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Shels equalise at the death to cut Waterford's lead as strugglers Wexford hold UCD

There were two clashes in the SSE Airtricity League First Division tonight.

Tolka Park (file pic).
Tolka Park (file pic).
Image: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

SHELBOURNE’S AARON ASHE came off the bench to level matters with one of his first touches as the home side rescued a draw at the death.

It was Ashe’s 90th-minute volley that cancelled out table-toppers Waterford’s early goal as both sides were forced to share the spoils at Tolka Park.

For most of the game it looked like Shane O’Connor’s fourth minute strike would be the difference, but Shel’s showed true character to fight back.

Waterford started the game on the right foot, looking dangerous on the attack. Derek Daly’s delivery from the left wing found O’Connor, and he slotted home to edge the visitors one up.

Shelbourne responded well, and created some chances of their own, but Waterford were unlucky not to double their lead as the half hour mark approached. Davy McDaid sent in a powerful free-kick, while two players failed to connect.

Throughout the second half, opportunities came few and far between. Shels came into the game a lot more though, and had a golden opportunity on 76 minutes as James English headed just wide.

The vital goal came in the 90th minutes as Ashe cooly nailed a sweeping volley, courtesy of Dayle Rooney’s cross.

In tonight’s other SSE Airtricity League First Division fixture, Wexford and UCD played out a 0-0 stalemate.

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Collie O’Neill’s second-placed UCD return from Ferrycarrig Park with a hard-earned point, while Wexford FC are now unbeaten in three games.

For much of the fixture it was tit-for-tat, with neither side able to break the deadlock.

Tonight’s results in full:

  • Shelbourne 1 Waterford 1
  • Wexford 0 UCD 0

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