Junior Hurling League Champions

The Shelmalier junior hurlers retained their junior league title when they overcame Faythe Harriers in the all Co. junior hurling league Co. final in St. Patricks Park Sat  last. Jody Donohoe & Capt Kevin O’Leary pictured.

The match was preceded by a minutes silence for the late Mikey Sheil. Shels playing against the fresh breeze were quickly on the scoreboard when Conor Byrne was fouled and duly converted the awarded free. Harriers and Shels exchanged scores in the opening ten minutes before a great team effort put Michael Feeney through for a goal, Shels leading1-2 to 0-2. Harriers fought back strongly and surged into a 1-3 to 0-9 lead, despite great defending from the Shels backs in particular Eoin O’Leary, Capt. Kevin O’Leary, Denis Kelly & Niall Murphy in this phase. The referee did well then to spot a foul and awarded Shels a free on the stroke of half time, Conor Byrne’s shot dropped just short and was helped to the net by Jody Donohoe & last flick by Michael Feeney. A late 65 for Faythe Harriers bravely dealt with by goalie Paul McClean. Half time score 2-3 to 0-09.
In the second half Shels stepped up a gear and with great fielding from Aaron O’Neill, Emmet O’Leary, Graham Staples and James Gordon in this period the Shelmaliers edged further away from the Harriers with Chris Gordon and Jody Donohoe were performing well in attack. Fresh legs were introduced in the form of Glen Malone, Arnie Murphy and Aodhan Foley. A late push by Harriers again well dealt with by Eoghan Fitzgerald and Barry O’Connor. Shels were now on top and finished with a fine 2-16 to 0-16 victory and were well deserved winners of the league.
Team: P. McCleane, Eoghan Fitzgerald, Kevin O’Leary Capt., Eoin O’Leary, Niall Murphy, Barry O’Connor. Aaron O’Neill, Graham Staples, Denis Kelly, James Gordon, Conor Byrne (-08), Emmet O’Leary(0-2), Michael Feeney(2-2), Chris Gordon, Jody Donohoe (0-4). Subs introduced Glen Malone, Arnie Murphy and Aodhan Foley. Well done to all the panel and to managers Kenny Hearne, Darren Shiggins and Padraig McMahon.

This was the third meeting between the respective two teams during the week with the Shelmalier senior hurlers travelled to Pairc Charman on Sunday week to take on the Faythe Harriers with the team last coming away with a 1-13 to 2-6 victory. The Shelmalier minor hurlers welcomed the Faythe Harriers counter parts to Hollymount on Wednesday evening last with a 2-14 to 0-15 which the Shelmalier senior hurlers victorious