Shels fought hard tonight and were rewarded with a five point victory over Rapparee’s in Ferns. Final score 1-14 to 0-12. Read more for report.
After a very wet day which made for slippy conditions and a venue change from Bellfield to Ferns, it turned out to be a good evening for hurling. Already missing captain, Eoin Doyle through injury, the Shels started slow in this match and were dealt a blow when Brian Doyle had to go off due to injury. Brian Murphy made a fine save half way through the first half with Joe Kelly blasting over from close range also. Points from Feargal Hynes, Benny Barron and Ronan Kavanagh meant we went into the break level at 0-7 each; with the half forward line being very strong throughout.
In the second half the Shels started much brighter and started to pull away. Good points from Kevin O’Leary, Shane Griffith (0-2), Feargal Hynes (0-2) and Joe Kelly (0-2) kept us two ahead for the most of the second half. The Rapps missed some easy free’s, but were trying very hard for goals in the later stages of the game. In the end it was a well taken goal by Noel Mythen after a superb pass by Brian Tobin, in the dying minutes of the match which put the game out of danger. Shels were served well by Brian Murphy, Andre O’Brien, James Gordon, Benny Barron, Feargal Hynes, Joe Kelly and Kevin O’Leary. Sub Shane Birney did very well when introduced for the injured Brian Doyle. We wish brothers Eoin and Brian a speedy recovery from their hamstring injuries.
Team: Brian Murphy, Andre O’Brien, Conor Byrne, Noel Mythen (1-0), Aidan Cash, Conor Walsh, James Gordon, Benny Barron (0-1), Brian Tobin, Brian Doyle, Joe Kelly (0-6, 3F), Feargal Hynes (0-3,2f), Shane Griffith (0-2), Ronan Kavanagh (0-1), Kevin O’Leary (0-1). Sub introduced Shane Birney for Brian Doyle (inj)