Junior B Footballers in hard luck

The third team played the second round of the championship in Pairc Carman yesterday against St Marys of Maudlintown and were very unlucky to lose by two points.

Shels played into a strong wind first and pulled ahead through points from Darren Shiggins and Brian O’Connor (free) with Stephen Carr missing a goal opportunity. St Marys replied with 1-2 (0-1 free) but great work from James Shiggins and Barry Redmond put Brian O’Connor through for a goal. He was fouled and won a penalty, which Barry Redmond put away to tie the score. A good spell for the Shels now saw Blain Parnell and the hard working Stephen Carr score a point each before Barry Redmond was pulled down in the square after good work by Darren Shiggins, Des Kehoe and Stanley O’Leary. Barry took the penalty again but this time the goalie saved. However, strangely, as Barry was finishing the rebound to the net, the referee blew for half time just before the ball crossed the line and the goal was disallowed! Half time score, 1-4 to 1-2, in favour of the Shels
In the second half, Shels had the wind. Robbie Staples was introduced at wing back and had a good impact. However St Mary’s upped their game and they looked like a new team. They quickly equalised before Barry and Brian scored a point each. St Marys piled on the pressure and pulled ahead 1-9 to 1-7. And then another decision went against the Shels, when the umpire was getting a football, the referee who was standing on the 45m line, awarded a goal to St Marys, even though the ball was 4-5 feet away from the goal-line. The Shels were now under severe pressure which got worse when Paddy Murphy, who was playing very well, had to retire through injury. Michael Redmond, who was carrying a hand injury, came in at centre back but St Marys still got in for a third goal. The game was slipping from the Shels now, so some tactical switches and the introduction of Robbie Kirwan and Damien Doyle helped the Shels to launch an attack. Trailing now by 3-10 to 1-7, Shels were inspired fine saves by Sean Byrne and by a Robbie Kirwan goal and point. Dessie Kehoe and Darren Shiggins, who were dominant throughout the game at mid-field, continued to launch balls into the danger area where James Shiggins scored another goal and Barry Redmond scored a point to put 2 points between the teams. It was now all the Shels and Barry Murphy, Andrew Corrigan, Donal Power and Stanley O’Leary defended as if their life depended on it. And the final opportunity did come with Brian O’Connor missing a point and James Shiggins winning another great long ball but shooting wide on this occasion. Final Score St Marys 3-10, Shels 3-8. Well done to all involved. The next game is next Tuesday at home to Sarsfields at 7.30pm.
1.    Sean Byrne
2.    Barry Murphy
3.    Paddy Murphy
4.    Bobby Delaney
5.    Larry Roche
6.    Donal Power
7.    Andrew Corrigan
8.    Des Kehoe
9.    Darren Shiggins
10.    Brian O’Connor
11.    Barry Redmond
12.    Blain Parnell
13.    Stanley O’Leary
14.    James Shiggins
15.    Stephen Carr
Robbie Staples for Larry Roche
Micheal Redmond for Paddy Murphy
Robert Kirwan for Blain Parnell
Damien Doyle for Stephen Carr
Aaron Ryan
Graham Drennan
John Redmond