The Irish News Archive: July 23 1998: Shelbourne give Rangers a Euro fright night
Uefa Cup first qualifying round: Shelbourne 3 Rangers 5
SHELBOURNE coach Dermot Keely last night admitted he could hardly believe his eyes after his side went 3-0 up, and he felt Jorg Albertz’s first penalty coming so soon after the third goal was the turning point.
“I saw Dick Advocaat sitting with his head in his hands when it was 3-0, and that was worth the admission money alone,” he joked. “It was absolutely fantastic to go three goals up against a team of superstars, and I had to keep pinching myself because I felt the scoreline was the wrong way round.
“At 3-0 I thought we were really going to win it, but giving the goal away so soon after we had scored, cost us. We lost that little bit of composure and made a few mistakes, but overall the boys were absolutely fantastic.
“When you think about who we were playing against and the fact that we were playing away from home, with all the odds against us, we did fantastic.”
Keely, who was making his managerial debut for Shelbourne, played down the trouble outside the Prenton Park before the game.
“There were a few bottles thrown at the bus going in, but there are yobs everywhere,” he said.
“I just hope all the fans go to Ibrox and enjoy themselves, because we came here to play football and nothing else.”
Ranger’s boss Dick Advocaat admitted his multi-million pound stars had nearly been caught napping by the Irish part-timers.
Champions’ League first qualifying round, first leg: Cliftonville 1 FC Kosice 5
SADLY for Cliftonville the scoreline of their 5-1 champions league defeat to Kosice at Solitude last night, will speak greater volumes than their superb second half display.
A cavalier Cliftonville, trailing 3-1 at half-time, sought about unsettling their classier kind in the shape of the Slovakian league champions.
It was a mission which proved successful in the providing of end-to-end action, a missed penalty and a catalogue of squandered chances adding bonus points to entertainment value.
JOE Brolly’s piece of late opportunism in the Ulster SFC final on Sunday ( Derry 1-7 Donegal 0-8) wasn’t the only piece of daylight robbery that went on at Clones at the weekend.
A large Irish News sign, measuring 16’ x 3’, was stolen from the perimeter of the pitch after the game by someone obviously with even more cheek than Mister Brolly.
Local Gardai are looking into the matter.
SALLY Rafferty turned in player of the match performance at fullback to bring Ballymacnab their 11th Armagh senior camogie title last night with 2-5 to 0-6 victory over Crossmaglen. Goals from Laura Gribben and veteran Mary Donnelly in the opening 10 minutes proved to be the decisive score as Crossmaglen were forced to chase the game.
Ballymacnab scorers: Mary Donnelly (1-2), Laura Gribben (1- 0), Pauline McConnell (0-2), Bernice Gribben (0-1). Crossmaglen scorer: Patrica McEvoy (0-6)
Referee: Aiofe Woods.
TONY McCoy was dumped on his backside in the opener at Worcester yesterday but recovered in time to guide Moonlight Air to success in the Plyvine Catering Handicap Hurdle. It was the fourth time McCoy had ridden John Spearing’s charge and the partnership has yet to be defeated.
The hint was there that another success was on the cards, given that McCoy had passed up his guv’nor Martin Pipe’s two runners in the three-mile race, was taken by punters who backed the seven-year-old to 7-4 favouritism