Jul 312015
 
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Camross proved to be too strong for The Harps in this Intermediate hurling championship replay played in Rathdowney G.A.A grounds last Tuesday, July 28th. Like the first game, there was a strong wind blowing down the pitch and again The Harps had the wind advantage for the first half. The sides traded scores for much of the first half, but unfortunately for The Harps the radars were a bit off on the night as too many efforts were sent wide in the first half. A couple of brilliant saves from Peter Walsh in goal kept The Harps in the hunt but facing into a three point deficit and the wind into their faces for the second was going to be a huge challenge for The Harps.

With the wind at their backs Camross opened the second half scoring with a point from play. They were not about to let the game slip this time and dropped back a forward to midfield and The Harps struggled to get ball into their forwards. The Harps were going to need a couple of goals to get a result here but thy as they might the Camross defence held tight and the margin was increased as Camross sent over point after point. The Harps fought to the end but it just wasn’t their day as Camross finished strongly to leave the final score at Camross 0-17, The Harps 0-08.

The Harps: 1.Peter Walsh;  2.Cathal Phelan;  3.Sean Cahill;  4.Niall Donoghue;  5.David Doheny;  6.Dan Delahunty;  7.John Dunne;  8.Rory Moore;  9.Eoin O Sullivan;  10.Brian Clancy;  11.Brian Farrell;  12.Tadgh O Sullivan;  13.Conor Deegan;  14.Tommy Dillon;  15.Niall Brophy.

Subs: Liam Dunphy for Tommy Dillon; Ciaran Costigan for John Dunne; Darren Maher for Conor Deegan.

Jul 312015
 
July 24th V Ballylinan: Played in wet conditions in the immaculate Crettyard G.A.A grounds, our footballers lost out by 4 points to a strong Ballylinan outfit. Ballylinan got off to a blistering start, indeed right from the throw in they worked the ball through The Harps defence before finishing the ball to the corner of the net giving Kevin Donoghue no chance in goals.  The Harps were reeling and Ballylinan hit a further two points before The Harps opened their scoring with a fine point from play by Jim Campion.  This settle our lads and they came thundering into the game.
The strong running of Ballylinan was still causing problems but The Harps defence managed to pressure the opposition into kicking wide after wide.  Kevin Donoghue also pulled off some fine saves to keep The Harps in the game. At the other end some clever attacking moves resulted in points from play for Niall Brophy and a converted free by Jim Campion. The Harps were given a huge boost when the lively Michael Dooley latched on to a breaking ball around the square and finished neatly to the corner of the net to leave The Harps trailing by three points at half time, 1-06 to 1-03.
The second half was another very close 30 minutes of football with the teams trading scores throughout. Try as they might to break away, Ballylinan were held in check by a resolute Harps defence. Accurate kicking from Jim Campion had narrowed the gap and when centre-back Tommy Moore kicked the score of the game, a mighty point from way out on the right wing, the gap was down to one.  The Harps were dealt a blow when reliable corner back Steven Thomas limped off injured, and a few basic mistakes cost The Harps dearly in this period. Ballylinan started to convert their chances and opened a three point lead.  With time running out The Harps went in search of a goal but it was not to be as Ballylinan finished the scoring with a late point to leave the final score at Ballylinan 1-11, The Harps 1-07.
This was a good effort from our lads who gave their best on the night.  They do no have much time to lick their wounds however, as the draw pits them against Stradbally this Thursday (30th July), to be played in Crettyard at 7.30. All support is greatly appreciated.
The Harps: 1.Kevin Donoghue; 2.Steven Thomas; 3.James Shortall; 4.John Dunne; 5.Joe Murphy; 6.Tommy Moore; 7.Diarmuid Irwin; 8.John Finnegan; 9.Ger Alley; 10.David Doheny; 11.Niall Brophy; 12.Cormac McCann; 13.Michael Dooley; 14.Seamus Clancy; 15.Jim Campion. Subs: Shane Phelan for Ger Alley; Ronan Delahunty for Steven Thomas; Shane Donoghue for John Dunne; Mark White for Seamus Clancy.
July 30th V Stradbally: The Harps Junior footballers exited the championship last Thursday after losing to Stradbally in their second game. Played in Crettyard, this was a close encounter and there was nothing separating the teams in the opening 20 minutes. With the ever reliable Jim Campion accurate from free’s and from play the sides swapped scores in the opening minutes as both teams fought to put their stamp on the game. A fine point from play by Shane Donoghue was answered by a converted free for Stradbally.
In a low scoring game goals were going to be vital and Stradbally hit The Harps with two sucker punches just before half time when they netted twice in the space of a few minutes to leave the half-time score at Stradbally 2-04 to The Harps 0-04. There was no panic at half time as our players knew they were every bit as good as Stradbally and the second half started out just like the first 30 minutes as the teams exchanged scores with Jim Campion hitting some good scores. The Harps were clawing their way back into this game but while Stradbally had limited point taking ability, a high ball into their giant full-forward paid dividends as he caught, turned and crashed to the net to push their lead back out to 6 points.
To their credit, The Harps refused to throw in the towel and a few minutes later Michael Dooley was brought down when through on goal and Jim Campion made no mistake with his penalty kick.  The next score would be vital and unfortunately another high ball into the Stradbally full-forward line resulted in another goal to push the deficit back to 6 points once again. With time almost up The Harps launched attack after attack but luck was not on their side and Stradbally ended the scoring with the final point of the match.
A disappointing end for our footballers who were missing some key players for both championship games.  Great credit must go to Gabby Irwin and Dave Finnegan who really tried to drive the team on this year but it wasn’t to be.
The Harps: 1.Kevin Donoghue; 2.Cormac McCann; 3.James Shortall; 4.John Dunne; 5.Joe Murphy; 6.Tommy Moore; 7.Diarmuid Irwin; 8.John Finnegan; 9.Shane Donoghue; 10.David Doheny; 11.Niall Brophy; 12.Lee Campion; 13.Michael Dooley; 14.Ger Alley; 15.Jim Campion.
Jul 222015
 

The Harps Intermediates were out in the first round of championship last Sunday against Camross. Played in Rathdowney, The Harps won the coin toss and opted to play with a strong breeze at their backs in the opening half. This was not going to be a game of two contrasting halves however, as the teams traded scores for nearly the entirety of the match. The Harps relied on the free taking skills of Conor Deegan for much of the game, although to be fair The Harps forwards were being fouled any time they got into a threatening position. At the back the defence were holding out well and the teams went in at half time dead-locked, with the score board reading 0-8 each.

At half time The Harps knew that they needed to up the effort facing into the stiff breeze. The game continued in the same manner as the first half as very little separated the teams at any point. The only goal of the game was scored by Camross with ten minutes left and while this was a real sucker punch for our lads, they refused to yield and fought back into the game. A Conor Deegan free with normal time just up drew the sides level and supporters were in for a frantic finish. Camross launched attack after attack in search of a winner but the Harps defence held strong and when forward Conor Deegan came back to his own half to win a free out the ref blew the final whistle. A draw was the fairest result and both sides will fancy their chances in the replay. Full time score : The Harps 0-14 Camross 1-11.

A replay awaits both sides on Tuesday, July 28th in Rathdowney at 7.15pm.

With some players missing for The Harps on the day, competition for places should really drive this team on. Management appeal to all players to make a huge effort to make training, as The Harps are one of several teams capable of winning this championship.

The Harps: 1.Peter Walsh; 2.Cathal Phelan; 3.Sean Cahill; 4.Niall Donoghue; 5.David Doheny; 6.Dan Delahunty; 7.John Dunne; 8.Eoin O Sullivan; 9.Rory Moore; 10.Brian Clancy; 11.Brian Farrell; 12.Tadgh O Sullivan; 13.Niall Brophy; 14.Tommy Dillon; 15.Conor Deegan.

Jul 222015
 

Harps-Borris-Kilcotton-SHC-2015-aOur senior hurlers lost out to a strong Borris-Kilcotton side last Saturday evening in O Moore Park in the first round of the senior championship. Playing with a strong wind in their favour in the opening half The Harps got off to a promising start as wing back John Prior opened the scoring in the first minute with a long range point from play. Within seconds Brian Dunne sent over another point from play and it looked like The Harps meant business. Borris-Kilcotton worked a good point of their own in the third minute, but The Harps were on top at this point and hit three points on the trot with a point from Pat Walsh and 0-02 (0-01f, 0-01 sideline) from the accurate Michael Lanigan.

Borris-Kilcotton stayed in touch with two points of their own as they started to up the tempo. A second point for Brian Dunne was cancelled out with a Borris-Kilcotton free but Kieran Freeman on his senior championship debut fired over from play to push the lead back to three points half way through the half. This was as good as it got for The Harps unfortunately as any mistakes were punished and Borris-Kilcotton hit four points on the trot to briefly take the lead before Lanigan gained parity with a pointed free.

With 5 minutes to go in the half The Harps really needed a few scores to settle themselves but they were rocked by a 25th minute Borris-Kilcotton goal. Sensing weakness the opposition sent over another two points in as many minutes but The Harps hit back with two Lanigan free’s to leave a goal between the teams at half time: The Harps 0-10 v 1-10 Borris-Kilcotton.

Harps-Borris-Kilcotton-SHC-2015-bFacing into a stiff wind in the second half The Harps had a mountain to climb but managed to open the second half scoring with a good Eoin Clancy point to give them hope. Borris-Kilcotton hit a quick brace of points but Kieran Freeman was playing well and sent over his second point from play to keep The Harps in the hunt. Unfortunately Borris-Kilcotton were proving to be the better team and started to send over points from all angles stretching their lead to ten points with 20 minutes gone in the second half. The Harps were trying to work goal chances to get themselves back into the game but still the Borris-Kilcotton dominance continued as further points flew over.

The Harps main source of scores were free’s and Lanigan continued to strike them well, even into the strong wind. Disaster struck then with five minutes to go as Borris-Kilcotton goaled for the second time with PJ Scully giving Kevin Galvin no chance with a close range finish. With only pride to play for The Harps managed to hit a brace of points with another Lanigan free and a third from play by Freeman to close the scoring for the day.

This was a tough day out for our senior team, one of those horrible days when things just didn’t go right. Great credit must go to some of the younger players with Kieran Freeman, Richie Suanders and Aaron Dunne doing extremely well on their senior championship debuts. Shane Fitzpatrick was also introduced in the second half and these young players will only get better. The panel will have to knuckle down and focus now as they drew neighbours Clough/Ballacolla in the next round.

The Harps: 1. Kevin Galvin; 2. Shane Phelan; 3. Conor Dunne; 4. Aaron Dunne; 5. John Prior; 6. Gavin Dunne; 7. Tommy Moore; 8. Barry Dunne; 9. Kieran Freeman; 10. Shane Donoghue; 11. Brian Dunne; 12. Eoin Clancy; 13. Richie Saunders; 14. Pat Walsh; 15. Michael Lanigan.

Subs: Ronan Delahunty for Tommy Moore (41 mins); Ross Young for John Prior (50 mins); Shane Fitzpatrick for Shane Donoghue (55 mins).

Jul 052015
 

ACHL1-Harps-v-RathdowneyErrill-2015The Harps senior hurlers saved their best league performance for the last game as they earned a hard fought win over Rathdowney/Errill. Played in Durrow on a warm evening The Harps got off to the perfect start when Richie Saunders made a great high catch before laying off the ball to Conor Brophy who calmly finished to the net. Pat Walsh pointed from play a minute later before R/E opened their account with a point. Michael Lanigan gave the home support more to cheer about as he cut over a super line ball. R/E however were about to show that they are not reigning champions for nothing as they hit six points from play on the trot to take the lead by two points with the half almost finished. A free converted by Lanigan was followed by another R/E point to leave the half time score at The Harps 1-03 to R/E 0-08.

With the wind at their backs for the second half The Harps set the pace as Lanigan hit a good point from play. R/E sent over two further points from play but The Harps were about to enter their purple patch hitting 1-2 in a blistering 2 minute spell. Two points from Lanigan (1f) and a goal from Pat Walsh where Richie Saunders was once again instrumental gave The Harps a two point lead. Both sides were really going at it at this stage with some great hurling played out. R/E stopped the flow with a point of their own but another audacious side line cut from Lanigan kept the pressure on. Brian Dunne and Kieran Freeman(0-02) got in on the scoring with good scores from play but R/E kept the deficit to two points with a few scores of their own. With less than five minutes to go R/E had cut the lead to a single point and now the pressure really came on. The Harps showed great resolve however to hit the last four points of the game via Freeman, Ross Young and Lanigan (0-02,1f) to leave a final score line of The Harps 2-14 R/E 0-15.

This was a timely boost for our senior hurlers who are training very hard at the moment. With the championship just around the corner all supporters are urged to get behind the lads for the tough opening game against Borris/Kilcotton.

The Harps: 1 – Kevin Galvin, 2 – Shane Phelan, 3 – Packie Flynn, 4 – Aaron Dunne, 5 – John Prior, 6 – Gavin Dunne, 7 – Ross Young, 8 – Barry Dunne, 9 – Kieran Freeman, 10 – Shane Donoghue, 11 – Brian Dunne, 12 – Pat Walsh, 13 – Richie Saunders, 14 – Michael Lanigan, 15 – Conor Brophy.

Jun 272015
 

Harps-V-Castletown-ACHL1-2015aThe Harps senior hurlers second half fade out was to prove costly as Castletown claimed the points in this close encounter. Played in Mountrath GAA on their new pitch, The Harps were against a strong wind in the first half but managed to open the scoring with a fine point from distance by Eoin Clancy inside the opening minute. The Castletown response was swift as they levelled from play but a Michael Lanigan free nudged The Harps again but four points on the trot gave Castletown a three point lead by the 20th minute. The Harps however were about to hit their best form of the evening as three points in a row from Lanigan (0-02f) and Shane Donoghue brought them back level. The half ended with the best move of the game as a pin point pass from Kieran Freeman was fielded by Brian Dunne who fed the onrushing Pat Walsh who blasted to the net to give The Harps a 2 point half time lead, 1-05 to 0-06.

Harps-V-Castletown-ACHL1-2015bWith a two point cushion and a wind advantage to come, Harps supporters felt a win was on the cards. Castletown had other ideas however, as they upped the ante and drew level with two converted free’s into the wind. Another surging run from Pat Walsh was rewarded with a point from play but indiscipline was costing The Harps dearly as Castletown converted another free before hitting two points form play. Michael Lanigan and Eoin Clancy pointed from play to keep The Harps in the hunt but Castletown were refusing to yield as they hit another point from play. Two further efforts from play by Donoghue and Clancy were cancelled out by silly free’s given away which were converted to leave the sides dead-locked with 5 minutes to go. The sides traded free’s and the crowd was in for a close finish but unfortunately it was Castletown who closed the scoring with a fine point from the right wing to leave a scoreline of The Harps 1-11 Castletown 0-15.

A disappointing result for The Harps but lessons can be learned. The discipline will have to improve for the championship but they played some good hurling on the night. The Harps final game of the league is played on the 1st July in Durrow at 7.45 pm against Rathdowney-Errill.

The Harps:

1.Kevin Galvin, 2.Shane Phelan, 3.Packie Flynn, 4.Aaron Dunne, 5.John Prior, 6.Gavin Dunne, 7.Tommy Moore, 8.Kieran Freeman, 9.Barry Dunne, 10.Shane Donoghue, 11.Brian Dunne, 12.Pat Walsh, 13.Eoin Clancy, 14.Michael Lanigan, 15.Conor Brophy.

Subs: David Doheny for Tommy Moore (49 mins); Ronan Delahunty for Conor Brophy (49 mins).

Jun 172015
 
The Harps V Colt - June 17th 2015

The Harps V Colt – June 17th 2015

The Harps welcomed Colt to Durrow on Wednesday evening, June 17th for their fifth round game of the Division 1 Hurling League. A mild and rather cloudy evening coupled with a light breeze created perfect conditions for hurling in front of a sizeable crowd watching on. Referee Micheal Cleere got proceedings underway at 7.45pm and Brian Dunne opened the homeside’s scoring account inside two minutes with a point from play. Michael Lanigan added a pointed free two minutes later to put The Harps 0-02 to 0-00 ahead.

Colt got their scoring account open in the fifth with a pointed free and the resulting puckout by Kevin Galvin found Eoin Clancy who flicked the ball to Michael Lanigan to grab The Harp’s third point. Colt began to settle and hit a purple patch over the coming five minutes hitting three-in-a-row well worked points from play to take a temporary lead. Brian Dunne drifted back towards midfield to find some space and was rewarded with two great points from play either side of a Colt free to leave the sides level at 0-05 a piece after the first quarter.

The second quarter of the half consisted entirely of frees as both sides drove wides aimlessly. A late challenge on Eoin Clancy in the sixteenth minute gave Michael “Sticks” Lanigan the opportunity to point his second free of the night in which he duly obliged. The Colt wing forward Chris Murray picked up a yellow card for his chop across Clancy. Michael Lanigan added another on the twenty-second minute to stretch the lead further to two points, however Colt managed to draw level before half time with two of their own frees. Half-time – The Harps 0-07 v 0-07 Colt.

The half-time talk to both teams must have been special as the second half began with a renewed hunger and pace with scores a plenty. Eoin Clancy was the first to strike with a fine point from play out on the wing after collecting a good pass from Barry Dunne. However, the Colt response was met with hard tackling from The Harps defence and referee Michael Cleere didn’t hesitate in awarding the visitors a free which was converted to keep the sides level. Brian Dunne caught some wonderful ball in the middle of the park throughout the evening and in this instance turned his man to cut the Colt defence open – but his rasper of a shot floated just inches over the bar.

Sensing danger, Colt upped their ante and fired over two points from play to take the narrowest of leads once again. The Harps though were determined to put any aspirations Colt had to bed early in this second half and clicked up a gear. The next six minutes saw The Harps produce some wonderful points from play, the highlight of these was Michael Lanigan’s excellently taken sideline cut that floated over despite the difficult angle. Brian Dunne, Richie Saunders and Pat Walshe claimed the other three points of that spell to end the third quarter.

Colt tried hard to get back in the game going into the final quarter. They tested the Harps defence and could only muster a single point from a free in the forty-seventh minute which inevitably was their last score of the night. It was all one-way traffic from there-on with The Harps’ Michael Lanigan pointing two frees and grabbing a point from play followed by a Brian Dunne point from play before Ronan Delahunty was introduced in the 53rd minute replacing Kieran Freeman. Ronan Delahunty made a huge impression following his introduction, grabbing a point from play.

Conor Brophy followed on with a point from play of his own with only a few minutes remaining when Shane Phelan’s clearance down the wing found Brophy in space. Ronan Delahunty was to the fore moments later blasting a rocket of a shot to the net much to the delight of the home crowd when Pat Walshe’s hard tackling paid off. Not content with his 1-01 haul, Delahunty signed off on a good win for The Harps with another point from play to leave the full time score at: The Harps 1-20 v 0-11 Colt.

Following the drawn game with Camross, The Harps now have three points on the table from their opening five games. A match away to Castletown next Thursday, June 25th (at a venue yet to be decided) and a match at home to Rathdowney-Errill on July 1st are the remaining ties in this ACHL Division 1 for The Harps and with a bit of luck the momentum of the last two weeks will continue.

1 – Kevin Galvin, 2 – Shane Phelan, 3 – Packie Flynn, 4 – Aaron Dunne, 5 – David Doheny, 6 – Gavin Dunne, 7 – Tommy Moore, 8 – Kieran Freeman, 9 – Barry Dunne, 10 – Eoin Clancy, 11 – Brian Dunne, 12 – Pat Walshe, 13 – Richie Saunders,  14 – Michael Lanigan, 15 – Conor Brophy.

Subs: Ronan Delahunty for Kieran Freeman (53min).

Scorers: Michael Lanigan 0-08 (0-06f), Brian Dunne 0-06, Ronan Delahunty 1-02, Eoin Clancy, Richie Saunders, Pat Walshe and Conor Brophy 0-01 each.

Jun 102015
 
The Harps just before Throw-In...

The Harps just before Throw-In…

The Harps welcomed Camross to Durrow GAA Grounds on Wednesday evening, June 12th for their fourth round Division 1 league tie. It was a fine evening with plenty of sunshine, but a refreshing northeast breeze blew down the pitch assisting the visitors who opted to avail of it’s slight advantage.

The Harps opened the scoring with a Shane Donoghue free inside two minutes, however Camross wasted no time in equalising from play moments later. Shane Donoghue was on hand to point in the fifth minute followed by a Pat Walshe point in the seventh, both from play. Camross though clawed their way back level inside three minutes with a point from play followed by a point from a free. Ross Young then picked up an injury and had to be replaced by David Doheny.

The game hit a lull for much of the following ten minutes owing to a few wides before play was halted for an injury. The second quarter saw a battle of the freetakers ensue with two from Camross before Shane Donoghue converted a close range of his own (see video). Kieran Freeman floated over a beauty from the middle of the field to bring the sides level for the third time. However, a Camross point from play saw them hold a narrow lead at the short whistle: The Harps 0-05 v 0-06 Camross.

Camross were quickest out of the blocks in the second half registering a point from play inside 30 seconds against the breeze which was beginning to abate. A foul on the industrious Shane Phelan gave The Harps opportunity to clear their lines and Gavin Dunne was on hand to fire over a long-rage pointed free from deep inside his own half. A nasty facial cut saw Brian Dunne leave the field for treatment with Richie Saunders in as a temporary blood sub. Shane Donoghue pointed the resulting free to tie the game on 0-07 a piece.

Some indiscipline in the Harps defence allowed Camross to capitalise on a pointed free in the 36th minute. This was quickly followed by a point from play moments later for the Camross men. Shane Donoghue narrowed the gap once again in the 40th minute with another pointed free, however didaster struck two minutes later when Camross managed to carve open The Harps’ defence to rattle a well taken goal and extend their lead to four.

The Harps in action in the second half...

The Harps in action in the second half…

The goal seemed to stir The Harps and their workrate improved – but wayward shooting cost the homeside on the scoreboard. Richie Saunders was introduced for Conor Brophy in the 47th minute and his first touch was to drive over a point from play to encourage the homeside on. Michael “Sticks” Lanigan followed two minutes later with a nice point of his own to narrow the gap to two. Camross though refused to allow The Harps a way back into the game and worked two good scores of their own from play to restore their four point lead with just 8 minutes remaining.

The Harps to their credit refused to lie down and Barry Dunne led The Harps revival with a long range point from play. A minute later his brother Brian grabbed a point from play to narrow the gap to just two. A two point lead is a dangerous one in any man’s language and queue Pat Walshe who made a good run through the Camross defence and drove a pile-driver of a ground-stroke to the Camross net in the 58th minute.

The final minutes of play saw Camross throw everything at The Harps to try and rescue something from the game. With three minutes of added time they piled on the pressure again and again. Camross were rewarded for their hard work in the 60th minute with a point from play. The pressure was back on The Harps to hold on to the draw as the clock wound down. To the credit of The Harps they held off the final Camross push and maintained the draw. Full Time: The Harps 1-12 v 1-12 Camross.

After three opening defeats The Harps have picked up their first point of the Division 1 league putting them in sixth position ahead of Castletown and Colt who both have failed to pick up points. The Harps play Colt at home next Wednesday, June 17th at 7.45pm in Durrow. The following week they travel to Castletown on June 25th for a 7.45pm throw-in before their final game of the league – at home in Durrow to Rathdowney-Errill on July 1st, also at 7.45pm.

The Harps: 1 – Kevin Galvin, 2 – Shane Phelan, 3 – Packie Flynn, 4 – Aaron Dunne, 5 – John Prior, 6 – Gavin Dunne, 7 – Ross Young, 8 – Barry Dunne, 9 – Kieran Freeman, 10 – Shane Donoghue, 11 – Brian Dunne, 12 – Pat Walsh, 13 – Eoin Clancy, 14 – Michael Lanigan, 15 – Conor Brophy.

Subs: David Doheny for Ross Young (7min); Richie Saunders for Conor Brophy (47min).

Scorers: Shane Donoghue 0-05 (0-04f); Pat Walshe 1-01; Kieran Freeman, Gavin Dunne, Richie Saunders, Michael Lanigan, Barry Dunne, Brian Dunne 0-01 each.

Camross: 1 – Tadgh Doran, 2 – Michael Phelan, 3 – Malvin Moloney, 4 – Joseph Phelan, 5 – Darrell Dooley, 6 – Martin Burke, 7 – Damien Keenan, 8 – Andrew Collier, 9 – Matthew Collier, 10 – Tomas Burke, 11 – Dean Delaney, 12 – Ciaran Collier, 13 – Kevin Lalor, 14 – Thomas Dunphy, 15 – Thomas Brickley.

Jun 072015
 
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File Photo

A disastrous opening 10 minutes for The Harps proved costly as they lost out to The Rock last Friday in the league. Starting the game with only 14 players and with team manager Gabby Irwin showing great commitment by lining out at full back. The Harps conceded 2-03 in the early stages to leave themselves a mountain to climb. The arrival of Pat Walshe brought The Harps players count to 15, and with pride at stake our footballers upped the effort and managed to send over a string of points through the accurate Jim Campion. A hotly disputed penalty was awarded to The Rock which was converted to leave The Harps trailing by 9 points at half time.

To their credit The Harps fought back well in the second half against a strong wind. Strong running by Niall Brophy and Pat Walsh resulted in further scores. When Brophy was pulled down in the square The Harps were awarded a penalty, which Jim Campion sent to the top corner of the net. With 10 minutes to go The Harps had the margin narrowed to just three points but with nearly every call by the ref going against us it made a difficult task all the harder. A combination of going for goals when a point was there for the taking and some soft free’s awarded to The Rock meant the game finished on a scoreline of The Rock 3-09 to The Harps 1-09.

This loss all but ends The Harps chances of reaching the league final, and a big effort is now required to get the panel ready for the championship.

The Harps: 1.Kevin Donoghue, 2.Steven Thomas, 3.Gabby Irwin, 4.John Dunne, 5.Shane Brophy, 6.Cormac McCann, 7.Diarmuid Irwin, 8.Pat Walshe, 9.John Finnegan, 10.Niall Brophy, 11.Ger Alley, 12.James Campion, 13.Michael Dooley, 14.Mark White, 15.Aidan McCann.

May 262015
 
Two captains ready for battle!

Two captains ready for battle!

A strong Ballyroan-Abbey side overcame a battling Harps side in this league match played last Saturday. Played in Durrow in perfect conditions, The Harps welcomed table toppers Ballyroan-Abbey knowing that a strong performance would be needed to get a win.

Both sides traded points in the opening minutes with Ballyroan-Abbey taking a 0-03 to 0-02 lead by the 6th minute with our scores coming from a Jim Campion free and a long range effort from David Doheny. The opposition began to get on top as two further points from play stretched the lead with a Niall Brophy point in answer for The Harps. Ballyroan-Abbey were then awarded a controversial goal with The Harps players convinced the ball did not cross the goal line, but with the score awarded The Harps really needed a response. A penalty awarded in the 28th minute gave the home side a glimmer of hope, and a cool finish by Jim Campion reduced the deficit to 4 points. There was still time for more scores in this half however and it was Ballyroan-Abbey that hit 1-01 from play before the break to leave The Harps trailing 2-08 to 1-03.

Almost a goal for The Harps

Almost a goal for The Harps

When Ballyroan opened the second half with two points from play it began to look ominous for The Harps, but our lads dug in and hit 3 points from play on the trot with Jim Campion, Darren Maher and Pat Walsh hitting a point each. Ballyroan-Abbey’s superior fitness began to tell as The Harps struggled with their running game. Scores were traded as Jim Campion, David Doheny, Ger Alley and Cormac McCann kept the home side in touch along with some fine saves from Kevin Donoghue in goal. The Harps needed a goal to shake this game up, but were caught on the counter with just two minutes to go as Ballyroan-Abbey goaled from play. On the stroke of full time Ballyroan-Abbey added the last point of the game to leave the score at Ballyroan-Abbey 3-14 to The Harps 1-09.

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Kevin Donaghue Kick-Out

The score line may have been a bit harsh on The Harps, but our footballers now know the challenge ahead of them if they are to bring home silverware this year. Friday, May 29th sees The Harps travel to The Rock for a 7.30pm throw-in.

The Harps: 1.Kevin Donoghue; 2.Steven Thomas; 3.James Shortall; 4.John Dunne; 5.Shane Brophy; 6.Pat Walshe; 7.Seamus Clancy; 8.Shane Donoghue; 9.John Finnegan; 10.David Doheny; 11.Niall Brophy; 12.Darren Maher; 13.James Campion; 14.Ger Alley; 15.Mark White.

Subs:Cormac McCann for Mark White (52 mins); Conor McCann for Ger Alley (53 mins).