Friday 23 February 2018

Cassidy strike settles Shels' first-half jitters

Greystones AFC 1
Shelbourne 3

Shelbourne haven't made too many errors in the First Division this season, but they had to overcome a fair few at the Carlisle Grounds yesterday to get into the fourth round. Alan Mathews' side only asserted their superiority after a nervy first half.

Indeed, the tone was set within 30 seconds. David Cassidy forced a brilliant save from Greystones 'keeper John Blake with a free-kick, only for the non-leaguers to punish them on the break. Luke Massey ripped apart Shels' left side, allowing John McClurg to finish.

Greystones almost repeated the trick twice. First when Massey shot wide, next when McClurg forced Dean Delaney to save. Eventually, Greystones were punished. After a series of set-pieces, Shels made one count. Cassidy delivered another free, and Andy Boyle headed home.

Then, just after half-time, Cassidy finished himself before Conan Byrne drilled home.

GREYSTONES AFC -- Blake; Rafferty (N Kelly 61), Britton, Horan, Killilea; McDonald, Massey (Breslin 77), Byrne, Kelly; McClurg, Brack.

SHELBOURNE -- Delany; Matthews, Fitzgerald, Boyle, Ryan; Scully, Dawson, Byrne, B McGill; Hughes (Bermingham 72), Cassidy.

REF -- R Winter (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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