Shelbourne denied two late penalty shouts against league leaders

F&W DIVISION 1

ENNISKILLEN TOWN  2
SHELBOURNE  1

THIS hard fought encounter at the Bawnacre was the story of a stunning twin strike by Enniskillen Town midfielder Cathal Beacom and two late penalty shouts, which had they been given, could have earned Division One strugglers Shelbourne at least a share of the spoils.

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Town bolted straight out of the traps and with barely five minutes on the clock Beacom struck an unstoppable 16-yard shot inside Ryan Clarke’s right post.

A few moments later the ace attacker was at it again, connecting with a Gary Beckett lay-off to thunder the ball to Clarke’s postage stamp, despite being somewhat off balance from Ryan Sharkey’s challenge.

In spite of that early double blow, the Shels settled to the task with midfielder Stephen Cunningham chesting down a Gregorz Jablinski cross to volley first time against the crossbar.

Damien Sloan should then have done better after a Sharkey shot was blocked by a defender before the visitors were awarded a penalty when Paul McCabe had his shirt pulled by a defender.

Ryan O’Sullivan sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to put the visitors back in the frame for a second half that deteriorated into a rather scrappy affair.

Both sides created chances, custodian Clarke twice coming to the Shels rescue before those late penalty claims turned the spotlight on referee David Carson.

First Jablinski had his striking foot kicked as he prepared to pull the trigger before a home defender appeared to handle the ball as McCabe attempted to flick it around him. The man in the middle failed to be impressed.

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