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Friday, 3 May 2013

Shelbourne V Ucd May 3rd

Shelbourne Rovers were too strong for a UCD team that lacked any presence in the midfield area of the pitch. This relegation 3 pointer finished 2-0 in favor of Shelbourne.

Shelbourne were quick to set the pace of the game through good passing and dribbling from Adam Hanlon down the left flank.

UCD went for a very uncharacteristic "Route One" type of play spearheaded by top striker, David McMillan who lacked the cutting edge when a scoring chance presented itself.

Adam Hanlon scored in the 26th minute that sent the Shels on their way to a much needed three point victory over fellow relegation contenders UCD.

The rain descended on Tolka Park and the mood of the match turned rather bleak and uneventful. UCD created their first real scoring opportunity on the 35th minute when a header from a corner was cleared off the line.

The game was won in the midfield with the Shelbourne Rovers side controlling play for periods of time both in the attacking sector and in the defensive part of the field. Shelbourne were first to a lot of the breaking ball giving them good position going forward.

So just after half time, Stephen Hurley, ex-Ucd took a long shot from 25 yards out as a type of floating ball into the box rather than a clinical strike ended up in the top right corner if the net and finished off any chance the students had to get anything out of the game.

UCD added attacking threat Dean Clarke at half time who seemed to be the most enthusiastic player on the field trying his best to save the students from another away loss.

Man of the match was in fact the games first goal scorer Adam Hanlon.

Attendance was a reasonable 725. Not terrible considering UCD's poor traveling section.

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