Shels stun Pats to make Aviva final

St. Patrick’s Athletic 1 Shelbourne 3

St. Patrick’s Athletic 1 Shelbourne 3

Second half goals from Brendan McGill and skipper David Cassidy put First Division Shelbourne into the FAI Ford Cup final as 10-man St. Pat’s jinx in the competition continues.

Shels now meet holders Sligo Rovers in the final at the Aviva Stadium on November 6.

St. Pat's wait for cup success enters its 51st year.

As in the first game, Shels started brightly, but a goalkeeping howler gifted St. Pat’s the lead on 14 minutes.

David McMillan’s looping header, from a deep Derek Doyle cross, appeared a simple catch for Dean Delaney.

But the Reds keeper dropped the ball behind his head and into the net.

But Shels hit back in controversial circumstances on 31 minutes.

St. Pat’s keeper Gary Rogers was harshly sent off following a collision with Kevin Dawson.

Dawson sent replacement keeper Chris Bennion the wrong way from the spot.

A terrific goal then gave Shels the lead on 48 minutes. Philly Hughes and Cassidy setting up McGill to drill home.

Bennion then kept St. Pat’s in it when diving the right way to save another Dawson spot kick on 63 minutes after Cassidy had been taken down by Shane McFaul.

But man-of-the-match Cassidy sealed it for Shels on 86 minutes, latching onto Hughes' pass to cut inside Conor Kenna and dink the ball into the net.

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