Shamrocks 4-6, Lisgoold 4-4
A really tight game in Shanbally in the first game of the year and Shamrocks just about hung on for the league points. Conditions were tough out there and the players found handling the wet and muddy ball difficult at time. Lisgoold were a bigger, more physical team and led by 2-4 t0 2-2 at half time having played down the hill with the strong wind mainly at their backs. Billy Hughes was among the Shamrocks goal scorers in that half.
Shamrocks found themselves 4 points down 10 minutes into the second half as Lisgoold put up some great resistance but they eventually got the necessary scores to swing that 4 point deficit to a 4 point lead. Seán Andrews, now operating in the forwards, scored 2 goals and Dylan O’Flaherty kicked some important points. Shamrocks led by 4 points into the last few minutes; however Lisgoold went up the field and scored a goal to bring the lead back to one. Shamrocks didn’t panic and Dylan O’Flaherty kicked the insurance point with time almost up.
Well done to our 2 new players who made their Shamrocks debut today – Andrew Egan at wing back and Ronan Connolly at wing forward. They made handsome contributions to the win and can only get better as they play more. The lads will train with the U16’s on Wednesday afternoon at 4pm.
Team: C. O’Flaherty, D. Gregson, A. Egan, E. Seymour, J. Sisk, C. Hourihan, S. Andrews, H. Andrews, D. O’Flaherty, L. O’Driscoll, S. Geary, R. Connolly, R. Van Pelt, B. Hughes.