A late point by Conor Byrne, (Bomber) gives Shels win in Junior Football.
A well taken point from centre forward Conor Byrne in the dying seconds after some fine team work was the decisive score between the Shelmalier Junior footballers and their Cushinstown counterparts played in Hollymount on Saturday last. The sides were level on no fewer than 9 occasions during the exciting encounter with the home team winning by 1-10 to 0-12. Conor Byrne was the scorer in chief in the first half with a tally of four points, three for frees and a long range point in the 5th minute. However, it was full forward James Shiggins who got the final touch on the ball in the 20th minute as it travelled to the net after a scramble in the Cushinstown goalmouth, involving many players. This leave a half time score of Shelmaliers 1-4 Cushinstown 0-6.
Cushinstown came out very strongly on the resumption but some fine play from goalie Sean Byrne and defenders Eoghan Fitzgerald, Donal Power, Cathal Gaule and Conor Walsh kept them at bay on many occasions. As the game progressed the Shelmaliers grew in confidence resulting in points for James Shiggins (2) and Eoin O Leary saw both sides level 1-7 to 0-10 after 15 minutes. Further points from Eoin O Leary and Conor Byrne restored the Shelmalier lead 1-9 to 0-10 after 20 minutes. But Cushinstown had other ideas when they scored two unanswered points in the 25th and 26th minutes which saw an exciting conclusion to the game. Conor Byrnes score in the 29th minute of play resulted in great cheers for the large Shelmalier supporters present and prepares the team for their first championship match next week against Monageer.
Team Sean Byrne, Eoghan Fitzgerald, Donal Power, Cathal Gaule, Willie O Shaughnessy, Conor Byrne, Kevin O Leary, Ibar Murphy, Barry O Connor, Eoin O Leary, Conor Byrne, Neal Rossiter, James Shiggins, James Cash and Jack Murphy. Subs Chris Kehoe, Damian Doyle and Robbie Staples.