The game was played in Hollymount on Tue 12th June with good home support in attendance. With a good mix of both young and old players on both teams, Shels were convincing winners on a score line of 5-8 to 0-9.
Shels got off the mark early with points from Kevin O Connor, Brian O Connor, Graham Staples and Barry Redmond. Sarsfields replied with two points from the experienced Billy Dodd. Brothers Graham and Robbie Staples got through a lot of work at mid-field, while brothers Brian and Kevin O’Connor and Barry Redmond were doing all the running in the half-forward line. A lot of long ball into James Shiggins, at full forward, produced an interesting battle between two experienced players as James battled it out with Paul Harrington. A breaking ball from this battle created an opportunity for Barry Redmond and he did not hesitate, scoring a good goal. Blain Parnell and Robert Kirwan completed the full forward line, with Blain covering a lot of ground helping out at mid-field, half forward and the full forward line while and Robert set up James for a good goal to keep the pressure on the Sars at this early stage in the game. Sarsfield made a comeback with 3 further points and were starting to create a lot of problems for our defence. However, with Barry Murphy moving to full back, Andrew Corrigan moving to centre back and Micheal Redmond closing down Billy Dodd, their attacking threat was prevented. Darren Doyle then scored a great goal from wing back after a one-two with Barry Redmond and scoring from 35 yards. Graham Staples followed up with a good goal to leave the half-time score at 3-5 to 0-5.
In the second half, John Redmond, having recoved from injury, came into the defence to replace Blain Parnell and had an immediate effect. Shels increased the pressure on the Sars with great runs from wing backs Gary Murphy and Darren Doyle. A further point from the hard working Graham Staples and a penalty goal from James Shiggins, after good work from Adam Whitmore and Kevin O’Connor, pushed Shels further ahead. Sarsfield tried hard to reply and when Billy Dodd did eventually break through the Shels defence, Sean Byrne pulled of a fantastic save to prevent any Sarsfields revival. 3 further substitutions for the Shels saw Damien Doyle replace Robert Kirwan at corner forward, the tight marking Conor O’Shaughnessy replaced Andrew Corrigan at corner back, with John Redmond moving to centre back and Larry Roche replaced James Shiggins. With Damien now operating from full forward, he was very unlucky not to score a goal after being set up by Larry. The ref blew for a free out, when Paul Harrington slipped, before Damien got his chance to shoot. The Shels ran out easy winners in the end on a scoreline of 5-8 to 0-9.
It was great to see a big panel there for the Shels with Eoin O’Leary and Bobby Delaney also in the subs and hoping to get their chance the next day. The next game is tomorrow, Friday 15th June starting at 7.30 in Piercestown. Support is welcome and all new or returning members are welcome; just phone Richard (Butch) Barlow at 086 6886889 or Tom Tynan at 087 6200207.