In The Irish News - Oct 26 1996: Dogged Derry grab point as Shelbourne stumble

Derry City ace Liam Coyle 

THE inclement weather conditions in Dublin did not deter Derry, as the Candystripes came back from 2-0 down to salvage a point against Shelbourne at Tolka Park.

But Felix Healy’s team made life more difficult than it should have been by being caught napping, first after only five minutes. Stephen Geoghegan – Shels’ hat-trick hero in their 4-0 away win at Bray on Sunday – was again among the goals.

Derry struggled to cope with the testing conditions. The hosts second goal came after 26 minutes, Pat Morley heading across goal and past Tony O’Dowd.

Rocked by that second strike, Derry grabbed a crucial goal before half-time. Tom Mohan’s shot from 12 yards gave Alan Gough no chance, and provided Derry with the momentum to surprise Shelbourne in the second half.

Their more committed display reaped rewards in 74 minutes when Mick Neville miskicked Tommy Dunne’s cross, allowing Coyle the opportunity to fire past Gough from 12 yards.

Shels still had time to take all three points, though, and Dave Campbell came closest with seven minutes remaining, but his header was cleared off the line by Dunne. More drama was saved for the last minute, when Vaudequin was shown a red card by Waterford official Dick O’Hanlon after an incident with Caddy.

Derry: O’Dowd, Purdy, Dunne, Hutton, Curren, Dykes, Mohan, Hegarty, Coyle, Ramage, Caddy.

Shelbourne: Cough, Vaudequin, D Geogehan, Neville, Campbell, Costello, Riordan, Morley, Sheridan, S Geogheghan, Rutherford. Ref: D O’Hanlon Waterford


ANTRIM forward John McManus has been ruled out of inter-county and club action until the new year.

The St Paul’s and Antrim star is subject of an enforced rest period due to a nagging shin splints injury.

It’s an injury that has been with McManus since preparations began for the Saffron’s Ulster Championship game against Cavan in the summer.

Last weekend his club season ended following St Paul’s exit from the Ulster Club Championships at the hands of Bellaghy.


THE General Council of the Welsh Amateur Boxing Association has launched a stinging attack on Irish president Nicky White and his St Jude’s club in Wexford after their appearance at an unofficial tournament in Wales.

The criticism, which has been rejected by White, follows a match on October 18 involving St Jude’s and the Maesteg ABC – a club belonging to the breakaway Welsh Amateur Boxing Federation.

Internal wrangling within Welsh boxing earlier this year led to the formation of the separate body.

According to a report in the South Wales Echo, the federation now boasts a membership of “44 clubs and more than 700 boxers registered”.

But it is not affiliated to the sports official world body, the international amateur boxing association and as a consequence, no club in Ireland is permitted to compete against Welsh Federation Clubs.


CHARLIE Redmond set the Players Choice precedent last year and when this year’s Powerscreen All-Star Awards are made on November 22, up to 10 footballers could be honoured while under suspension from the GAA after yesterday’s nominations were ratified.

After this week’s bans issued by the games’ administration arising from the scandalous All-Ireland final replay brawl, nine of the 15 players suspended have been shortlisted.

In addition, Tyrone’s outstanding Championship goalkeeper Finbar McConnell had his players’ nomination ratified despite being sent-off following a club brawl last weekend.

A meeting involving the All-Stars Committee in Dublin rubber stamped the 45 nominations in football and 45 in hurling.


Goalkeeper: Conor Martin (Meath), Finbar McConnell (Tyrone), John O’Leary (Dublin).

Defenders: Kevin Cahill (Mayo), Noel Connelly (Mayo), Paul Curran (Dublin), Sean Og de Paor (Galway), Fay Devlin (Tyrone), Paul Devlin (Tyrone), Darren Fay (Meath), Mike Hassett (Kerry), Pat Holmes (Mayo), Kenneth Mortimer (Mayo), Kieran McKeever (Derry), James Nallen (Mayo), Stephen O’Brien (Cork), Martin O’Connell (Meath), Mark O’Connor (Cork), Mark O’Reilly (Meath), Ciaran O’Sullivan (Cork), Tony Scullion (Derry).

Midfield: Pascal Canavan (Tyrone), Tony Maher (Laois), Gregory McCartan (Down), John McDermott (Meath), Liam McHale (Mayo).

Forwards: Tony Boyle (Donegal), Joe Brolly (Derry), John Casey (Mayo), Peter Canavan (Tyrone), Gerard Cavlan (Tyrone), Brian Dooher (Tyrone), Tommy Dowd (Meath), Jarlath Fallon (Galway), Maurice Fitzgerald (Kerry), Raymond Gallagher (Fermanagh), Graham Geraghty (Meath), Trevor Giles (Meath), James Horan (Mayo), Dermot McCabe (Cavan), Colm McMenamon (Mayo), Dara O’Cinneide (Kerry), Brendan Reilly (Meath), Maurice Sheridan (Mayo).


Goalkeeper: Damien Fitzhenry (Wexford), Noel Keith (Down), Joe Quaid (Limerick).

Defenders: Colm Bonnar (Tipperary), Ciaran Carey (Limerick), Dave Clarke (Limerick), Ger Cush (Wexford), Liam Dunne (Wexford), Sean Flood (Wexford), Mark Foley (Limerick), Rod Guiney (Wexford), Martin Hanamy (Offaly), Tom Helebert (Galway), Colm Kehoe (Wexford), Brian Lohan (Clare), Stephen McDonagh (Limerick), Terence McNaughton (Antrim), Declan Nash (Limerick), Larry O’Gorman (Wexford), Nigel Shaughnessy (Galway), Brian Whelehan (Offaly).

Midfield: Michael Cleary (Tipperary), Michael Coleman (Galway), Adrian Fenlon (Wexford), Mike Houlahan (Limerick), George O’Connor (Wexford), Sean O’Neill (Limerick).

Forwards: Kevin Broderick (Galway), Liam Cahill (Tipperary), DJ Carey (Kilkenny), Oliver Collins (Derry), Joe Cooney (Galway), Tom Dempsey (Wexford), Johnny Dooley (Offaly), Francis Forde (Galway), Gary Kirby (Limerick), Garry Laffan (Wexford), Cathal Moore (Galway), Larry Murphy (Wexford), Rory McCarthy (Wexford), Jamesie O’Connor (Clare), Joe Rabbitte (Galway), Declan Ryan (Tipperary), Martin Storey (Wexford), John Troy (Offaly).

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