The Harps Junior A hurlers are through to the championship semi-final after defeating Borris/Kilcotton in their championship quarter-final last Friday. Played in the Borris-In-Ossory pitch, a strong cross field breeze made shooting conditions difficult, but after an even opening 10 minutes The Harps powered past their opposition.
Two goals in a 5 minute spell by Gareth Singh seemed to break the B/K resistance and with Conor Brophy and Brian Clancy bossing matters in the middle third The Harps ended the game as a contest with further scores from Brophy, Evan Deegan, Niall Brophy and Shane Donoghue to claim a 3-10 to 0-5 half time lead.
The message at half time was to go out and win the second half and credit to The Harps they did not let complacency set in. B/K still had pride to play for and a few early free’s split the posts to give them some early hope. With Paraic Dunne and Danny Delahunty rock solid as the spine of The Harps defence however, the goals that B/K needed to really get back into the game were denied time after time. While The Harps would not claim a fourth major, points sailed over from all angles as Eoghan Doheny, Shane Donoghue and Conor Brophy pushed the scoreline out to finash at 3-21 to 0-9.
This was an impressive performance by The Harps but tougher tests lie ahead as a strong Mountmellick team awaits in the semi-final which will be played on 9th of September in Shanahoe at 6.30pm.
1.Justin Brophy; 2.Sean Cahill; 3.Paraic Dunne; 4.Eoin O Sullivan; 5.Cathal Phelan; 6.Danny Delahunty; 7.John Dunne; 8.Conor Brophy; 9.Eoghan Doheny; 10.Shane Donoghue; 11.Rory Moore; 12.Brian Clancy; 13.Niall Brophy; 14.Gareth Singh; 15.Evan Deegan.
Subs: Ciaran Costigan for Sean Cahill, Alan O Connell for John Dunne, Shane Brophy for Evan Deegan, John Lawless for Niall Brophy.