Monday 22 January 2018

Shels fans turn on Mathews

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In the harsh environs of the domestic game, followers can be extremely difficult to please.

Alan Mathews has presided over Shelbourne's safe and solid return to the top flight this season, but a small section of the visiting support at the UCD Bowl voiced their displeasure at what they believe has been a poor campaign.

It might have been unspectacular, but following the 'Discover Ireland' tour they endured in the First Division, a mid-table finish in the top flight can surely be considered decent.

Shelbourne were smart in the early exchanges, taking a third-minute lead as Kevin Dawson's probing run was matched by a precise David Cassidy finish. Having controlled Dawson's delivery, Cassidy evaded UCD custodian Ger Barron to fire Shels ahead.

With Glenn Cronin and Dawson particularly prominent, Shels could have added to their advantage but the visitors were ruthlessly caught out in the 21st minute.

Chris Mulhall's corner caused panic in the Shels area and Hugh Douglas pounced to head the Students level.

From then on chances were crafted by both teams as they searched for a winner, with Conan Byrne and Cassidy denied by a string of Barron saves.

UCD -- Barron; Douglas, Leahy, Kavanagh (Langtry, 46), Nangle; Clarke, O'Conor, Burke (McCabe, 64), Mulhall; Benson; McMillan (Lyons, 75).

Shelbourne -- Bennion; Hurley (Gorman, 90), Boyle, Paisley, Fitzgerald (Clancy, 31); Byrne, Cronin, Dawson, Kavanagh; Cassidy; Hughes.

Ref -- N Doyle.

Irish Independent

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