Shiels sub claims rubbished by ex-LOI ref

Article by Kieran Burke - @KieranBTS.

Alan Kelly is a former Major League Soccer referee of the year award winner.

Alan Kelly is a former Major League Soccer referee of the year award winner.

Despite securing a record eleventh League Cup triumph just three days prior to last nights FAI Cup quarter-final defeat to a red-hot in-form Bohemians side, Derry City manager Kenny Shiels is once again on the receiving end of some strong criticism from followers of the “Candystripes”. Dumped out 3-1 by Keith Long’s “Gypsies”, who have now incredibly won their last eight games in all competitions, Shiels side looked to have found a way back into the last eight cup showdown when recent arrival from Sligo Rovers, Ally Roy pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 on sixty-three-minutes. However, sensationally striker Roy would see his number go up on the fourth officials electronic board just moments later to the sheer disbelief of everyone inside a rocking Brandywell Stadium, the same venue where City of course defeated Cobh Ramblers in the EA Sports Cup Final on Sunday.

With Dinny Corcoran grabbing his second for the visitors in stoppage time to dump Derry out of the major domestic cup competition and send “Bohs” on their way to a home semi-final tie with champions and last seasons cup winners Cork City, the spotlight would soon turn to Kenny Shiels and the Derry managers decision to remove Ally Roy from the action.

Speaking to local media shortly after the conclusion of Wednesday nights FAI Cup quarter-final, Shiels claimed he had already submitted the sub card for Ally Roy before he scored and couldn't reverse it.

In an attempt to get to the bottom of Kenny Shiels claims, Between the Stripes sent a tweet to former League of Ireland referee and current Major League Soccer whistler, Alan Kenny. Having previously appeared as a guest on Between the Stripes LOI podcast, FIFA listed official Kelly was only to happy to clear up the Derry chiefs claims but sadly for Kenny Shiels it was not an endorsement to back up his comments.

In fact, a similar incident took place on the grand stage of the English Premier League at the weekend with Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp forced to alter his imminent substitution after striker, Roberto Firmino was forced off with a nasty eye-injury.

Derry City supporters have seen their side fall out of the race for European football in the league recently and with the backdoor route to the continent now gone following FAI Cup elimination, speculation is likely to increase regarding Kenny Shiels long-term future at the club with the former Kilmarnock boss strongly linked with the previously vacant Coleraine job, which has since been filled.

For a full review and discussion on Derry City’s League Cup Final win plus an interesting debate on the “Candystripes” battle to keep a hold of their best players why not check out Series 2-Episode 25 of Between the Stripes LOI podcast. You can listen right now using the Audioboom player below or alternatively we are available on a plethora of other platforms including Itunes.