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Republic of Ireland round-up: Shelbourne edge nearer title

Published: Sunday 17 March 2002, 19.15CET
Shelbourne FC moved a step closer to the title with a 2-0 over Shamrock Rovers FC on Sunday.
Published: Sunday 17 March 2002, 19.15CET

Republic of Ireland round-up: Shelbourne edge nearer title

Shelbourne FC moved a step closer to the title with a 2-0 over Shamrock Rovers FC on Sunday.

Shelbourne FC moved a step closer to the National League title with a 2-0 over Shamrock Rovers FC at Tolka Park on Sunday.

Own goal
Shelbourne took the lead through an unfortunate Gareth Cronin own goal after 15 minutes, as the defender planted the ball past goalkeeper Tony O'Dowd. Owen Heary doubled Shelbourne's advantage on the stroke of half-time when he exchanged passes with Peter Hutton and fired past O'Dowd.

Title dream
Rovers battled gamely to save their title dream, but Terry Palmer and Jason Colwell could not beat an in-form Steve Williams in the Shelbourne goal. Dermot Keely's side are now seven points ahead of Saint Patrick-s Athletic FC with two games remaining, but St Patrick's still have five games left in which to overhaul the 1999/00 champions.

Unbeaten run
University College Dublin FC extended their unbeaten run to six games after defeating Cork City FC 1-0 at Belfield. Alan McNally grabbed the only goal of the game in the 56th minute, when he was in the right place to knock in a simple rebound. Greg O'Dowd was sent clear down the wing by a Robbie Martin pass and his cross was deflected into the path of McNally, who made no mistake.

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