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Daniel McKenna 21' -
Scored: 21'

EA Sports Cup Report: Shelbourne 1-0 Bluebell United

Mon, Mar 04 2019

None Credit: Paul Dolan

Colmán Stanley reports from Tolka Park

Shelbourne will count themselves lucky to have come out with a 1-0 win over fellow Dubliners Bluebell United on a cold Monday night at a quiet Tolka Park.

It was an entertaining match and it was only Daniel McKenna’s looping cross which managed to find its way into the net that separated the two teams.

The Leinster Senior League side made a good showing of themselves and will be very disappointed not to have equalised, having missed some golden opportunities.

Shelbourne lined out for their first round clash in front of a tiny crowd as they looked to get their season back on track.

They were pre-season favourites to get promoted back to the Premier Division but so far have looked poor after a narrow win over Galway United and a 3-2 loss in their last game against Cabinteely. From that team, only Ryan Brennan was retained in the starting line-up. 

Bluebell, whose team featured many ex-Shels men, have also had a mixed season by their standards and the Leinster Senior League holders sit ten points behind leaders Crumlin United in Senior Sunday.

The game started badly for the home side when Shane Farrell had to be stretchered off the field and was replaced by Sean Quinn. 

Neither side looked particularly threatening in what was a poor game for the opening 20 minutes, until McKenna's goal sparked the game into life.

From out on the far left touch line, McKenna sent in a high looping free kick which managed to beat everyone including a disbelieving Andy McNulty.

It didn’t look like he had meant it but the home side weren’t complaining, and neither were the fans, as both sides upped the tempo from then on.

Initially it looked like Shelbourne were going to turn the screw and score a second but Bluebell weathered the storm and fought back in what was an end-to-end game for the last 20 minutes of the first half.

Bluebell should have equalised when the ball fell to Niall Barnes from a corner kick. Unfortunately he couldn’t keep his powerful volley down.

Bluebell started the second half well and should have had a deserved equaliser.

Colin McCabe, who had looked uncertain all match, dived to cut out a cross but the ball fell to midfielder Aaron Robinson.

With no keeper, it took a miraculous off the line clearance from John Ross Wilson to keep the home side’s advantage intact.

Bluebell then won a free-kick on the edge of the box and former Shels man Aaron Ashe forced McCabe into a good save as he leaped to punch the ball over the bar.

The away side controlled the second half and, again, they should have equalised through Niall Barnes.

Gary Seery, who was excellent when he came on, found Barnes unmarked in the box but the winger scuffed his shot wide.

It was to be the last great chance for Bluebell who were unable to force extra-time. 

Shelbourne: Colin McCabe; John Ross Wilson, Craig Giles (Michael McHugh 78), Charles Mutawee, Flavio Marku, Darragh Noone, Daniel McKenna, Ryan Brennan (Aidan Friel 68), Shane Farrell (Sean Quinn 4), Dayle Rooney, James English.

Subs not used: Imrich Toth, Dan Byrne, Ciaran Burns, Aaron Connolly.

Booked: Craig Giles (29), John Ross Wilson (52).

Bluebell United: Andy McNulty, Karl Russell, Luke McWilliam, Jeff Flood, Glenn Walsh, Aaron Robinson (James O’Brien 82), Sean Quinn (Gary Seery 60), Ross Gaynor, Aaron Ashe (Luke Rossiter 73), Sean Byrne, Niall Barnes.

Subs not used: William McDonagh, Tony Griffiths, Keith Quinn, Aaron Moody.

Booked:Jeff Flood (39), Gary Seery (66), James O'Brien (90+2).

Referee: Paul Tuite.

Attendance: TBC

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Daniel McKenna (Shelbourne).

LApril 29, 2022
Harps 1 - 0 Shels
WMay 6, 2022
Shels 2 - 1 Sligo
WMay 13, 2022
Shels 1 - 0 Drogheda
WMay 20, 2022
St. Pats 1 - 2 Shels
WMay 23, 2022
Shels 2 - 0 UCD
Colin McCabe
Charles Mutawe
Flavio Marku
Craig Giles
Booked: 29'
78Subbed Off: Michael McHugh 78'
John Ross Wilson
Booked: 52'
Dayle Rooney
Darragh Noone
Daniel McKenna
Scored: 21'
Ryan Brennan
68Subbed Off: Aidan Friel 68'
Shane Farrell
4Subbed Off: Sean Quinn 4'
James English

Imrich Toth*
Sean Quinn
4Subbed On: Shane Farrell 4'
Michael McHugh
78Subbed On: Craig Giles 78'
Aidan Friel
68Subbed On: Ryan Brennan 68'
Aaron Connolly
Daniel Byrne
Ciaran Burns
LMarch 4, 2019
Shels 1 - 0 Bluebell
LOct. 18, 2019
Maynooth University 1 - 0 Bluebell
LJuly 31, 2021
Bluebell 1 - 5 Glenavon
WNov. 21, 2021
Bluebell 5 - 0 Larkview
WApril 24, 2022
Bluebell 3 - 1 Rockmount
Andy McNulty
Luke McWilliams
Ross Gaynor
Jeff Flood
Booked: 39'
Karl Russell
Glen Walsh
Sean Byrne
Niall Barnes
Sean Quinn
Midfielder 60'
60Subbed Off: Gary Seery 60'
Aaron Robinson
Midfielder 82'
82Subbed Off: James O'Brien 82'
Aaron Ashe
Forward 73'
73Subbed Off: Luke Rossiter 73'

Keith Quinn
James O'Brien
Midfield 82'
82Subbed On: Aaron Robinson 82'
Booked: 90'
Aaron Moody
William McDonagh
Tony Griffiths
Luke Rossiter
Midfield 73'
73Subbed On: Aaron Ashe 73'
Gary Seery
Midfield 60'
60Subbed On: Sean Quinn 60'
Booked: 66'


Competition: 2019 League Cup First Round

Date: 7:45 p.m. March 4, 2019

Venue: Tolka Park

Referee: Paul Tuite

Attendance: Unknown