Shels Junior team beat Faythe Harriers this evening in Pairc Charman 3-12 to 2-10 to win the B section of the junior championship.
Shels started brightly when Mick Kelly won a low ball and gave a hand pass to the in-running Shane Griffith who goaled in the opening couple of minutes. John Redmond converted a free moments later before the Harriers pulled two points back. Kevin O’Leary cleared a dangerous 65’ off the line and the sliothar was worked down to Craig Potter who pointed from a distance out, against a strong wind. The Harriers working hard at this stage took two majors in close succession to go into the lead for the first time, but great free taking from Fergie Parker and John Redmond (2) together with a point from Mick Kelly after a mighty run by Stephen Corrigan, kept Shels in touch. Feargal Hynes was playing a roving position in mid field at this stage, and James Murphy and Conor Tobin and Vinny Parker were guarding the half back line admirably. Shels did well to go into the break only 3 points down. Half time score 1-6 to 2-6. Harriers drew first blood on the restart but Shels now playing with a strong breeze, punished Harriers fouling by converting three free’s in a row, all by John Redmond. Twelve minutes in, Noel Mythen in the centre forward position, surged through the field and gave a neat hand pass to the waiting Shane Griffith who took his second major of the day in style to put Shels back in the lead by a point. Soon after, Brian Murphy came under pressure in the goal mouth but as he has done so many times in the past he pulled off a great save on the line to avert danger. Mick Kelly, who was having a great game after being moved back into centre forward, pointed as did John Redmond. Brian Murphy and Kevin O’Leary then combined to make another great save from the Harriers before the ball found its way back up the field where Shane Griffith sent the sliothar over the bar for Shels to go 4 points ahead. Shane Griffith and Mick Kelly then combined well to put Noel Mythen through for Shels third major of the day to leave Shels 7 ahead with 3 minutes to go. A late surge from the Harriers could only yield two points with Darren (Jack) Malone holding strong on several occasions, and the game finished 3-12 to 2-10. Fair play to the Harriers who put up a great fight and played the game in a sporting manner. All Shels were strong against the stiff opposition, but special mention to Captain Fergie Parker, at full back, Vinny Parker at centre back who cleared ball after ball, together with Mick Kelly and Seamie Harding.
Team: Brian Murphy, Darren Malone, Fergie Parker(C ) (0-1F), Kevin O’ Leary, Conor Tobin, Vinny Parker, James Murphy, Seamie Harding, John Redmond (0-7,6F), Craig Potter (0-1), Noel Mythen (1-0), Stephen Corrigan, Shane Griffith (2-1), Mick Kelly, (0-2), Feargal Hynes.
Subs introduced. Ronan Kavanagh, Willie O’Shaughnessy and Johnny Campbell
Manager Deckie Hearne, Selectors, John Murphy and Sim Donohoe.