Monday, May 25, 2015
22 May, Tolka Park, Dublin
Shelbourne FC 1, Blues 0
By any standards this was a poor game and if nothing else it will have shown clearly to the new gaffer, the areas where some improvements must be made.
Shels won the game by the only goal, a penalty scored early in the second half and with only one shot on target by the Blues from start to finish, there can be no excuse. They simply did not deserve anything out of it. No sign of the super efforts over the last couple of weeks or indeed the first half effort in the home game against the red Dubs a few weeks back.
Dylan Mernagh was back in the line up and it did make a difference.....the back line coped very well with the energetic Shels attack. Shane Dineen stood up very well also alongside him. Ethan Boyle was super and enhanced his reputation in the centre of the park once again and must surely be one of the first names on Roddy's team sheet going forward.
The pitch in Tolka is excellent and the game was played in beautiful conditions before a very disappointing home crowd. Long gone are the days when Shels were the big spenders of the National League....maybe that was their downfall!
As usual Shels produced a decent match programme and as usual the toilets in Tolka stank.
And let's not forget the travelling Blues fans - maybe about 75 saw the game, who beat out non-stop support for the team and were last out of the ground. Ironically they were seated in Block E in Tolka. One of the Gardai on duty last Friday night was heard to remark that Waterford fans were the only ones to sing non-stop during games in Tolka. Take a bow guts.....again!
A good fight back by Cobh to draw level with Cabinteely meant that the Blues did not return to the bottom of the pile.
Rumours of some signings will be most welcome if they materialise. It may not please all Blues' fans but more than a few new faces are required.
Cup action next against Tolka Rovers and a big, big banana skin to be encountered. If the Blues can get past the Leinster Senior League side and land a few new players during the break, who knows?
C'mon the Blues!
Blues: Matt Connor, Dean Reidy, Shaun Corcooran, Dylan Mernagh, Shane Dineen, Ross Fitzpatrick, Bobbi Donoghue, Ethan Boyle, Willie John Kiely, Glenn Hawe, Jack Doherty.
Subs: Brian Nolan, Patrick Fitzgerald, Shane Mackey, Sean Hurley, Robert Birdsdall, Mark Walsh, Mikie Rowe.