Competition: League of Ireland First Division   Venue: Tolka Park    Attendance: Unknown   Referee: Unknown

Marc Hughes - Goal (33')

Mark Leech - Goal (49')

Stephen Quigley - Yellow Card (75')

Ian Ryan - Goal (78')

Fri 15 Oct 2010

3 - 0

(Full Time)
Mervue United
Mervue United

Bryan Kenny - Yellow Card (70')

Mike Elwood - Yellow Card (75')

Starting Lineup
(G) Dean Delany
(D) Ian Ryan
(D) Stephen Quigley
(D) Stephen Paisley
(D) Sean Byrne
(M) Paul Shiels
(M) Ray Scully
(M) David McGill
(M) David Cassidy
(F) Mark Leech
(F) Marc Hughes
Steve Williams
Gareth Whelan
Colin O'Brien
Eric Foley
Brian Farrell

Shelbourne 3 - 0 Mervue United
Published: October 15, 2010

SHELBOURNE advanced their claims for promotion tonight with a 3-0 win over strugglers Mervue United. Goals from Marc Hughes, Mark Leech and Ian Ryan gave Shels an emphatic win.

Two early half-chances for Shels from Sean Byrne crosses were repelled, but the Reds had the majority of possession in the opening minutes- setting the precedent for the rest of the match.

Mark Leech squandered the best chance of the match thus far after 17 minutes, after Ger Hanley miskicked and gave him the ball. Leech beat the Mervue 'keeper but shot well over when he could have passed to the waiting Hughes or Cassidy.

Play was largely Shelbourne's for most of the match, but they failed to capitalise on their dominance until just over ten minutes before half-time.

David McGill's shot was parried away by Hanley and went out for a corner. From the corner Marc Hughes stabbed the ball in at point-blank range.

Mervue had to wait until a minute before half time for their first chance with Noel Varley attempting a chip on Delany which just fell over the bar.

The home side came out with a hunger or more goals, and Mark Leech could have put them two up after 48 minutes. Marc Hughes beat his man out wide and chipped it up skilfully for Leech, who agonisingly headed the ball against the crossbar.

Leech atoned for that miss a minute later though with a ripping shot from about 25 yards out which left Hanley no chance and sent Shels two up.

His up-and-down match continued soon after though, when he had a penalty saved by Ger Hanley.

Hanley was again Leech's bane on 74 minutes, producing a brilliant save to deny his header at goal. He had nothing to do with Leech's second miss straight afterwards, as the striker headed just wide.

The Mervue 'keeper was superb for most of the match- and were it not for his saves the Westerners could have gone down by 5 or 6 goals. But he was powerless to resist Shels' third goal.

David Cassidy drafted a free-kick in from way out and Ian Ryan headed the ball in with great power on 78 minutes. A controlling performance from Shels was sealed with a final ten minutes which saw Mervue completely restricted.

Shelbourne FC: Dean Delany, Stephen Quigley, Sean Byrne [Gareth Whelan '84], Ian Ryan, Stephen Paisley, Paul Shiels, David McGill, David Cassidy [Brian Farrell '79], Mark Leech, Marc Hughes [Colin O'Brien '61], Ray Scully
Subs not Used: Steve Williams, , Eric Foley

Mervue United: Ger Hanley, Kevin Crehan, Dan Cunningham [Mike Collins '68], Martin Conneely, Mike Elwood, Noel Varley, Alex Lee, Eric Browne, Rory Gaffney, Mike Tierney [Bryan Kenny '24], Mark Ludden
Subs not used: Enda Curran, Dumitra Razvan Popescu, Adrian Cronin

Referee: John Grimes
Attendance: 632 Man of the Match: Ger Hanley

Niall Farrell

Niall Farrell is our correspondent at Tolka Park, covering the goings-on at Shelbourne. You can visit Niall's website for further information and contact details-

Starting Lineup
(G) Ger Hanley
(D) Mike Elwood
(D) Dan Cunningham
(D) Kevin Crehan
(D) Martin Conneely
(M) Marc Ludden
(M) Alex Lee
(M) Eric Browne
(M) Noel Varley
(F) Mike Tierney
(F) Rory Gaffney
Dumitru Razvan Popescu
Bryan Kenny
Nicky Curran
Adrian Cronin
Michael Collins