The annual Feile football competition took place on Sunday in Hollymount where the Shels were joined by Gorey, Starlights and Ballinstraw Gaels for the group stages.
It was a tough assignment for the home team in the top division and though they made a good start against Gorey in the first match they were well beaten in the end. Jack Waters and Mark Doyle performed well at the back while at the other end the full forward line of Jason Murphy, Nathan O’Rourke and Darragh Howlin tried hard but were starved of possession for long periods. The team was captained by Tom Keavney. Next up were Starlights and despite the best efforts of Davy Harte, Ciaran O’Neill and Thomas O’Connor they proved too strong for this young Shelmalier team who were boosted by the performances of Aodhan Byrne, Adam O’Leary and Conor Roche from the u12’s and also Paul Hearne who scored a point and Tiernan Malone who scored a goal. The team was captained by Tomas Scallan. Our final group game was against Ballinstraw Gaels but once again they proved too strong for us but we had good displays from Hugh Peter Manley who was forced off at the very end through injury and Adam Kelly who performed very well in his first outing for the Shels. Jack Waters was captain for this match and returned to the goal having performed brilliantly at midfield and full back for the first 2 matches. Overall, the Shelmaliers put in a very brave performance in very difficult circumstances and ideally would have been better suited to Division 2 of the competition this year. However they did continue the fine Shelmalier tradition of giving it all for the Feile. The 2 semi finals took place later in the day also in Hollymount where Gorey accounted for St. Martins and Ballinstraw beat Glynn-Barntown after extra time to reach the final which will be played later this week. The action continues next Sunday with the Feile hurling – details of which will be published later in the week. Well done again to all the lads involved and their mentors.