With wind advantage Shels held sway for most of the first half and points from the effervescent Graham Staples and John Forde set the home side up nicely early on. With Aaron Ryan working hard at full forward and creating space for Kevin O’Connor who had switched into the corner O’Connor knifed through the Ballymurn defence to score a superb brace of goals to liven up the first half.
Another tidy point form pacy wing forward Daniel Murphy sent in the Shels 2-5 to 1-5 up at the interval with Eoghan Nolan as usual at centre forward creating plenty of problems for the opposition defence.
A fine point from John Forde early in the second half put the Shels further in front but that was the last score the Shels forward line could muster for the remainder of the game.
The Shels back line as usual, marshalled by the twin towers of Glenn “big G” Malone at full back and Simon “Dooley” Donohoe at centre back, despite all the pressure performed well.
Corner backs Gavin Potter and Niall “Nilly” Cash protected the goal line of solid goalkeeper Stephen Maguire well and tough wing backs Conor Forde and Aaron Murphy battled gamely against the elements.
James Cash and Evan Devereux and latterly Conor Howlin also contributed to the Shels effort but the concession of frees in the second half which were well converted by the accurate Crossabeg Ballymurn free takers ultimately let to the narrow victory for the visitors.
Stephen Maguire, Gavin Potter, Niall Cash, Conor Forde, Simon Donohoe, Aaron Murphy, Graham Staples (0-1), Kevin O’Connor (2-2, 0-1 free), Daniel Murphy (0-1), Eoghan Nolan, Evan Devereux, James Cash, Aaron Ryan, John Forde (0-2).
Substitutes: Conor Howlin for Evan Devereux, Michael Feeney for Aaron Ryan, Aaron Hearne, Brian Kehoe, Aodan Foley