Our senior footballers depleted through injury and holidays lost to Sarsfields -09 to -07 in Wexford Park last night. Shels were dealt a further blow when the on form, Eoin Doyle sustained an injury early in play and had to be subbed just after the break.
Shels started the better of the two teams with Feargal Hynes pointing twice, first from play and then from a placed ball. Full back Eoin Doyle got in his first of many crucial blocks for the day and the resulting run of play led to Clive Lawlor-Ryan scoring a superb point. However after that it was Sarsfields all the way as they hit 5 unanswered points in the next ten minutes. Shels were awarded two frees in quick succession which Craig McCabe and Feargal Hynes dealt with competently. Sarsfields were unrelenting in their attack now and but for a great save by goalie Graham Lawlor Ryan and two more excellent blocks on Lee Chin by stalwart Eoin Doyle, Shels could’ve gone into the break behind. Half time score -05 each.
After the break neither team seemed to have brought anything fresh onto the field. Shels lost influential full back Eoin Doyle who had been nursing an injury since almost the start of the game. His brother Brian also on the long road back from injury slotted into wing forward. It was a slow moving and low scoring game, neither side grabbing a firm foothold. Sarsfields pulled 2 ahead in the first ten minutes, one from play and one from the first free Shels had conceded for the day. Stephen Corrigan had a great block down to stem a sustained attack from Sarsfields. Marc Walsh travelled the length of the field and got Shels first point of the new half in the 12th minute. Graham Lawlor-Ryan denied the Wexford town team for a second time as they seemed virtually certain of a goal. Tommy Barron was introduced at this stage and set about making his presence felt. Craig McCabe levelled the sides in the 18th minute with a excellent free, but unfortunately Shels conceded two free’s in the closing minutes which Sarsfields converted to leave the final score -09 to -07 in favour on town team.
Best for Shels were Eoin Doyle, Brian Malone, Clive Lawlor-Ryan and Brian Doyle.