Clancy, Blanchard and McCaffrey sign for the Hoops.
| Pre-season Friendly - Baldonnel - Friday 27th February 2015
|Gorman pen 26'|| S O'Connor 33' North 60'
|Match Photographs here|
On a blustery and cold evening in John Hyland Park the Hoops finished their pre-season games with a hard earned 2-1 win over Shelbourne. The Reds took the lead from the spot on 26 minutes but Sean O'Connor fired in a free-kick just seven minutes later. Danny North netted the winner from close range in the second-half and Gary McCabe missed a penalty with just five minutes remaining.
On 10 minutes Evan Osam slipped on the ball and Simon Madden crossed for Gary McCabe to pick out Danny North in front of goal but his effort was blocked.
The Shels ‘keeper Murray was busy after 15 minutes when he firstly saved Danny North’s driven shot from the left-hand side of the box and from the resultant corner Sean O’Connor was on target but again the Reds ‘keeper beat the ball away.
The Hoops almost opened the scoring on 19 minutes when Waters found Sean O’Connor in space on the right and he cut in to shoot off the left-hand post and Danny North following up could only poke the ball wide.
The last chance of the half came when David Webster’s back pass to Craig Hyland was short and the Shels number 8 pounced but the ball went narrowly wide.
The start of the second half saw Gorman head off the outside of the post before Shels number 7 clipped the top of the Hoops cross-bar with a fine free-kick from 25 yards out. The Shels ‘keeper made a great save on 58 minutes to keep out a shot from Blanchard following a Sean O’Connor free-kick into the area.
Gavin Brennan made a fine run across the box on 71 minutes but he couldn’t pick out Waters in space. A good run and cross from Waters on 82 minutes saw sub Brandon Miele rise to head the ball just over the bar. With five minutes remaining Gary McCabe was bustled over in the box and was awarded a penalty but the Shels ‘keeper dived to his right to save McCabe’s spot-kick.
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