An on-song Monaghan United fully exploited some dire Shelbourne defending to romp to a comfortable 4-0 win at
Kingspan Century Park.
Shels’ woes commenced in the 20th minute when Cian Mackey’s deflected shot fell kindly for United striker Willie Doyle to stab home from eight yards.
Doyle turned provider in the 26th minute, setting up Darren Meenan who found the top corner with an excellent flighted shot.
Doyle squandered an excellent opportunity to extend United's
lead a minute later, shooting weakly when clean through on goal.
Shelbourne, with Mark Leech threatening, were beginning to muster a comeback when they conceded a killer third,
Robbie Farrell exploiting poor marking to beat James Hussey a minute before the interval.
A half-time triple substitution failed to revive Shels’ fortunes.
A Leech free-kick tested Monaghan ‘keeper Danny Woods, but it was United who created the better second half chances, Doyle
and Farrell both wasteful after good chances were crafted for them by the industrious Brian Gannon.
Meenan made the Monaghan win more emphatic in the 82nd minute, cutting in from the right to drive low past Hussey.
MONAGHAN UNITED: Woods; Whelan, Burke, Mooney, Williamson; Meenan, Gannon, Feeney, Mackey; Farrell, Doyle.
Subs: McCluskey for Gannon, 84. O’Connor for Mackey, 86. Finnegan for Farrell, 86.
SHELBOURNE: Hussey; O’Reilly, Rafferty, Gartland, McEniff; Moran, Harte, Chambers, O’Neill; Leech, Walsh. Subs: Curran for Rafferty, Byrne for Moran, McGlynn for O’Neill (all
Referee: C Fitzgerald (Dublin).