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'We Practised A Lot Of Long Shooting During The Week. It Paid Off'

'We Practised A Lot Of Long Shooting During The Week. It Paid Off'

Shelmaliers progressed to the semi-finals of the Wexford Senior Hurling Championship on Sunday with a 0-22 to 1-12 defeat of Faythe Harriers.

They join Glynn-Barntown - who knocked out reigning champions St Martin's on Friday - and Naomh Eanna.

That seven-point victory for Shelmaliers was built on an impressive workrate.

"In fairness to our lads, they've been working like that since we came back from the break," Shelmaliers manager Vinny Parker told TG4.

We're seriously proud of them. There's a real good squad there, 24 lads.

It was a team performance. The scores were coming from everywhere. The 15 that started and everyone that came in, they all did their bit.

Man of the Match Eoin Doyle added that Shelmaliers went into the game with a plan which worked.

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"We knew coming in that the Harriers would set up quite defensively," he said.

"We practised a lot of long shooting during the week. It paid off.

"With the type of game they play, it was always going to be bunched around the middle. We just had to be intelligent with our use of the ball."

Shortly before half-time, Faythe Harriers got back into the game with a goal from Richie Lawler which was set up by Lee Chin. Harriers' star man Chin then saw a penalty hit the post moments later. Had it gone in, Harriers would have taken the lead going into the break.

"When Lee went in there, he was causing us problems," said Parker.

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"The lads dealt with it eventually. Half-time came and we were able to recalibrate. They stuck to the game plan and stuck to what they were asked to do.

"In fairness to the Harriers, they have a lot of young lads in there and it's their first year up senior - they haven't let themselves down. They'll be a team for the future.

"Our lads are on the road a good while and the experience told in the end. The likes of Brian Malone, Glen Malone - they're all inter-county footballers and are well used to tough, big days."

Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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