.

Shelbourne duo Adam Hanlon and Stephen Hurley have endured a miserable season to date. They went into their double-header this weekend without a win to their name, but the Arklow duo soon changed that.

Shels hosted UCD at Tolka Park on Friday evening in a huge game to avoid the drop this term and they picked up a 2-0 win, thanks to a goal apiece from Hanlon and Hurley.

Hanlon fired his side ahead when he cut in off the left wing before unleashing a fierce left-footed drive that found the corner.

Then on 57 minutes Hurley doubled his side's delighted as his curling effort found the top corner.

Unfortunately the duo were brought crashing back down to earth on Monday evening as Bray Wanderers beat them 1-2 to leapfrog them.

And it could be worse for Shels this morning if UCD managed to pick up a win against Bohemians last night. Bohemians were in high spirits for last night's clash with the Students following a 2-2 draw away to Drogheda United on Friday evening. Andy Mulligan and Chris Lyons both featured prominently for the Gypsies, with Mulligan providing the cross for Ryan McEvoy to smash home Bohs' second.

Shamrock Rovers and Danny Ledwith also faced two games in the space of four days this week. Friday saw them lock horns with Sligo Rovers which resulted in a 1-1 draw for the Hoops on an evening Ledwith would rather forget.

Playing in his new left-back position, the former Arklow Town star left his back-pass to Barry Murphy short early in the second half and Sligo midfielder David Cawley pounced to hand his side the lead.

It was better news for Ledwith on Monday though as he once again slotted into the defence for their 1-0 success over Dundalk.

Sean O'Connor landed the only goal of the game in first half stoppage time but Ledwith was unlucky not to add a second when his 50th minute shot from outside the penalty area crashed back off the post.

If Ledwith needs help with his shooting then he should turn to Davy O'Sullivan. The ridiculously talented Longford Town striker made it 10 goals for the season this weekend when he once again netted late to bail his side out.

The Town had been behind since the 15th minute when Michael Coady nudged Waterford United ahead but on 88 minutes, Waterford failed to properly clear Keith Gillespie's free kick and O'Sullivan pounced to snatch a point for his side.

Earlier on O'Sullivan had seen his chip turned onto the post by former Seagulls shot-stopper Craig Hyland but the Division 1's top scorer had to settle for just the one goal this week, which keeps him one ahead of Cobh Ramblers' Conor Meade in the scoring charts.

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