The Shelmaliers under 12 hurlers welcomed Blackwater to Hollymount last
Friday evening for our second game in the Over The Water League.
While we were short the likes of Johnny Walker, Billy McCarthy, Seamus Ronan
John, Bill Quaid and Nick Whelan for various reasons we still had a panel
of 20 players to pick from.
On what was a lovely evening in Hollymount and with a big crowd in
attendance these two local rivals served up a really entertaining game.
It was the Shels boys who made the brighter start and were on the scoreboard
within the first 30 seconds with a point from Dan Campbell. This was soon
followed by points from Conor Hearne (Free) and Jody Donohoe. Blackwater
then scored 2 points without reply before an excellent passing move involving
Dylan Potter, Craig Parker and Paul McCleane led to a goal scored by the ever
dangerous Dan Campbell from close in. This left the score at Shels 1 03
Blackwater 0 02. Jody Donohoe then rattled the net for our lads followed by
a point from Liam Rockett. Blackwater rallied a bit and scored the final 2
points of the half to leave a half time score Shels 2 04 Blackwater 0 04.
The second half was only was two minutes old when Blackwater hit the back
of the net but this was quickly followed by a pointed free from Conor Hearne.
In what was turning out to be a real end to end game the score of the game
came when a great ball from Cian Manley at centre back found Dan Campbell
on the edge of the square and he turned and drilled the ball to the back of the
net. A couple of points from Blackwater left the score at 3 05 to 1 06 with 10
mins to go. Blackwater piled on the pressure looking to get back into the game
but with some great defending from Kevin Harte, Aaron O Neill, Peter Doyle,
Joe Redmond, Stephen Rossiter and the excellent Cian Manley the Shels boys
held tight. The final score of the game came from Dylan Potter to leave the
final scoreline Shelmaliers 3 06 Blackwater 1 06.
Shane Neville playing his first ever game in goal had a great game with his
distribution from puck outs a big factor in the win. Aaron O Neill was solid
as usual at full back with Stephen Rossiter making some great clearances in
the corner. Cian Manley was excellent at centre back and the midfield pairing
of Enda Cloake and Liam Rockett never let the Blackwater boys settle.
Conor Hearne had a fine game at centre forward while Dan Campbell was on
fire in the corner. Miguel Fernandez, Shane Pierce, Jack Murphy, Nathan
Murphy and Gareth Jones all played well when introduced.