Shels missing stalwarts James Gordon through injury and Kevin O’Leary (suspended) got off to a good start despite playing against a stiff breeze, with a Joe Kelly free and Ronan Kavanagh point. However it was Anne’s all the way for the next 20 minutes as they amassed 1-4 without reply. Joe Kelly converted a 65’ before Noel Mythen brought the Shels within one point of St. Annes with a goal. Annes and Shels traded points (Shane Birney) just on half time to leave the score 1-4 to 1-5 with St. Annes ahead.
By the time the second half commenced the stiff breeze had faded away and the expected advantage Shels were anticipating had gone. Still they traded early points with St. Annes. St. Annes then got through for their second major of the day and they continued to pile on the pressure with a fading Shels struggling to keep in touch. Aidan Cash was working particularly hard but when the referee awarded a penalty in the 13 minute which they converted, Shels seemed to be in real trouble. 3-9 to 1-7 at this stage. St. Annes ran for home and amassed 4 more points to the final whistle with Shels only reply 4 frees from Joe Kelly. Final score 3-13 to 1-11.
Team: Brian Murphy, Shane Griffith, Conor Tobin, Paraic O’Leary, Aidan Cash, Benny Barron (0-1F), Brian Tobin, Brian Doyle, Feargal Hynes, Shane Birney (0-1), Joe Kelly 0-8, (6F, 1 65’), Stephen Corrigan, Glen Murphy, Noel Mythen (1-0), Ronan Kavanagh (0-1). Subs introduced. Craig McCabe for Stephen Corrigan and Johnny Campbell for Glen Murphy