The Harps Intermediate hurlers came up short against Camross last Thursday in the third round of the ACHL Division 2. Played in good hurling conditions in Camross, the first half was evenly matched as both sides produced some good hurling. It was The Harps who got off to a dream start when a long range shot from Conor Deegan went all the way to the net. Camross responded swiftly with a pointed free but The Harps were getting on top and a Deegan free was followed by a fine point from play by Darren Maher to increase the lead. Camross fought back well however, and a string of points from play followed by a goal from close range turned this game on it’s head. A Brian Farrell point from play kept The Harps in touch before Greg Aylward’s efforts were rewarded with a super score from play way out on the left wing. The final two scores of the half fell to Camross as their off the ball running was causing problems in the Harps defence. With a half time score of Camross 2-07 to The Harps 1-06, we were facing into a tough second half.
The introduction of Michael Lanigan and Kieran Freeman improved matters considerably early in the second half. With Freeman deployed as a third midfielder, The Harps gained a foothold in the middle third and their dominance here paid off as another good point from play by Greg Aylward was followed up by a brilliant goal from Darren Maher who’s shot from a tight angle went in off the far post. Camross sensed the game was slipping from them and their response was impressive as they shot 1-04 in a five minute spell, 0-02 coming from free’s. Brian Farrell and Greg Aylward posted further points for The Harps but with legs tiring, Camross pulled away shooting the last four points of the game to leave a score line of Camross 3-15, The Harps 2-09.
A good effort from the Intermediates who are without a number of exam tied players, nevertheless it is important that all players make every effort to get to training. Our next game is at home to Castletown, on the 15th of May.