SHELMALIERS 4-17 DUFFRY ROVERS 0-14
A THREE-GOAL burst in the space of seven first-half minutes propelled Shelmaliers to a handy win over Duffry Rovers in Group A of the Joyces Expert Intermediate ‘A’ hurling championship in Oylegate on Sunday.
The Wexford District side were trailing by 0-3 to 0-2 after a pretty pedestrian opening, but when Kyle Roche hit the back of the net in the 15th minute they suddenly sprang to life.
Majors from Liam Rockett and Craig Parker swiftly followed and they never looked back after that, with substitute Shane Neville adding to their goal tally after the interval.
Both sides seemed to be struggling to blow away the Sunday morning cobwebs, although the Duffry did make slightly the better start, getting three points on the board through Gearóid Doyle and two Cathal Clince placed balls, with Kevin O’Leary and Páraic O’Leary replying for the Shels.
However, the Over The Water side woke from their slumber in superb fashion when Kyle Roche collected a Dan Campbell pass and ran at the heart of the defence before unleashing a powerful shot to the net.
Shelmaliers then went on to assume complete control as they hit two quickfire goals to take a 3-5 to 0-5 advantage with 20 minutes on the clock.
The speedy Liam Rockett gathered a return pass from Kyle Roche and blasted a shot past Stephen Watchorn, and the celebrations had barely died down when they had another.
Páraic O’Leary delivered a pass to the inrushing Craig Parker and again the finish was emphatic as he buried a shot to the corner of the net.
Duffry Rovers tried to rally, with Cathal Clince converting two frees and Aidan Byrne adding a point before the break, but Dan Campbell knocked over two scores at the other end to give the Shels a 3-7 to 0-8 half-time lead.
Shelmaliers continued to pick off stylish scores after the interval, with Hugh Peter Manley, Páraic O’Leary, Kyle Roche, Liam Rockett, Craig Parker and Dan Campbell all splitting the posts.
And they then grabbed their fourth goal of the game in the 52nd minute when Shane Neville gathered possession and applied a clever finish past Watchorn.
Duffry Rovers will be hoping to bounce back and secure a knockout place against Rathgarogue-Cushinstown in St. Patrick’s Park at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, while Shelmaliers face table-toppers Liam Mellows in Camolin at the same time.
Shelmaliers: Brian Murphy; Shane Kelly, Adam Hearne, Andre O’Brien; Conor Roche (0-1), Johnny Campbell (capt.), Robbie Delaney (0-1); Conor Forde, Craig Parker (1-1); Kyle Roche (1-1), Páraic O’Leary (0-5, 3 frees), Hugh Peter Manley (0-1); Dan Campbell (0-3), Kevin O’Leary (0-1), Liam Rockett (1-3). Subs. - Shane Neville (1-0) for Forde (HT), Cathal Harding for Murphy (45), Aaron Kinsella for K. Roche (45), Aodhán Byrne for Campbell (49).
Duffry Rovers: Stephen Watchorn; Aaron Coleman, John Dunne, Glenn Rafter; Cathal Clince (0-8 frees), Seamus Doyle, Lee Sludds; Gavin Rafter (0-1), Liam Pender (0-2); Aidan Byrne (capt., 0-2), Michael Coleman, Thomas Dunne; Michael Doyle, Loughlin Rafter, Gearóid Doyle (0-1). Subs. - Jacques Neville for G. Doyle (39), Stephen Kearns for M. Coleman (39), Dawit Bakale for M. Doyle (39), Daire O’Gorman for A. Coleman (45), Callum Boyce for S. Doyle (49).
Referee: Brendan Martin (Ballyhogue).