Junior Footballers battle hard

Our Junior Footballers had to play the first half with 14 men, & they battled hard and led for much of the first half. However they couldn’t hold on and Cloughbawn won out well.

Shels junior football travelled to Bree for their final game in this section of the championship. There was no advantage for either side as Cloughbawn were already through and Shels were into relegation. Under severe pressure for numbers, Shels took to field with 14 men.

Niall Stafford and Sean Walsh opened Shels account with 2 points before Cloughbawn goaled at the end of the first quarter. Sean Walsh equalised before Cloughbawn struck with another major and a free. AJ Lehane converted a free for Shels whilst Ronan Kavanagh was proving very effective up front and pointed just coming up to half time. Cloughbawn taking advantage of the tiring Shels tagged on two late points to leave half time score 0-5 to 2-3. Shels were up to 15 men just before the half time whistle. In the second half the extra man seemed to make an immediate impact with Jimmer Doyle slotting well into the corner back position. Shels with an extra man to attack immediately got results with Gary Bridges and Conor Walsh pointing to bring the sides within 2 points of each other. However Shels were paying the price for their tiring first half and Cloughbawn hit 1-2 without reply. Shels fighting hard to stay in contention added points from the hard working Conor Walsh and AJ Lehane, before Cloughbawn breached the defence to take their 4th major of the day. Shane Griffith, Conor Walsh and Brian Murphy (2, 1F), all pointed but in the end Cloughbawn ran out easy winner 4-8 to 0-13.

Paddy Murphy was strong in goal and but for his skill in goal the difference would have been much greater. Our full back line was kept very busy and held strong. For the second week in a row it was our half back line that excelled on the day with Cathal Gaule, Colm Tynan & AJ Lehane giving their all and more. Midfield pairing of Conor Walsh and Niall Stafford was very effective, with Shane Griffith, Barry O’Connor and Gary Bridges being strong in attack. The full forward line was very effective with all three, Sean Walsh, Brian Murphy and Ronan Kavanagh doing what every full forward line aims to do, score.

Team: Paddy Murphy, Páraic O’Leary, Graham Lawler, Jimmer Doyle, AJ Lehane (0-2,1F) Colm Tynan, Cathal Gaule, Conor Walsh (0-2), Niall Stafford (0-1), Shane Griffith (0-1), Barry O’Connor, Garr Bridges (0-2), Sean Walsh (0-2), Brian Murphy (-2,1F), Ronan Kavanagh (0-1).