Shelbourne v Drogheda United

Shelbourne v UCD AFC

Shelbourne v Sligo Rovers

Shelbourne v St. Patrick’s Athletic

Shelbourne v Cork City

Shelbourne v Bohemians

Murray penalty seals final appearance for Shelbourne

Noelle Murray’s converted first half spot kick, secured Shelbourne’s place in the 2022 Womens FAI Cup Final with a 1-0 win over Bohemians.

Shels certainly look to banish the demons from last year as they narrowly defeated their Dublin rivals this afternoon. A big momentum boost for Shelbourne after what has been a slump of late.

The visitors certainly had chances but just failed to seriously test Budden, long range efforts that went wide or flew over the bar really did not trouble the current league champions. 

Abbie Brophy stung the palms of Amanda Budden early but it was the hosts that pressurised early, Shauna Fox flagged for offside as Shelbourne were creating chances.

Some hesitancy by the Shelbourne backline led to chances for Bohs, but Erica Burke just could not connect cleanly with the strike.

The flag went up again after 22 minutes as Noelle Murray found herself just offside, Jessie Stapleton pinged the ball to Emma Starr, she fed Abbie Larkin for an inch perfect through ball that allowed her a chance at goal but it was saved, despite the flag going up.

Murray would find the net minutes later after Larkin was fouled in the area by NIamh Prior, Murray stepped up and despite the best efforts of Rachael Kelly the net rippled at the bottom right corner.

The hosts were in their ascendancy and controlled the remainder of the opening half, but failed to capitalise on their lead. Star had an effort from range that failed to dip and flew over the bar.

Bohs certainly created chances in the second half, their first came after the hour mark as chances were few early on. Lisa Murphy hitting a long range free kick that just went wide.

Alex Kavanagh responded with a strike from distance but it just flashed wide of the post, substitute AnneMarie Byrne also had an effort from outside the area to fly over. Bohs had the chances but nothing straight forward to seriously test Budden.

Aoife Robinson had a late chance from close range to equalise, but her effort was again too high and failed to test the Shelbourne net minder. Keeva Keenan did well late to clear off the line as Bohs looked to have hot an equaliser.

Shelbourne v Shamrock Rovers

Rovers drop points in Tolka Park stalemate

Shamrock Rovers dropped points in the title race as they were held to a scoreless draw by Shelbourne in a scrappy & tenaciously contested game at Tolka Park.

This outcome, whilst not ideal, is far from disastrous for Rovers as they remain two points clear of second-placed Derry with a game in hand on the Candystripes.

These two teams had contrasting Cup games at the weekend and Shamrock Rovers, like at the Brandywell on Sunday, again started sloppily. Goalkeeper Alan Mannus was fortunate that his lackadaisical goal kick, deflected off the tenacious Sean Boyd, only led to a throw in. 

Stephen Bradley’s men did sharpen up but were far from free flowing. Indeed headers, from defenders Ronan Finn & Daniel Cleary from set pieces were the nearest they came, a purist’s match indeed!

Boyd was a nuisance up front for Shels but like Rory Gaffney at the other end, he lacked the service from teammates to cause any real goalmouth panic.

Cleary shocked the slumbering stadium back into life when he hit a bolt from the blue. Strutting out beyond the central semi-circle, the defender smacked a thunderbolt in from range that kissed the stranded Brendan Clarke’s crossbar.

Aaron Greene added impetus for the visitors when he replaced Gaffney, but it was the hosts who piled the pressure on towards the end.

First, Cleary was fortunate not to concede a penalty after carelessly dangling his arm out unnaturally in the area. Then a flurry of Shane Farrell free kicks led to substitute, the youngster Aodh Dervin, rasping a low, lightning quick volley just wide.

Shels will be very satisfied with this result, rounding off a wonderful week’s work having advanced to the FAI Cup semis at the weekend.

For the Hoops, the title remains firmly in their own hands, but Derry will be extremely encouraged watching what was a sluggish, disjointed performance.

They play relegation threatened UCD on Monday. Anything but maximum points there & the whispers of doubts may grow a lot louder.

Shelbourne V Bohemian FC

Shelbourne beat Bohemians to progress to Final Four

Jack Moylan and a Sean Boyd brace saw Shelbourne seal their semi-final berth in this season's FAI Cup as they swatted a sluggish Bohemians display aside at Tolka Park.

Boyd was active and a nuisance from the off, trying his luck from close-range as Shane Farrell - their best player on the afternoon - frequently fizzed dangerous deliveries into the box.

After ten minutes, set-piece specialist Tyreke Wilson curled a low free-kick effort narrowly wide, in one of few chances for the lethargic-looking visitors.

Two minutes later, Gavin Molloy fed Boyd who had plenty of space outside the box but flicked his effort over the crossbar. He lacked composure in those promising situations, but Moylan certainly didn't to break the deadlock.

He left Wilson in his rearview mirror, marauding forward from the right side, before playing a one-two passing exchange with Matty Smith whilst evading a sliding James Clarke challenge.

Through on-goal with onrushing goalkeeper Jon McCracken to beat, he picked his spot and blazed it into the roof of the net with aplomb.

Farrell, operating at left wing-back, was aggressive in possession and could've had a goal and penalty in the space of three minutes.

He robbed Conor Levingston of possession before letting fly from distance, before being hauled to ground - too easily for the referee's liking.

Moylan twisted his ankle and limped off gingerly afterward, but couldn't continue and was replaced by Brian McManus shortly after the half-hour mark.

He combined with Boyd to almost score moments following his introduction, charging through on-goal - but for McCracken's great anticipation off his line to snuff out the danger.

McCracken acrobatically tipped McManus' half-volley over the bar from distance not long after, before being left at sea by a defensive breakdown leading to Shels' second.  

Moments after the aforementioned save, Boyd benefited from some weak Bohs defending to double the lead in the 38th minute.  

JJ Lunney's corner was headed partially clear, Molloy's blocked effort found its way to Farrell and the cross somehow evaded both Ciaran Kelly and Wilson before Boyd ghosted in-behind Rory Feely to thump home at the far post.  

Tempers flared shortly afterwards from both sets of players as Farrell was down clutching his face after a dangerous challenge by Clarke.

Five bookings were shown in the immediate aftermath, though multiple stoppages in play didn't stop the flow as Shels searched for more goals.

Bohs made a quadruple change at half-time as their Cup run was quickly coming to an end, but again Shelbourne were on top after the restart.  

Boyd should've scored again but McCracken denied him with a brave block outside his area, then minutes later the forward hesitated when he should've released Smith on the overlap.

Damien Duff was increasingly agitated as he knew a two-goal cushion is never an infallible one, though they weathered a brief storm before putting the tie beyond doubt.

Liam Burt and substitute Alistair Coote did their utmost to help bring Bohs back in with a half-chance of rescuing the situation, though comeback opportunities were dwindling by the minute.  

Coote set up fellow sub Jordan Flores with a clever reverse pass on the edge of the area and he struck the post, moments before Boyd's tireless running was rewarded down the other end.  

A slack backpass was quickly seized upon, before he used his long strides to bypass Feely's last-ditch sliding challenge and slotted through McCracken's legs to finish.  

Bohs' body language spoke volumes afterwards as the third goal knocked the fight out of them.  

Soon enough the suffering was over, as the rowdy Shelbourne supporters serenaded their players and celebrated a memorable afternoon's work. Into the semi-finals they go as the prospect of silverware draws ever closer, with Treaty United, Waterford or Derry City / Shamrock Rovers next.

Shelbourne v Peamount United

Shelbourne slip up in title race with defeat to Peamount

Stephanie Roche’s second half strike has opened the title race in the Women’s National League, with just weeks left, as Peamount secured a vital three points in Tolka Park this evening.

Finally they will say Peamount got the better of Shelbourne this year, having had defeats in their recent ties, this win was much needed for them to get a boost, also it moves them up to third in the standings.

Wexford now lead by a point over Shelbourne, with Peamount in third and Athlone in fourth level on points, but goal difference just not in their favour.

The visitors certainly started the brighter start early on, Erin McLaughlin with a chance inside four minutes that went wide, Amanda Budden had to save with her feet to deny Sadhbh Doyle, while Roche had a header go just over.

Shels began to settle and started to take the intensity out of the tie that we had seen early, chances few and far between as both cancelled the other out, Pearl Slattery came close as her header crashed off the crossbar with 26 minutes played.

Pea’s certainly had chances in the opening half that should have conjured up a goal, Roche came close, an effort was cleared off the line and Aine O’Gorman has an effort that was just deflected wide, the Greenogue outfit marginally at top at the end of a scoreless first half.

The second half was much more open as both teams were looking for three points, Reid Burke had her palms stung from a cross as the hosts looked to change the momentum of the tie.

Reid Burke had to be alert to make a stunning save to deny Jess Stapleton, her effort from outside the area was on target, but the Pea’s keeper pulled off the acrobatics to keep the tie scoreless.

Roche had another great chance minutes after a free kick delivery could have caused trouble in the area, they broke clear and Roche’s effort had a deflection to take the sting out of the shot for Budden to save.

O’Gorman was the next to have a chance at goal, Roche inadvertently however got in the way of her goal bound effort, it looked a real chane buty one Budden may have been equal too as it was straight at the Shels net minder.

All the pressure finally paid off for the visitors as Roche finished well from a Doyle cross to give them a deserved lead after 77 minutes, her touch may have been slightly heavy but her attacking instinct paid off to finish.

Chances came late on but Peamount did enough to hold on, the next few weeks will be entertaining, the league’s top two sides meeting on the final day could be a high dramatic conclusion to the season.

Shelbourne v Sligo Rovers

Sligo Rovers take points back west after beating Shels

Sligo Rovers continued their recent spell of form with a commanding win over Shelbourne at Tolka Park this evening.

Goals in each half were enough to seal the three points for Sligo, two wins on the spin giving them renewed optimism in the camp.

Frank Liivak and Aidan Keena, the danger men for Sligo, once again come up top trumps for the Bit O Red, finding those important game-changing strikes.

Shane Farrell ignited the danger early for the hosts, with two quick efforts after three minutes, Luke McNicholas had to save the first, the second however was wide. Sean Boyd had another great effort for the hosts, but it just went to the otherside of the post.

Both were cancelling the other out as neither had clear cut chances, that was until Nando Pijnaker made a great run to turn provider for Frank Liivak, his great finish from a tight angle eluded Brendan Clarke after 24 minutes.

Seconds after Sligo scored Shelbourne spurred a great chance at the other end, with Boyd just heading wide. Sligo ended the half with two Keena efforts both however again missed the target.

Brendan Clarke was called upon seven minutes after the restart, a pass going astray in the midfield that Sligo turned over, Liivak slipped the ball in behind for Max Mata, Clarke closed him down well to save his dinked effort as Shels cleared the lines.

Just before the hour mark it looked like Shelbourne had equalised through Jack Moylan, he unleashed a strike from distance but it went wide, it looked like it may have just creeped in but Shels again were left chasing.

After 66 minutes Sligo looked to have put the game to bed, Keena with another for his tally this season, robbing Shelbourne of possession he broke clear and rifled one into the net past Clarke.

Shels could have added a goal late in the tie, John Ross Wilson had an effort palmed by McNicholas, Boyd headed the rebound but missed the mark however the flag was up. Seven minutes from time Matty Smith crossed which McNicholas had to get fingers too, it fell to the back post but a Shels man in the way saw an effort blocked out for a goal kick.

Shelbourne threw everyone forward, Clarke roaming around half way at times as they looked to pull something back, they had the chances, just could not get them into the net, Sligo defended well to their credit, to keep a clean sheet and also take the points back West.