Our senior footballers dug deep to secure a draw with St. Marys Rosslare this afternoon in Wexford Park. Final score 2-13 to 1-16.
Shels playing against the wind in the first half were trailing behind 0-3 (Brian Doyle (2) and Stephen Banville) to 0-11 when Andre O’ Brien made a great interception and found James Gordon who popped the ball over the outrunning goal keepers head to give Shels their first goal of the day. Padraig McMahon also pulled off a good save just before the break. Half time score 1-3 to 0-11. Shels started the 2nd half the brighter with point from Aidan Murphy (F), Terry Gainfort and James Gordon before St. Marys replied with 1-2, to leave 7 pts between the sides with almost 15 mins gone. Shels working hard replied with 1-2 (Aidan Murphy 1F), Stephen Banville (0-1) and Terry Gainfort (1-0). Marys added a point to leave 3 between the sides. Shels the enjoyed a great passage of play where Stephen Banville scored 2 fine points to leave the minimum between the two sides. However Marys pointed twice more and suddenly Shels were 3 points behind again just almost on full time. Alan Griffith and Stephen Banville tagged two late points on before Shels were awarded a free. All eyes were on Terry Gainfort who was taking the free from a good distance out, knowing success meant a draw. Terry steadied himself and despite the fierce pressure expertly kicked the free over the bar. Referee Sean Whelan blew the final whistle and Shels and St. Marys had to settle for the draw. A feature of the game that 11 yellow cards were shown ( 6 to St. Marys and 5 to Shels), in what was really a fairly sporting game.
Team: Padraig McMahon, Marc Walsh, Aidan Cash, Stephen Corrigan,Andre O’Brien, Aidan Murphy (0-2F), Ciaran O’Shaughnessy, Ibar Murphy, Stephen Banville (0-5), Alan Griffith (0-1), Brian Malone, Brian Doyle (0-2), Eoin Doyle, James Gordon (1-1), Terry Gainfort (1-2, 1F). Subs Benny Barron for Marc Walsh, Liam Donnelly For Ciaran O’Shaughnessy, Derek Walsh for Eoin Doyle.