Shels survived a powerful comeback by Adamstown to win by the smallest margin 2-10 to 0-15.
Our senior hurlers met Adamstown in Wexford Park Bank Holiday Saturday evening. Conditions were good, some cloud cover and moderate wind. This was a must win for Adamstown who were at the bottom of the table whilst Shels needed a win to better their chances of progressing to the quarter finals. Shels got the best possible start when Conor Byrne goaled inside the opening minute after good work by the team to put him through. Adamstown replied with a point on the rebound. Stephen Banville and Conor Byrne (F) pointed before Adamstown took their 2nd point of the game. Brian Murphy was called on to make his first of many clearances for the day. Shels piled on the pressure with points from Ciaran O’Shaughnessy (2), Brian Malone and Conor Byrne (F) score 1-6 to -03, 15 mins into the game. Adamstown were not going to lie down and valiantly fought back keeping the Shels full back line busy. Full back Aidan Murphy got a good block on a goal shot. Brian Malone consolidated Shels lead with another superb point before Dre O’Brien had to be quick to deal with a dangerous attack on Shels goal again by Adamstown. Conor Byrne tagged on two frees and Shels went into the break with a solid lead 1-9 to -06. On the resumption Shels again got a dream start when Brian Malone (who was the man on form) goaled after a great work by Tommy Barron inside the opening minute and surely it seemed Shels were on target for a good victory. 2-9 to -06. Brian Murphy denied Adamstown yet again and it seemed all was going Shels way despite the huge efforts of Adamstown. When Conor Byrne converted a free 7 minutes into the new half and the score was 2-10 to -07 in favour of Shels, doubtless anyone could imagine that was to be Shels last score for the day. Adamstown seemed to step up a gear whilst Shels seem to fade completely out of the game. Adamstown were awarded a penalty moments later but the resulting shot hit the upright. Shels had some wides before the final whistle but it was Adamstown all the way as they amassed point after point and surely and steadily closed the gap. Referee Niall McDonald played 7minutes and 7 seconds of injury time and things could not have been tenser for both sets of supporters. However despite Adamstown’s great comeback and the generous amount of injury time, Shels just held on for the win and face Faythe Harriers in Wexford Park next Sat at 2 PM.
Best on the day were Brian Malone, Conor Walsh (pictured), Brian Murphy and the full back line of Andre O’Brien, Aidan Murphy and Shane Griffith.
Team : Brian Murphy, Andre O’Brien, Aidan Murphy, Shane Griffith, Conor Walsh, Clive Lawler-Ryan, Simon Donohoe, John Redmond, Eoin Doyle, Brian Malone (1-2), Ciaran O’Shaughnessy (0-2), Alan Griffith, Tommy Barron, Stephen Banville (0-1), Conor Byrne (1-5, 5F). Sub Joe Kelly.