Football season opens

Great disorder at Shelbourne grounds

Published: 30 August 1913

The new football season opened today, with all the league’s teams in action. The biggest draw of the day was the Shelbourne versus Bohemians game which also served as the opening match at the home team’s new stadium in Ringsend. The crowd was a large one, and while the atmosphere in the new stadium was good, there were reports of regular and sustained disorder, connected with the ongoing strike, in the vicinity of the grounds.

The game was tightly contested, with both teams dominating one half of the game. The first half belonged to Bohemians. The former Tritonville player, Morrow, scored ten minutes after the opening, and if it hadn’t been for a wonderful performance by Scott, the Shelbourne keeper, they would have been further behind. Shelbourne came back into the game in the second half, and controlled the game for large periods of time. They didn’t make their dominance pay, and only managed to secure a draw three minutes from time when their inside right, McClean, equalised.

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