Late flour­ish seals it for Shels

Bat­tling Glynn-Barn­town tamed in very ex­cit­ing fi­nal

Wexford People - - SPORT - BREN­DAN FUR­LONG in Ou­lart

SHEL­MALIERS 4-9 GLYNN-BARN­TOWN 2-6

A LATE scor­ing flour­ish helped Shel­maliers se­cure vic­tory over a bat­tling Glynn-Barn­town out­fit in this hugely ex­cit­ing Martin Storey Un­der-14 hurl­ing Black Cup Di­vi­sion 1 fi­nal in Ou­lart on Sun­day.

Right up to seven min­utes from the end this was a game that could have swung ei­ther way as Shel­maliers were des­per­ately cling­ing to a two-point lead.

How­ever, they some­how man­aged to sum­mon up the en­ergy for a fi­nal flour­ish that pro­duced late goals from Rob­bie De­laney and Michael Con­nors that even­tu­ally proved suf­fi­cient to see off a stub­born Glynn-Barn­town chal­lenge.

Shel­maliers were the favourites go­ing into this game but they had to deal with a de­ter­mined Glynn-Barn­town out­fit.

With the in­ten­sity of the ex­changes, and fine strik­ing lead­ing to some ex­cel­lent scores, there was never much be­tween the sides, and for a pe­riod in the third quar­ter it looked as if the chal­lengers were about to up­set the favourites such was the qual­ity of their play.

Shel­maliers started brightly, with Cian Doyle point­ing a free af­ter two min­utes, while two min­utes later they pounced on slack­ness in the op­pos­ing de­fence when Luke Roche was al­lowed get his hur­ley un­chal­lenged to a drop­ping Doyle free to flick to the net.

When Roche fol­lowed im­me­di­ately with a point on the puck-out, they had surged into a 1-2 to nil lead af­ter just six min­utes.

Glynn-Barn­town be­gan to se­cure more out­field pos­ses­sion. Hav­ing forced a free in mid­field, Seán Laf­fan’s dip­ping ef­fort some­how found its way to the cor­ner of the net, giv­ing his side a real life­line since this was a game that seemed to be slip­ping away from them.

By the 14th minute they were level (1-2 each) af­ter Liam Dono­hoe and Dar­ragh Mur­phy (free) shot fine points, while min­utes later a fur­ther Mur­phy long-range free put Glaynn-Barn­town in front for the first time.

Shel­maliers once again be­gan to boss the game, re­spond­ing with points from Cian Doyle (free) and Luke Roche.

How­ever, Glynn-Barn­town got a ma­jor break­through one minute be­fore the in­ter­val when a Dar­ragh Mur­phy ground shot found the net, and when he added a fur­ther pointed free his side went in lead­ing by 2-4 to 1-4 at the in­ter­val.

With Glynn-Barn­town now play­ing at their best, they in­creased their lead within three min­utes of the re-start through a Dar­ragh Mur­phy point off the wing.

Shel­maliers were find­ing it re­ally dif­fi­cult to im­pose them­selves on the game, but the switch of Michael Con­nors to a more for­ward role pro­vided rich div­i­dends as he pointed al­most im­me­di­ately.

Twelve min­utes from the end the Shels re­gained the lead when Jack O’Leary flicked a drop­ping ball to the net, giv­ing his side a 2-6 to 2-5 ad­van­tage.

With Shane Kelly now shoring up the Shels de­fence, the op­po­si­tion were un­able to cre­ate scores, and his team led by 2-9 to 2-6 as the game en­tered the clos­ing min­utes.

As the Shels pressed for­ward, Rob­bie De­laney sent a sting­ing 20-me­tre ef­fort to the cor­ner of the net, while close to the fin­ish the Con­nors broth­ers linked up for Michael to crash home a fine goal, giv­ing his side a rather flat­ter­ing but de­served vic­tory in the end.

Shel­maliers: Jack Red­mond; Daniel Or­monde, Michael Con­nors (1-2), Ryan Doyle; Rob­bie Mor­ris, Shane Kelly, Joe Coone; Cian Doyle (0-4, 3 frees, 1 ‘65), Rob­bie De­laney (1-0); Jack O’Leary (1-0), Luke Roche (1-2), Niall Power; Cathal Hard­ing (0-1), Adam Mur­phy (Castle­bridge), Eoin Doyle. Subs. - Evan Hearne for Mur­phy, Paddy Con­nors for Power, also Ro­nan Fur­long, Evan Gillen, Alan Neville, John Sun­der­land, Colm Kelly, Jamie Doyle, Conor Martin, Eoin Howlin, Jack Roche, Adam Mur­phy (Screen), Jack Kelly, Kieran Hearne.

Glynn-Barn­town: Cian Turner; Casey Brazz­ill, Josh Mur­phy, Cal­lum McDon­ald; Cian White, Seán Laf- fan (1-0 free), Daniel Brazz­ill; Seán Cooney, James Bog­gan (0-1); Conor Mackey, Dar­ragh Mur­phy (1-4, 0-3 frees), Will Hayes; Ryan Cur­ran, Liam Dono­hoe (0-1), Fer­dia Reynolds. Subs. - Aaron Mur­phy for Reynolds, Kevin Rowe for Mackey, Aaron Nolan for Brazz­ill, also James Doyle, Matthew Ryan.

Ref­eree: Justin Hef­fer­nan (Black­wa­ter).

The vic­to­ri­ous Shel­maliers squad.

The Glynn-Barn­town squad.

Luke Roche of Shel­maliers is chased by Glynn-Barn­town’s James Bog­gan and Daniel Brazz­ill.

Cathal Hard­ing pos­ing a big threat for Shel­maliers.

Adam Mur­phy tries to halt the progress of Josh Mur­phy.

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