Comprehensive victory by Shelmaliers senior hurlers 1-19 to -12.
A dominating display by a determined Shelmalier side resulted in a comfortable 1-19 to 0-12 victory over St Anne’s in the final round of the senior hurling championship played in Wexford Park on Saturday last. The victory ensured that the Shelmaliers finish second in the group and will play the third placed team in the other group in the quarter final when all matches are all finished on Sunday evening. Playing with the assistance of a strong wind in the first half the Shelmaliers were quickly on the scoreboard with sharpshooter Joe Kelly firing over his sides first point in the second minute. St Anne’s levelled shortly afterwards, but it was the 20th before they scored their second point and in the intervening period the Shelmaliers scored a further eight points from Eoghan Nolan, Joe Kelly (3), Ciaran O Shaughnessy (2), Eoin Doyle and Conor Byrne. Joe Kelly extended his sides lead with two further points before James Cash fired to the St Anne’s net on the stroke of half time after some fine interaction involving a number of players. As the players retired for half time the scoreboard read Shelmaliers 1-11 St Anne’s 0-3.
With the assistance of the strong wind St Anne’s were expected to dominate the second half and they soon fired over a point after two minutes of the restart. However, the Shelmaliers were up for this game and they showed their intention by replying immediately with points from Eoghan Nolan and Joe Kelly. St Anne’s soon replied with points in the 7th and 8th minutes but two Joe Kelly points and a third from Brian Doyle ensured the Shelmaliers stayed in control of this game. Four additional points for St Anne’s failed to halt the Shelmalier dominance with fine defending from Clive Lawlor-Ryan, Simon Donohoe, Conor Walsh, Aidan Cash, Benny Barron and Aidan Murphy. The Shelmaliers were always in control of mid field with Brian Malone and Eoin Doyle showing some excellent forward play. Closing points from Joe Kelly, Eoghan Nolan and Ciaran O Shaughnessy ensured a comfortable 1-19 to 0-12 victory for the over the water side.
Team: Brian Murphy, Simon Donohoe, Aidan Murphy, Benny Barron, Aidan Cash, Clive Lawlor-Ryan Conor Walsh, Eoin Doyle, Brian Malone, Brian Doyle, Joe Kelly Eoghan Nolan, Conor Byrne, Ciaran O Shaughnessy and James Cash. Subs William O Shaughnessy, Alan Griffith and Ciaran Walsh.