Two late goals for Gareth Coughlan and Craig Walsh earned Shelbourne a point against Waterford United, with the Dublin side coming from behind after Willie John Kiely and Brian Nolan had given the Blues a two goal advantage at halftime.
The Blues opened the scoring on six minutes when Anthony McAlavey saild a wonderful corner into the Shels area, which was met by the head of Waterford striker Willie John Kiely.
The Blues could have doubled their lead on 11 minutes when Brian Nolan broke down the centre. Nolan fed the ball to Glen Hawe, Hawe’s ball easily picked out by the Shelbourne centre halves.
Kiely should of doubled his personal tally on 13 minutes. Having picked the ball up inside the Shels 18 yard box, Kiely turned his marker to fire a shot towards the Greg Murray’s goal. The crossbar denying the Blues hitman.
Shelbourne almost pulled the game level on the half hour mark. Having broke down the right hand side Gareth Coughlan let a shot fly towards Matthews Connor’s goal. The Blues under-19 shot stopper doing well to keep the ball out despite an awkward bounce.
The Blues doubled their lead right on half time. Having done well to save a Shane Dineen freekick, Murray’s kick out was picked out by Waterford’s skipper Brian Nolan. Nolan spotted the keeper off his line to fre the ball into the back of the Shelbourne net from 45 yards.
The Blues could of made it three on 60 minutes when Dean Reidy broke at the Shelbourne back four. With four players in support, Reidy decided to go himself, firing the ball harmlesssly wide of Murray’s upright.
Shelbourne almost pulled one back on 64 minutes when Craig Walsh’s effort was picked out of the top corner by Matthew Connor. Having made a surging run through the middle, Walsh let a shot fly from just outside the Blues box, Connor doing brilliant to get a strong hand to the shot.
Shelbourne pulled one back on 81 minutes when Gareth Coughlan fired home from a well struck free kick. Having earned a free in a dangerous posisition, Coughlan burried the ball in the back of the home side’s net from 20 yards.
Shels drew the game level on 85 minutes though from a well taken corner by Daire Doyle, with Craig Walsh getting his head to the ball to direct it to the back of Connors’ net.
David Pheasey, Pundit Arena