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Shelbourne manager Dermot Keely Photo by: uefa.com

Shelbourne seems redemption against Sligo

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Shelbourne manager Dermot Keely Photo by: uefa.com

That’s a prospect that can never be ruled out with the prolific Philly Hughes leading the line with 20 league goals in 30 appearances this season, and the aforementioned David Cassidy enjoying the kind of season that might soon have the Shels faithful petitioning for his canonization.

While Sligo will expect to leave Dublin 4 as cup champions, there is little doubt which set of supporters will find the day more meaningful in the greater scheme of things.

Having survived a brush with death and faced their own morality more often than they will care to admit, Shelbourne will likely appreciate this cup final more than the previous 18 which they have contested.

Following five long years of playing games in empty stadiums around the Ireland’s rural towns, often in front of little more than a handful of diehard supporters, the moment of redemption at the Aviva Stadium in front a crowd of somewhere between 20-30,000 people will serve to go someway to soothe the wounds of their recent trials.

The symbolism of this re-birth taking place in their birthplace, the Dublin 4 area of Ringsend, the original home of the club, will not go unnoticed.

As they make their way to Sunday’s game Shels fans will surely enjoy a sense of returning to where they belong, in more ways than one.

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