The Shelmalier Junior hurlers took in near neighbours Faythe Harriers in the first round of the championship in Taghmon on Monday evening last. The first 15 minutes were evenly contested with the sides level at 1-3 with Feargal Hynes getting the Shels goal and points from Willie O Shaughnessy, Ibar Murphy and Chris Gordon. Further points from Chris and Ibar (2) meant the sides were again level in the last five minutes of the half. However, the Harriers pulled ahead before half time with two late points. Willie O Shaughnessy pointed on the resumptions but for the next 15 minutes the Harriers were completely dominant scoring five unanswered points. The Shels did come with a late rally with points from Feargal Hynes and Ibar Murphy, but it was too late with the Harriers winning on a final score of 1-13 to 1-9.
Conor Ryan, Darren Malone, Fergie Parker, John Kelly, Kevin O Leary, Colin Kehoe, John Redmond, Cathal Gaule, Feargal Hynes, Willie O Shaughnessy, Denis Kelly, Chris Gordon, Seamie Harding, Ronan Kavanagh and Ibar Murphy. Subs Dessie Kehoe, Conor Tobin and Stephen Corrigan.