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Dean can't wait for Shels' Dalyer date

NOSTALGIA will be on the menu at Dalymount Park tonight when old foes Shelbourne and Bohemians clash in a major game for the first time in four years.

Apart from the mile that separates their home grounds, there's a big gulf between the two clubs, with Bohs chasing their third successive Premier Division title while Shels are in their fourth season in Ireland's second tier.

There was a time when Bohs and Shels had an annual battle for the title, those days disappearing since Shels were demoted in 2006, but long-serving Shels keeper Dean Delaney reckons that tonight's FAI Ford Cup fourth round tie gives his club a chance to show that they should be back at the top again.

"Ever since the draw was made we have all been looking forward to this, it's like old times again," says Delaney, who won two league titles at Shels under Pat Fenlon.

"Only the other day I was going through some stuff at home and I found some old Shels programmes from the days when we were going for leagues and getting crowds of 3,000 and 4,000 for games.

"It's sad to think that there'll be only around 1,000 for this game tonight. "But it's a chance for us to try and match Bohs and show that we should be back in the Premier again," added Delaney.

Shels last played Bohs in a league game on the final day of the 2006 season, Shels winning 2-1 to seal the title, their last game as a top flight club as the Reds were demoted soon after due to a financial implosion.