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New Shels win friendly

Shelbournre 1 -0 Waterford Utd Selection - by Fintan Cassidy

Dermot Keely's side played their first and only pre-season game, against a Waterford United Selection, in a wet and windy Tolka Park on a very heavy pitch.

The conditions didn't allow for any good football but the decent turnout of about 250 Shels supporters will have been reasonably satisfied with the performance from Keely's hastily assembled squad. Both Davitt Walsh and Mark Leech looked lively enough up front, while Kieran Harte in the middle of the park got ShelsWeb's vote for man of the match. Irish U/21 international James Chambers only flew home late on Saturday night from the international tournament in Madeira, but he put in a workman-like 90 minutes on the right wing.

Davitt Walsdh scored the game's only goal on eight minutes, after being set up by Kieran Harte. Harte himself had a great chance to make it two nil just ten minutes later, when he walked the ball through the Waterford defence, but the waterlogged goalmouth at the Ballybough End got the better of him with the ball sticking in the mud.

Aidan Collins fell awkwardly on his ankle after twenty five minutes and went off to be replaced by Brian Gartland. For the second half, Shels made four changes with James Hussey, John Brophy, Wayne Byrne and Kyle Moran, coming on for Tony O'Dowd, Conor Rafferty, Mark Leech and Davitt Walsh.

Moran got into a tangle with Alan Reynolds on 56 minutes, with a bit of a skirmish ensuing. Both players were sensibly subbed at the request of the referee, with Chris Mulhall coming on for the Reds.

As conditions worsened, the remainder of the game was pretty much uneventful, with the Reds holding out to record their first win, as they enter this new era in the clubs' history.

Shels: O'Dowd; O'Reilly, Collins, Rafferty, Ennis; Chambers, Harte, Crawford, Lacey; Leech, Walsh.

Gartland for Collins 25mins
Hussey for O'Dowd 45 mins
Brophy for Rafferty 45 mins
Moran for Leech 45 mins
Byrne for Walsh 45 mins
Mulhall for Moran 56 mins


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