Shelmalier U21 footballers gave up their attempt to make it 3 in a row of county titles when they went down 2-8 to Starlights 3-7 in a stormy Bellefield on Fri night last.
The visitors were quickly of the mark with points from Liam Rockett and Kevin O Connor and with the assistance of a strong wind the Shelmalier men extended their lead with further points from Colin Cleary and Kevin O Connor. There was great delight for the visiting supporters when Jody Donohoe fired to the rook of the Starlights net in the 20th minute. Kevin O Connor and Colin Cleary completed their sides scoring in the first half to leave a half time score of Shelmaliers 1-7 Starlights 1-3. The home side came out very strongly on the resumption with the assistance of the wind and the sides where soon lever 1-7 to 2-4. A Liam Rockett goal in the 16th minute gave great encouragement to the Shelmaliers, however, the Starlights proved the stronger in the final quarter to win by 3-7 to 2-8.