Rosenallis travelled to Durrow GAA grounds on Friday night (June 6th) to play The Harps in this fifth round game of the Division 1A Hurling League. Before the two teams had emerged from the dressing-rooms a heavy rain began to descend over the south Laois venue. Despite the rain, the two teams went on to serve up an entertaining evening’s hurling in front of a good home crowd who came out to see the new scoreboard at the Durrow grounds. Rosenallis were first to register a point with a well taken free against the wind in the third minute.
The Harps began to tighten up taking control of the game and over the following twelve minutes scored a reel of eight unanswered points. Sean Bourke with two points, Brian Dunne with a further two and Shane Donohue with another – all from play accounted for the first five of the eight. Shane Donoghue then pointed two frees before Brian Dunne added another from play with fifteen minutes on the clock. Rosenallis were then given a slice of luck when a deflection saw their effort bobble past Kevin Galvin into the Harps net. 1-01 to 0-08 with the first quarter over.
In fairness to the Harps team, they did not allow that goal to faze them and continued to score points at will with Ronan Delahunty, Shane Donoghue, Tadgh Sullivan and Pat Walsh all firing over points from play split by a Shane Donoghue 65. Rosenallis were determined to remain in the game and pointed another free against the strong breeze. From the resulting puck-out The Harps worked some clever quick passing up the field and found Tadgh Sullivan in space some 30 metres out from goal. The Rosenallis defence had no option but to stop his run and concede a penalty which Shane Donohue pointed. Rosenallis grabbed a hard-earned point before Sean Bourke and Brian Dunne replied before the short whistle to leave the scoreline at 1-15 to 1-03 on half time.
The opening ten minutes of the second half saw Rosenallis storm back into the game and within seconds of the start had pointed a free. Rosenallis upped their game and were awarded a close-range free on the 35th minute which they blasted to the net for their second major of the night. Shane Donoghue tried to stem the tide with his converted free moments later but Rosenallis were coming in waves and their pressure paid off in the 39th minute when they scored a well taken goal to bring the score back to 1-16 to 3-04… not much between two sides in a game of hurling. The Harps management made three changes with Brian Dunne, Brian Clancy and Sean Bourke all called ashore to be replaced by Greg Aylward, James Lappin and John Brophy.
James Lappin impressed straight away by floating over a long range point against the wind. Rosenallis though were still battling hard and scored two more points, one from play. James Lappin though responded and grabbed another well taken point against the wind with ten minutes remaining. The final ten minutes saw the pace of the game drop somewhat and with the wind picking up both teams drove several wides.
Shane Donoghue nailed a free against the wind on the 29th minute after a long quite period on the scoring front for both sides. Rosenallis though got the last score of the game when they grabbed a goal on the stroke of full time – too little to late as the Harps held on for a four point win: The Harps 1-19 v 4-06 Rosenallis. The victory ensures The Harps remain at the top of Division 1A having won all five games so far. The League table as it stands can be viewed here: http://laoisgaa.ie/league/76563/2014_a_c_h_l1_a
Up Next: The Harps will face Rathdowney-Errill in the sixth round of the league at Errill GAA grounds on Thursday, 12th June at 7.45pm.
Managements Thoughts: The management team were happy enough with the win. “The Harps put up a good high score tonight in those awful weather conditions for which they should be commended – while the players are disappointed with a few of the goals they let in – they must focus on the next game as the final two games in this league still have to be played.”
The Harps: 1 – Kevin Galvin; 2 – Shane Phelan; 3 – Brian Galvin; 4 – John Prior; 5 – Ronan Delahunty; 6 – Packie Flynn; 7 – Conor Brophy; 8 – Barry Dunne; 9 – Shane Donohue; 10 – Sean Bourke; 11 – Pat Walshe; 12 – Eoin Clancy; 13 – Tadgh Sullivan; 14 – Brian Dunne; 15 – Brian Clancy.