Junior Footballers retain status

The Shelmalier junior football retained their championship status with a 2-13 to 2-6 victory over Marshalstown, in St Patrick’s Park on Friday evening last.

Craig Parker and Stephen McGuire combined in the opening minutes to put their team’s first score on the scoreboard, with further points coming from Kevin O Leary and Craig Parker before Marshalstown hit back with a goal in the 20th minute. Niall Murphy and Aodhan Foley added to the Shelmaliers score before Kevin O Leary got his team’s first goal just before half time. The Shelmaliers lead by a point at half time with additional scores coming from Craig Parker and Eoin O Leary before Marshalstown got their second goal to level matters after 10 minutes of the second half. Scores from Denis Kelly, Neal Rossiter, Conor Hearne, Niall Murphy gave the Shelmaliers a deserving lead before Craig Parker fired home a penalty in the 25th minute to give his side a deserving victory. The junior hurlers now play Rosslare on Sunday next in Taghmon at 1-30pm in the junior hurling county quarter final and your support would be greatly appreciated.

Junior Football V Tara Rocks 2016

The Shelmalier junior footballers also completed the group stages of the championship when they took on Tara Rocks in Farmleigh on Sunday last.

Stephen McGuire was off the mark for the Shelmaliers in the second minute with a well taken point and Chris Gordon was narrowly wide with a goal scoring change after 5 minutes. Goalie Aodhan Foley made a number of great saves as the game progressed and he was ably assisted in defence by Eoghan Fitzgerald, Cathal Gaule, Conor Hearne and Cian Manley to keep the Tara Rocks at bay on many occasions. A well worked move involving Kevin O Leary and Eoin O Leary saw Niall Murphy pointing from 30 yards with David Shiggins taking a well-placed point from a free shortly afterwards. The second half saw a great improvement from the Shelmalier team; however, Tara Rocks got their first goal in the 10th minute when a long ranger free deflected was to the Shelmalier net. The spirited Shelmalier side were not deterred and when Paul McCleane and Chris Gordon combined they delivered the ball to full forward Kevin O Leary who duly dispatched it to the Tara Rocks net. Niall Murphy and Stephen McGuire got Shelmaliers last two points. Everybody in the Shelmalier club wish Paul McCleane a speedy recovery from a knock he received during the game.  
The championship action returns to hurling over the coming weekend with final and important matches for both the senior and junior hurlers.  The senior hurlers take on the Rapparees in Wexford Park on Saturday 27th August at 3-30pm and the junior hurler travel to Cushinstown the same day when they take on Gusserane at 6-30pm. Both teams are asking for your support.

Junior Footballers lose to Monageer

The Shelmalier junior footballers took on a very strong Monageer team in the fourth round of the junior football championship in Oylegate on Sunday last.

Craig McCabe scored his sides first point in the 10th minute of play and Kevin O Leary doubled his teams score after 14 minutes. A great run by Liam Rockett into the Monageer defence saw Kevin O Leary connecting to the ball and into the Monageer net. Substitute Conor Hearne scored shortly after coming on after the resumption and Craig McCabe rounded of his teams scoring with a point with 5 minutes to go to leave a final score line Shelmaliers 1-4 Monageer 1-14. Despite the score line this was a fine team performance with many scoring chances going narrowly wide. Eoghan Fitzgerald, Kevin O Leary, Eoin O Leary and gaolie Aodhan Foley performed very well in the Shelmaliers defence with Chris Gordon, Conor Byrne, Liam Rockett and Niall Murphy leading the forward line for the black and amber side.

Junior FB V Starlights

The Shelmalier junior footballers travelled to Oylegate on Saturday last where they took on the Starlights in the championship third round

The first half was an even affair with the Shelmaliers going in at half time trailing by four 0-4 to 1-5 with an early Starlights goal the main difference between the sides The Shelmaliers pushed hard on the resumption but a number of wides failed to add to the score line. As the game progressed the Starlights came more into the game and ran out easy winners in the end. 1-11 0-07. Colin Cleary (2), Tommy Barron, Shane Griffith,Kevin O’Leary, Tony Smith (F) & Derek Walsh (F) were the Shels scorers.

Report Juniors V Oylgate

The junior played their first championship match against a very strong Oylegate/Glenbrien side played in Blackwater on Sunday evening last.

The Shelmaliers took an early lead with Brian Doyle pointing after 3 minutes, but Oylgate soon replied with a well taken goal in the 10th minute. Further points from Colin Cleary and Brian Doyle saw the sides on level terms in the 10th minute. A Cian Manley point saw the sides level for a second time in the 12th minute and as both sides tried to dominate play Darren Malone, Jody Donohoe and Brian Doyle points and an excellent goal from Conor Walsh saw the sides again tied at 1-7 to 2-4 at half time. With the assistance of the wind in the second half the Oylegate side power forward in the second half to run out easy winners at the final whistle.