In a rain soaked Hollymount the clubs Junior B hurlers put in a great second half performance but couldn’t convert this superiority into scores.
They eventually went down by 4-11 to 2-2 to Kilmore’s first team in the Junior B hurling championship. The Shelmalier team were an even mixture of experience and youth with James Murphy, Kevin O Leary, Blain Parnell, Patrick Murphy showing the way forward to the youth in the form of Aaron Murphy, Eoin O Leary, Michael Feeney and Aodhan Foley. Kilmore powered forward in the first half and lead by 2-9 to 0-1 at half time however, the Shelmaliers were well served by defenders Kenny Hearne, Graham Lawlor-Ryan, Niall Cullen and Michael Redmond. The Shelmaliers put in a much improved performance in the second half and quickly scored with a great goal coming from full forward Stanley O Leary and this was quickly followed by a second goal when a long range shot from Shane O Connor found the back of the net. Michael Feeney shot over his second point from a free to reduce Kilmore’s lead; however Kilmore pulled away in the closing ten minutes.
Team Kenny Hearne, Niall Cullen, Graham Lawlor-Ryan, Eoin O Leary, Michael Redmond, Kevin O Leary, Aaron Murphy, James Murphy, Craig Potter, Shane O Connor, Patrick Murphy, Ciaran Murphy, Michael Feeney, Stanley O Leary and Blain Parnell. Subs Barry Murphy, Aodhan Foley and Richard Howlin.