Jul 282017
 

The Harps Junior C hurlers travelled to Shanahoe this evening to face Rosenallis in the Championship Semi-Final after seeing off Castletown (5pts win) and Graiguecullen (3pts win) in the opening round and the quarter-finals respectively. Rosenallis on the other hand made their way via wins over Camross (9pts win) and Clough-Ballacolla (31pts win) to make it to the last four.

Rosenallis started brightly with the wind in their sails and had three points up within five minutes – two of those from placed balls. Evan Deegan opened The Harps account after six minutes with a pointed free and this was quickly followed by a point from play by James Larkin from the middle of the field to give The Harps supporters who travelled in large numbers something to shout about.

Evan Deegan and Albert Townsend followed Larkin’s lead and popped over two further fine points from play to put The Harp’s noses in front with ten minutes on the clock. Rosenallis though were not lying down and came fighting back and equalised two minutes later with a long range wind assisted point from play. Rosenallis were beginning to take control of the game using the wind advantage to bypass the Harps half-back line and when a high ball dropped short responsibility fell to Emmett Fitzpatrick to get in a block to ward off a goal chance resulting in a 65 which Rosenallis converted half way through the first period.

Padraig Henderson made positional changes following that converted 65 to counter Rosenallis’ attack and The Harps worked hard to ensure they stayed scoreless for the next ten minutes. Rosenallis though to their credit worked hard to break down the Harps defence but could only muster three scores in the remainder of the half, one free and two well earned points from play. The Harps tried hard to engineer scores for themselves but found the Rosenallis defence equally as tough with a wind behind them. So at half time it was Rosenallis 0-08 v 0-04 The Harps.

The Harps opened the scoring in the second half with a converted free from Evan Deegan. Both sides traded frees over the next two minutes, Deegan – again the scorer in chief from placed balls. With the first ten minutes of the second half almost over, Henderson called on the services of Collie Dunphy and Ronan Quinn who replaced Kevin Madden and Emmett Dunne respectively eitherside of a Tom Dillon point. However, Rosenallis were winning frees around the Harps 45 line and converting them to keep their noses in front at 0-10 to 0-07.

The changes seemed to give the Harps a boost and they scored the next two points over the following five minutes – one a 65 and the other a free which Evan Deegan converted with confidence. The Harps were playing well with some good passes being strung together but as sure as the saying goes – a game can change in a minute – a horrible minute came to pass for The Harps. Firstly, a fine bit of defending from Shane Brophy seen a Rosenallis wide waved for a 65 which was converted. Then the resulting puckout was lost by The Harps in midfield allowing Rosenallis to capitalise and make a storming run along the wing, pass clinically to an unmarked player who gave Justin Brophy no chance and rattle the net.

Suddenly with just over ten minutes left, The Harps were five points down and had a massive battle on their hands. The Harps responded with another Evan Deegan free four minutes later. The Harps battled hard for scores that just wouldn’t come – credit to Rosenallis who worked very hard to resist a determined Harps attacking sextet. With five minutes left, both sides traded points but with the clock ticking down the Harps went hunting for goals that never materialised and at the final whistle it stood The Harps 0-11 v 1-12 Rosenallis.

The Harps will undoubtedly be dissapointed but they can hold their heads high on a fine battling display. Indeed this team showed plenty of courage, fight and passion throughout their campaign which all the Harps supporters are proud of. 

The Harps: Justin Brophy, Diarmuid Irwin, Shane Brophy, Emmett Fitzpatrick, Joe Ryan, Sean Cahill, Emmett Dunne, James Larkin, Freddie Townsend, Tom Dillon, Brian Farrell, Kevin Madden, Evan Deegan, Albert Townsend, Alan O’Connell.

Scorers: Evan Deegan 0-08 (0-07f); James Larkin, Tom Dillon and Albert Townsend 0-01 each.

Jul 212017
 

Castletown sideline cut defended by The Harps

The Harps Junior hurlers travelled to Shanahoe  this evening to take on Castletown in their opening championship match. It was a damp and breezy evening but that did not take from the performances in the game that was about to take place. The Harps opted to play with the breeze and down the slight hill on the Shanahoe field that was in top condition for the night that was in it.

The Harps started brightly with a point from play by Niall Brophy in the opening minute – indeed Niall Brophy was on good form throughout the night and scored another point a minute later. In the sixth minute Ross Young pointed are free from a tight angle to put the Harps three in front – much to the delight of the following crowd. In the ninth minute Niall Brophy scored another monster point from well back out in the field to put The Harps four clear in front. Indeed things got even better for The Harps a minute later when Connor Deegan received a beautiful pass in behind the Castletown defence to shoot the sliothar to the net and raise a green flag.

Castletown finally got on the scoresheet after 11 minutes when they scored from a placed ball. Indeed Ross Young was sharp on frees all night and when he got on his second free and converted it in the 13th minute The Harps were seven clear in front. Niall Brophy was next to score with a beautiful point in the sixteenth minute from well out the field. In the 19th minute Ross Young added another free to put The Harps nine points clear in front and in the 23rd minute the Castletown goalkeeper pulled off a master save from a Conor Deegan rasper shot which was surely goal bound but ended up over the bar to put The Harps 1-08 to 0-01 in front.

Ross Young was not only free taker on the night as he was able to score from play with a fantastic score to put The Harps 1-09 to 0-01 in front late in this first half. Castletown though on the stroke of half-time scored a point from a free to leave ten points between the sides at half time. The Harps 1-09 v 0-02 Castletown. The second half started with Castletown scoring a point from the free to bring themselves back in to the game a bit, however Ross Young also converted a free to restore the half time difference.

There was no scores for around 10 minutes as Castletown battled hard to creak down The Harps defence, but time and time again Cathal Phelan and company cleared ball to deny them any chance. Halfway through the second half Castletown scored another point for my free to reduce the deficit to 9 points once again before a little bit of a disaster struck for The Harps in the 16th minute when a Castletown long ball slipped through the hand of Liam Dunphy and into The Harps net – the wet conditions taking their toll. This gave Castletown renewed hope of salvaging something from the game. The Harps 1-10 v 1-04 Castletown.

In the 22nd minute Castletown edged a little closer when they scored another point for free however Ross Young cancelled that point out in the 24th minute with another free. A minute later Castletown scored another point from the free to leave five between the sides. Castletown were pushing hard to rescue the game and in the 27th minute scored yet another point from the free to leave just four between the sides with three minutes left to go. However The Harps kept their noses in front and Ross Young scored another free right on the last minute of the game to put five between the sides once more.

There was five minutes of added time played however neither side were able to add further to the scores they had already accumulated and so it finished The Harps 1–12 to 1–07. Overall The Harps played very well tonight with some fantastic scores from Niall Brophy, Ross Young and Conor Deegan. The Harps played some very clever hurling at times with some great passes and stylish play. The management will be pleased with how they performed as they prepare for next game in approximately two weeks time. The Harps must await results elsewhere to see who their opposition will be.

The Harps: 1 – Liam Dunphy; 2 – Rory Doyle; 3 – Cathal Phelan; 4 – Jack McEvoy; 5 – David Doheny; 6 – Daniel Delahunty; 7 – Shane Fitzpatrick; 8 – Rory Moore; 9 – Eoin Sullivan; 10 – Darren Maher; 11 – Ross Young; 12 – Johnny Doyle; 13 – John Lawless; 14 – Niall Brophy; 15 – Conor Deegan.

Scorers: Ross Young 0-07 (0-06f); Niall Brophy 0-04; Conor Deegan 1-01.

Jul 192017
 

The Junior C hurlers welcomed Graiguecullen to Durrow this evening for the championship quarter final following the host’s opening round win against Castletown. The visitors Graiguecullen meanwhile had accounted for Ballypickas in their opening round and like The Harps they also had five points to spare in their win. It was a cool but sunny evening following a spell of rain with a brisk northwesterly blowing which the visitors opted to play with in the opening half.

Straight from the throw-in Graiguecullen won a free which was converted by the keeper – making it one of the quickest points ever scored in Junior C hurling, and while there was a nice crowd in attendance unfortunately there was nobody from the Guinness Book of Records to verify that one. Clearly buoyed on by their lightning fast start the Graiguecullen forward unit responded positively with a point from play moments later. 0-02 to 0-00 after two minutes.

 The home side settled though and in the third minute Freddie Townsend popped over a fine point to give the home crowd something to cheer. It would though be ten minutes before the next score would be registered as both teams looked to stamp their authority on proceedings and shape the game going forward. However, both sides were guilty of hitting wides when rare scoring opportunities presented themselves. Graiguecullen claimed the third point of the night from a placed ball before another scoreless drought ensued. 

Graiguecullen though could thank their goalkeeper for pulling off a great save in the nineteenth minute when Alan O’Connell pulled the trigger for what was a sure goal. Evan Deegan fired over a free in the 20th minute to cut the visitors lead to the minimum before Brian Farrell scored another beauty of a point to level the game in the 23rd. Farrell landed that point of the night from midfield following Joe Ryan’s long burst out of defence and had to work the ball back to Farrell who made no mistake.

With half time approaching, The Harps were beginning to get on top in this quarter final and in the 27th minute Kevin Madden was on hand to pounce and drill the ball to the net following a scramble in the square. Graiguecullen were behind for the first time in the game and went hunting for a reply and they cut the deficit to two on the stroke of half time with a fine long range point from play. Half time: The Harps 1-03 v 0-04 Graiguecullen.

The second half opened with The Harps smashing a superb goal from the stick of Albert Townsend in the thirty third minute – Albert made a fine run cutting through the Graiguecullen defence and burying the ball low and hard into the net leaving the Graiguecullen keeper no chance. Whatever Henno said to the lads at half time certainly worked as The Harps put the foot on the gas and clocked up further scores – Tom Dillon and Evan Deegan all landing points from out the field to push the home side seven points in front by the 36th minute.

The management looked to the line in the 37th minute and introduced Diarmuid Irwin for Joe Ryan. Graiguecullen to their credit arrested the slide and in the fortieth minute scored a fine long range effort. 2-05 to 0-05. Following Albert Townsend’s point from play in the 45th minute the management made their second substitution of the night introducing Shane Keown for Tom Dillon. Graiguecullen responded two minutes later with a pointed free to leave six between the sides again.

A facial injury to Emmett Fitzpatrick forced him off temporarily as a blood sub in the 51st minute. Graiguecullen to their credit kept fighting despite their six point shortfall and a clock careering towards the finish and The Harps proved strong to breakdown in the closing stages with all back lines and midfield alike keeping the men from the southeast of the county at bay. In the 55th minute, Evan Deegan landed a free from out on the wing to grab what was surely the insurance point.

But, Graiguecullen stuck to their task and were duly rewarded in the 58th minute with a goal that was all too similar to the Harps opening green flag almost an hour earlier. The Harps introduced further subs with Tomas Woods and Chris Dalton replacing Albert Townsend and Alan O’Connell respectively.  The subs almost had goals each in the injury time spell – Dalton’s rasper went inches wide and almost took the head off the umpire in the process while Tomas Woods was unlucky not to have a green flag following Freddie Townsend’s pin-point pass.

Graiguecullen were refusing to give up and throughout the five minutes of added time they hunted in packs seeking a goal but the Harps defence was resilient. In the 64th minute the visitors won a free in front of goal and their keeper made the trek up to have a go – but the Harps defence deflected it over for a point leaving just a goal between the sides. However, there was no time left for Graiguecullen as the referee sounded the long whistle in the 65th minute and The Harps march on to the semi finals. Full time: The Harps 2-07 v 1-07 Graiguecullen.

The Harps now enter the draw along with the other quarter final winners: Rosenallis, Clonaslee and Mountmellick-or-Clonad.

The Harps:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scorers:

Jul 162017
 

The Harps travelled to Mountrath on Sunday evening to play their first round of the championship against a Rosenallis side who were promoted from intermediate last season. The hosts to their credit had facilities in top order and the weather obliged also with clear skies, light breezes and warm conditions.

Rosenallis opened the scoring on the night with a pointed free and less than a minute later Eoin Clancy had the sides level with a point from play. The teams traded points again with a free from Michael Lanigan before Rosenallis equalised with a point from play. Michael Lanigan was on target again from a placed ball, however Rosenallis were keeping in touch and equalised soon after with a pointed free from Paddy Keating.

In the eighth minute The Harps were relieved to see a rasper of a shot from Rosenallis’ Ronan Murray come back off the post, but the rebound was collected and popped over the bar to give the Rosenallis men the lead. The Harps were guilty of some woeful shooting as they racked up five wides in the opening ten minutes, however Michael Lanigan scored a huge point from the middle of the field in the 11th minute.

Rosenallis then hit a purple patch – Peter Walsh was forced to make a great save as the Harps back line were at 6s and 7s. Rosenallis though, harried and were rewarded moments later when Ronan Murray cut through and smashed the ball to the net in the thirteenth minute. The Harps work rate improved over the following ten minutes and they scored points from Pat Walshe, Michael Lanigan (free), Richie Saunders and Eoin Clancy to take the lead once more.

Rosenallis equalised in the 24th minute with a point from play and on the stroke of half time The Harps scored a goal from the stick of John Brophy who was on the receiving end of a passage of good play from Eoin Clancy and Pat Walshe. The Harps 1-08 v 1-05 was the half time score.

The second half began with a point by Rosenallis’ keeper Steven Kelly from a placed ball which was answered by a point from play by Richie Saunders. Rosenallis though upped their work rate and began eating into The Harps’ three point lead with two points, one from play and one from a free to close the gap to just a point. At this stage, Daniel Comerford was substituted for his brother Ciaran as the management looked to strengthen the attack.

In the 41st minute Rosenallis were back level with a Paddy Keating point, however Podge Delaney was quick to respond with a point from play at the other end moments later. Rosenallis’ John lennon hit a fine point from play to bring the teams level yet again. Rosenallis were clearly gaining in confidence and hurled with passion to frustrate The Harps at every turn. It took five minutes for The Harps to respond with a point from play by John Brophy, but the lead was short lived as Ronan Kelly pointed twice for Rosenallis in the 49th and 50th minute to put the newly promoted Rosenallis ahead.

The final ten minutes of the game were nip and tuck – Rosenallis went three points in front with a free from Paddy Keating and a point from play by Fiachra Fennell. The Harps Podge Delaney cut the deficit to two in the 53rd minute before the management made two changes: Ronan Delahunty in for Conor Brophy and Brian Clancy in for Pat Walshe. Michael Lanigan pointed a free in the 57th minute to reduce the lead to one point yet again and The Harps looked like salvaging something from the game.

However, Rosenallis had other plans and extended their lead to two in the 58th minute with a point from play by John Lennon. Michael Lanigan managed to cut the lead to one yet again with a free, but Rosenallis were holding firm and held on to claim victory by the narrowest of margins. The full time score: The Harps 1-14 v 1-15 Rosenallis. 

The Harps will get a second chance in this Championship and must await results elsewhere to see who they face in the next round. 

The Harps: 1-Peter Walsh; 2-Gavin Dunne; 3-Packie Flynn; 4-Tommy Moore; 5-Conor Brophy; 6-Conor Dunne; 7-John Prior; 8-Shane Phelan; 9-Michael Lanigan; 10-Daniel Comerford; 11-Pat Walshe; 12-Richie Saunders; 13-Eoin Clancy; 14-John Brophy; 15-Podge Delaney.

Scorers: Michael Lanigan 0-06 (0-05f); John Brophy 1-01; Eoin Clancy 0-02; Richie Saunders 0-02; Podge Delaney 0-02; Pat Walshe 0-01.

Jul 132017
 

The Junior Hurlers opened their Championship 2017 campaign this evening against a strong Castletown side who made the short trip to Durrow with a Quarter Final place up for grabs. Despite it being the middle of July, it was a notably cool and breezy evening and Castletown would be the beneficiaries of that breeze in the first half. However, it was The Harps who started brightly with Kevin Madden raising a green flag for the home side within a minute. Castletown struggled in the opening minutes and Freddie Townsend and Joe Ryan added further points – all inside the first three minutes. 

Castletown though soon settled and their quick ball work around their forward line resulted in a point from play. A few moments later a rare Harps defensive error saw an unfortunate own goal conceded by the home side which gave the impetus for the visitors to hit a strong purple patch. The visitors went on to dominate the scoreboard with seven unanswered points (three frees) following an Evan Deegan ’65 in the thirteenth minute.

The Harps were certainly on the back foot for much of this first half despite their intensive start. Castletown crowded the middle of the field winning ball. The Harps managed a few attacks but these proved fruitless as the wides tally clocked up – compounded by wides from placed ball. The Harps eventually managed to convert a free on the stroke of half time to trail by four. The Harps 1-04 v 1-08 Castletown.

Whatever Conor Murphy said at half time must have been special because the Harps went out in the second half and fought and died for every ball. In the opening ten minutes Evan Deegan and Albert Townsend shared three points between them to cut the deficit to the minimum. Castletown got rare opportunities but when they did Sean Cahill and Shane Brophy were on hand to deny the Noresiders time and time again with Emmett Fitzpatrick and Rory Doyle driving out of defence setting up the next wave of attack.

The middle third of the second half saw the best hurling of the game from The Harps as Tom Dillon fired over the equaliser much to the delight of the home support. A break in play midway through the half allowed the management the chance to bring in a fresh pair of legs and Diarmuid Irwin was introduced in place of Joe Ryan. The score of the night then came via William Dillon who cleared a ball for Brian Farrell to double on to send it 80 yards over the bar generating raptures from the home support. The Harps were back in front and taking the game to Castletown who hadn’t scored since the 27th minute.

Evan Deegan put The Harps two in front in the 48th minute with a fine long range point from play out on the left wing. Moments later, Alan O’Connell was unlucky not to raise a green flag when his hard won effort whizzed inches over the bar to put the scoreboard reading The Harps 1-11 to 1-08 Castletown heading into the last ten minutes. A pointed free from Tom Dillon and an Evan Deegan point from play put the Harps further ahead as the clock began to wind down. Chris Dalton was introduced for Emmett Dunne who marshalled the wing back position well throughout. 

The final six minutes saw Castletown drop in ball around The Harps twenty one line as they tried and tried for goals that the home-side were in no mood to give up, so it finished The Harps 1-13 v 1-08 Castletown. The Harps will now play Graiguecullen in the quarter finals at 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 19th at a venue yet to be confirmed.

The Harps: 1 – Justin Brophy, 2 – William Dillon, 3 – Shane Brophy, 4 – Emmett Fitzpatrick, 5 – Rory Doyle, 6 – Sean Cahill, 7 – Emmett Dunne, 8 – Freddie Townsend, 9 – Brian Farrell, 10 – Evan Deegan, 11 – Tom Dillon, 12 – Joe Ryan, 13 – Alan O Connell, 14 – Albert Townsend, 15 – Kevin Madden. 

Scorers: Evan Deegan 0-06 (0-01f, 0-01 ’65); Kevin Madden 1-00; Tom Dillon 0-02 (0-01f); Joe Ryan 0-01; Freddie Townsend 0-01; Albert Townsend 0-01; Brian Farrell 0-01; Alan O Connell 0-01.

May 202017
 

The Harps GAA continued their unbeaten run in the league this evening with an impressive victory over Colt at Raheen. A cool evening with a slight breeze that blew in favour of the visitors set the scene for the first half. Colt were quickest out of the blocks and had a pointed free in the opening 40 seconds. Colt followed up with a fine sideline cut less than a minute later as the Harps struggled to find their feet in the game.

It took four minutes for The Harps to open their account when Michael Lanigan fired over a long range point, however Colt were awarded a free from the resulting puckout and duly obliged to keep their two points advantage over their visitors. Indeed the early stages of this match were dotted with frees as both teams tackled hard and Michael Lanigan was no stranger to raising the white flag again in the seventh minute to cut the gap to one point. 

With less than ten minutes on the clock The Harps stamped their authority on proceedings and fired a great goal from the stick of John Brophy after some clever play by the Harps half-forward line. Colt responded to the goal with a point from play, but Eoin Clancy replied moments later with a fine point from a tight angle. In what was a flurry of scores, Colt managed a point before Eoin Clancy had the ball in the back of the Colt net again following a great pass from Boggy: 2-04 to 0-05.

Clonad then hit a purple patch in the middle of the first half, a point from play was quickly followed by a goal from a 40-yard free that seemed to float through a sea of hurls and dropped into the top corner of the net with little Peter Walsh could do about it. This gave Colt a shot in the arm and they battled hard to capitalise on their luck, but it was in vein as the next seven minutes proved fruitless for both sides until Pat Walshe broke the score drought in the twenty third minute to push The Harps two points in front once more. 

The closing stages saw The Harps fire over three further points from Michael Lanigan – one from play and one from a free before Eoin Clancy’s point from play to leave The Harps five points up going into the break: 2-08 to 1-06.

The second half’s opening five minutes saw both sides trade two points each – John Brophy’s and Michael Lanigan’s points from play were either side of two frees for Colt. An injury in the thirty-sixth minute forced Pat Walshe off the be replaced by Ciaran Comerford and from there on The Harps turned the screw and piled on the scores. Comerford was barely on the field ten seconds before he had the white flag raised – which was surely special for him playing in his first senior hurling league game. 

Michael Lanigan floated over a ’65 in the thirty-ninth minute before Comerford had the umpire reaching for the white flag again moments later with a fine point from a tight angle. The Harps were now 2-13 to 1-08 ahead. The Harps management then looked to the bench to freshen things up and Gavin Dunne was replaced by Padraig Delaney. Podge, like Comerford was barely on the field of play when he too had the umpire raising a white flag, much to the delight of the visiting crowd.

Midway through the second half, Ronan Delahunty was replaced by Johnny Doyle as The Harps defence were immense in keeping Colt scoreless throughout this important period of the game. Podge Delaney showed that his transition to senior hurling is seamless when he blasted a cracker of a goal in the forty-sixth minute. The Harps were now well out in front with a 3-14 to 1-08 lead. Understandably the game then slowed up a bit and the next three scores were frees from Michael Lanigan as The Harps management introduced two further subs: Danny Delahunty for Ross Young and Conor Deegan for Eoin Clancy.

The final five minutes of play saw Michael Lanigan and Richie Saunders point from play either-side of a Colt point from play to leave the full-time score: 3-19 to 1-09. Overall The Harps management will be quite happy with the result that sees them top the table with three wins from three. Colt proved a physical team and gave this Harps team a strong test despite what the final scoreline read. 

Next up for this Harps team is a match at home against Borris-Kilcotton on June 2nd at 7.30pm in Durrow.

The Harps: 1 – Peter Walsh; 2 – Ross Young; position 3 – Packie Flynn; 4 – Tommy Moore; 5 – John Prior; 6 – Conor Dunne; 7 – Conor Brophy; 8 – Shane Phelan; 9 – Michael Lanigan; 10 – Richie Saunders;11 – Pat Walshe; 12 – Gavin Dunne; 13 – Eoin Clancy; 14 – Ronan Delahunty; 15 – John Brophy. Subs: 06mins 2nd half off: Pat Walshe on: Ciaran Comerford; 13mins 2nd half off: Gavin Dunne on: Padraig Delaney; 16mins 2nd half off: Ronan Delahunty on: Johnny Doyle; 20mins 2nd half off: Ross Young on: Daniel Delahunty; 23mins 2nd half off: Eoin Clancy on: Conor Deegan.

Scorers: Michael Lanigan 0-10 (0-07f); Eoin Clancy 1-03; John Brophy and Padraig Delaney 1-01 each; Ciaran Comerford 0-02; Pat Walshe and Richie Saunders 0-01 each.

Jul 262016
 

The Harps senior hurlers suffered defeat in their first round championship game against local rivals Ballinakill on Sunday last.   Played in O Moore Park in perfect hurling conditions, The Harps were unable to break down a tight Ballinakill rear-guard for much of this game and their half time tally of two pointed free’s had our hurlers under fierce pressure at the break. After a slow start Ballinakill hit a string of scores to take up a three point lead. A pointed free by Mick Lanigan got The Harps off the mark, and he converted a second three minutes later, but a series of efforts from play would sail wide time and again. With six points now between the sides with half time approaching, disaster struck when Ballinakill struck for a goal to leave the gap at nine points at half time on a score line of The Harps 0-2 to Ballinakill 1-8.

 

To their credit, The Harps were a more competitive team in the second half, as they threw everything at Ballinakill in search of an avenue to get back into this game. Richie Saunders, John Brophy and Brian Dunne all pointed from play as Mick Lanigan remained steady on the free’s. Cha Dwyer was proving impressive from placed balls however, and The Harps were really going to need goals to really push Ballinakill. With the gap narrowed to five points with ten minutes to go there was still hope, but The Harps did not score for the remainder of the game as Ballinakill hit some fine scores to win out on a score line of Ballinakill 1-15 to The Harps 0-8.

 

This was a disappointing day out for our hurlers, but they will go back to the drawing board and try to devise a way to beat Portlaoise who they will play in the second round on Saturday 6th August. (6.00 p.m. in O Moore Park). All support for this game is greatly appreciated.

 

 

The Harps:

 

1.Peter Walsh.

2.Gavin Dunne.

3.Pakie Flynn.

4.Tommy Moore.

5.Barry Dunne.

6.John Prior.

7.Conor Dunne.

8.Kieran Freeman.

9.Shane Phelan.

10.Richie Saunders.

11.John Brophy.

12.Conor Brophy.

13.Michael Lanigan.

14.Brian Dunne.

15.Eoin Clancy.

 

Subs used: Aaron Dunne, Brian Clancy.

Jul 242016
 

The Harps Junior hurlers got their championship off to a great start with a hard fought win over Ballypickas last Saturday.   Mountrath G.A.A hosted this game and had their pitch in fine condition, and with a perfect evening for hurling this game got off to a flying start. The Harps opened their account with a good score from play by Niall Brophy but Ballypickas were quick to reply with a pointed free. The challenges were hard hitting throughout and further frees were converted by both sides, with Ross Young in deadly form as The Harps main marksman. Niall Brophy looked to have given The Harps some breathing space when he showed great composure to finish off a good move to the back of the net. Ballypickas had other ideas however, and a long ball in over the top of The Harps defence was finished to the net to leave the sides level once again. The remaining ten minutes of the first half saw a flurry of scores for both sides as Clancy, Farrell, Deegan and Townsend all pointed for The Harps before half time to leave The Harps ahead by the minimum at half time on a score line of The Harps 1-11 Ballypickas 1-10.

 

The second half was another lively 30 minutes of hurling, but The Harps experience of hurling in a higher division in the league slowly started to tell as the lead was built on throughout. Ballypickas were relying on scores from frees to keep them in the game while The Harps had a bigger spread of players scoring from play.   Indeed, wing back Ciaran Costigan got in on the act with 40 minutes played, sending over a fine point from distance. With the slight breeze behind them, Danny Delahunty and Ross Young sent over long range frees to increase the lead as Ballypickas began to lose their discipline. Excellent scores from play by Clancy, Farrell and Brophy had The Harps firmly in control with the second half drawing to a close.   Ballypickas needed a goal to get back into this game but with The Harps defence in a mean mood they were denied time and again. Fittingly, Ross Young closed out the game’s scoring with a last free to leave The Harps winners on a scoreline of The Harps 1-21 Ballypickas 1-13.

 

This was a really encouraging display from our Juniors who were missing a number of key players on the day. With other good hurlers to come back into the mix competition for places will be heating up over the coming weeks.

 

 

 

The Harps:

1.Liam Dunphy.

2.Jack Saunders.

3.John Dunne.

4.Cathal Phelan.

5.Ciaran Costigan.(0-1)

6.Daniel Delahunty.(0-1 free)

7.Darren Maher.

8.Rory Moore.

9.Eoin Sullivan.

10.Ross Young.(0-9,0-7 frees)

11.Brian Farrell.(0-2)

12.Brian Clancy. (0-3)

13.Conor Deegan.(0-1)

14.Albert Townsend.(0-1)

15.Niall Brophy.(1-2)

 

 

Jun 132016
 

Clough/Ballacolla proved too strong for The Harps junior hurlers in last weeks ACHL Division 2 match. Played in Durrow in ideal hurling conditions, a blistering start for the visitors had The Harps on the back foot from the start as C/B raced into a five point lead. A good score from play by Ross Young got The Harps off the mark, and further converted frees from Young and Conor Deegan kept The Harps in the game. When C/B goaled midway through the half it spelled trouble for the homeside, but The Harps put the shoulder to the wheel as further scores from Conor Brophy and Ross Young kept them in touch as the half time whistle sounded.

The Harps were going to need goals to win this game, and the game sprang into life when a shot from a tight angle by Ross Young finished up in the net. The game intensified as C/B grabbed a third goal of their own to push the lead out to 6 points again, but a string of points from play by Niall Brophy, John Dunne and Conor Brophy gave The Harps hope. With five minutes left Justin Brophy pulled off a great save in the goals only for a C/B forward to react the fastest to pull first time and send the ball crashing to the net.

The scoreline was a bit harsh on the home side who will rue the concession of a few soft goals. With a tough last game away to Trumera, our junior hurlers need a win to avoid relegation to Division 3 of the league.

The Harps: 1.Justin Brophy; 2.Sean Cahill; 3.Tommy Moore; 4.Shane Brophy; 5.Danny Delahunty; 6.Brian Farrell; 7.Shane Fitzpatrick; 8.Rory Moore; 9.Conor Brophy; 10.John Dunne; 11.Ross Young; 12.Darren Maher; 13.Conor Deegan; 14.Albert Townsend; 15.Niall Brophy.

Subs used: Ciaran Costigan, Niall Donoghue, Cathal Phelan.

Apr 032016
 

The Harps senior hurlers got their league campaign off to a winning start with a comfortable win over local rivals Ballinakill. Played in Durrow, a downpour of rain before the match made the conditions difficult but The Harps were off the mark quickly as Mick sticks Lanigan slotted an early free. Ballinakill responded immediately with a point of their own before a long range effort from Conor Dunne split the posts. Further pointed frees by Lanigan and a second from play for Conor Dunne gave The Harps a three point lead, but a crucial save from the ever reliable Kevin Galvin was needed to hold onto the lead. With 20 minutes played The Harps delivered a hammer blow to Ballinakill as Barry Dunne off loaded the ball to Richie Saunders who blasted to the net. When the same player pointed from play a minute later it looked like The Harps were in total control, but Ballinakill managed to get the last three points of the half to leave the half time score as The Harps 1-06 Ballinakill 0-06.

The Harps saved their best hurling for the opening 20 minutes of the second half as they shut down the Ballinakill attack while blitzing the visitors with seven points on the trot. Eoin Clancy (0-02), Shane Fitzpatrick and Mick Lanigan (0-04, 1f) were the men to punish the men in maroon, but it was the team work on display by The Harps which was most encouraging, as players put their bodies on the line time and time again. Ballinakill efforts were rewarded with a brace of points with 10 minutes left and when an excellent strike by Eamon Jackman from a last minute free went all the way to the net. Final score – The Harps 1-14 to Ballinakill 1-08.

While this was an impressive display by The Harps, Ballinakill were missing a lot of key players and will be a different proposition come championship. Best for The Harps on the day were Kevin Galvin, Ciaran Costigan, captain John Prior, Shane Donoghue and Eoin Clancy.

The Harps Senior Hurlers next play Clough-Ballacolla in Ballacolla next Saturday, April 9th at 6.30pm. The Club hope that a big travelling support will attend and cheer the lads on.

Harps: 1.Kevin Galvin; 2.Tommy Moore; 3.Pakie Flynn; 4.Aaron Dunne; 5.Barry Dunne; 6.John Prior; 7.Ciaran Costigan; 8.Conor Dunne; 9.Kieran Freeman; 10.Shane Donoghue; 11.Richie Saunders; 12.Pat Walsh; 13.Darren Maher; 14.Eoin Clancy; 15.Mick Lanigan.
Subs used: Shane Fitz, Conor Deegan.