The Harps junior hurlers lost out to a strong Rathdowney/Errill side in their opening league game last Sunday. Played in the Durrow pitch in ideal hurling conditions, The Harps were the better team in the first 30 minutes of hurling. Scores were evenly traded throughout the opening half, with some great points from play by Ross Young, Shane Fitzpatrick and Conor Deegan edging The Harps in front. The Harps backs were defending tenaciously and with Conor Deegan accurate on free-taking duty The Harps began to boss the game. When a long range free from Dan Delahunty landed on the edge of the small square, Niall Brophy managed to bustle the ball over the line for a goal to leave the half time score as The Harps 1-09 to R-E 0-09.
The opening ten minutes of the second half was where this match was ultimately lost for The Harps, as some bad luck saw them conceding three goals. An excellent score from a tight angle from Niall Brophy and further converted frees from Deegan ensured The Harps were still in the hunt, but they were always going to need goals to get back into this game and unfortunately they never materialised. The Harps did manage to cut the deficit to six points, but with time almost up R/E goaled again to but the result beyond doubt. This was still a good effort from a young team where the score line was a harsh reflection on the game. The end score line was The Harps 1-16 R/E 4-16.
The Harps junior hurlers play away to Park-Rathineska at 6.30pm on Sunday, April 3rd in the second round.
The Harps: 1.Peter Walsh, 2.Cathal Phelan, 3.Sean Cahill, 4.Shane Brophy, 5.Ciaran Costigan, 6.Dan Delahunty, 7.David Doheny, 8.Rory Moore, 9.Darren Maher, 10.Conor Brophy, 11.Ross Young, 12.Shane Fitzpatrick, 13.Niall Brophy, 14.John Dunne, 15.Conor Deegan.
Subs used: Liam Dunphy, Donncha Quinn.