Shinrone United 0
St Aengus 1
Shinrone Utd bowed out of the Counties Shield at the first hurdle having missed a glut of chances against eventual winners St Aengus. A Gavin Syoes goal just before the hour mark was enough to send the visitors through.
Shinrone raced out of the traps and should have taken the lead in the first minute when good play from Darren O’Meara found Aj Deane bearing down on goal and his shot was saved well by Rory Gallagher in the Saints goal. Saints immediately went up the other end and a shot from Brendan Russell was spilled by Alan Conlon but the ball eventually went wide. On the fifteen minutes mark Conlon was called into action once more as Dylan Russell found space in the box but his shot was brilliantly saved by Conlon. United should have taken the lead on sixteen minutes Wem hen both Deane and Ray Cordial fired shot at the Saints goal without Gallagher present but blocks from Colm Bergin and Colm Lanham saved the keepers blushes.
Conlon was again called into action on the thirty sixth minute when a free kick from Wayne Syoes was well saved again. From the resulting corner G.Syoes should really have scored when his free header from five yards was deflected wide. Another free kick from Saints seen W.Syoes shoot from twenty five yards but Conlon somehow managed to save it yet again.
The second half started as the first ended and an early corner from John Lowry seen substitute Darren Madden strike the ball towards his own goal and Conlon again was on hand to make the save. Shinrone started to gain momentum thereafter and should have taken the lead on fifty three minutes when O’Meara put R.Cordial through but he missed the target when really he ought to have scored. Saints went straight up the other end again and D.Russell shot from distance only to see his shot agonisingly canon off the crossbar. R.Cordial had yet another chance on fifty six minutes when Deane crossed in from the right but his header again missed the target.
United were left to rue them chances only a minute later when G.Syoes pounced on a loose ball at the corner of the box and his low drive left Conlon rooted to the spot as the ball nestled into the bottom corner.
Saints were reduced to ten men with sixteen minutes remaining when Robbie Burke was given his marching orders by Referee Alan Lynch for a wreckless lunge on O’Meara. United pushed forward after that and had numerous half chances with M.Cordial heading over the bar, Deane shot narrowly over from twenty yards but the best chance again fell to R.Cordial as a long ball fund him in the box but he again shot wide of the target with four minutes remaining.
In truth it was a sloppy game of football with Alan Conlon been the best that Shinrone had to offer but the Stoppagetime.ie Man of the Match goes to the match winner Gavin Syoes. He was a constant threat throughout and was involved in everything positive that Saints had to offer.