Shels heartbreak in final minutes

Shels having lead from start to almost the finish had victory creullyy snatched from them in the closing minutes of this relegation playoff.

Shels got off to a great start with a Conor Byrne free and a Tommy Barron goal in the opening minutes of this game. Cloughbawn stayed in touch but still Shels finished the half the stronger 1-6 to 0-5. In the second half Cloughbawn, still fighting hard managed to close the gap to 2 points but soon Shels playing lovely hurling started to put daylight between the two team. With 5 minutes to go Shels were leading by 6 points when disaster struck. First a ball, initially saved by Ibar Murphy ended up in the back of the net. Much discussion took place between the referee and the umpires with the referee finally awarding a goal instead of the anticipated free out.  A loose ball three minutes later also found an initial save end up in the back of the net for a second time. This had the game level at this point. A late free for Cloughbawn converted seen them take the lead for the first time in the game and when the referee blew the whistle soon after (having played the minimum of injury time) Shels were left broken hearted and wondering where did it all go wrong. On the plus side, it was a very strong performance from start to finish and seen Shels returning to the standard they are known for. The entire team gave their all with particularly strong performances from Captain Tommy Barron, Alan Griffith, Brian Malone, Aidan Murphy and Conor Byrne.

Team: Ibar Murphy, Andre O’Brien, Aidan Murphy, Brian Malone, David Cloney, Conor Walsh, Eoin Doyle, Ciaran O’Shaughnessy, Alan Griffith, Benny Barron, Stephen Banville, (0-1) James Gordon, Chris McGrath, Conor Byrne (06,F), Tommy Barron (1-5).

Subs introduced Denis Kelly & Joe Kelly.