Monday 18 February 2019

Gannon could be Shels' ace

Sean Ryan TEAMS with an important European engagement ahead of them are invariably vulnerable and so it proved for Shelbourne on Friday night when they had to settle for a 1-1 draw with St Patrick's Athletic.

On the bonus side, the Reds steered clear of injuries ahead of the second leg of their UEFA Cup against Brondby at Tolka Park on Thursday (6.45).

Shels have it all to do after losing 2-0 in Copenhagen but they will take heart from how well they played in Copenhagen, where, for long spells, they looked more like the home team.

An Irish team has never come back from a two-goal deficit in Europe, but Shels have been busy making history and they aim to write another chapter on Thursday.

Richie Foran, Dessie and Richie Baker proved a handful for the Brondby defence in the first leg, but they must work harder at getting to the end line before crossing the ball. Some of their crossing the last day left a lot to be desired.

The return of Jim Gannon is a huge plus as he is another Pat Scully in the manner of his threat from set-pieces. He had a fantastic scoring record with Stockport County and this would be an opportune time for him to open his Shels' account.

To have any chance, however, Shels must first ensure that they don't give any silly goals like they did in the first leg.

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