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Shelbourne 1-1 Monaghan United

Updated: Friday, 10 Aug 2007 23:02

Shelbourne manager Dermot Keely will be disappointed not to have taken three points against Monaghan
Shelbourne manager Dermot Keely will be disappointed not to have taken three points against Monaghan

Two of the in-form teams in the First Division - Monaghan United and Shelbourne - met at Tolka Park on Friday night where it ended all square.

A poor start to the season meant the promotion hopes of both of these teams had long since gone but the addition of some mid-season recruits had revitalised both clubs.

While Shels had completely revamped their team, Monaghan brought in just three players, but even so James McCartney, Luke Fitzpatrick and Don Tierney had made a huge difference in recent weeks.

Having knocked Dundalk off the top a week previous Monaghan travelled with lots of confidence, but Shels had been equally impressive with three wins in as many games.

Anto Flood came into the game with a terrific goalscoring record which had seen him score five goals in three games, on this occassion he went close on seven minutes.

The pacey Mark McCulloch raced up the left and crossed, Monaghan goalkeeper Danny Woods came but failed to claim - but Flood couldn’t convert.

At the other end Willie Doyle went close for Monaghan with an acrobatic effort before Mark Rooney stepped up and struck a free from 35-yards which whistled past the upright.

Flood found himself in the thick of the action again on ten minutes after some good work from James Chambers, but the striker shot wide with the Monaghan goal at his mercy.

It was one-way traffic in the second half and the omens looked good for Shelbourne when Mark Leech weaved his way through and hit the post on 47 minutes.

Leech then brought a stunning save from stand-in Monaghan goalkeeper Woods before Shelbourne poured forward in the closing stages.

They looked to have won it when Flood set-up Leech for a predatory finish with a little over ten minutes left, but Monaghan equalised through Jason McCartney.