Defeat for U14 Hurlers.

Our U14 hurlers played their third game of this year’s championship last Thursday evening against a very strong St Martin’s outfit in Hollymount

. The Shels, playing with the wind in the first half, opened the scoring with a pointed long range free from Conor Hearne. A Dan Campbell goal quickly followed to leave the lads with an early advantage. From the resulting puck-out the away team, with their first attack, hit the back of the net to leave the minimum between the teams. A great game of hurling was on show for the supporters, as both teams shared the next six scores, all points, with the home scores coming from Conor Hearne and two from captain Liam Rockett. Three more points from the Martins put them in control for a while only for the Shels full forward Sean Reidy to find the back of the net on the stroke of half time to leave the home team ahead on a scoreline of 2.04 to 1.06. The St Martin’s boys with the aid of an ever increasing wind, started the second half the stronger with four points without reply. A Kyle Roche point settled the boys again and this was quickly followed by a pointed free from Liam Rockett. A close in free for the away team resulted in a scrappy goal which left them four points clear. The Martins tagged on three more points, before two more Liam Rockett frees and a point from play from Conor Hearne showed our lads were not giving up without a fight. An excellent goal from Liam Rockett left only two points between the teams with a minute to go. All the pressure was been applied by the home team at this stage, but against the run of play the away team broke upfield to finish off the scoring with a goal to leave the final score St Martin’s 3.14 Shels 3.09. Shels team – Adam Howlin. Kevin Harte. Sean Keane. Niall Hearne. Jamie Furlong. Conor Hearne. Mark Power. Michael O Rourke.  Craig Parker. Chris Cowman. Liam Rockett. Dan Campbell. Kyle Roche. Sean Reidy. James Doyle. Subs. Shane Pierce. Peter Doyle. Stuart Fanning. Cillian Tobin and Ross Banville.  Scorers. Liam Rockett 1.05. Conor Hearne 0.03. Dan Campbell 1.00. Sean Reidy 1.00. Kyle Roche 0.01.  Great displays also by Kevin Harte, Niall Hearne, Jamie Furlong and Mark Power in the backs, Michael O Rourke and Craig Parker in midfield and James Doyle and Chris Cowman in the forwards.