Having scored twice in the last round to put out Bandon, Dean Kelly maintained his scoring run in the FAI Ford Cup against non-league sides from Cork as Shelbourne laboured into the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win against College Corinthians at Tolka Park.
Corinthians showed little signs of ring-rustiness in their first competitive game of their season as they almost stole the lead inside 90 seconds.
A quick free kick caught out the Shelbourne rearguard as Peter Moreland sneaked in behind Pat Flynn, but the winger’s heavy touch allowed ‘keeper Niall Burdon gather.
It proved to be a false dawn as the visitors were behind on five minutes for what would prove the only goal of a scrappy cup-tie.
Lee Murtagh won a corner off Josh Kra and negligent marking from Sean Brennan’s delivery was duly punished as Kelly headed to the net.
Murtagh and Kelly were narrowly off target with shots from distance as Corinthians continued to look suspect defensively.
But the Cork side remained well in it, troubling Shelbourne when they got the ball down the other end, and they carved another chance six minutes before the break.
Luke Connelly touched Richard Cronin’s ball down the line into the path of Moreland who might have shown a little more composure as he lobbed off target.
Shelbourne, not surprisingly, got on top in the second half, with Brennan ghosting past two defenders before his low drive brought a save from 'keeper Mark Power eight minutes in.
Just before the hour mark Brennan worked a one-two with Kelly to open up Corinthians again, but the finish was poor and the shot flashed well wide.
The woodwork and Power then prevented Shelbourne doubling their lead on 74 minutes. Substitute Darren Tinnelly’s looping head from an Adam Hanlon cross came down off the crossbar and Power did well to bat the loose ball round a post for a corner.
Corinthians then almost equalised in their only real opening of the second half four minutes later. Shelbourne failed to clear Moreland’s corner and the winger got possession again to flick the ball to Connelly who set up Welsh whose shot was narrowly wide.
Shelbourne: NIall Burdon; Robert Cornwall, Ian Ryan, Paul Andrews, Pat Flynn; Adam Hanlon, Glen Cronin (Stephen Sheerin, 70), Stephen Hurley, Sean Brennan (Darren Tinnelly, 59); Dean Kelly, Lee Murtagh.
College Corinthians: Mark Power; Richard Cronin, Josh Kra, Colin O’Shea Robbie Brohan; Peter Moreland, Chris Madden (Seb Stihler, 68), Ricky O’Sullivan; Edwin Buckley (Evan Browne, 81); DavidWelsh, Connelly.
Referee: Rob Rogers (Dublin).