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Steaua held by Shelbourne

Published: Wednesday 27 July 2005, 23.27CET
Shelbourne FC 0-0 FC Steaua Bucuresti Excellent goalkeeping and missed chances keep matters level.

Match statistics

ShelbourneSteaua

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target0
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 27 July 2005, 23.27CET

Steaua held by Shelbourne

Shelbourne FC 0-0 FC Steaua Bucuresti Excellent goalkeeping and missed chances keep matters level.

By Aidan Fitzmaurice

Shelbourne FC were once again at their parsimonious best as a fourth clean sheet in five UEFA Champions League games saw them hold second qualifying round opponents FC Steaua Bucuresti to a goalless draw at Tolka Park.

Delaney saves
The visitors made much of the running, but were constantly rebuffed by goalkeeper Dean Delaney as 13 years after their last visit to Dublin, Steaua once again failed to score. Oleg Protasov, who was overseeing his first game at the Steaua helm, will nevertheless be confident of completing the job in the Romanian capital next Wednesday.

Early opening
There were enough Steaua supporters packed inside Tolka Park to make this seem like a home leg and it was the visitors that created the first chance on seven minutes. Sorin Ghionea's long punt forward deceived the Shelbourne back-line and found Daniel Nicolita in front of goal with only the goalkeeper to beat, but former Irish Under-21 international Delaney made a superb save.

Shelbourne press
The chance woke the home side up and they soon snapped out of their early nerves and began taking the game to the 1986 European Champion Clubs' Cup winners. Chances were few and far between though and goalkeeper Vasili Khomutovski was not tested until just before the half-hour mark, saving at the feet of Glen Crowe, after Richie Baker had created an opening.

Last-ditch tackle
Baker was again the provider ten minutes before the interval, but Jason Byrne could not connect. Central midfielder Stuart Byrne was forced off with an injury before the interval as Shelbourne lost some of their rhythm. Steaua almost took a half-time lead when Constantin Iacob outpaced Colin Hawkins and raced into the box, but left-back David Crawley cut out the danger with a superb tackle.

Iacob profligacy
Playing their first competitive game of the season, Steaua began to find their touch as the second half progressed but were unable to beat Delaney. Iacob missed no less than four chances, a combination of the goalkeeper, Hawkins and poor finishing denying Steaua the lead.

Hawkins blow
The excellent Hawkins was later booked meaning he will be suspended for the second leg next Wednesday when Shelbourne manager Pat Fenlon will hope his side can maintain another record - the Irish side have scored eight goals in their last seven away games in UEFA competition.

Last updated: 01/08/05 12.26CET

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Lineups

shelbourne

Shelbourne

steaua

Steaua

20
DelaneyDean Delaney (GK)
33
KhomutovskiVasili Khomutovski (GK)
2
O. HearyOwen Heary (C)
6
RădoiMirel Rădoi (C)
4
RogersDave Rogers
10
DicăNicolae Dică
Yellow Card80
Substitution89
3
CrawleyDavid Crawley
Yellow Card69
11
BoştinăGabriel Boştină
19
HawkinsColin Hawkins
Yellow Card69
15
NeşuMihai Neşu
14
Richard BakerRichard Baker
16
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
Yellow Card58
Substitution82
7
CahillOllie Cahill
19
IacobVictoraş Iacob
Substitution81
8
ByrneStuart Byrne
Substitution36
20
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
15
MooreAlan Moore
22
ParaschivSorin Paraschiv
Yellow Card81
10
J. ByrneJason Byrne
Substitution78
24
GhioneaSorin Ghionea
9
CroweGlen Crowe
Substitution75
28
LovinFlorin Lovin
Yellow Card40

Substitutes

1
WilliamsSteven Williams (GK)
31
TomaMarius Toma (GK)
21
O'NeillGary O'Neill
7
OpritaDaniel Oprita
Substitution89
12
FitzpatrickGlenn Fitzpatrick
5
BalanDaniel Balan
5
HarrisJamie Harris
Substitution75
17
BaciuEugen Baciu
16
FlemingCurtis Fleming
Substitution78
21
Andrei CristeaAndrei Cristea
Substitution81
6
CrawfordJim Crawford
Substitution36
27
DinitaLaurentiu Dinita
Substitution82
17
RyanBobby Ryan
36
KecaBoris Keca

Coach

Pat Fenlon (IRL) Oleg Protasov (UKR)

Referee

Romans Lajuks (LVA)

Assistant referees

Sergejs Braga (LVA), Janis Pukijans (LVA)

Fourth official

Einars Gnedojs (LVA)

Legend:

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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