Juniors edge by Bannow/Ballymitty

It was excitement from start to finish in a very windy Rosslare on Monday last when the Shelmaliers just did enough to edge past a gallant Bannow/Ballymitty side on a final score line of 2-10 to 2-6 in the Junior Hurling Championship first round.

The Shelmaliers elected to play with the wind in the first half and were quickly of the mark when John Campbell fired over having received a fine pass from midfielder Willie O Shaughnessy and they extended the lead when Mick Kelly was fouled and John Redmond pointed the resulting free. Ibar Murphy made it 0-3 for the Shelmalier, however, with Patrick Fitzpatrick and Nicky Doyle getting a grip on midfield and Donal McLoughlin and Gordan Rossiter moving well in the forward for Bannow this presented Philip Murphy and Gordan Rossiter with scoring opportunities which they duly delivered to leave the smallest of margins between the sides after 15 minutes. The next quarter was dominated by the Shelmaliers with points from John Redmond, Noel Mythen and Ibar Murphy (2) and a great goal from full forward Mick Kelly after a fine run and pass from Willie O Shaughnessy. Bannow’s sole remaining score came from Patrick Fitzharris to leave a half time score of 1-7 to 0-3 in favour of the Shelmalier men.
With the assistance of strong breeze Bannow began shooting from long range and one such long ball from midfield saw Gary Morton firing over a point for Bannow. Two minutes late Patrick Fitzharris was fouled in the small square and the same player recovered to score a goal from the resulting penalty to leave a single goal between the sides. Bannow were also guilty of a number of wides during this period of play. Thomas Fitzharris narrowed the score with a point from 35 yards before Ibar Murphy’s shot on goal hit the crossbar with Ronan Kavanagh quickly on hand to dispatch to the Bannow goal. It was similar at the other end when Shels goalie Willie Redmond blocked and Gary Morton flicked the ball to the Shels net after 18 minutes. The next 10 minutes saw great play from both sides with Denis Kelly, Feargal Hynes, Cathal Gaule excelling in the Shels defence and Ronan Kavanagh, Ibar Murphy and Willie O Shaughnessy in attack, while Bannow had stars in MJ Doran, Gary Morton, Alan Barden and Patrick Fitzharris. The last 5 minutes belong to the Shelmaliers who extended their lead to 3 points with scores from both Willie O Shaughnessy and Ibar Murphy. The final score for the Shelmaliers came when Ibar Murphy ran through passed to a unmarked Noel Mythen with only the goalie to beat, however, the ref called the play back for a foul on Ibar, with the same player converting the free from the 21 yard line.

We wish Ibar Murphy a speedy recovery from a concussion sustained in the game.
Willie Redmond, Stephen Whelan, Darren Malone, Feargal Hynes, Cathal Gaule, Denis Kelly, Seamie Harding, John Redmond, Conor Tobin, John Campbell, Noel Mythen, Chris Gordon, Willie O Shaughnessy Mick Kelly and Ibar Murphy.
Subs: James Cash for Seamie Harding.
Kevin O Leary for Stephen Whelan
Ronan Kavanagh for Mick Kelly
Simon Donohoe for Chris Gordon.

John Sinnott, John Hannon, Padge Barden, John Mernagh, MJ Doran, Thomas Fitzharris, Michael Barry,
Patrick Fitzharris, Nicky Doyle, James McCormack, Donal McLoughlin, Alan Barden, Philip Murphy, Gary Morton, Gordon Rossiter. Subs Conor Furlong for MJ Doran inj.