Our senior hurlers beat Ferns this evening 1-15 to 2-11. Conor Byrne giving a lesson in free taking (0-10, 8F) and the goal coming from Joe Kelly after good work by Stephen Banville. Read more:
Shels were put under pressure from Ferns from the off. Keeper Brian Murphy pulled off a great first minute save before Ferns got on the scoreboard with a free. Stephen Banville did great work to put Joe Kelly through for an early goal for Shels. Ferns pointed from a free again, before Shane Griffith was fouled and Conor Byrne duly converted the first of his many on target shots for the day. Conor Byrne and Eoin Doyle added points whilst Ferns pointed for the third time from a free. With 20 minutes gone, Ferns had yet to score from play with Shels leading1-3 to 0-3F. A rare lapse in defence let Ferns through for two majors in a minute. Shels dug deep and moved up a gear, Conor Byrne tagged on -03F with Stephen Banville & Benny Barron both pointing to put Shels two ahead just on half time before Ferns tagged on a late point to leave half time score 1-7 to 2-4.
The second half was a real ding dong affair with the lead changing hands many times. Our half back line of Aidan Cash, Conor Walsh & Benny Barron was working hard to try and get a supply into our forwards.
Conor Byrne remained our target man and Brian Doyle pointed early in the second half also. Clive Lawler-Ryan, returning from injury, was introduced and had an immediate positive effect on the game. With 5 minutes to go Ciaran O’Shaughnessy got a vital point to level the sides and Conor Byrne after great work by the midfield collected the sliothar and put what turned out to be the winning point over the bar with 4 minutes to go. Ferns were far from done and there was much action still in the game. There were groans from Shels supporters when Ferns had a last minute ’65, which changed to scenes of joy as the Ferns shot drifted just wide and the final whistle was blown. Final score 1-15 to 2-11. in favour of Shels, a victory by the smallest of margins. The entire team played well and stood up and were counted and amongst those to shine were Brian Malone, Stephen Banville, Eoin Doyle and Clive Lawler-Ryan.
Team: Brian Murphy, Andre O’Brien, Brian Malone, David Cloney, Aidan Cash, Conor Walsh, Benny Barron (0-1), Brian Doyle (0-1), Eoin Doyle (0-1), Ciaran O’Shaughnessy (0-1), Alan Griffith, Stephen Banville, (0-1),Shane Griffith, Conor Byrne (0-10,8F), Joe Kelly (1-0).
Subs introduced: Clive Lawler-Ryan, Chris McGrath and Brian Tobin.