Monday 20 November 2017

Murtagh makes his mark to keep rejuvenated Shels on upward curve

Shelbourne 2 Limerick 1

SHELBOURNE came from behind to beat Limerick and make it seven points from their last three matches. Johnny McDonnell's revival of the top-flight's basement club was maintained by a Lee Murtagh winner 10 minutes from full-time, the striker's second goal in as many games.

Limerick stormed into a 17th-minute lead. A throw-in from Shaun Kelly was flicked on by Darragh Rainsford and then Dave O'Leary to Axel Bossekota on the edge of the box.

With still work to do, the striker composed himself to smash his seventh goal of the season crisply into the bottom corner.

Graham Gartland then angled his header wide for Shelbourne and they came even closer to levelling on the stroke of half-time.

From a corner, Barry Ryan reacted brilliantly to claw away Sean Brennan's shot from underneath the crossbar.

Shelbourne continued to exert the pressure after the break, with their new front partnership supplying the equaliser on 52 minutes. Murtagh nicked the ball off Brian McCarthy as the Limerick defender was poised to clear, leaving Hanlon through on goal.

The Wicklow man opted to shoot first-time and his low curler gave left Ryan static on his goal-line.

Shels deservedly went in front with a well-worked move. Brennan exchanged passes with Hanlon on the edge of the box and his cut-back was scooped home at the back post by the unmarked Murtagh.

Shelbourne – L Murphy; Flynn, Gartland, Ryan, Shortall; Brennan (D Kelly 85), Cronin, Hurley, Doyle (Tinnelly 68); Hanlon, Murtagh.

Limerick – Ryan; S Kelly, O'Callaghan, Williams (Folan 70), Tracy; Gamble (Bradley 58), Rainsford (Sheedy 81); O'Leary; Galbraith, Bossekota, Curran.

Ref – A Kelly (Cork).

Irish Independent

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