Junior Footballers win relegation game

Our Junior footballers have avoided being relegated with a stong win over Our Ladys Island.

Shels junior footballers travelled to Piercestown Saturday last where they knew they had to beat Our Lady’s island to avoid relegation from the junior ranks. In very drizzly conditions, Shels came out of the blocks strongly and despite a goal effort by OLI which was judged to be a square ball it was Shels all the way for the first half. A good goal chance from Conor Byrne was well saved to the OLI goalie, and Conor Byrne after a good pass from Chris Gordon, hit the upright.  Shels persistent attacking started to pay off then when Joe Kelly pointed after good work by Páraic O’Leary and Mick Kelly. Conor Byrne added a goal and a pointed free minutes later.  Joe Kelly added another minor, after good work by Chris Gordon and Shane Griffith. Our Lady’s Island had a chance to get back in the game with a shot on goal which was sent wide. Niall Kelly and Noel Mythen were working hard to shore up the defence in this period. Shels then piled on the pressure and were rewarded with points from Joe Kelly and Conor Byrne and Denis Kelly, to leave half time score 1-9 to 0-0.
Shels were still dominant in the second half and were in the lucky position of being able to bring on the fully allowed 5 substitutes. To be fair to the islanders, they never gave up trying and they were unfortunate to have a man dismissed in the second half. Goalie Paddy Murphy further denied them a major with a great save. Further points from Joe Kelly (2), Conor Byrne, James Murphy and Páraic O’Leary, who was having another stormer of a game, together with his brother Kevin. whilst the island could only manage 5 points in total for the match, due in main to the strong defence led by Brian O’Shaughnessy, Vinny Parker and Graham Lawlor. Final score 1-15 to 0-5.
Team : Paddy Murphy, Brian O’Shaughnessy, Graham Lawlor Ryan, Noel Mythen, James Murphy (0-1), Vinny Parker, Niall Kelly, Kevin O’Leary, Denis Kelly (0-1),
Shane Griffith, Chris Gordon, Páraic O’Leary (0-1), Joe Kelly (0-7), Conor Byrne (1-5) and Mick Kelly.
Subs introduced: Craig McCabe, Jimmer Doyle, Sean Walsh, Donal Power and Adrian Veale.