Shels hearts were broken today when they lost their second succesive minor title in 2 weeks to district rivals Glynn/Barntown. Final score 1-9 to 1-7.
Our Minor Footballers just came up short in their bid to capture the County title on Sunday last when they went under to a fine Glynn/Barntown team on a scoreline of 1:9 to 1:7 in Wexford Park. Playing against a very strong breeze in the first half all looked good for the Shels as they only trailed by 4pts at half time and this could have been even better if the Glynn/Barntown goalkeeper had not made an excellent save from a Feargal Hynes penalty. The second half also started well as two quick points reduced the deficit to just 2pts. However the more physical men from Glynn/Barntown then started to impose themselves on the game and thanks to some fine score taking particularly a great goal from Mark Fanning our boys looked dead and buried when trailing by 7pts with just 5 minutes to go. However as this team has proved all year they are never found wanting when the going gets tough and had the lead down to just 1pt entering the final seconds thanks mainly to a well taken Feargal Hynes goal and a fantastic penalty save by goalie Shane Birney. This could have been even better had a second Shels penalty, taken by James Gordon, not also been brilliantly saved by the opposition keeper. The last score of a brilliant game was scored late into injury time by Padraig Greene as the Shels pushed on to try to save the game. A 2pt defeat but it has been a fantastic year for this group of very talented players. They suffered heartbreak in both hurling and football finals but you can be fully assured these lads will have their day in the years ahead.
Team: Shane Birney, Stephen Corrigan, Noel Mythen (0-1), Shane Griffith, Sean Walsh, Benny Barron,Craig McCabe (0-1F), Aidan Cash, Brian Tobin (C), Kevin O’Leary, Brian Doyle (0-1), James Gordon (0-1), Feargal Hynes (1-1), Brian Murphy, Glen Murphy, (0-2). Subs introduced, Niall Murphy and Ronan Kavanagh. Also Paraic O’Leary, Cian Lambe, Stuart Leacy, Dara Cloake, John Campbell, Conor Tobin and Alan Rossiter.