Shels U21 Hurlers met Glynn/Barntown in Hollymount Tuesday last in this knockout tournament.
Shels got off to a great start with a Benny Barron point inside the first minute. Glynn replied straight away but the lightning quick Benny Barron hit another brace and Shels were ahead 03-01 in the first 4 minutes. Ronan Kavanagh was unlucky not to point soon after. Glynn got their second minor before good stick work from Shane Birney seen an accurate pass to the waiting Noel Mythen who duly scored for Shels. The same two players were involved in the next point this time with Noel Mythen doing well to get on the ball and pass to the determined wing forward Shane Birney. Shels were awarded a 21 yard free which Benny Barron assuredly put in the back of the net. Brian Doyle was everywhere on the field and was keeping the sliothar moving well. The heart of a lion player Stephen Corrigan added a great point after a good run and Benny Barron converted a free to leave the score at 1-7 to -02 with 21 minutes gone. Glynn got through for a goal at this stage after net minder Brian Murphy was injured in an attempt to deal with the attack on goal. Glynn were awarded a 21 yard free moments later and they went for goal. Brian Doyle saved the shot on goal but the rebound shot went over the bar. Goalie Brian was replaced with Sean Byrne at this point as had suffered a fairly heavy knock to his shoulder. Shels were gathering momentum again; Bryan Tobin was playing a captain’s role on the field. Feargal Hynes, Benny Barron (F) and Noel Mythen all got on the score board coming up to the break. Shels were leading 1-10 to 1-3. However, Glynn were far from done and were trying hard. Aidan Cash did well to get a block in on a run against play. However Glynn were rewarded for their efforts when they goaled deep into injury time to leave the half time score 1-10 to 2-3.
On the resumption sub goalie Sean Byrne came out to go corner forward, with the injured Kevin O’Leary who had carried an injury into the game, going into goal. Neal Rossiter went to corner back. On the resumption Glynn were first off the mark with a minor. Mayhem ensued after this with a brawl which had several players from both teams involved and which lasted for several minutes. One player from each side were given straight red cards, with many people on the sideline feeling those were perhaps not the main instigators. Benny Barron who was on great form together with his midfield partner Brian Doyle converted another free and the sharp Noel Mythen also pointed. Glynn and Shels traded scores over the next few minutes and the score was 1-13 to 2-6 going into the last quarter in favour of Shels. However Glynn assisted with the wind added 5 unanswered points coming up to full time. Score was now 1-13 to 2-11. Shels had one last chance, a free. Shels after consulting with the referee were informed incorrectly that the score difference was 3 points; in fact the difference was just a single point. Benny Barron had no option but to lob the ball in for a goal attempt instead of taking his point. The shot on goal was dealt with and the referee blew his whistle on the puck out. Heartbreak soon turned to amazement when it was deemed the referee was indeed incorrect as not only were there two official score keepers for Shels in attendance but a reporter from the local newspapers was also at the game and he quickly verified the score as only being 1 point in the difference.
Shels were best served by Benny Barron and Brian Doyle who really could do more on the night. Noel Mythen was blistering in attack and Stephen Corrigan played his usual brave and determined game with Conor Tobin very strong at full back. The youthful Simon Donohoe has several intelligent runs and was a tenacious defender.
Team Brian Murphy, Feargal Hynes (0-1), Conor Tobin, Kevin O’Leary, Simon Donohoe, Aidan Cash, Bryan Tobin (C), Brian Doyle, Benny Barron (1-7, 1-4F), Ronan Kavanagh, Stephen Corrigan (0-1) Shane Birney (0-1), James Cash, Noel Mythen (0-3), Neal Rossiter.
Subs Sean Byrne for Brian Murphy injured.