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Eric Foley - Goal (32')
Gareth Whelan - Yellow Card (63')
Philip Gorman - Yellow Card (79')
Matthew Crossan - Yellow Card (41')
Thomas Bonner - Yellow Card (81')
McLauchlin was, for the most part, the main point in the Finn Harps
attack. Five minutes after his first chance, he had another half-
A Shels corner was cleared and as Dean Delaney rushed to claim the
ball, McLauchlin headed it just past the Shels ‘keeper. McLauchlin was
unluckly to see the ball cleared by Michael Coburn before he could
shoot on the open goal.
The home side employed long balls in their search for an opening goal,
but the Finn Harps’ defence were aerially dominant. Only when the ball was
played on the ground did Shels genuinely threaten.
Stephen McLauchlin had another glorious chance for Harps as he failed
to score from a free header in the Shels penalty area after Packie
Mailey drafted in a free-kick.
Minutes later, Shels scored on the counter-attack. Dean Delaney
saved well after a Finn Harps corner was nearly put into the net by team mate
Delaney then kicked long up the pitch where Eric Foley was able to
catch Liam Mailey off his line and lob the Finn Harps ‘keeper to score
Shels’ first and only goal on 32 minutes.
After the half time break, Shels came out looking to kill off Finn
Harps, who had numerous chances to grab the lead in the first half.
Mark Leech almost replicated Foley’s goal on 53 minutes, but the
striker’s lob over Packie Mailey fell just wide of the Finn Harps
Stephen McLauchlin was again the man at the fulcrum of the Harps
attack in the second half and did well to find space to shoot on 57
minutes, only to see his shot comfortably gathered by Dean Delaney.
David Cassidy went close to scoring a second for Shels on 72 minutes,
but the final 15 minutes saw Finn Harps desperately seek an
That equaliser almost came when substitute David Walsh headed the ball
against the bar on 82 minutes following an in-swinging free-kick from
In the five minutes that followed that Walsh chance, Stephen
McLauchlin had two more chances to get Harps a point.
Tommy Bonner put in a low cross on 85 minutes which McLauchlin
couldn’t finish and three minutes later the striker again went close
with a deflected shot from just outside the box.
Despite McLauchlin testing the Shels defence and Harps pressing hard
in the latter stages of the match, Shels held out to get the three
Harps will probably feel aggrieved that they didn’t get anything from
the match, while Shelbourne may wonder how they didn’t finish the
Shelbourne: Dean Delaney, Ray Scully, Stephen Quigley, Michael Coburn,
Gareth Whelan, Paul Shiels, David McGill (Colin O’Brien ’77), David
Cassidy (Ian Ryan ’85), Mark Leech (Philip Gorman ’54), Marc Hughes,
Subs Not Used: Steve Williams, Dinny Corcoran
Finn Harps: Liam Mailey, James Doherty, Matt Crossan, Johnathan
Minnick (Gary Whoriskey HT), Packie Mailey, Michael Funston, Stephen
McLauchlin, Mark Forker, Tommy Bonner, Kevin McHugh, Marc Brolly
(David Walsh ’77)
Subs Not Used: Jason Noctor, Fintan Bonner, Oisin McMenamin
Referee: Mike Jones (Wales)
Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Dean Delaney
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