The Adamstown/Rathgarogue-Cushinstown outfit were always going to be a strong challenge. True to expectations there was little between the teams for the first quarter, where points from Feargal Hynes, Brian Murphy and James Gordon kept us level with the home team. Niall Tobin then collected a good delivery and he put Johnny Campbell through for a well taken goal. Shels forged ahead with points from Stephen Corrigan, Niall Tobin and Glen Murphy and went into the break 1-7 to 0-5 ahead. On the resumption, Owenduff found just enough space to take a major in the first minute of the half to leave just 2 points between the sides. Feargal Hynes steadied the ship by converting two frees before Brian Murphy, after trojan work by Aidan Cash goaled. Three minutes later Shels wing forward Shane Birney also found the back of the net and Shels were in full flight. Further insurance points from Niall Tobin, Glen Murphy, Aidan Cash, Feargal Hynes, Brian Murphy (0-2) and Johnny Campbell plus a great save by keeper Craig McCabe left us in great shape. A late consolation goal for Owenduff meant final score was 3-16 to 2-11. On a night when a lot of the players were tired after several outings in recent days, it was a good all round team performance which seen us through this stiff challenge.
Team: Craig McCabe, Shane Griffith, Conor Tobin, Cian Lambe, Neil Rossiter, Aidan Cash (0-1), Niall Murphy, James Gordon (0-1), Feargal Hynes (0-5,2f,1-65′), Johnny Campbell (1-1, 1F), Stephen Corrigan (0-1), Shane Birney (1-0), Niall Tobin (0-2), Brian Murphy (1-3), Glen Murphy (0-2).
Subs introduced: Jack Murphy & Simon Murphy.