Shels have it easy
Vols fail to sparkle in football final
Shelmaliers secured the All-County Football League Division 4 crown with a comfortable victory over a lack-lustre Volunteers in Killurin on Sunday.
Shelmaliers 2-15 Volunteers 0-7
The men from Castlebridge, Curracloe and Screen were always in control, leading by 0-11 to 0-1 at the interval, and when the impressive Derek Walsh hit the back of the net in the first minute of the second-half to stretch the advantage to 13 points, it was over as a contest.
The Wexford town side rallied briefly midway through the second period, scoring four unanswered points to show glimpses of their ability, but Shelmaliers were never really threatened in a dominant display.
The Shels raced into a four-point advantage by the tenth minute with Derek Walsh (free), Tony Smith, Liam Donnelly and A.J. Lehane finding the range for the men in black and amber.
Keith Kearney, who was one of the few shining lights for the town team, gave them a brief respite with a 12th-minute point but it was one-way traffic for the remainder of the half, with Tony Smith scoring three points, while Derek Walsh, Aaron Murphy, Alan Griffith and A.J. Lehane added a point apiece for the Shels.
That goal from Derek Walsh within a minute of the re-start killed off the tie, with the corner-forward applying a neat finish after a flowing move, and he added a point seconds later to rub further salt in the wound.
Volunteers did show that they weren't prepared to go down without a decent fight, outscoring their opponents by six points to five in the ensuing 18 minutes, among them a mighty long-range point from Ciarán O'Shea and a fine score from substitute Aidan Roche just after he had entered the fray.
However, they were firmly stopped in their tracks in the 50th minute when Jody Donohoe raised the green flag for Shelmaliers, finishing from close range after good work from James Cash.
That proved to be the final score and Shelmaliers were left to celebrate a good evening's work and look ahead to the championship with confidence.
Shelmaliers: Graham Lawler; Eoghan Fitzgerald, Darren Malone, Eoin O'Leary; Colin Redmond, Barry O'Connor, Aaron Murphy (0-1), A.J. Lehane (0-2), Liam Donnelly (0-1); Páraic O'Leary, Alan Griffith (0-1), Tony Smith (0-5, 1 free, 1 '45); Derek Walsh (1-3, 0-1 free), James Cash, Jody Donohoe (1-2). Subs. - Conor Hearne for P. O'Leary, Neal Rossiter for Murphy, Michael Feeney for Cash, Chris Kehoe for Donohoe, Graham Staples for Lehane.
Volunteers: John Cody; John Browne, Micheál Murphy, Anthony Walsh; Micheál Roche, Alan Donovan, Stephen Burke; Keith Kearney (0-3), Keith Furlong; Peter Walsh (0-1), Ciarán Hillery (0-1), Ciarán O'Shea (0-1); Donal O'Connor, Eoin McCarthy, Troy Murphy. Subs. - Michael Lawlor for Donovan, Craig Kearney for McCarthy, Dylan Lawlor for Murphy, Aidan Roche (0-1) for O'Connor, Paul Daly for P. Walsh, Daithí O'Connell for Kearney.
Referee: Frankie Morrissey (Glynn-Barntown).