Shels finish strongly to see off Adamstown
A SUPERIOR finish by Shelmaliers earned them a four-point win over home team Adamstown in a wellcontested Under-21 football Premier championship quarter-final on Tuesday last.
Brian Murphy opened the scoring for the Shels with a brace of early points, and Craig McCabe added three more before the interval at which stage Adamstown were 1-3 to 0-5 ahead.
Their goal came from Shane O'Gorman in first-half injury time after Conor Hickey and Paudie Barden had found the range earlier on. The home team appeared to be on a roll throughout the third quarter as they took the game to their opponents, with Peadar Finn, Daniel Thorpe, Conor Hickey and Paudie Barden all hitting the target, while Craig McCabe and Brian Doyle pointed in reply to leave Adamstown four ahead (1-8 to 0-7).
The first Shelmaliers goal arrived with twelve minutes remaining when the Adamstown goalie's attempted short kick-out to Shane O'Gorman was intercepted by Craig McCabe who made progress towards goal before parting to substitute Adam Whitmore who applied the finishing touch.
Three minutes later the ball was back in the Adamstown net again, this time from the penalty spot as Craig McCabe gave Paddy Sinnott little chance with a hard, low kick just inside the right-hand post. Those goals gave the Shels a 2-8 to 1-9 advantage with nine minutes to go. Craig McCabe, whose father, Benny, played his football with Adamstown over 30 years ago, completed the scoring for the Shels, while Tony French and Conor Hickey added late points for Adamstown.
Both Hickey and Shane O'Gorman had late goalscoring attempts blocked and cleared as the Shelmaliers held out for a semi-final spot against St. Anne's.
Shelmaliers: Shane Birney; Conor Tobin, Benny Barron, Shane Griffith; Niall Murphy, Brian Doyle (0-1), Robbie Staples; Aidan Cash, Ronan Kavanagh; Johnny Campbell, Brian Murphy (0-2), Cian Lambe; Craig McCabe (1-7, 0-4 frees, 1-0 pen.), Glen Murphy, Kevin O'Leary. Subs. - Adam Whitmore (1-1, 0-1 free) for Campbell, Stephen Corrigan for Lambe, James Cash for Staples.
Adamstown: Paddy Sinnott; Kieran Finn, Liam McDonald, James Delaney; Kevin McGrath, Michael Curtis, Brendan Furlong; Paudie Barden (0-1), Shane O'Gorman (1-1); Tony French (0-1), Mark Dunphy, Peadar Finn (0-1); Conor Hickey (0-5, 2 frees, 1 '45), Kevin Browne, Daniel Thorpe (0-1). Sub. - David White for Thorpe.
Referee: Syl Doyle (Ballyhogue).