The Shelmalier under 21 hurling team traveled to Oulart village 2nd July to take on the local team in the first round of the championship in front of a large crowd of supporters.
Shelmaliers 1-6 Oulart/Ballagh 1-16.
The Shelmalier under 21 hurling team travelled to Oulart village on 2nd July to take on the local team in the first round of the championship in front of a large crowd of supporters. Our team played with great skill and determination in a very competitive and exciting championship first round match. The black and amber side fielded a very young team with 8 minors in the starting line-up and on a pitch that was doubtfully declared playable. This resulted in over half of thepitch practically under water which favoured the physically stronger Oulart side. However, the Shelmaliers took the game to their opponents and went in at half time only one point in arrears. The Shelmaliers had led at one stage of game with a well taken goal from Joe Kelly when he batted a centre from James Murphy to the net. The half time score was Oulart 0-7 Shelmaliers 1-3 with Chris Wall 0-2, Joe Kelly 1-0 and Thomas Barron 0-1 the scorers for the Shels.
The Shels continued to play great hurling and took the game to Oulart in the second half, and with 5 minutes remaining were still level. With Shels' main player Brian Malone tiring after playing at full back on the Wexford senior football team the day before' a stronger Oulart side began to take control and, with the referee playing 10 minutes of extra time, got the scores which in no way reflected the competitive nature of the match. Great performances on the Shels team from Ciarian Murphy in goals, Jimmer Doyle and Arron Watters who was outstanding at full back, Brian Malone at centre field and Joe Kelly. The final score was Oulart 1-16 Shelmaliers 1-6 with Chris Wall 0-1, Eoin Doyle 0-1 and Willie O Shaughnessy 0-1 the scorers for the Shelmaliers in the second half.