Shels met St. Annes at home in the second round of the league Sunday evening last. Aidan Murphy pictured in action.
Shels having played in Leinster league 24 hrs earlier and missing 4 regulars (Co. Duty) started brightly and had a healthy 6 point lead at half time. 0.15 to 0.09.
However a late surge from the visitors left Shels having to be content with a draw. 1-16 to 0-19.
Shels got off to a bright start when Joe Kelly converted a free, Anne’s replied soon after. Shels then enjoyed a good period of play with points from Seamie Harding, Tommy Barron, Joe Kelly and Conor Byrne (F). Anne’s were struggling to stay with Shels in this period and Shels good team work was showing well. Shels piled on the pressure to the half way mark with further scores from Ciaran O’Shaughnessy who was having a strong game, together with scores from Alan Griffith (2), Tommy Barron, Joe Kelly and Conor Walsh to leave the half time score 0-15 to 0-9.
On the resumption, Shels started to tire paying the price for their second competitive game in less than 24 hours coupled with a 7 hour journey and they seem to lose shape a little. However to their credit they dug deep and did well to hold on for the draw. A fortuitious goal for Anne’s in the 12th minute doing the main damage. A James Gordon point and Joe Kelly 0-3,2F being our scorers in the second half.
Team: Brian Murphy, John Kelly, Conor Byrne (0-1), Andre O’Brien, David Cloney, Aidan Murphy, Conor Walsh (0-1), Ciaran O’Shaughnessy (0-4), James Gordon (0-1), Brian Tobin, Denis Kelly, Tommy Barron (0-2), Seamie Harding (0-1), Alan Griffith (0-2), Joe Kelly (0-7,4F). Subs introduced Noel Mythen, Kevin O’Leary and Mick Kelly.