Shels glory hopes soar
Captain Cronin insists Shelbourne can kick on after victory at Bohs
SHELBOURNE skipper Glenn Cronin has promised the club's long-suffering supporters more of the glory, glory nights after the Reds picked up a win from their first Dublin derby of the new season.
Shels, only back in the Premier Division after a five-season stay in the second tier, are certainly enjoying the 2012 campaign with four points from the opening two games -- and last night's 2-0 win away to Bohemians came thanks to goals from Pat Kavanagh and Philip Hughes.
"It's a great start, four points from two games and that will kick us on for the next few weeks," said Reds midfielder Cronin, who made a return to his old stomping ground of Dalymount Park in the Shels shirt after a successful spell with Bohs.
"We're still getting to know each other as a team as we have so many new players, but I think there is more to come from us this season.
"Once we gel as a team and get to know the players better I think we can do really well. We have a good mix of experience and young players, Philly Hughes has been around the league for a few years but he showed his class last night and I think we have a great squad," added Cronin.
"It's our first year back in the league, we haven't set any targets for the season. We just want to win every game for now and see where that takes us."
It was the first league meeting of the two teams since 2006, when Shels beat Bohs on the last day of the season to claim the Premier Division title.
So last night's win was a reminder for the healthy Shels' travelling support in an overall crowd of 2,690 of what they had enjoyed in their past and what might come this season.
There was early disruption for Bohs when former Shels defender Derek Pender, due to make his home league debut for the Gypsies, fell ill and had to be replaced in the starting line-up by Kevin Feely.
That didn't seem to affect Bohs as they started very brightly. Twice in the first 10 minutes striker Dinny Corcoran went close, while Feely saw his header go over Dean Delaney's crossbar.
Very much against the run of play, Shels took the lead in the 21st minute, with winger Paddy Kavanagh scoring his first goal for the club with a stunning strike from the edge of the box.
And 20 minutes from time, Shels had their second goal of the night and first win of the season. Keeper Craig Sexton managed to parry shots from Conan Byrne and Kavanagh, but Hughes was on hand to collect the rebound as the veteran striker scored his second of the season. Bohs' best chance to get back into the game came on 83 minutes when some great build-up play set up Karl Moore but he shot wide of Delaney's goal.
Cronin added: "We were delighted to get the win after only getting a draw in the first game last week, we have something to build on now.
"We didn't start well, we admitted that in the dressing room at half time, but getting the goal when we did gave us a lift and we managed to build on it."