With our ineffective and unspiring performances to date, Stephen Kenny changed to a 4-3-3 formation for the game against Shels and it wasn’t long before it had the desired affect.Aaron Greene finding Dennehy who went to round Delaney in the Shels goal and the keepers foul resulted in a straight red and a penalty which Twigg converted to leave us 1 up and playing against 10 men after only 4 minutes.
A comical own goal led to our second as Stephen Hurleys back pass found the back of the net when substitute keeper Paul Skinner has drifted from his goal to try give an angle to receive the pass. Shels knew it wasn’t going to be there night and it went from bad to worse just before the break when Ronan Finns powerful drive went straight through Skinner and put us 3 up.
The biggest crowd of the season in the league with over 5,000 in attendance were left waiting until 15 minutes from time to see a fourth goal and it was another defensive mix-up that allowed Aaron Greene to steal in and tap home.
The game ended on a sour note when Gar McCabe was harshly adjudged to have dived and earned his 2nd yellow card and he was sent off after only being on the pitch for a little over 20 minutes. All in all it was a good result for us and an unhappy first competitive game in Tallaght for Shels!
Keep on Hooping!