Shels suffer defeat in Senior Football

Shels met Horeswood in the opening game of the senior football championship in Grantstown this afternoon.

Shels drew first blood with a Tommy Barron point. Shels and Horeswood traded points for the next few minutes and the sides were level at 02 each with 10mins gone. Shels had missed a couple of chances to go ahead. However Horeswood had the bulk of the play for the next 10 mins and amassed a further 4 points before Shels working hard drew the sides back to a single point with scores from Stephen Corrigan and Craig McCabe (2), score -06 to -05. However just on the cusp of half time Horeswood first goaled and then pointed to go into the break 6 points clear 1-8 to -05. The sides were evenly matched on the resumption with Aidan Murphy pointing twice from placed balls. Ibar Murphy got a great block to a Horeswood attack.  Ciaran O’Shaughnessy then won a good ball and offloaded to Alan Griffith who found the on form Brian Malone with a reverse hand pass. Brian rounded two defenders and took his time and calmly dispatched to the back of the net. With only 2 points between the sides it suggested a great closing 20 mins to the game. However Shels delight was short lived as Horeswood goaled almost immediately in reply. Soon after Horeswood were awarded a penalty, Shels net minder Padraig McMahon had to stretch to the fullest to make a fantastic save on PJ Banville’s shot to the great relief of Shels supporters. Still Horeswood marched on and the former county champions added 4 more points without reply. Heading into the last 7 minutes of the game Aidan Cash pointed and Craig McCabe converted two frees but the final scores of the game came from Horeswood with first a point and then their 3rd major of the day in the 61st minute. Final score 3-14 to 1-10. Shels will rue some early missed opportunities but will take some positives from this their first game in the championship in this very tough group. Amongst those to shine was our half back line of Stephen Corrigan, Brian Malone and Tommy Barron who had to deal with numerous attacks and also midfielder Aidan Cash was to the fore.
Team: Padraig McMahon, Cathal Gaule, Darren Malone, Andre O’Brien, Stephen Corrigan (-01), Brian Malone (1-0), Tommy Barron, (0-1), Ibar Murphy, Aidan Cash (0-1), Alan Griffith, Barry O’Connor, Eoin Doyle, Craig McCabe (0-4,2F), Stephen Banville, Aidan Murphy, (0-3F). Subs used Ciaran O’Shaughnessy, Eoghan Nolan, and Neal Rossiter.