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16 April 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

10-man Cork fall to unbeaten Shels

10-man Cork City fell to Shelbourne at Turners Cross, in a game in which the visitors dominated after an early setback. Goals from Ally Gilchrist, Shane Farrell and Yousef Mahdy, cancelled out Dylan McGlade’s first-half penalty.

City got off to a good start in a match in which they were looking to move on from two defeats in a row. It looked like this might happen in the opening stages, as Shelbourne’s Maxim Kouogun gave away a soft penalty.

Dylan McGlade made no mistake from the spot, but from then on it was all Shelbourne.

A bullet header from Ally Gilchrist, from an accurate George Poynton corner, drew the scores level, as Shelbourne turned up the pressure. Then a controversial red card for Jack Walsh after a coming together with Farrell made Shels job a lot easier.

It was one way traffic from then on. After half time, Farrell took Shels into the lead, as the ball broke to him on the right side of the box and he stroked the ball past Mark McNulty. Any chances of dogged Cork resistance were shattered in seconds.

Quality was few and far between as the seconds ticked on, and sloppy passes were played by either side. There were chances to make it three for Shels, as Michael O’Connor’s header went a whisker wide of the goal, and substitute Yousef Mahdy’s headed effort was impressively tipped over the bar by McNulty in the Cork net.

It was a sprinkling of trickery from Mahdy that would put the game out of the Rebels reach. As he made his way past Cork skipper Gearoid Morrissey, he was brought down and referee Marc Lynch pointed to the spot. The late penalty secured the three points. Cork hardly managed to escape from their own half after the break, as they were powerless against a thoroughly professional Shelbourne side.

The hosts have now lost three games on the trot, as the Rebels have struggled to bounce back from relegation. Shelbourne look like they could do just that though, as they showed a real killer instinct to maintain their unbeaten record.

  • 96'

    A thoroughly professional performance from Shelbourne after conceding an early penalty. After equalising, a Jack Walsh red card made it a lot easier for Shels. Two second half goals took the game away from a tame looking Cork side. It's three losses in a row for Cork, and Shelbourne remain unbeaten after four games.

  • 96'

    Full Time: Cork City 1 - 3 Shelbourne

  • 95'

    Shane Farrell leaves the pitch.

  • 95'

    Alex Cetiner enters for Shelbourne.

  • 92'

    The goal to make it 1-3 is only what Shelbourne have deserved. They've dominated since conceding early on.

  • 91'

    Yousef Mahdy makes no mistake from the spot! McNulty got a hand to it, but couldn't prevent it from nestling into the back of the net.

  • 90'

    Penalty! Morrissey brings down Mahdy and the referee points to the spot.

  • 86'

    Morrissey puts a good free kick into the box from deep, but it's easily dealt with by Shels.

  • 85'

    The game has become very scrappy, Shelbourne are having most of the possession and Cork look powerless on the counter attack. Whitmarsh has improved things though, but will it be enough?

  • 84'

    New balls please! Shane Farrell puts his shot over the shed and out into the night.

  • 80'

    A Cork free kick around the half way line is put in the box by Holland, but it's straight into the keepers arms.

  • 79'

    Cork got the ball in the Shelbourne half, but gave away a free kick to ruin any hopes of an attack. Shelbourne are in complete control at this stage.

  • 77'

    Beineon O'Brien Whitmarsh is on for Cork.

  • 77'

    Jonas Hakkinen leaves the field.

  • 75'

    Mark McNulty has gone down with no one near him. An innocuous one, but looks like he's in some pain.

  • 69'

    Ryan Brennan is on for Shelbourne.

  • 67'

    A corner causes more problems for Cork, as Shelbourne's Mahdy has his header tipped over the bar.

  • 67'

    Cork being forced back into their own box time and time again. Michael O'Connor has his shot deflected wide by Hakkinen.

  • 61'

    George Poynton comes off, after creating the first Shels goal with a pinpoint corner.

  • 61'

    Yousef Mahdy comes onto the pitch.

  • 58'

    Michael O'Connor sends a header just past the base of the right post of the Cork goal. Cork really need to deal with Shels crosses better.

  • 56'

    Michael O'Connor picks up a yellow card.

  • 54'

    Cork City Sub, as Cian Murphy comes on for Darragh Crowley.

  • 52'

    With over five minutes played in the second half, it's looking like Shelbourne could run away with this, if the pattern of play continues.

  • 47'

    Shane Farrell curls the ball into the net from the right side of the box. Lovely finish.

  • 46'

    And we're back underway! Cork are now playing 5 at the back as they come out for the second half.

  • 45'

    Shels really need to up their quality in the final third in the second half. For Cork it'll be digging in and perhaps grabbing a goal on the break.

  • 45'

    Cork started the half well with a lot of possession early on. A soft penalty, converted by Dylan McGlade made it 1-0. From then on it was all Shelbourne, Ally Gilchrist made it 1-1 with a bullet header from a corner. Then a controversial red card for Jack Walsh made it an uphil battle for Cork, but the home side resisted a barrage of long balls to make it in at the break without conceding another.

  • 45'

    2 minutes of injury time in the first half.

  • 44'

    Dayle Rooney whips a ball into the corridor of uncertainty, but no one can get onto the end of it. Shelbourne could and should have made it 1-2, but their play is lacking that final bit of quality.

  • 41'

    Dayle Rooney is picked out by a low George Poynton corner, but he diverts his shot wide. Great chance.

  • 39'

    Cork playing some long hopefully balls but they just aren't sticking up front. Shelbourne aren't making their man advantage count though, as they keep giving the ball away sloppily.

  • 37'

    A tough game for Cork has just got tougher, something special is needed from the remaining 10 on the field. Shelbourne are pushing their defensive line higher to squeeze the play.

  • 32'

    Jack Walsh is off! Man of the match last week, but off after 32 minutes this time round.

  • 30'

    Big crowd of players and a lot of anger from the Shelbourne bench, Shane Farrell down on the ground after an incident with Jack Walsh.

  • 28'

    It's one way traffic, Shels really starting to show their quality as a ball is drilled across the face of the Cork goal, the defence was all at sea.

  • 25'

    Cork pick up the first yellow card of the game, as Alec Byrne takes out a Shelbourne player whilst clearing the ball.

  • 24'

    Cork keep giving free kicks away, that's a dangerous game with a set-piece taker like George Poyton on the pitch.

  • 22'

    The Shelbourne goal came after their first period of real pressure on the Cork goal. Cork dominated the ball in the early exchanges, but Shelbourne have grown into the game.

  • 21'

    George Poynton whips in a corner and Ally Gilchrist powers a header into the back of the net!

  • 14'

    Gearoid Morrissey hits the bar from a corner. It was chaos in the box from the corner, the ball could have ended up anywhere.

  • 12'

    Ronan Hurley isn't pleased as he gives away a foul in a good position on the right-wing in his own half. But Shelbourne can't make the most of it.

  • 10'

    Michael O'Connor has a shot over the bar, Shels first chance of the game.

  • 8'

    Dyland McGlade converts from the spot to make it 1-0 to the home side!

  • 7'

    Kouogun pulls down Coleman and the referee points to the spot.

  • 6'

    Cork are dominating the ball in the early stages, but Shelbourne look to have some pace on the break.

  • 4'

    Shane Farrell has the first positive play of the game as his cross is headed away by Hakkinen.

  • 1'

    And we're underway as Heaven plays the ball long into touch in the opening seconds.

  • Shelbourne team news, John Ross Wilson and Yoyo Mahdy are out as Ian Morris makes three changes. Brian McManus and Maxim Kouogun are in.

  • Shelbourne team news, John Ross Wilson and Yoyo Mahdy are out as Ian Morris makes two changes. Brian McManus and Maxim Kouogun are in.

  • Cork City team news is in, Cian Bargary is out with an ankle injury. In comes Darragh Crowley in his place.

Cork City

1Mark McNulty Goalkeeper
3Ronan Hurley Defender
5George Heaven Defender
6Gearoid Morrissey Midfielder
7Dylan McGlade 15 Midfielder 8'
8Cian Coleman Midfielder
10Steven Beattie Forward
16Alec Byrne Midfielder
17Darragh Crowley 24 Forward
#Jack Walsh Forward 31'
#Jonas Hakkinen 9 Defender
13David Harrington Goalkeeper
2Uniss Kargbo Defender
9Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh # Forward
#Jack Baxter Midfielder
24Jamie Wynne Forward
14Cory Galvin Forward
15Dale Holland 7 Midfielder
24Cian Murphy 17 Forward
#Gordon Walker Defender

Shelbourne

1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper
2Michael Barker Defender
3Kevin O’Connor Defender
4Ally Gilchrist Defender 20'
6JJ Lunney Midfielder
9Michael O’Connor 10 Forward
14Brian McManus Midfielder
15Maxim Kouogan Defender
17Shane Farrell 21 Forward 47'
18Dayle Rooney Midfielder
26George Poynton 9 Midfielder
25Jack Brady Goalkeeper
2John Ross Wilson Defender
5Luke Byrne Defender
9Yousef Mahdy 26 Forward 90+1'
10Ryan Brennan 9 Midfielder
21Alex Cetiner 17 Forward
#David Toure Midfielder
Stephen Negru Defender

Past Meetings

(Series 2)
0 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Shelbourne

(Series 3 - Group 1)
4 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Cork City

(Series 10)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Cork City

(Series 1)
3 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Cork City

(Series 1)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Shelbourne

(Round 17)
0 - 4
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Shelbourne

(Round 12)
5 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Cork City

(Round 7)
2 - 7
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Shelbourne

(Round 19)
2 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Cork City

(Round 11)
1 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Shelbourne

(Round 4)
4 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Cork City

2 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Cork City

2 - 4
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Shelbourne

1 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Cork City

4 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Cork City

0 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Shelbourne

5 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Cork City

1 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Shelbourne

Ground

Turner's Cross
Beaufort Park, Turner\'s Cross C, Cork, County Cork, Munster, T12 E3H5, Ireland

A master's journalism student at Birmingham City University. Jon Parkin has done interviews with numerous people from across the English football pyramid. He has also written for website My Old Man Said for over a year and a half.