Saturday, August 12, 2017

Blues 0, Shelbourne FC 3 (11/8/17, RSC, Waterford, FAI Cup)

Best written off this end to the Blues' cup run this season before it started and maybe a blessing in disguise. The Blues have a much bigger prize to aim for this season and some fans will have been happy enough to see the red Dubs advance.


Ian McLoughlin returned to the line up and might even wish that he hadn't such was the disastrous display by the entire defence in gifting the visitors all three goals. The Blues had more of the ball; more pressure on the Shels' defence; there was far more of the game played in the Shels' half....all to no avail. A really bad night at the back saw the Dubliners go home with a passage to the next round where we now know that they will meet the Shams.

Conditions were perfect and although the crowd was down a bit to just below 1,200, the atmosphere was still quite good....not as good as at previous game games it has to be said. The playing surface was top class. Not enough credit is given to the staff at the RSC. Pity then about the display!

Paddy Barrett has not yet settled into the side and Blues' fans will hope that he does so very soon....only five games left! Derek Daly had another quiet game. He was well marshalled and maybe he could do with a rest? Dean O'Halloran was a bundle of energy even if some of it was misdirected. He has a habit of getting very close to the edge with some of his tackling.

All the damage was done in the second half. Shels took the lead before most of the crowd had taken their seats after the break. They went down to ten men shortly after the hour mark but managed to score two further late goals thanks to calamitous defending. All during the second half the Blues dominated possession and created a number of good chances without the finish including a 75th minute penalty kick by Davie McDaid following a foul on Mark O'Sullivan.


Sad to report that reports have reached us of more misbehaviour by Blues' fans after the game outside the RSC. If these reports prove to be true, then in the best interests of the club's reputation and that of its many supporters, young and old, new and long suffering, action must be taken by the club. This is not what the club needs now. It adds to an unwelcome reputation that has already attached to it this season. The authors of this blog were prompt in jumping to the defence of club fans after the game in Cabinteely and in the interest of fairness this blog will similarly condemn misbehaviour by the same fans if proven.

Best forgotten, this game....provided that lessons are learnt.

Next up come UCD to the RSC next Friday in a 'must win' game. Anything less and its squeaky bum time for all Blues fans.

C'mon the Blues!

Many thanks to Noel Browne and Paul Elliott for the supply of photographs this week. 

Blues: Ian McLoughlin, Paddy Barrett, Sean Heaney, Patrick McClean (Mark O'Sullivan 67'), Kenny Browne, Shane O'Connor, Paul Keegan, Dean O'Halloran (Aaron Drinan 53'), Derek Daly, Anthony McAlavey, David McDaid. Unused subs: Dean Walsh, Conor Whittle, Matt Connor, Garry Comerford, John Martin.

Match Action (1)

Pictures courtesy of Noel Browne.


The cost of indiscipline was clear to be seen last Friday night on and off the field for Shelbourne. In the top clip Niall Lanagan gets his marching orders for two yellows....including diving (cheating?).


In the next clip, former Blue Alan Byrne (who couldn't kick sh1t off a rope when he was with the Blues), might have been dismissed for the challenge sown. And as far as James English is concerned, his behaviour after he scored the third goal, was nothing short of disgraceful. This was deliberate attempt to provoke the Blues' fans. What a complete Dublin tosser this guy is. He wouldn't do in Tallaght or Dalymount.


In the bottom clip, one of the Shelbourne team officials is dismissed for mouthing.


Missed Penalty

Controversial call by the referee? The Shels players certainly thought so, including the mouthpiece wearing No. 4.


Two missed penalties this season for Davie McDaid.....if spot kicks cannot be converted a team does not deserve to win. Get this sorted, Rennie. What about Derek Daly?



Kenny Browne with the match day mascot, William Dunne.

Heaney Header

Sean Heaney meets Paul Keegan's corner but sees his header go narrowly wide of the post last Friday night at the of several clear chances created during the second half.


Superb Browne Tackle

Kenny Browne may have been caught out badly for the first goal but his game overall was excellent and this tackle was noting short of superb.


Off the Upright

Derek Daly's free kick is deflected upwards by the Shels' wall and Dean O'Halloran's header grazes the upright during the first half at the RSC.


Match Action (2)

Former Blue Alan Byrne could easily have been carded for this 'tackle'.

Pictures courtesy of Noel Browne.

Shels' Goals - Dreadful Defending

Look away now Ian McLoughlin, Paddy Barrett, Kenny Browne, Patrick McClean and Sean Heaney! The Blues' defence had an off day last Friday forgotten and hopefully not to be repeated.


Match Sponsor - Thin Gin

Match sponsors, Thin Gin, Nicola Beresford and Timmy Ryan are pictured with Allen Troy.

Picture by Noel Browne

Curried Chips!

Came beat them!

Picture by Noel Browne

Ian McLoughlin

Blues' keeper Ian McLoughlin (making his return between the stick following a long period of injury/recovery) pictured before the game last Friday night with his daughter Shaylyn. 

Match Action (3)

Pictures courtesy of Noel Browne.

Too Little, Too Late

Some very late pressure on the Shels' goal, long after the outcome was clear.