Shelmalier minor hurlers had a sterling second half to see St. Annes off comfortably on a scoreline 3-14 to 1-12.
Shelmaliers started slowly enough and despite points from Feargal Hynes and Benny Barron together with a goal from Johnny Campbell they went into the break two points down 1-3 to 0-8. The impressive Liam O’g McGovern and Diarmuid O’Keefe were causing all sorts of problems for the Shels at this stage, and but for the strong full back line the difference would have been much greater. Noel Mythen and Kevin O’Leary particularly busy during this half.
However on the resumption and with some enforced changes Shels came out with all guns blazing and started to play the style of hurling they are renowned for. Brian Tobin who had been strong in midfield got injured had to go corner back and Shane Griffith moved out to wing forward and together with the newly introduced Craig McCabe brought new impetus to the half forward line. Brian (Turf) Murphy was winning a lot of ball on this line and a good supply of ball was going to the forwards and our scores began to clock up. Feargal Hynes back in the forwards got the ball rolling with a neat dispatch over the bar and subsequent points from Benny Barron (3) Brian Doyle (2) Johnny Campbell, Shane Griffith, Brian Murphy and Feargal Hynes together with two cracker’s of goals from Craig McCabe and Johnny Campbell left the final score 3-14 to 1-12.
Strongest on the night were our three county minors fresh from Croke Park, Benny Barron, Brian Doyle and James Gordon who cleared up on the half back line together with the staunch Aidan Cash.
Team: Paraic O’Leary, Shane Griffith (0-1), Noel Mythen, Kevin O’Leary, Niall Murphy, James Gordon, Aidan Cash, Brain Tobin, Benny Barron(0-5,4F), Brian Murphy(0-1), Brian Doyle(0-2), Sean Walsh, Ronan Kavanagh, Feargal Hynes(0-4), Johnny Campbell(2-0).
Subs introduced. Craig McCabe(1-1), Cian Lambe.