The Harps Intermediates were out in the first round of championship last Sunday against Camross. Played in Rathdowney, The Harps won the coin toss and opted to play with a strong breeze at their backs in the opening half. This was not going to be a game of two contrasting halves however, as the teams traded scores for nearly the entirety of the match. The Harps relied on the free taking skills of Conor Deegan for much of the game, although to be fair The Harps forwards were being fouled any time they got into a threatening position. At the back the defence were holding out well and the teams went in at half time dead-locked, with the score board reading 0-8 each.
At half time The Harps knew that they needed to up the effort facing into the stiff breeze. The game continued in the same manner as the first half as very little separated the teams at any point. The only goal of the game was scored by Camross with ten minutes left and while this was a real sucker punch for our lads, they refused to yield and fought back into the game. A Conor Deegan free with normal time just up drew the sides level and supporters were in for a frantic finish. Camross launched attack after attack in search of a winner but the Harps defence held strong and when forward Conor Deegan came back to his own half to win a free out the ref blew the final whistle. A draw was the fairest result and both sides will fancy their chances in the replay. Full time score : The Harps 0-14 Camross 1-11.
A replay awaits both sides on Tuesday, July 28th in Rathdowney at 7.15pm.
With some players missing for The Harps on the day, competition for places should really drive this team on. Management appeal to all players to make a huge effort to make training, as The Harps are one of several teams capable of winning this championship.
The Harps: 1.Peter Walsh; 2.Cathal Phelan; 3.Sean Cahill; 4.Niall Donoghue; 5.David Doheny; 6.Dan Delahunty; 7.John Dunne; 8.Eoin O Sullivan; 9.Rory Moore; 10.Brian Clancy; 11.Brian Farrell; 12.Tadgh O Sullivan; 13.Niall Brophy; 14.Tommy Dillon; 15.Conor Deegan.