Unbeaten Shelburne bridge 30-year gap
Youth Division 2
It proved to be an historic season for Shelburne United as they clinched their first youths title in over 30 years with success in Division 2 - a campaign in which they went the whole year unbeaten with 13 wins and a draw.
Maybe as impressive as their success is how they did it with such a young team. The fact that they boasted an Under-16 in Fionn Slattery and four Under-15s in Patrick Barron, Evin Murphy, Brian Lynch and Colm Feeney made the feat all the more impressive.
They started the year with a penchant for late goals. Against Moyne Rangers 'B' at home they were level 2-2 until a late Eoghan Connolly goal sealed the points. Adamstown followed soon after and this time it was Enda Kelly with the heroics - a late 20-yard volley to win 3-2.
The third game saw a weakened Shelburne win 2-1 with a corner kick screamer by Pádraig Lynch. The champions enjoyed an easier than expected victory when they beat St. Leonards 5-0, with both teams undefeated before the game.
When Shelburne came up against the Ballycullane boys seeking revenge both sides had a large and vocal support. It proved to be a high intensity, hard-fought win for Paul Lynch's side as they scored first through 14-goal attacker Ore Mayjoyobe and never looked back, later adding a second through Patrick Murphy to complete their best performance of the season. Shelburne expected to need four points from the remaining three games to clinch it.
They drew the first 0-0 with Courtown, their only dropped points of the season, however, St. Leonards lost so it meant that the league title was secured with two games remaining.
They went on to beat Fethard 3-2 and, after the last game of the season, a 3-0 win in Adamstown, they lifted the Division 2 league trophy. Pádraig Lynch was captain fantastic for the young side, and he won the 'player of the division' award as well as 'players' player of the year'.
Squad: Fionn Slattery, Kevin Bennett, Pádraig Lynch, Patrick Barron, Patrick Murphy, Kieran Kelly, Bryan Cody, John Murphy, Liam O'Shea, Ore Mayjoyobe, Eoghan Connolly, John Cullen, Colm Feeney, Evin Murphy, Enda Kelly, Brian Lynch, Evan Ryan.
Management: Paul Lynch, Gary Murphy.