On Sunday 24th of April in Wexford park the Shemaliers met Ferns/St. Aidan’s in the first round of the senior hurling championship.
Ferns went into the game the odds-on favourites with the bookies and immediately set about to prove them right with 5 unanswered points in 6 mins. Brian Malone did have a blistering shot at goal brilliantly saved by Michael Walsh, the ferns net minder in the 5th minute but Ferns were on fire.
8 mins passed with Ferns being guilty of some very scorable wides and the Shels followers wondering were their team going to manage even 1 point for this whole game. On the 15th minute, Brian Doyle split the posts, and finally put the Shels on the scoreboard. 2 mins later, wing back Alan Griffith put a 40 meter sideline cut between the posts. Ferns responded in less than a minute with another point, 4 points now in their favour. Joe Kelly then points after catching a clever, well placed Conor Walsh free. Ferns then converted a sideline ball and Brian Malone responded with a point on the 21st minute leaving 3 between them. Ferns Paul Morris broke through with nothing else on his mind only a goal only to be expertly denied by Brian Murphy. Ferns scored 2 points in succession and Ciaran Shaughnessy duly replied after receiving a superb pass from Brian Malone. The score was now 0-9 to 0-4 in Ferns favour. Then a batted down sliothar was picked up by Alan Griffith who found his brother Shane on the right wing, a clever pass to Joe Kelly who weaved his way through the Ferns defence and tapped the ball effortlessly to the back of the net. Ferns pointed once more before the break to leave 2 points separating the 2 sides.
Noel Mythen opened the second half with a point and Stephen Banville equalised the sides for the first time after 3 minutes. 2 points from Joe Kelly, another from Stephen Banville, a point each from Ian Byrne and Chris O’ Connor for Ferns had the Shels leading by the narrowest of margins when a Ciaran Shaughnessy long range strike went over the hand of Michael Walsh and into the Ferns goal. The Shels had come out in this second half fighting much harder for the ball and this coupled with a great display of stick work was winning the ground tussles while Stephen Banville, Brian Malone and substitute Aidan Cash were taken care of the aerial battles.
Ferns pace was slowing and punishment came to them in the form of Shane Griffith. 3 points within 3 minutes, and the Shels were passing the point of no return. 2 more points for Joe Kelly, 1 for Brian Doyle and another for Stephen Banville after a superb Eoin Doyle solo and it was all over. A consolation point from Ferns left the final score at 2-18 to 0-13.
Team: Brian Murphy, Eoin Doyle, Aidan Murphy, Andre O’Brien, Alan Griffith (0-1, line ball) Conor Walsh, Benny Barron, James Gordon, Ciaran O’Shaughnessy, (1-1), Brian Doyle (0-1), Brian Malone (0-2), Stephen Banville (0-2) Shane Griffith (0-3), Noel Mythen (0-1), Joe Kelly (1-7, 3F). Sub Aidan Cash for James Gordon (inj).