Shels win in injury time with an Aidan Murphy point.
Shelmaliers met Duffry Rovers in the second round of the premier league division.
As Shelmaliers have a Leinster league hurling match on the day of the fixture they had to give away home advantage and travelled to Duffry Rovers pitch on Sunday 23rd March.
With both teams having lost their opening games, each were determined to win through on this occasion. Shels played with the wind for the first half, but Duffry were first on the scoreboard courtesy of an Alan O’Neill point. Shels had a shot on goal that was saved and Terry Gainfort converted the 45 to put the Shels on the scoreboard, and he quickly followed with a free. Duffry came back into the game first with a point and then a goal. The teams traded points before Aidan Murphy goaled, levelling the sides, in the dying moments of the first half, after some good team work. Duffry added a point on the whistle to leave the half time score 1-5 to 1-4 in favour of Duffry.
Johnny O’Connor got Duffry off to a great start popping two points over in quick succession to stretch the Duffry lead before Terry Gainfort added one for Shels. Two further scores for Duffry which were to be the last for them on the day, before Shels started to get on top of the game first with a Gareth Dunne goal and then a point from Aidan Murphy, to level the game for the second time. An injury minute pass by Alan Griffith into the in running Aidan Murphy sealed victory for the Shels. Full time score 2-7 to 1-9.
The Shels team worked hard especially in the second half playing against a strong wind and again the team work was top class. Amongst those to really shine, were forwards Terry Gainfort, Aidan Murphy, two mid fielders Gareth Dunne and Ibar Murphy and Brian O’Shaughnessy best in defence. The Shels fielded many young players for this match and they were not found wanting. Willie O’Shaughnessy had a great game when introduced.
1 Paudie McMahon, 2 Marc Walsh, 3Barry O’Connor, 4 Niall Kelly, 5 Brian O’ Shaughnessy, 6 Ciaran O’Shaughnessy, 7 Seamie Harding, 8 Gareth Dunne, 9 Ibar Murphy, 10, Conor Walsh, 11 Aidan Murphy, 12 Alan Griffith, 13 Cian O’Leary, 14 Graeme Power, 15 Terry Gainfort.
Subs used Colin Redmond, Willie O’Shaughnessy, and Colm Parker.