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Shelbourne 4-0 Limerick 37

Updated: Saturday, 01 Sep 2007 22:27

Shelbourne players celebrate Aidan Collins' goal It was an emotional night for Shelbourne as they paid tribute to the late Ollie Byrne
Shelbourne players celebrate Aidan Collins' goal It was an emotional night for Shelbourne as they paid tribute to the late Ollie Byrne

Shelbourne paid tribute to Ollie Byrne with a rousing 4-0 win over Limerick 37.

They sneaked in front following a bit of individual brilliance from Aidan Collins on 11 minutes. Collins let fly with a cracking strike from 30 yards out.

Mark Leech scrambled home Shelbourne’s second goal less than 15 minutes later.

The second half was a dour affair until Leech got on the end of a Kieran Harte cross, then Ciaran Quinn capped a memorable night with a deft chip.

It was an emotional night for all involved with Shelbourne as players and supporters remembered the legendary Ollie Byrne.

Before the game there was a rousing minute’s applause in memory of Byrne, and when the game began Shelbourne set about recording their first win in almost a month.

Although Shelbourne’s form has improved immeasurably since the first half of the season, they had not won a game since they defeated Athlone Town way back on 3 August.

The men from the Treaty City dominated the opening ten minutes, but an ambitious effort from Kevin Watters was as close as either team came to scoring.

Then, out of nothing, Shelbourne sneaked in front following a bit of individual brilliance from Collins.

The former Bohemians player gathered the ball on the half-way line and galloped forward before he let fly with a cracking strike from 30 yards out.

The ball hung in the air for what seemed like an eternity before it curled past the despairing dive of Jimmy Fyffe.

The home side could scarcely believe their luck when Mark Leech scrambled home Shelbourne’s second goal less than 15 minutes later.

Alan Murphy supplied the ammunition with a throw-in and when James Chambers won a header Leech latched onto the loose ball to score from just inside the penalty area.

In the minutes before the interval, Shelbourne found themselves firmly on the back foot and John Tierney saw his free-kick charged down by the Shelbourne wall.

Shelbourne goalkeeper Tony O’Dowd had to be at his best to deny Limerick after Stuart Malcolm inadvertently directed the ball towards goal.

In a poor second half, chances were scarce until Leech headed home a Kieran Harte cross, and then in a late attack Ciaran Quinn lobbed the advancing Dave Ryan.

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