Watch: Dayle Rooney's delightful chip sees Shelbourne past Galway United in FAI Cup thrillerFri, Aug 28 2020
Two fine Dayle Rooney goals helped Shelbourne into the third round of the FAI Cup with a handsome 5-2 win over Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park.
The winger opened the scoring late in the first half with a well-struck free kick but it was his second, and Shelbourne’s fourth, that was the pick of the night’s goals.
Ciaran Kilduff, Ryan Brennan and Aaron Dobbs were also on target for the Reds, while Enda Curran and Mikey Place were on target for the home side.
It proved a difficult but promising baptism for new Galway boss John Caulfield as he watched his side twice peg back the Premier Division side before succumbing to a late barrage.
It could all have gone differently had Place taken his chance from the penalty spot midway through the first half after Curran was fouled by Shels keeper Colin McCabe, but he blasted over.
John Caulfield’s first game in charge of Galway United was full of goals as the Tribesmen were knocked out of the FAI Cup by Shelbourne by a 5-2 scoreline https://t.co/rtVDfYzJEC pic.twitter.com/xVGckX7qkR— Extratime.com (@ExtratimeNews) August 28, 2020
Place was made pay for that error on 33 minutes when Shels were awarded a soft free kick 20 yards and Rooney took full advantage with a low curling effort into the corner.
Curran equalised early in the second half, before Kilduff and Place exchanged goals in a frantic three-minute period.
Brennan put Shels back in front as he bundled the ball home 11 minutes from time after Kilduff had rattled the crossbar.
It was Rooney’s night, however, and the winger showed good strength to hold off Chris Horgan before sending a delightful chip over the helpless Matthew Connor.