On Sunday 2nd April we were out again in hurling league action as we took on Dromina. This was a very close game for the most part, with Shanballymore only really pulling clear in the 2nd half. Both teams started strongly trading scores for the most part. Even when Dromina scored a goal, Shanballymore were quick to respond with one of our own through Brian Sheedy. Darragh Palmer & Robert McHugh in midfield won and broke a lot of ball in the opening half. Half time arrived with the teams level at 1-9 each.
From the outset of the 2nd half it was clear that Shanballymore weren’t going to be leaving league points slip here as we dug a little bit deeper and started to pull away. We looked a bit fitter on the ball and strung together some great teamwork with Colman O’Reilly, Darragh Palmer and Jamie Sheedy winning a lot of ball. Our major break came just over 10 minutes into the 2nd half when Eoin O’Regan, Colman and Haulie Burke combined for a great goal. A free from Jamie Sheedy just after this gave us 1-3 unanswered. We were unlucky not to score further goals shortly after as we hit the crossbar twice in quick succession. For the most part Dromina’s scoring was limited to frees in the second half despite several dangerous moments when our backs had to be at their best to stop attacks. The half back line in particular held strong in the last quarter to knock back Dromina’s efforts. Final score was 2-19 to 1-16, a great win for Shanballymore.
Team & Scorers: S. Donegan, J. Hayes, E, McHugh, P. Fitzgerald, J. Fitzgerald, S. Lynch, B. Sheedy, D. Palmer (0-1), R. McHugh (0-1), E. O’Regan (0-2), B. O’Reilly (0-1), C. O’Reilly (0-5), J. Sheedy (0-7, 6 from free/65), B. Sheedy (1-1), R. Burke. Subs: H. Burke (1-2) for R. Burke. R. McCarthy for R. Mchugh.