Derby delight as Shels see off Hoops in semi battle

There was Dublin derby delight as cup specialists Shelbourne secured a decider date on Saturday.

by Jonny Stapleton
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Shamrock Rovers 0

Shelbourne 2

The reigning FAI Cup champions progressed to their third successive final by overcoming Shamrock Rovers in a Tallaght Stadium-hosted semi.

The Noel King-managed team will now look to make it back-to-back cup wins when they return to the same venue to face Athlone on November 19.  

Rovers went into the clash as favourite by virtue of their 3-1 league win over the Tolka Park side just seven days before. However, the visitors had the better chances in the first half with Megan Smyth-Lynch and Christie Gray impressing.

So there was no surprise when those two players combined give the away side the lead after the turn, winger Smyth-Lynch inviting Gray to head home with a beautiful cross.

Rovers, instantly moved through the gears in search of a levelled but it was Shels who scored next as 15 year-old Hannah Healy pounced on a defensive effort to wrap up the win and move Shelbourne to within 90 minutes of another massive cup win.

14 October 2023; Hannah Healy of Shelbourne, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring their side’s second goal during the FAI Women’s Cup semi-final match between Shamrock Rovers and Shelbourne at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

The Dublin side now face a repeat of last years final as they face Athlone in Tallaght in next months final.

It was all smiles for Shels on Saturday as their bid for three league title wins in a row was ended as Peamount returned to the SSE Airtricity Women’s Premier Division fore, winning the title with victory over Wexford on the same Saturday.

Hannah Healy of Shelbourne, centre, celebrates with team-mates after scoring her side’s second goal against Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium and (inset) Pearl Slattery of Shelbourne celebrates.
Picture: Ben McShane/Sportsfile

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