An under strength Harps intermediate team fought hard but couldn’t get the better of a determined Park-Rathineska side in the second round of the league last Thursday. Played in Durrow on a very warm evening, it was Park-Rathineska that opened the scoring with a point from play in the opening minute. A Greg Aylward free evened matters shortly after but with both defences on top scores were going to be hard to come by for the rest of the game. A soft free gavePark-Rathineska their second score but the only goal of the game would soon after go to The Harps when Greg Aylward’s penalty shot was deflected into the inner side-netting to give The Harps the lead. The home side were getting on top at this point in the game but some bad wides stopped them from extending that lead. A head injury to the Park-Rathineska goal keeper in the 15th minute halted our momentum and for the remainder of the half Park-Rathineska went up a gear to hit 4 points from play. The half time whistle saw Park-Rathineska ahead by two points, 0-06 to The Harps 1-01.
Again Park-Rathineska opened the second half scoring with a point from play quickly after the throw in. The Harps needed to respond and two points in as many minutes from Greg Aylward (0-01f) and a further point from play by Eoin O Sullivan had the sides level by the 42nd minute. This was as close as The Harps would get however, as a lack of discipline resulted in some needless frees conceded as Park-Rathineska went three points ahead. A fine score from Johnny Doyle, who was showing very well in the second half, was answered with two more Park-Rathineska points. The Harps needed a goal at this stage but some stout defending denied them time and again.
Greg Aylward pointed in the 31st minute to reduce the gap to three but the final whistle sounded to give Park-Rathineska a deserved win. A good effort from this Harps team, and perhaps a less lenient referee would have suited our younger and physically smaller team but Michael Ward did his best to let the game flow. Best on the day for The Harps were Peter Walsh, Shane Brophy, Johnny Doyle and Greg Aylward.
The Harps will play Camross in Camross on April 30th at 7.15pm.
The Harps: 1.Peter Walsh; 2.Sean Cahill; 3.Aaron Dunne; 4.Niall Donoghue; 5.David Doheny; 6.John Dunne; 7.Shane Brophy; 8.Rory Moore; 9.Conor Deegan; 10.Niall Brophy; 11.Brian Farrell; 12.Darren Maher; 13.Johnny Doyle; 14.Greg Aylward; 15.Eoin O Sullivan.
Subs Used: Michael Lanigan for Niall Brophy (45 mins); Rory Doyle for Eoin O Sullivan (45 mins); Liam Dunphy for Conor Deegan (55 mins).
Reporting by: Harps PRO.