Our junior hurlers with a depleted squad suffered a heavy defeat to Rapparees in Bellefield today. 4-16 to -06.
The Rapps were stronger in all areas of the field and things could have been worse if net minder Willie Redmond and full back Darren Malone had not been fully alert. Shels also lost midfielder Emmet O’Leary early in play. Shels points came from Shane Griffith (0-1), Denis Kelly (0-2,1F) Mick Kelly (-02) and Willie O’Shaughnessy (-01). Ciaran Walsh was covering a lot of ground and was working tirelessly with Barry O’Connor also showing well, but really Shels had no answer today. Team: Willie Redmond, Jonathan Breslin, Darren Malone, Stephen Whelan, Neal Rossiter, Denis Kelly (Capt), Cathal Gaule, Ciaran Walsh, Emmet O’Leary, Johnny Campbell, Barry O’Connor, Willie O’Shaughnessy, Shane Griffith, Conor Tobin, Philip Walsh. Subs Mick Kelly, Eoghan Fitzgerald, and Chris Gordon.