Shelbourne
VS
Sligo Rovers


Saturday, 9 April, 2016
0 - 1
SSE Airtricity League
Ross Taheny 65

 

Sligo Rovers under-19s fought hard for a 1-0 way away to Shelbourne with Ross Taheny winner.

The Rovers captain scored midway through the second half in Drumcondra with a bullet header.

Following wins over Athlone Town and Drogheda United going into this The Bit o’Red have now won the last three.

Three changes were made from the 7-1 mauling of Drogheda one week ago with Shay Doherty, Oisin Connolly and Jason Hunt coming into the team. They replaced Shane McCallion, Mikey Place, who made his first team debut the night before and Ryan O’Donoghue who was in action for the Ireland Schools team in the Centeneary Shield against England on Friday night.

The eventual scorer Taheny had Rovers first effort on 14 minutes as a corner led to Mark Hannon’s crossing to the box, when the ball fell to Taheny he hit it low but the keeper dived for a save.

A cross ball from the right found Jason Hunt ready to try and beat the keeper, he caught the ball well but it lacked the direction and ended in the keeper’s arms.

After Kelly shot over and Burke denied Mukete with a save Hunt was next to go close to breaking the deadlock.

His initial good run found Carney in the box, after he held the ball up initially he fed it back into the path of Hunt but solid defending got the ball blocked away for a corner which came to nothing.

From the opposite wing Martin Walsh looked to squeeze the ball in through the near post with a blast but it came off the outside of the box before ending wide. That was on 38 minutes and the half would end scoreless.

A lively start to the second period saw Shels’ Gorman go narrowly wide with a shot hit under pressure from Fintan Borotto and Shay Doherty.

A couple of minutes afterwards Taheny had a golden opportunity from Hunt’s corner. It was whipped right into the six-yard box for the centre-back running in but he glanced the header fractionally wide.

He atoned for the miss on 65 minutes with the winning goal. From just inside the home team’s half Brian Morley floated a free right into the heart of the box with Taheny running off his man to head the ball straight past the keeper.

Shelbourne’s search for an equaliser saw three shots come in the 72nd minute. Burke saved well from a low shot by Gorman and his defence was there in n umbers to block two further follow-up efforts.

The first of two chances for sub Iarla Connor came on 74. His pace got him behind the defence but he wasn’t able to get enough power behind his attempt to put it past the keeper.

He would have another similar opening in the last few minutes but unfortunately over-ran the ball through to the keeper.

Shelbourne tried to pin Rovers back but Jack Burke and his defence in front stayed solid to the end.

Back at The Showgrounds next weekend Rovers will play host to Finn Harps.

Rovers: Burke, Connolly (McCallion 70), Taheny, Doherty, Borotto, Doyle, Hannon, Hunt (Birrane 67), Morley, Walsh, Carney (Connor 70).