Shels short some regulars, nevertheless kept pace with the New Ross side until the last quarter of the second half. Losing influential forward Brian Malone was a blow to the team as well as the on form David Cloney also being forced off with an injury. The opposition scored two quick points at the start before Joe Kelly and a Benny Barron free equalled the sides. The hard working Brian Doyle put Shels ahead before Cushinstown replied with two well taken points. Shane Griffith and Joe Kelly (0-2, 1F) added 3 for the Shels meaning they went into the break a point ahead. Brian Doyle drew first blood on the resumption when Chris (Hopper) McGrath gave him a lovely pass, he then added another before Cushinstown had a dream passage of play amassing 1-3 without reply. Shels working hard had Benny Barron convert a free and the goalie Conor Ryan did well to stop a shot on the line. However Cushinstown had the bit between the teeth and added another goal before the newly introduced Stephen Corrigan made a great run up the field and found the loose Joe Kelly who blasted the sliothar to the back of the net just as the referee blew up for a free, meaning the goal did not stand. Benny Barron converted another free before Joe Kelly blasted a late 21 yard free to the back of the net leaving the final score 1-10 to 2-10 against the Shels. The full back line of Brian Tobin, Clive Lawler and David Cloney was the strongest line on the night and but for their tenacity the margin could have been greater. Aidan Cash was also staunch in defence.
Team: Conor Ryan, Brian Tobin, Clive Lawler, David Cloney, Alan Griffith, Conor Walsh, Aidan Cash, Benny Barron (0-3F), James Gordon, Brian Doyle (0-3), Brian Malone, Willie O’Shaughnessy, Shane Griffith (0-1), Joe Kelly (1-3,1F), Chris McGrath. Subs introduced: Ronan Kavanagh, Stephen Corrigan, Seamie Harding & Denis Kelly.