Junior Hurlers grasp victory

The Shelmalier junior hurlers travelled to Oylegate on Sunday last to take on Davidstown in the fourth round of the championship and after a pulsating and end to end match the Shelmaliers won by the narrowest of margins.

Conor Byrne opened the scoring with two early points and Denis Kelly and Emmet O Leary combining in the fifth minute to extend their sides lead. The Shelmaliers were rocked by a Davidstown goal after 12 minutes but they recovered their composure to trail by two points at half time, due in part to excellent defending by the black and amber side. Davidstown continued to force the play in the resumption, with Stephen Whelan getting his sides first point in the second half in the 8th minute after some good play by Shane Griffith. The Shelmaliers were trailing by 3 points when subs Ronan Kavanagh and Craig Parker combined with Craig getting his sides first goal to leave the sides level 1-6 each as the game entered the final quarter. Points from Graham Staples, Conor Byrne and two from  Stephen Whelan put his side in the lead with a point in the 20th minute but Davidstown fought back to level the scores in the dying minutes with Shane Griffith popping over winning point with time almost up on the clock to leave a final score of Shelmaliers 1-11 Davidstown 1-10.

Wishing Shane Griffith a speedy recovery from the head injury he received in the last minute of the game.