Shelmalier minor hurlers travelled to Piercestown on Sunday last to take on the local St. Martins in the second round of this year’s championship and were beaten by 1-18 to 3-5.
The Shelmalier team were short of a large number of regulars due to a school trip and sought a postponement of the match, however, St Martin’s were unwilling to facilitate a postponement of the game. The young Shels team fielding seven juvenile players showed tremendous drive and determination from the start and powered to an early 1-2 lead with Simon Donohoe pointing two 65’ frees and Daniel Murphy firing in a great goal from close range. The Shelmaliers continued to pile on the pressure with the full forward line of Michael Feeney, Daniel Murphy and John Forde were ably assisted with their half forward line of Kevin O Connor, Sean Byrne and Evan Deveraux and this resulted in a great team goal fired to the net by John Forde to put the score at 2-2 to 0-2 in favour of the visitors. The older and physically stronger St Martin’s side began to assert themselves on the game as it moved into the second quarter, but with Eoin O Leary and Glen Malone hurling well at midfield and the half line of Joe Redmond, Simon Donohoe and Aaron Murphy succeeded in stopping many St Martin’s attacks. Further two points from Simon Donohoe and Evan Deveraux extended the Shels lead by 2-4 to 0-2, before St Martin’s had three unanswered point to leave the half time score at 2-4 to 0-5.
St Martin’s took the early initiative in the second half with the Shels full back line Eoghan Fitzgerald, Simon Donohoe and Gavin Potter showing great resolve however, St Martin’s had nine unanswered points in the third quarter, before Simon Donohoe stepped up to take a 21 yard free in front of the goal and he fired it to the back on the St Martin’s net. This showed the great determination of the Shels boys and the next 10 minutes the black and amber boys showed great skill and determination with Kevin O Connor getting the last score for his team. On the final whistle the Shels boys were applauded off the field for their great effort against all the odds.
Team Aaron Ryan, Eoghan Fitzgerald, Neal Rossiter, Gavin Potter, Joe Redmond, Simon Donohoe, Aaron Murphy, Eoin O Leary, Glen Malone, Sean Byrne, Kevin O Connor, Evan Deveraux, Michael Feeney, Daniel Murphy and John Forde. Sub Brian Kehoe.