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U19 Report: Competitive Clash Ends Scoreless In Oriel

Match Report
// 20 Mar 2017

Former Dundalk forward Jordan Kelly saw his first-half penalty strike the woodwork for Shelbourne as the teams played out a competitive scoreless draw in the SSE Airtricity Under-19 Northern Elite Division at Oriel Park on Sunday afternoon.

Cian Flynn tested the ‘keeper early on but Shels will rue the missed opportunity which was presented to Kelly. Dundalk were more of a threat thereafter but they could not find the breakthrough, their best chance coming early in the second half when James Woods was denied well by Ryan O’Neill.

Shelbourne started brightly but it was Dundalk that forced the first save of the afternoon, on the quarter-hour, when Flynn’s shot from the left of the box was well pushed over by O’Neill. That came shortly after Jack O’Keeffe had struck off target after trying his luck from distance.

On 17 minutes Flynn got another sight of goal when the ball dropped to him in the area but his snap-shot this time went wide.

Shels, though, were handed the perfect opportunity to take the lead on 24 minutes when Josh Scully was fouled but former Dundalk man Kelly smashed his powerful strike against the crossbar.

On 35 minutes, Shels threatened again when Dean Longhi did well down the left and played the ball into Kelly whose shot on the turn flew over the top corner. Brandon McCann then looped a header just beyond the target as the visitors finished the half on the front foot.

Dundalk came out with renewed energy after half-time and they should have been in front on 50 minutes when Woods got in behind but his low shot was denied by the legs of O’Neill. The young Lilywhites had a penalty claim of their own when O’Keeffe went down in the area but the referee waved away the protests.

Both sides had free-kicks in promising positions just outside the area but neither could take advantage of those. On 72 minutes, a good right-wing cross was met by Seán Trimble in the box but he could only divert his effort into the grateful arms of Matt Lyons, with neither side able to find a breakthrough despite pushing for all three points late on.

Dundalk: Matt Lyons, James Rice, Gavin Smith, Jack Traynor, Emmet Hughes, James Woods, Deane Watters, Jake O’Connor ©, Aaron Townley (Adam Finnegan 29), Cian Flynn, Jack O’Keeffe (Shane Gregory 76). Unused Subs: Oisín Finn (GK), Mahir Said, Shaun Whelan, Luke Gorham, James Prendergast.

Shelbourne: Ryan O’Neill, Seán Trimble, Michael Russell, Dean Longhi, Aaron Molloy, Cian McGarry (Adam O’Connell 68), Ross Coyle (Nathan Doyle 76), Seán Cronin, Brandon McCann (Eoin Doyle 68), Josh Scully, Jordan Kelly (Gabi Aghinitia 61). Unused Subs: Steve Bayeke, Gianpiero Fragnoli.

Referee: David Fairclough.