Our U21 Footballers fought back well to account for Adamstown 2-11 to 1-10 in the premier U21 Football qualifier. Read on for Report.
Craig McCabe was on target all evening including converting a fantastic penalty. Brian Murphy with 2 superb opening points and super substitute Adam Whitmore hitting 1-1 within minutes of coming onto the pitch. Shels met Adamstown away in their opening game of the U21 Football championship this week. Shels drew first blood with two well taken points from Brian Murphy after good combined play from Aidan Cash and Shane Griffith. Adamstown took one back and the game entered a lean period. Conor Tobin, Benny Barron and Shane Griffith making for staunch full back line. Robbie Staples & Niall Murphy were proving effective in the half back line with Brian Doyle commanding at centre back. Ronan Kavanagh, Cian Lambe, Johnny Campbell and Kevin O’Leary were taking every opportunity that presented itself. Glen Murphy was showing strong for the ball and seemed to be covering an inordinate amount of ground. With 20 minutes gone, Brian Doyle made a great run and off loaded to the waiting Craig McCabe who dispatched over the bar, the same player pointed moments later. Adamstown slipped another minor in before Craig McCabe pointed a free just coming up to half time. However Adamstown finished the half very strong amassing 1-1 in the closing minute to leave the half time score 1-3 to 0-5 in favour of the home side. On the resumption Adamstown stormed off at speed quickly adding 4 unanswered points and Shels seemed to be in trouble being 5 points adrift with 10 minutes gone. New legs were introduced in the form of Stephen Corrigan (recovering from illness) and the youthful Adam Whitmore. Both men made their presence felt immediately with Adam pointing without delay and Stephen making several fruitful runs. Craig McCabe added a free to leave just 3 between the sides. Adamstown were far from done and kept in touch with a long range point. Aidan Cash was working hard and this paid off as he sent an accurate pass to the on form Brian Doyle who needed no prompting to convert the score. Great work from the Shels then saw an accurate ball coming to Craig McCabe who deemed Adam Whitmore to be in a better position and duly made the pass. Whitmore calmly dispatched the ball into the right hand corner of the goal and the sides were level, 1-8 each. James Cash younger brother of Aidan was introduced at this stage and he immediately went to work covering much of the pitch. With ten minutes to go Shels were awarded a penalty after a player was took down in the square and Craig McCabe who was having a storming game neatly sent it to the back of the net. 2-8 to 1-9. Adamstown replied with a point and had no intention of giving up. However with 2 further free’s from McCabe and a splendid save by Shels keeper Shane Birney and the rebound shot duly cleared by Corrigan, Shels pulled 3 ahead. A fine pass by Brian Doyle just on full time yielded the insurance point for Shels with Craig McCabe on target yet again. On a day when the entire team played to the full ability, Shels were best served by Benny Barron who gave no quarter at full back all game, Brian Doyle and Aidan Cash worked tirelessly and the scorer’s Craig McCabe, Brian Murphy & Adam Whitmore.
Team: Shane Birney, Conor Tobin, Benny Barron, Shane Griffith, Niall Murphy, Brian Doyle (0-1), Robbie Staples, Aidan Cash, Ronan Kavanagh, Johnny Campbell, Brian Murphy (0-2), Cian Lambe, Craig McCabe (1-7, 1P, 4F), Glen Murphy, Kevin O’Leary. Subs introduced Stephen Corrigan, Adam Whitmore (1-1), and James Cash.