After a titanic struggle Shels senior hurlers eventually overcame Buffers Alley after full time yet again failed to separate the sides.
Shels managed to pull clear in the dying minutes of extra time with final score 1-19 to 1-17.
It took over 160 minutes of outstanding hurling over two matches to separate the Shelmalier senior hurlers from their opponents Buffers Alley in the senior hurling league semi-final. These two sides first met in Monamolin the previous week which failed to get a result after extra time so there was great excitement and anticipation among the large attendance for the second match between the sides when they met in Hollymount on Friday night last. Joe Kelly and James Cash got to Shelmaliers off to an early lead and when Joe got his sides first goal in the 20th put the his side into a commanding lead. With Ciaran O Shaughnessy and Conor Byrne adding further points saw the home team lead by 1-5 to 0-5 at half time. Joe Kelly and Conor Byrne (2) pointed early on the resumption but the Alley soon leveled matters 1-8 each after 10 minutes and they soon extended their lead to 4 points going into the final quarter. However, the Shelmalier team show great determination and three unanswered points in the closing minutes from Joe Kelly, Jody Donohoe and James Cash 1-13 each put the match into extra time for the second week running. In a dramatic and excitement final 20 extra minutes of play in almost total darkness and torrential rain there was ever only the slimmest of margins between the sides, with late points from Joe Kelly and Jody Donohoe saw the Shelmaliers win by 1-19 to 1-17.