Goals from Josh Giurgi, Jack Moylan and a Daniel Carr brace saw Shelbourne secure their R3 place in this season’s FAI Cup, against a valiant but undercooked showing by non-league Bonagee United at Dry Arch Park this evening. All things considered, this was a welcome win.
Shels eventually crack bullish Bonagee effort
Damien Duff opted for a much-changed side, with an eye on their home clash against Derry City to come on Monday.
Their hosts were tough in the tackle and rode their luck at times in a busy first-half, as captain Shane Farrell was forced off injured while Stephen Negru was also in the wars – prompting an agitated response from his manager to the officials – after an overzealous mid-air challenge.
That seemed to fire the visitors up, as they created chances galore but failed to find the finishing touch. Negru and Matty Smith both came close, while Bonagee goalkeeper Oisin Cannon produced a string of excellent saves too.
He could do nothing to deny Giurgi from breaking the deadlock with a sweetly-struck volley in first-half stoppage-time, though the hosts would’ve felt hard done by as the referee waved play on while they had a player injured on the far side in the build-up.
On balance, they couldn’t really complain.
Moylan had a clear penalty appeal ignored minutes earlier, while John Ross Wilson fired over the crossbar as their persistent top-flight pressure eventually told against increasingly fatigued legs.
Early after the restart, Shelbourne’s lead grew.
Carr really should’ve done better with a free header moments before, but made no mistake a second time around, after good work by Kameron Ledwidge in the build-up – beating his marker, crossing at the byline and watching his teammate outmuscle a defender to head home.
Moylan made it three with a delicate chip over the onrushing ‘keeper, taking advantage of some tired legs to profit from JJ Lunney’s over-the-top through ball. Bonagee were wilting, and it was about to get worse.
Carr completed his brace after 71 minutes and couldn’t believe the gaps at his disposal after Giurgi’s low cross was poorly defended, toe-poking into the far corner.
Gavin Molloy headed onto the crossbar, while Micheal Doherty and Dean Larkin came close for the hosts themselves late on.
There was to be no consolation goal though, as Duff’s men eased to a resounding away victory and sent the 110-odd travelling Shelbourne supporters home happy to start their weekend.
Bonagee did themselves and manager Jason Gibson proud with their steely start, but the wind was knocked out of their sails just before half-time and they never recovered afterwards.
As for Shels, the coaching staff got to see some less favoured players feature and they’ll hope for more selection headaches between now and the season’s conclusion in early November.
Picture source: Donegal Daily — coverage originally featured here