A powerful performance from Conor Hearne helped the Shels to a deserved 3 point victory over Naomh Eanna in the U16 championship match in Gorey on Mon evening.
Shels made the brighter start with some excellent points from play while also working extremely hard at the back to break up the Gorey attacks with James Doyle doing particularly well. Gorey found scores hard to come by and seemed intent on looking for goals. Shels keeper Adam Howlin pulled off one outstanding save to keep the goal intact. However, Gorey did manage one major before half time from close range – but with Dan Campbell getting a point back straight away Shels held the lead at half time.
In the second half a succession of points from play and frees brought Gorey to within 2 pts. However, Shels reacted by positioning an extra man at the back which seemed to stem the tide. However Hearne together with Nathan Ferguson Murphy closed out the scoring and Shels held on for a 3 point victory 0-16 to 2-7. While Aaron O’Neill, Sean Kane, and Craig Parker did great work defensively and Kyle Roche showed some neat touches up front – overall it was a steady team performance that led to victory. They now top their group and await their semi-final opponents.