Shamrocks 3-16 Mayobridge 2-17
Shamrocks bounced back from their narrow defeat in Saval last week, with a good win in Mayobridge. The home team started brightly and dominated the early exchanges and had registered four points on the scoreboard before Jack Haughey settled the Shamrocks nerves with a well taken point from a free.
The teams traded further points before Shamrocks were awarded a penalty, which Jack duly dispatched to the back of the net. It looked at through the teams would go in at half time all square but in the dying minutes of the first half Mayobridge somehow worked the ball through the Shamrocks packed defence to fire home a deserved goal. That left the half time score, Shamrocks 1-7 Mayobridge 1-10.
Shamrocks came out for the second half with a renewed focus and immediately began to take control in the middle of the field with Damien Mc Keown, Paddy Mc Kelvey and Johnny Brown particularly impressive. With the Shamrocks full forward line now enjoying a regular supply of possession, Shamrocks opened up a 2-14 to 1-12 lead going in to the final quarter of the game.
Mayobridge then got themselves back in to the game with some good points from play and a fortuitous goal, following a good save from Conor Hanna. That set up a nail biting finale but with good defending from captain, Neil Mc Parland, Decky Mc Shane and Ryan Hughes Shamrocks didnt allow Mayobridge to draw level. Jack Haughey had the last word in the game tapping over an injury time free to secure the two league points.
The Shamrocks’ team was: Conor Hanna, Conan O Hanlon, Johnny Brown, Neil Mc Parland (captain), Declan Mc Shane, Ryan Hughes, Daniel Kane, Joe Boardman, Paddy Mc Kelvey, Damien Mc Keown (1-4), Terry Morgan (0-1), Conall Lynch, Stevey Jennings (0-4), Jack Haughey (2-7), Stephen Mc Dermott, Sean Devine, Conor Hillen, Derry Brooks and Aaron Campbell.