Monday, April 18, 2016

15 April, RSC, Waterford





Blues 1, Shelbourne 4
A very bad day at the office this was with very little to remember. Any dwindling thoughts on the part of the fans that this was going to be the Blues' year have now been firmly banished. This was dreadful, so bad that the team was on the receiving end of significant criticism as it left the field at half time. Heads are low and after a promising start to the season it is now clear that this will not be the Blues' year.
Shels scored in the 17th and 21st minutes, their second goal thanks to some dreadful defending. They added another on the hour thanks to a wonderful counter attack. A few minutes later Eoin Rhodes found the net to pull one back for the Blues. He was set up by Dean Broaders. Shels hit their fourth goal  fifteen minutes later to finish the scoring.
Anthony McAlavey struck a free kick against the Shels crossbar in the last minute. That was as close as the Blues came to a second goal.
Manager Roddy Collins has lots of work to do before this squad can mount any kind of challenge.  Overall his team was comprehensively outplayed across the entire pitch and heads will very soon drop if things do not improve somehow. Two defeats in the space of five days hurts have defined the extent of the challenge ahead.
About fifty supporters of the Dublin club attended the game and whilst they did not pose any problems for stadium security as on previous occasions they did once again demonstrate that they find it difficult to support their team other than by a constant flow of foul language. That said Blues' fans appear to have adopted a new song directed at the FAI which does likewise and will not help the club in the long season ahead. The message has been highlighted clearly  -time to move on guys.
Two wins and a draw in the first round of seven fixtures is far from satisfactory but it could be a lot worse. Athlone and Cabinteely have four points apiece from the same number of games and only one win between them. However this will come as cold comfort to Blues' fans  whose hopes were high when the season kicked off.
No complaints about the pitch or the match officials.
Cork away on  next and God only knows what that means for the travelling faithful!

Blues: Kevin Burns, Robbie Buckley, Sean Byrne, Ian Sinnott, Colum Nugent, David O'Leary, Aaron O'Connor (Dean Broaders HT),   James O'Brien, Eoin Rhodes, Anthony McAlavey, Dylan McGuire (Dean Reidy 69). 



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