Shels met Faythe Harriers in Wexford Park. Harriers could not afford to lose this game if they were to have any hope of progressing whilst a victory for Shels would mean qualification to the last 8.
The side was 6 minutes old before the first score of the day was registered. A dropped ball in defence broke for a loose Harriers forward who calmly dispatched to the back of the net. Stephen Banville took a point back moments later. Harriers with a strong wind advantage set about amassing a good lead but Shels never let them get too far ahead with points from Conor Byrne (3,2F) and Tommy Barron. There was a debated score for Shels just on half time with one umpire waving wide and the other unsure. It was not given much to the disappointment of Shels supporters. The half time score was 1.7 to -05 in favour of Harriers. Shels had several wides early in the new half before Tommy Barron after great work opened their account. Conor Byrne was proving accurate on the frees and added 3 with a fine point from Stephen Banville to just put 3 between the sides. Harriers were awarded a 21 yard free moments later and the taker kept the shot low and hard over the head of the defenders and straight into the back of the Shels goal. 2-10 to 0-10. The town team added 2 more points to put 8 between the sides. However Shels were far from done and methodically set about narrowing the lead. Great points from Stephen Banville, Conor Byrne (3F) and Tommy Barron brought the sides back to with 5 points with 4 minutes left on the clock. Conor Byrne yet again pointed before a long low and hard searching shot from great distance out from Eoin Doyle lobbed straight into the back of the Harriers goal. Now there was one between the sides and time was almost up. A debated line ball was awarded to Harriers but Shels broke it down and there was much energetic scrapping in front of Harriers goal. The on form Ciaran O’Shaughnessy gathered the sliothar off the ground and hand passed it off to the waiting Joe Kelly who effortlessly put it over the bar for the equaliser. Shels supporters were overjoyed when moments later the referee blew the final whistle and they now progress to the last 8. Great team performance with Clive Lawlor-Ryan, Eoin Doyle, Joe Kelly and Conor Byrne to the fore.
Team: Brian Murphy, Andre O’Brien, Aidan Murphy, Shane Griffith, Conor Walsh, Clive Lawlor-Ryan, Simon Donohoe, John Redmond, Eoin Doyle (1-0), Eoghan Nolan, Ciaran O’Shaughnessy, Joe Kelly (0-1), Tommy Barron (0-3), Stephen Banville (0-3), Conor Byrne (0-10, 9F). Sub introduced. Alan Griffith.