The Harps footballers got back to winning ways when hosting a strong St.Fintan’s side last Wednesday in Durrow. The Harps took full advantage of a strong wind in the first half, with centre forward Ger Alley kicking a good early point from play to settle the team. In the 7th minute Michael Dooley got the score of the game when he sighted the keeper off his line and lobbed him with a deft shot to leave The Harps four points ahead. The Harps were dominating in the middle third and the scores began to flow as midfielder Shane McCann hit an excellent point from out on the right wing which was followed a minute later by a rasping shot to the net by Paul Shortall. The scoring spree was not yet finished either as towering midfielder Pat Walsh sent over a long range effort from play. St.Fintan’s managed to reply with a point from play but two points from Jim Campion (0-01,f) kept the Harps momentum going. In the last few minutes of the half St.Fintan’s converted two pointed free’s to leave the half time score at The Harps 2-05 to St.Fintan’s 0-03.
It was now The Harps turn to defend, and the question on everyone’s lips was “will an 8 point lead be enough?”. It was St.Fintan’s who registered the first score of the second half with a point in the 4th minute, but when Jim Campion cancelled it out with a pointed free two minutes later it seemed The Harps would hold out easily. Remarkably however this was to be the last score of the game for the homeside, and three pointed free’s for St.Fintan’s had the deficit reduced to 5 points with 15 minutes left to play. It was all one way traffic for the remainder of the game as the opposition were now dominating in the middle third and launching attack after attack. The Harps defended brilliantly as a unit however, and with Kevin Donoghue determined to keep another clean sheet they managed to keep St.Fintan’s to four more points (0-03,free’s) to get a just about deserved win. Credit must go to St.Fintan’s for fighting back bravely and there is a good chance the two sides could meet again further down the line.
The Harps are now third on the table but with a game in hand. They travel to Arles Kilcruise next Wednesday, May 13th for a 7.15pm throw-in. Best of Luck lads!
The Harps: 1.Kevin Donoghue; 2.Steven Thomas; 3.James Shortall; 4.John Dunne; 5.Shane Brophy; 6.Seamus Clancy; 7.Diarmuid Irwin; 8.Shame McCann; 9.Pat Walshe; 10.David Doheny; 11.Ger Alley; 12.Lee Camoion; 13.Michael Dooley; 14.Paul Shortall; 15. James Campion.
Subs: Shane Keown for Paul Shortall (inj. 50 mins)
Scorers: Michael Dooley and Paul Shortall 1-00 ea; James Campion 0-03 (0-01f); Ger Alley, Shane McCann and Pat Walshe 0-01ea.