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.

Mar 232016
 

The Harps junior hurlers lost out to a strong Rathdowney/Errill side in their opening league game last Sunday.  Played in the Durrow pitch in ideal hurling conditions, The Harps were the better team in the first 30 minutes of hurling.  Scores were evenly traded throughout the opening half, with some great points from play by Ross Young, Shane Fitzpatrick and Conor Deegan edging The Harps in front.  The Harps backs were defending tenaciously and with Conor Deegan accurate on free-taking duty The Harps began to boss the game.  When a long range free from Dan Delahunty landed on the edge of the small square, Niall Brophy managed to bustle the ball over the line for a goal to leave the half time score as The Harps 1-09 to R-E 0-09.

The opening ten minutes of the second half was where this match was ultimately lost for The Harps, as some bad luck saw them conceding three goals.  An excellent score from a tight angle from Niall Brophy and further converted frees from Deegan ensured The Harps were still in the hunt, but they were always going to need goals to get back into this game and unfortunately they never materialised.  The Harps did manage to cut the deficit to six points, but with time almost up R/E goaled again to but the result beyond doubt. This was still a good effort from a young team where the score line was a harsh reflection on the game.  The end score line was The Harps 1-16 R/E 4-16.

The Harps junior hurlers play away to Park-Rathineska at 6.30pm on Sunday, April 3rd in the second round.

The Harps: 1.Peter Walsh, 2.Cathal Phelan, 3.Sean Cahill, 4.Shane Brophy, 5.Ciaran Costigan, 6.Dan Delahunty, 7.David Doheny, 8.Rory Moore, 9.Darren Maher, 10.Conor Brophy, 11.Ross Young, 12.Shane Fitzpatrick, 13.Niall Brophy, 14.John Dunne, 15.Conor Deegan.
Subs used: Liam Dunphy, Donncha Quinn.

Mar 232016
 

The Harps senior hurlers continued their recent run of form when beating Camross in the Palmer Cup on Thursday.  Played in Durrow, The Harps were up against a much weakened Camross side but with our own team missing quite a few players a performance was still needed to get a win.  Early scores from play by John Brophy and Eoin Clancy settled The Harps but Camross showed their renowned battling qualities to stay in the game with some good scores of there own.  On ten minutes The Harps were dealt a blow when John Brophy was forced off with a hamstring injury.  Unfazed by this, The Harps reeled off a string of scores courtesy of Pat Walsh, Shane Donoghue and Conor Deegan to extend the lead to five points at half time, 0-08 to 0-03.

Camross got off to the dream start just after half time when confusion in The Harps goal mouth resulted in a soft goal conceded.  The response from The Harps was emphatic however, as seven points on the trot ended the game as a contest as the home side moved up a gear.  Conor Deegan, Conor Dunne, John Prior, Conor Brophy and Eoin Clancy all posted good scores in this period of dominance, with the only answer at the other end a late consolation goal for Camross. Full Time: The Harps 0-16 v 2-03 Camross.

Tougher tests lie ahead for this team and all support will be needed for the first round of the league v Ballinakill this Saturday, March 26th at 5pm in Durrow. The Harps will play Abbeyleix in the Palmer Cup Final with the date and time yet to be decided – likely to be at the end of April or early May.

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

Mar 082016
 

The Harps senior hurlers recorded their second win on the trot in the Leinster league with a hard fought win over Crumlin last Monday.  Played under lights on the Heywood astro turf pitch, The Harps were pushed all the way by the skilful, determined Dublin outfit.  In a very even opening half there was very little between the sides.  Good points from play by John Brophy, Pat Walsh and Shane Donoghue were answered each time by Crumlin.  With half time approaching a good goal from play by Mick Lanigan gave The Harps parity to leave the score at the break 1-07 apiece.

The Harps opened the second half at a blistering pace as they sent over points from all angles with Mick Lanigan in particular to the fore.  Eoin Clancy and Conor Brophy added points to open up a 7 point lead with 40 minutes played.  Indiscipline crept into The Harps game however and Crumlin began to claw their way back into the game with a number of converted frees.  When Crumlin scored their second goal the pressure mounted for The Harps, but late scores by Lanigan, Clancy and Pat Walsh sealed the win for The Harps on a full time score line of The Harps 1-18 Crumlin 2-12.

The Harps play Bray Emmets in Co. Wicklow on Saturday 19th of March at 3pm in the final round of the Leinster League. The Harps: 1.Kevin Galvin, 2.Barry Dunne, 3.Pakie Flynn, 4.Tommy Moore, 5.John Prior, 6.Gavin Dunne, 7.Richie Saunders, 8.Kieran Freeman, 9.Conor Dunne, 10.Shane Donoghue, 11.Pat Walsh, 12.Conor Brophy, 13.John Brophy, 14.Mick Lanigan, 15.Eoin Clancy.

Mar 032016
 

The Harps senior hurlers opened their Leinster League campaign with a hard fought win over Ballinamere last Saturday.  Played in Durrow in windy conditions the sides were evenly matched for the first half and the standard of hurling was encouraging for the time of the year.  Both teams opened their accounts with converted frees.  Conor Brophy and Eoin Clancy both pointed from play but just as The Harps opened up a slender lead, a long ball in to The Harps goal mouth was finished to the net even though it looked like a square ball.  The response to this set back was excellent however, as The Harps upped their efforts and were rewarded by a series of converted frees via the stick of Michael Lanigan to leave the sides level at half time on a scoreline of The Harps 0-09 Ballinamere 1-06.

The second half saw The Harps defence really get on top as they limited Ballinamere to just 4 points.  At the other end Conor Brophy, Richie Saunders and Greg Aylward all added good points from play to edge The Harps in front.  Ballinamere were using their physicality to gain possession around midfield, but each delivery was repelled by The Harps defensive unit who were in a mean mood.  Credit must go to the whole team however as the forwards and midfielders tracked back to good affect whenever the pressure  mounted.  Michael Lanigan finished out the scoring with a series of frees, and while it was disappointing not to score a goal in this game, 0-19 is a good score to put up in such conditions. Full Time: The Harps 0-19 v 1-10 Ballinamere.

The Harps: 1.Kevin Galvin; 2.Ciaran Costigan; 3.Pakie Flynn; 4.Aaron Dunne; 5.John Prior; 6.Gavin Dunne; 7.Barry Dunne; 8.Conor Dunne; 9.Richie Saunders; 10.Shane Donoghue; 11.Pat Walsh; 12.Conor Brophy; 13.Eoin Clancy; 14.Mick Lanigan; 15.Greg Aylward.

Subs used: Darren Maher.

The Harps play Crumlin next in the Leinster league in Heywood on Monday 7th March, please travel over to support the lads for the 8pm throw-in.

Feb 242016
 

The Harps senior hurlers proved too strong for Abbeyleix in this Palmer Cup tie played in Durrow last Saturday evening. Played on a heavy February sod not conducive to fast, open hurling The Harps nevertheless played some good hurling to run out worthy winners. Perhaps the most impressive aspect to the game was limiting Abbeyleix to just five points in over sixty minutes of hurling, all of these scores coming from placed balls.

The game started evenly with the sides trading early scores but The Harps moved up the gears after the opening 10 minutes to open up a lead with Pat Walsh, Michael Lanigan and Eoin Clancy posting good points from play. The Harps defence were hunting in packs and closed down the Abbeyleix attack very quickly, but were guilty of some indiscipline at times as a string of frees kept Abbeyleix in the hunt. An excellent long range point from wing back John Prior was the last score of the first half and left The Harps ahead on a 0-09 to 0-05 score line.

In the second half The Harps defensive dominance continued as Abbeyleix could find no way to penetrate a mean home defence. With Michael Lanigan accurate as usual on frees and John Brophy and Shane Donoghue chipping in with good points from play The Harps began to pull away.  With 10 minutes to go, a great run by Pat Walsh through the heart of the Abbeyleix defence paid off when his pass to Greg Aylward was finished to the net.  With the game over as a contest a couple of Lanigan frees finished out the scoring to leave The Harps ahead at the final whistle on a deserved 1-11 to 0-05 scoreline.

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

Subs used: Greg Aylward, Conor Deegan, Aaron Dunne.

JD

Feb 132016
 

The Harps senior hurlers, playing for the first time under new manager David Cuddy, got off to a winning start in the opening round of the Palmer Cup.  Played in Durrow on a heavy sod, our opponents Trumera/Kyle were a game side but the gap between Senior A and Senior B teams eventually told as The Harps ran out nine point winners; 2-14 to 0-11.

The opening half saw numerous frees from both sides converted as the playing conditions resulted in a lot of rucks and scraps for the ball. Michael Lanigan was flawless on free-taking duty, while Greg Aylward shot a fine point from play. Trumera/Kyle were struggling in open play, but they too were hitting the frees well to keep them in contention. The gap began to widen however, and when Shane Donoghue ghosted in behind the Trumera/Kyle defence and rifled the sliotar to the net The Harps finally had breathing space. Pat Walsh tagged on a good point from play before Donoghue again found space in attack to score goal number two. The sides traded points just before the break to leave the half time score at The Harps 2-09 Trumera/Kyle 0-04.

12022016vTrumeraThe second half continued in a similar fashion with both teams main source of scores coming from placed balls.  Both sides introduced new players into the fray as the match went on and the effort from both sets of players was commendable for a match in February.
A positive start then for The Harps, but the players and management alike will be well aware that a lot of the hard work still has to be done.

Next weekend sees The Harps up against Abbeyleix in the second round of the Palmer Cup.

The Harps: 1.Peter Walsh; 2.Tommy Moore; 3.Pakie Flynn; 4.Aaron Dunne; 5.John Prior; 6.Conor Dunne; 7.Barry Dunne; 8.Conor Brophy; 9.Kieran Freeman; 10.Shane Donoghue; 11.Richie Saunders; 12.Pat Walsh; 13.Greg Aylward; 14.Mick Lanigan; 15.Conor Deegan.

Subs used: Shane Fitzpatrick, Ciaran Costigan, John Dunne, Cathal Phelan.

JD