The Harps welcomed Mountrath to Durrow GAA Grounds this evening and despite the rain and heavy underfoot conditions took a valuable two league points from the match. Mountrath were quick off the pace registering the opening score from a placed ball. The visitors lead was short lived though as the Harps’ Michael Lannigan opened the home side’s account from a converted free – the first of an impressive haul of scores from the centre forward.
Soon after, Sean Bourke raced on to a breaking ball and carved through the Mountrath defence and took a blazing shot at goal – but the ball flew just inches over the crossbar to raise a white flag. Mountrath were next to register a point before Lannigan pointed from play to restore the home side’s lead. Mountrath would then go on and hit a purple patch that yielded 1-01 from play. The Harps responded excellently though and Michael Lannigan pointed from play to bring the score to 1-03 to 0-04 after the first quarter.
The Harps continued to pile the pressure on Mountrath with Lannigan pointing two more frees either side of a fine Shane Donoghue point from play to put themselves in the driving seat once again. Mountrath were awarded a free and converted it following up with another point from play to regain the lead. The Harps refused to lie down – battling hard their efforts were rewarded when Michael Lannigan blazed the sliothar into the Mountrath net. Mountrath responded with a point from play but Lannigan struck over a free to bring the game to half time. 1-08 to 1-06, the Harps the happier despite driving a fair few wides in the opening 30.
With the rain spitting down, the half time break was a quick affair and the second half was soon underway. Mountrath started the second half using the slight wind advantage to claim four points in quick succession – the second of the quartet a pointed free. Lannigan floated over another free to reduce the margin to the minimum. Some clever play amongst the forwards gifted Eoin Clancy an opportunity to pounce on goal which he executed brilliantly to raise a much needed green flag for the Harps: 1-10 to 2-09.
In fairness to Mountrath, they did not allow the goal to weigh too heavily on them and responded with a free and a point from play to level up the match. Lannigan popped over another point from play but Mountrath responded with two more of their own from play to lead 1-14 to 2-10 which would mark the end of the Mountrath scorecard for the night. Ronan Delahunty from a very tight angle right out on the sideline scored what seemed to be an impossible – but brilliant point which rallied the home side on.
Michael Lannigan, scorer in chief would wrap up the win for the Harps with a point from play to take the lead with only a few minutes left on the clock followed by a pointed free to bring his haul to an impressive 1-10 for the night. The Harps were alot more economical in the second half with few wides. The final score was 2-13 to 1-14 – job done. Next up in the league is Clonad who will be welcomed to Durrow GAA grounds next Saturday, 5th April for a 6.30pm throw-in – hopefully the weather will be better!
Managements Thoughts: Speaking to theharpsgaa.com after the match a member of the management team said that they were delighted with the positive attitude shown and the battling qualities of the team. Acknowledging that the weather conditions were poor and the sod was heavy, they were delighted with the way the team dealt with it and ground out the valuable win.
The Harps: Kevin Galvin, Aaron Dunne, Packie Flynn, Shane Phelan, Tommy Moore, Brian Galvin, Conor Brophy, Barry Dunne, Gavin Dunne, Shane Donoghue, Sean Bourke, John Brophy, Eoin Clancy, Michael Lannigan, Greg Aylward. Subs Used: James Lappin for John Brophy, Ronan Delahunty for Barry Dunne and Conor Deegan for Greg Delahunty.