A gallant effort from our Junior hurling team was not enough to overcome Bannow/Ballymitty’s first team in Piercestown Saturday evening last.
Many would feel Bannow/Ballymitty were lucky to goal in the first two minutes of the game, whilst Shels against a stiff wind were unlucky not to collect some fine points as they were on target but just short due to the wind. The opposition added 2 points and a second goal before John Redmond got Shels on the score board with a free. Fergie Parker converted a second free to leave Shels go into the break 2-4 to 0-2 down. On the resumption Feargal Hynes playing with a broken nose was introduced and immediately set the pace for the second half. He broke down many balls and was covering a good deal of the pitch. Fergie Parker pointed from a free, whilst Feargal Hynes pointed from play and then good combined play saw Shels make a rare foray past Bannow’s defence and Ronan Kavanagh found Shane Griffith at the edge of the square where he needed no prompting to put the sliothar into the back of the net. The hardworking midfielder Seamie Harding then pointed after a great save at the other end from net minder Brian Murphy, but Bannow were tipping away and really the stronger team were in the driving seat. Feargal Hynes pointed twice more (one free) whilst John Redmond got a great point from play to leave the final score 1-8 to 2-11, for Bannow/Ballymitty. Best of the day were captain Fergie Parker, centre back Vinny Parker, James Murphy and Mick Kelly were both strong on the wings with Conor Tobin also showing well when introduced. Shels junior team will now contest the relegation play off’s.
Team: Brian Murphy, Darren Malone, Fergie Parker (C)(0-2F), Noel Mythen, Mick Kelly, Vinny Parker, James Murphy, John Redmond (0-21F), Seamie Harding (0-1), Ciaran Walsh, Denis Kelly, Ronan Kavanagh, Kevin O’Leary, Emmet O’Leary, Shane Griffith (1-0). Subs introduced. Feargal Hynes (0-3,2F), Conor Tobin, Craig Potter