The 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.
With 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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 Intermediates put in a spirited performance last Friday, May 15th against Castletown in Durrow, but second half wides were to prove costly as Castletown held on for a deserved 0-12 to 0-06 win.
The first half was a very even affair with both teams defence on top. Free’s were the main source of scores for both sides and Conor Deegan was striking them well for The Harps. Indeed, Deegan accounted for all of The Harps first half tally of 0-05. The pick of these was an excellent effort from play midway through the half. Castletown kept in touch with several converted free’s of their own to leave the sides level at half time on a score line of 0-05 each.
The second half proved to be more one sided on the scoreboard, as The Harps accuracy betrayed them time and again. A single score from play from Greg Aylward was an unfair reward for a team that kept battling to the end. Things could have been very different, but this young team should learn from the experience. Castletown were a lot more clinical in front of the posts and shot 7 second half points to leave a final score line of Castletown 0-12 to The Harps 0-06.
With a lot of players exam tied it is tough going for this Harps Intermediate team at the moment but there is plenty of scope for improvement as the year goes on. The Intermediates face Shanahoe at home on Saturday, May 30th in Durrow at 7.30pm.
The Harps Junior footballers suffered their second defeat of the league campaign when losing out to Arles Kilcruise last Wednesday, May 13th. The Harps looked the stronger outfit in a promising opening half, with two excellent individual goals from Mark White and David Doheny sending The Harps into a 2-09 to 0-10 half time lead. James Campion was deadly accurate from both free’s and play to send over 0-07, while Mark White and Pat Walsh both sent over a point apiece from play.
The second half however saw a complete turnaround in this game as The Harps were held to a mere 0-02, while Arles Kilcruise shot 1-09 to turn the game on it’s head and give them a 5 point victory. The Harps fade out was probably down to Arles Kilcruise’ superior fitness levels and this is something The Harps will hope to improve upon in the coming weeks. Best on the day for The Harps were Steven Thomas, Pat Walsh, Mark White and James Campion.
The Harps are at home in the next round to Ballyroan on Saturday 23rd of May at 7.30pm in Durrow.
The Harps Senior Hurlers travelled to Borris-in-Ossory on Sunday evening last to face Borris-Kilcotton in their third round Division 1 League tie. Still searching for their first win in this year’s league, The Harps were quietly optimistic of a win following their Palmer Cup victory over the same opposition a few weeks ago. The weather conditions on the night were dreadful with spells of heavy rain passing over the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
The Harps were first on the scoreboard with a Shane Donohue pointed free. Borris-Kilcotton replied quickly with a point from play and a pointed free to take an early lead. Shane Donohue, who was ultra-sharp from placed balls all evening replied in the seventh minute. Borris-Kilcotton upped the ante and scored three unanswered points (2f) over the following five minutes. The Harps then sprung to life and a dominant six minute spell saw Barry Dunne pop over a long range point from the middle of the field only to be followed by three Shane Donohue frees to leave the score at 0-06 to 0-05 in favour of the visitors with ten minutes remaining in the first half.
A late tackle by John Prior in the twenty first minute cost him a yellow card with Borris-Kilcotton converting the resulting free. Borris-Kilcotton followed up with a point from play to restore their lead once again. Eoin Clancy and Ronan Delahunty replied with two well taken scores before a Borris-Kilcotton free left the sides level on 0-08 each at the short whistle. An entertaining first half despite the very inclement conditions.
The second half began with both sides hurling well – three points from play by David Doheny, Shane Donohue and Brian Dunne were all cancelled out by Borris-Kilcotton frees making sure both sides were level after the opening ten minutes of this second half. Borris-Kilcotton went on to dominate the following ten minutes of the half with two frees – one resulting from a Shane Donohue yellow card – and two points from play to open a bit of daylight between the sides for the home-side.
The final ten minutes of the second half looked like the Harps could take the victory when three Brian Dunne points from play and an Eoin Clancy point from play brought the visitors right back into the game, however a Borris-Kilcotton free and a point from play during the closing stages saw the home-side hang on for a narrow win. Overall it was an entertaining game with some good spells of hurling at times considering the wet conditions underfoot. Full Time: The Harps 0-15 v 0-17 Borris-Kilcotton.
The Harps Senior Hurlers are still searching for their first win in the ACHL1 and will welcom Camross to Durrow on June 10th for a 7.45pm throw-in. Elsewhere in the division, Clough-Ballacolla are top of the table following their narrow five point win over bottom-of-the group Colt.
The Harps: 1 – Kevin Galvin; 2 – Shane Phelan; 3 – Packie Flynn; 4 – Aaron Dunne; 5 – Gavin Dunne; 6 – Richie Saunders; 7 – John Prior; 8 – Ronan Delahunty; 9 – Barry Dunne; 10 – Pat Walshe; 11 – Brian Dunne; 12 – Shane Donoghue; 13 – Eoin Clancy; 14 – Michael Lanigan; 15 – David Doheny.
Subs: Ross Young for Michael Lanigan (58min).
Scorers: Shane Donohue 0-06 (0-05f); Brian Dunne 0-04; Eoin Clancy 0-02; Barry Dunne, Ronan Delahunty and David Doheny 0-01ea.
The Harps footballers got back to winning ways when hosting a strong St.Fintan’s side last Wednesday in Durrow. The Harps took full advantage of a strong wind in the first half, with centre forward Ger Alley kicking a good early point from play to settle the team. In the 7th minute Michael Dooley got the score of the game when he sighted the keeper off his line and lobbed him with a deft shot to leave The Harps four points ahead. The Harps were dominating in the middle third and the scores began to flow as midfielder Shane McCann hit an excellent point from out on the right wing which was followed a minute later by a rasping shot to the net by Paul Shortall. The scoring spree was not yet finished either as towering midfielder Pat Walsh sent over a long range effort from play. St.Fintan’s managed to reply with a point from play but two points from Jim Campion (0-01,f) kept the Harps momentum going. In the last few minutes of the half St.Fintan’s converted two pointed free’s to leave the half time score at The Harps 2-05 to St.Fintan’s 0-03.
The second half was all defence
It was now The Harps turn to defend, and the question on everyone’s lips was “will an 8 point lead be enough?”. It was St.Fintan’s who registered the first score of the second half with a point in the 4th minute, but when Jim Campion cancelled it out with a pointed free two minutes later it seemed The Harps would hold out easily. Remarkably however this was to be the last score of the game for the homeside, and three pointed free’s for St.Fintan’s had the deficit reduced to 5 points with 15 minutes left to play. It was all one way traffic for the remainder of the game as the opposition were now dominating in the middle third and launching attack after attack. The Harps defended brilliantly as a unit however, and with Kevin Donoghue determined to keep another clean sheet they managed to keep St.Fintan’s to four more points (0-03,free’s) to get a just about deserved win. Credit must go to St.Fintan’s for fighting back bravely and there is a good chance the two sides could meet again further down the line.
The Harps are now third on the table but with a game in hand. They travel to Arles Kilcruise next Wednesday, May 13th for a 7.15pm throw-in. Best of Luck lads!
The Harps Intermediate hurlers came up short against Camross last Thursday in the third round of the ACHL Division 2. Played in good hurling conditions in Camross, the first half was evenly matched as both sides produced some good hurling. It was The Harps who got off to a dream start when a long range shot from Conor Deegan went all the way to the net. Camross responded swiftly with a pointed free but The Harps were getting on top and a Deegan free was followed by a fine point from play by Darren Maher to increase the lead. Camross fought back well however, and a string of points from play followed by a goal from close range turned this game on it’s head. A Brian Farrell point from play kept The Harps in touch before Greg Aylward’s efforts were rewarded with a super score from play way out on the left wing. The final two scores of the half fell to Camross as their off the ball running was causing problems in the Harps defence. With a half time score of Camross 2-07 to The Harps 1-06, we were facing into a tough second half.
The introduction of Michael Lanigan and Kieran Freeman improved matters considerably early in the second half. With Freeman deployed as a third midfielder, The Harps gained a foothold in the middle third and their dominance here paid off as another good point from play by Greg Aylward was followed up by a brilliant goal from Darren Maher who’s shot from a tight angle went in off the far post. Camross sensed the game was slipping from them and their response was impressive as they shot 1-04 in a five minute spell, 0-02 coming from free’s. Brian Farrell and Greg Aylward posted further points for The Harps but with legs tiring, Camross pulled away shooting the last four points of the game to leave a score line of Camross 3-15, The Harps 2-09.
A good effort from the Intermediates who are without a number of exam tied players, nevertheless it is important that all players make every effort to get to training. Our next game is at home to Castletown, on the 15th of May.