Hard-earned Shels success
Shelmaliers 1-14 Taghmon-Camross 2-8
Shelmaliers eventually shook off the stubborn resistance of Taghmon-Camross to make it two wins out of two in Group B of the Tom Doyle Supplies Senior football championship in Innovate Wexford Park on Saturday.
The Over The Water side looked to be cruising when leading by 1-3 to no score after eight minutes, but two Luke Sinnott goals in the opening half got Taghmon-Camross right back into the contest.
In fact, a 44th-minute Seamie McLoughlin free drew the underdogs level, before last year's beaten semi-finalists rallied late on to take the points.
Shelmaliers began the game with real attacking intent and were up and running in style on five minutes when Brian Malone linked up with Simon Donohoe and steered the ball to the net.
A quickfire Eoin Doyle double and a Malone point added to their early haul, but Taghmon-Camross got a lifeline seconds later when the alert Luke Sinnott punched Seamie McLoughlin's delivery to the net.
However, the setback seemed to have done little to dent the confidence of the Shelmaliers men, with points from Jody Donohoe, Brian Murphy and Eoghan Nolan restoring the six-point advantage by the midway stage in the half.
However, an energetic Taghmon-Camross outfit managed to pare that lead down to two points by the interval, with Sinnott grabbing his second major in the 29th minute.
Darren Carty played a good pass to Michael O'Gorman and when he squared the ball across goal, Sinnott was on hand to confidently palm it to the net.
Taghmon-Camross, who lost to Glynn-Barntown in the opening round, weren't prepared to go down without an almighty fight, and they got back on level terms before the midway point of the second-half, with Stephen O'Gorman, Ian Carty and Seamie McLoughlin all finding the range.
However, Shelmaliers showed plenty of grit themselves and they outscored their opponents by four points to one in the final quarter to claim the spoils.
Jody Donohoe kickstarted the strong finish with a good score from a prohibitive angle, with two McCabe frees and a Brian Malone point ensuring a hard-earned victory.
Shelmaliers: Graham Lawler; Andre O'Brien, James Cash, Dan Campbell; Aidan Cash, Ciarán O'Shaughnessy, Simon Donohoe; Brian Malone (1-3), Eoghan Nolan (0-1); Jody Donohoe (0-2), Eoin Doyle (capt., 0-3), Glen Malone (0-1); Conor Hearne, Brian Murphy (0-1), Craig McCabe (0-3 frees). Sub. - Liam Rockett for Hearne (46).
Taghmon-Camross: Jack Dunne; David O'Keeffe, Alan Nolan (capt.), Shane Doyle; Darren Hayden, Mark O'Gorman, Darren Carty (0-1); Barry O'Gorman, Chris Cullen; Stephen O'Gorman (0-1), Anthony Breen, Michael O'Gorman; Seamie McLoughlin (0-3 frees), Luke Sinnott (2-0), Ian Carty (0-3, 1 free, 1 '45). Subs. - Stephen Stafford for for Hayden (54), Eoin Doyle for M. O'Gorman (58), Derek O'Hanlon for B. O'Gorman (58).
Referee: Billy Dodd (Sarsfields).