Our under 14 Hurlers made the journey to Monamolin last Saturday morning to participate in this year’s Feile Hurling tournament.
On what was a beautiful sunny morning our lads were up against Naomh Eanna, Oulart and Buffers Alley in the group stages with only one team making it to the semi finals. Up first for the over the water boys was a very strong Naomh Eanna side. Our boys started brightly but failed to put away their chances which would later prove costly. A goal and a point in quick succession followed by 2 pointed frees gave the Gorey side a six point half time lead. An Enda Cloake point early in the second half gave the Shels boys their first score and this was quickly followed by two Dan Campbell points. Another goal put Gorey in control and they wrapped up the scoring with two further points. A good effort by our lads against a very strong side, who actually reached the Feile final later in the day.
Our second game was against Oulart and it was in this game that our lads showed their true potential. A pointed free from Conor Hearne and a point from play by Enda Cloake got the game off to a good start for the Shels boys. Oulart hit back to equalize but a goal from Dan Campbell put daylight between the teams again. Paul McCleane was having a great game in goal with his long puck outs a big advantage to the Shels. Half time score Shels 1.03 Oulart 0.02. An early point from Sean Reidy and another goal from Dan Campbell put the Shels in control. Oulart tagged on three points but it wasn’t enough to stop our boys running out winners by four points.
Our third game was against the hosts Buffers Alley and they would have fancied their chances having beaten Oulart by eight points. The Alley started the game well, but with Aaron O Neill, Nathan Murphy and Jody Donohoe now hurling really well in defense they failed to put any scores on the board. Joe Redmond and Enda Cloake in midfield were flying at this stage and the Shels went in at half time winning 1.04 to 2.00. The goal scored by Shane Neville and the points coming from coming from Craig Parker, Liam Rockett, Cian Manley and Shane Pierce. Kevin Harte and Michael O Rourke tagged on further points for our lads at the start of the second half. Stephen Rossiter and Peter Doyle were excellent at the back our lads in the closing minutes and we held on for a deserved win on a scoreline of Shels 1 07 Buffers Alley 3 00. It was a very enjoyable day with some great hurling and the Shels management team of Myles Doyle, Fergie Parker, Liam O Neill, James Murphy and Eamonn Manley were happy that the boys gave their all and can see great potential for the under 14 championship.