In Hollymount Sunday evening, Shelmaliers cruised past the Rapparee's on a scoreline 0-15 to 1-2.
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This was the first game after the Junior cert. break, and after a good challenge game in Thomastown the previous week the lads were well set up for a good performance in this must-win game.
First Half: The opening ten minutes were tight as both teams sought to get to grips with the game. The hurling right through the game was tough and uncompromising. As the game wore on however the Shels opened up the game and our superior teamwork and first touch started to tell. Good combined play brought score after score, with fine points in this period from James Gordon, Brian Murphy, Shane Birney, Johnny Campbell, Stephen Corrigan and Feargal Hynes.
Half-time score: Shels 0-10: Rapparees 0-1.
Second half: Although we let the pace dip somewhat in the opening period of the second half we remained well on top. Further points from Dean Corrigan, Stephen Corrigan Páraic O’ Leary and Feargal Hynes kept us ticking over, while the Rapps scored a further two points, with a late goal from a free putting a decent gloss on the scoreline. Overall, while we still have areas to work on, this was a satisfactory performance, featuring good levels of legitimate aggression and excellent teamwork from the lads. Craig was outstanding between the sticks. Aidan Cash shone in a half-back line that were all solid, while our midfield pairing of James Gordon and Feargal Hynes drove us on throughout. Up front, the two Corrigan’s, Dean and Stephen were a constant thorn in side for the opposition. Well done to all twenty who played.
Full-time score: Shels 0-15; Rapparees: 1-2.
Team: C. McCabe; C. Lambe ; C. Tobin ; N. Murphy ; S. Griffith ; A. Cash ; N. Tobin ; F. Hynes(0-4) ; J. Gordon(0-1) ; J. Campbell(0-1) ; S. Corrigan (0-3) ; S. Birney(0-1) ; D. Corrigan (0-3) ; B. Murphy(0-1) ; G. Murphy ; J. Murphy ; AJ Lehane ; S. Murphy ; P. O’ Leary(0-1) ; S. Dwyer ; C. Scallan ; N. Rossiter.