Playing against a strong wind, our Minor Hurlers went into the break trailing by 2-7 to 0-2 points in Rathnure on Bank Holiday Monday in this back fixture.
The minor hurlers traveled to Rathnure on Tuesday evening last for the second round of the championship and after a great exhibition of hurling from both sides in very difficult conditions, the visitors came away with a 2-12 to 2-8 victory. This was a game of two half’s with the windy conditions having a great bearing on the scoring. The home black and amber side showed all the style in the first half with the assistance of the wind with the defenders Conor Tobin, Noel Mythen and Cian Lambe called upon on many occasions in this half. Rathnure stormed to a 2-7 to 0-2 half time lead with many predicting a easy victory for the home side in the second half. However, they didn’t reckon to the determined spirit of the Shels teams who were lead by county star Benny Barron who finished the game having scored a total of 1-7 mainly for place balls. Kevin O Leary, Brian Doyle, Fergal Hynes, Ronan Kavanagh and Sean Walsh were the other scores for the Shelmaliers in the second half. Many of the Shelmaliers attacks in the second half came from the half back and mid field lines where Aidan Cash, James Gordon and Brian Tobin show great determination throughout the half.