U16 hurlers beat Craanford

The Shelmaliers juvenile hurlers continued on their winning ways last Sunday morning (May 15th) in Hollymount with a convincing win over Craanford, the final scoreline 3-12 to 0-9 in favour of the Shels.

Despite playing into the stiff wind Craanford had much the better start and led by 0-4 to 0-1 after the first 10 minutes.  However a superb goal from James “Casher” Cash settled the Shels nerves and they went on to dominate the rest of the first half.
The Shels stranglehold on the game had a lot to do with the supremacy of midfielders Kevin O Connor and Graham Staples who in addition to setting up many a dangerous move also chipped in with vital points.   The Shels half back line of John Forde, “Dooley” and the tenacious Aaron Murphy was also very solid.
Mikey Feeney slipped inside the Craanford defence for a tidy goal and in a rampant first half performance Simon “Dooley” Donohoe also goaled from a long range free.
Further points from “Casher!” and Daniel Murphy sent the Shels in at the interval 3-10 to 0-4 to the good.
Craanford battled away in the second half but could find no way past a stout Shels defence and in particular goalkeeper Stephen Maguire who kept his goal intact for the entire game.   Maguire was well protected by a tough full back line in Gavin Potter, Glenn “Big “G”” Malone and Niall “Nilly” Cash.    
In attack as usual Eoinie Nolan and Aaron Ryan won a lot of possession and created problems for the Craanford defence.
Evan Devereux and Mikey Feeney had second half points to give the Shels a comfortable victory while Craanford could only muster five points for the second half.
Shels lineout
Stephen Maguire, Gavin Potter, Glenn Malone, Niall Cash, John Forde, Simon Donohoe, Aaron Murphy, Kevin O’Connor, Graham Staples, Daniel Murphy, Eoinie Nolan, Evan Devereux, Aaron Ryan, James Cash, Mikey Feeney
Subs used Conor Howlin, Aodan Foley, Aaron Hearne, Jody Donohoe, and Joseph Redmond.  Shane Neville was also on the panel.  Brian Kehoe and Conor Forde were unable to play due to injury and illness respectively.