County Champions- Report

After the great comeback last week in order to force a replay the Shelmalier junior hurlers showed their intent from the first ball when they again took on Gusserane in the replay in Wexford Park on Saturday.

The Shelmalier players continued where they left off a week earlier with sheer force and determination they challenged for every ball from start to finish and the final scoreline of 6-13 to 0-10 accurately reflects this skill and determination. Conor Byrne got the Shelmaliers off to an early lead with a point in the first minute with Shane Griffith registering his team’s first goal in the 10th minute. Further points form Conor Byrne, Ronan Kavanagh, Graham Staples and Denis Kelly saw the Shelmaliers lead by 1-9 to 0-2 at half time. Gusserane played with the breeze in the second half and put some early pressure on the Shelmaliers back line by Eoghan Fitzgerald, Kevin O Leary, Eoin O Leary and goalie Fergal Hynes cleared their lines on several occasions. Early points from James Cash and Chris Gordon before Shane Griffith got his second goal in the 12th minute and further goals from Eoghan Nolan (2), James Cash and Michael Feeney saw an easy victory for the black and amber side. There was great cheering from the vast Shelmalier supporters as Captain Kevin O Leary received the cup from his aunt Country Secretary Margaret Doyle. Shelmalier panel: Fergal Hynes, Eoin O Leary, Kevin O Leary, Eoghan Fitzgerald, Aaron O Neill, Graham Staples, Cian Manley, Denis Kelly, Emmet O Leary, Conor Byrne, Eoghan Nolan, Chris Gordon, Shane Griffith, Ronan Kavanagh, James Cash, Barry O Connor, Michael Feeney, Stephan Whelan, Paul McCleane, Aodhan Foley, Cathal Gaule, Craig Parker, Michael Kelly, Shane Birney, Joe Redmond and Seamie Harding.

Junior hurlers reach Co. final 2016


They now play Gusserane in the county junior hurling final in a few weeks’ time. The Rappareers got off to an early start with the first two points but the Shelmaliers were soon on level terms with Conor Byrne third point after 15 minutes. A great move involving a number of players saw Michael Feeney catching in the square and a pass to James Cash who fired to the roof of the net giving his side the lead for the first time. Two further points from Conor Byrne saw the side’s level at half time. Points from Michael Feeney, Conor Byrne, Graham Staples saw the Shelmaliers retain their lead with was further extended when Conor Byrne was fouled in the square and the same player scored the resulting penalty.  The Shelmalier team was: Fergal Hynes, Eoin O Leary, Kevin O Leary, Eoghan Fitzgerald, Cian Manley, Barry O Connor, Aaron O Neill, Denis Kelly, Graham Staples, Chris Gordon, Conor Byrne, Emmet O Leary, Michael Feeney, Stephen Whelan and James Cash. Subs used Niall Murphy, Eoghan Nolan, Craig Parker and Ronan Kavanagh.

Junior hurlers through to Semi’s

The Shelmalier junior hurlers had a narrow 14 points to 12  victory over St Mary’s Rosslare in the quarter final of the junior hurling championship played in Taghmon on Sunday last.

Michael Feeney got his team off to an early start with a pointed free in the second minute and with further points from Chris Gordon and three more points from sharp shooter Michael Feeney the Shelmaliers trailed on a first half score line of 0-5 to Rosslare’s 0-8. Rosslare came out very strong in the second half and built up a five point lead after 10 minutes. However, the Shelmaliers were determined to stay in the game and they showed a great fighting spirit in the third quarter with four further frees from Michael Feeney put the Shelmaliers right back in the match. A great run by Aaron O Neill from defence saw him fire over a great point and Eoghan Nolan repeated the exercise shortly afterwards to put his side into the lead. There was great tension in the closing five minutes of play with the black and amber side winning out by a two point margin. They now go forward to the county semi-final in a number of weeks.

Juniors V Gusserane

The Shelmalier junior hurlers travelled to Cushinstown on Saturday evening last when they took on Gusserane in the 5th round of the championship. 

Gusserane took an early 3 point lead before Conor Byrne fired over his sides first point with a 50 yard free in the 12th minute. Conor continued his great accuracy from frees and play when he also got the Shelmaliers next four points to give his side the lead. Chris Gordon pointed in the 25th minute to give his side a two point lead before Conor Byrne getting two further points to give a half time lead of 0-8 to 0-4. Conor Byrne extended this lead with two pointed free in the first 5 minutes of the resumption before Gusserane had four unanswered points to leave only two points between the sides. A goal for Gusserane in the 14th minutes left the sides level entering the final quarter with Gusserane proved the stronger winning by the narrowest of margins 1-11 to 0-13.

The focus returns to the football championship next week with the senior footballers playing Glynn/Barntown in the county quarter final in Bellefield on Saturday 3rd September at 2pm with the junior footballers taking on Marshalstown in St Patricks Park on Friday 2nd at 7pm. Your support is again requested for both these teams.

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.