Indeed so strong were Shels in the second half they held the visitors to just two points for the entire 30 minutes. Shels, only having the minimum 15 players available had little room for error. Discipline was a strong feature of the Shels team with only a couple of free’s conceded for the day. The visitors got on the scoreboard first but for the first quarter Shels were neck and neck with Rathnure, with points from John Redmond (2,1F) and Ciaran Walsh. Rathnure goaled in the 15th minute and despite Shels trying hard, with points from Noel Mythen, John Redmond and Conor Tobin, Rathnure extended their lead to seven points at the break. 1-10 to 0-6.
In the second half Mick Kelly, having moved into the forwards to release Noel Mythen to shore up the defence, quickly got Shels off to a flying start with a great goal, Ciaran Walsh then converted two free’s before Rathnure got their first score of the new half. Fergie Parker then further punished Rathnure’s indiscipline by converting two long range free’s before Seamie Harding levelled the sides. John Redmond then put Shels ahead much to the delight of the home crowd before Rathnure levelled the sides again. Rathnure’s no. 2 was yellow carded for a second time for a foul on Conor Tobin and was sidelined. This seemed to fire up the Shels who hit 0-3 without reply, Ciaran Walsh (2,1F), Fergie Parker (0-1F) to finish deserved winners 1-15 to 1-12. All had to play their part on the day and all the team did so and amongst those to show well were Ciaran Walsh, Vinny Parker, James Murphy, Kevin O’Leary & Craig Potter.
Team: Brian Murphy, Kevin O’Leary, Fergie Parker (0-3F), Darren Malone, James Murphy, Vinny Parker, Mick Kelly (1-0), John Redmond (0-4, 2F), Seamie Harding (0-1), Ciaran Walsh (0-5,3F), Noel Mythen (0-1), Craig Potter, Shane Griffith, Emmet O’Leary, and Conor Tobin (0-1).