Despite a less than impressive performance the Blues took all three points last Friday night at the RSC against a lively Shelbourne side that might have gone home a little disappointed not to have taken something out of the game. They have not gone home too often over the last 15 years without something.
Mark O'Sullivan headed the only goal of the game from a Derek Daly corner on the left after 20 minutes, against the run of play and despite lots of end to end effort the Blues could not add another and indeed they found themselves under pressure at times from the visitors.
This was a game of few clear chances, not a great spectacle for the 1,427 present on the night but the Blues' fans at the game will not complain. The win lifted the Blues to the top of the league once again thanks to Athlone's defeat of Cobh. UCD are still in the mix but at this stage of the season it appears to be a three horse race.
Both sides lined out without a number of regulars - long term absentees for the Blues include Saner Puri, Kenny Browne and Dean O'Halloran.
Robin Dempsey really impressed as did young Jack Lynch who came on for Patrick McClean when he injured his shoulder shortly after the hour mark.....what a prospect this lad is.....a real chip off the old block! Kenny McEvoy had his best game in a Blue shirt and will be well pleased with his man-of-the-match outing. Derek Daly also caught the eye.
The weather was perfect....the RSC looks great these days, to the sound of decent crowds.
Wexford next at Ferrycaarrig and no doubt a decent travelling contingent of Blues will be there ob Friday night. Anything less than three points against the bottom side in the league will be a bummer for sure.
C'mon the Blues!
Blues: Matt Connor, Robin Dempsey, Dave Mulcahy, Patrick McClean (Jack Lynch 68'), Derek Daly, Kenny McEvoy (Owen Wall 88'), Garry Comerford, Anthony McAlavey, Shane O'Connor, Mark O'Sullivan, David McDaid (Conor Whittle 84'). Unused subs: Matt Sheehan, Shane Griffin, John Martin, Dean Walsh.