The Shels U21 footballers put in a fantastic performance on Monday evening in Adamstown to eventually overcome the home team by 0-9 to 0-8 at the finish. Brian Tobin scored the clinching point in the 29th minute of the second half to secure the Shels passage into the semi-final for a meeting with St. Martin’s next Tuesday, August 24th, in Hollymount at 7pm.
This was a very competitive game from start to finish with both teams showing great determination and desire to win. Conor Byrne opened the scoring with a fantastic point from play but Adamstown quickly responded with a pointed free. The shells ran the ball at every opportunity with Liam Donnelly, Stephen Corrigan and Brian Tobin making some surging runs through the Adamstown defence. Conor Byrne converted two frees to push the Shels ahead but Adamstown replied and finished the first half strongly to lead 0-5 to 0-4 at the break.
Adamstown tried to push home their advantage early in the second half but the Shels rear guard were playing some fantastic football and denied the Adamstown attack to extend their lead. Benny Barron and Craig Mc Cabe were introduced with 20 minutes to go and both were to be instrumental in the Shels victory. With 15 minutes to go Adamstown had extended their lead to 0-6 to 0-4 but first Conor Byrne and then Benny Barron struck in quick succession to draw level. Craig Mc Cabe scored a great point to put the Shels ahead and he converted a free soon after to put the Shels 2 points up with 5 minutes to go. Adamstown threw everything into attack and scored two great points in quick succession to draw level with 2 minutes to go. However the Shels lads didn’t panic and after gaining possession from the next kick-out worked the ball up the right wing before releasing Brian Tobin who scored the all important winning point.