Thursday 18 January 2018

Shels stroll into Junior 'B' decider


SHELMALIERS CRUISED into the Junior 'B' football championship final with 15 points to spare over Ballyhogue at Bellefield on Saturday last. By half-time the winners had already chalked up a lead of 2-5 to 0-3 as corner-forward Barry Redmond goaled after five minutes and added another from the penalty spot later on.

The father and son partnership of John and Eoghan Nolan along with wing -forward Brian O'Connor ruled the roost around the middle, while James and Darren Shiggins and Simon Donohoe picked off the points inside for the Shels.

John Condon and Shane Roche kicked over a brace of Ballyhogue points early on, but their third from a Shane Roche free didn't arrive until five minutes before the break.

The Enniscorthy District side had plenty of possession for a period early in the secondhalf but missed a number of scoring opportunities before Seán Cash scored their first goal in the 44th minute.

This reduced the margin to 2-6 to 1-4 but Shels then raised the tempo again. Substitute Simon Donohoe raced through to score two goals in the space of a few minutes to assure Shels of a comfortable win, while Graham Staples really put the icing on the cake when he accounted for their fifth near the end.

Ballyhogue substitute Lorcan Crean scored their second goal but it was too close to the finish to make any significant difference.

Shelmaliers: Seán Byrne; Barry Murphy, Donal Power, Gary Murphy; Damien Doyle, Dessie Kehoe, Robbie Staples; John Nolan, Eoghan Nolan (0-3); Brian O'Connor (0-2), Darren Shiggins (capt., 0-1), Bobby Delaney (0-1); Graham Staples (1-2), James Shiggins, Barry Redmond (2-1, 1-0 pen.). Subs. - Simon Donohoe (2-1) for Delaney, John Redmond for D. Shiggins, Michael Redmond for J. Shiggins, Eoin O'Leary for J. Nolan.

Ballyhogue: Shane Jordan; John Condon (0-1), Seán Roche, Seán Nolan; Thomas Cash, Daniel Pim, Dylan Balfe; Shane Roche (0-3), Tom English; John Kehoe, Seán Cash (1-0), Tony Ryan; Jason Kearns, Darragh Murphy (0-1), Wayne Dunne. Sub. - Lorcan Crean (1-0) for Kearns.

Referee: Noel Stafford (Clongeen).

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