May 212015

gaelic-football-matchThe 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: 1.Kevin Donoghue; 2.Steven Thomas; 3.James Shortall; 4.John Dunne; 5.Shane Brophy; 6.Seamus Clancy; 7.Diarmuid Irwin; 8.Pat Walsh; 9.Shane Donoghue; 10.David Doheny; 11.Ger Alley; 12.Lee Campion; 13.Mark White; 14.James Campion; 15.Shane Keown.

May 202015

2015ACHL1vBORRIS-KILCOTTON-BThe 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.

2015ACHL1vBORRIS-KILCOTTON-AThe 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.

May 082015
Harps on the Attack

Harps on the Attack

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: 1.Kevin Donoghue; 2.Steven Thomas; 3.James Shortall; 4.John Dunne; 5.Shane Brophy; 6.Seamus Clancy; 7.Diarmuid Irwin; 8.Shame McCann; 9.Pat Walshe; 10.David Doheny; 11.Ger Alley; 12.Lee Camoion; 13.Michael Dooley; 14.Paul Shortall; 15. James Campion.

Subs: Shane Keown for Paul Shortall (inj. 50 mins)

Scorers: Michael Dooley and Paul Shortall 1-00 ea; James Campion 0-03 (0-01f); Ger Alley, Shane McCann and Pat Walshe 0-01ea.

May 032015
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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.

Apr 292015

Harps-Football-ChatThe Harps footballers winning streak in the league came to an end last Tuesday when they lost out to a strong Graiguecullen side. Played in Graiguecullen in blustery conditions, The Harps would play against the elements in the opening half and right from the throw in it was clear this would be a step up in class from previous opposition. A couple of early scores for Graiguecullen from tight angles let The Harps know they were in for a tough game as Graiguecullen were creating space and finding each other well. A well struck free from John Finnegan opened The Harps account and with Ger Alley brought back to close down space in defence The Harps began to get to grips with their opponents, limiting Graiguecullen to just four more points in the half. On the brink of half time John Finnegan kicked a fine point from distance to reduce the deficit to four points, 0-06 to 0-02 in favour of Graiguecullen.

An early score for Graiguecullen let The Harps know that the wind would not win this game on it’s own, but our lads were about to enjoy their best period of the game. Strong running from Pat Walsh and Darren Maher was rewarded with a pointed free from the boot of John Finnegan and the only goal of the game came soon after when big Paul Shortall created trouble in the square and when the ball broke to Michael Dooley he made no mistake from close range. With the gap reduced to a single point, Graiguecullen responded well hitting two points from play in quick succession.

With the wind playing havoc The Harps were struggling to convert their chances whereas Graiguecullen were clinical, often from very tight angles. A great individual score from Pat Walsh together with a Finnegan free converted reduced the gap to two points with 5 minutes to go. The Harps sensed the win was there for them but some sloppy play resulted in turnovers in the middle third and Graiguecullen made us pay hitting 0-02 from play to extend their lead. It could have been worse too as a fine save from Kevin Donoghue kept us in the game. The Harps had a late chance for a goal but Pat Walsh was cynically taken down and from the resulting free Finnegan sent a rocket of a shot marginally wide to leave the final score at 0-12 to 1-06 in favour of Graiguecullen.

With some key players missing on the evening The Harps now know they are a match for every team in this division. We have St.Fintans at home in our next game (Wednesday, 6th May at 7:15pm in Durrow) and as ever all support is appreciated.

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

Subs used: Pat Walsh for Shane McCann (black card, 15 mins); Diarmuid Irwin for Ger Alley (50 mins); David Doheny for Mark White (50 mins).

Apr 242015

ACHL2vPR-2015bAn under strength Harps intermediate team fought hard but couldn’t get the better of a determined Park-Rathineska side in the second round of the league last Thursday. Played in Durrow on a very warm evening, it was Park-Rathineska that opened the scoring with a point from play in the opening minute. A Greg Aylward free evened matters shortly after but with both defences on top scores were going to be hard to come by for the rest of the game. A soft free gavePark-Rathineska their second score but the only goal of the game would soon after go to The Harps when Greg Aylward’s penalty shot was deflected into the inner side-netting to give The Harps the lead. The home side were getting on top at this point in the game but some bad wides stopped them from extending that lead. A head injury to the Park-Rathineska goal keeper in the 15th minute halted our momentum and for the remainder of the half Park-Rathineska went up a gear to hit 4 points from play. The half time whistle saw Park-Rathineska ahead by two points, 0-06 to The Harps 1-01.

Again Park-Rathineska opened the second half scoring with a point from play quickly after the throw in. The Harps needed to respond and two points in as many minutes from Greg Aylward (0-01f) and a further point from play by Eoin O Sullivan had the sides level by the 42nd minute. This was as close as The Harps would get however, as a lack of discipline resulted in some needless frees conceded as Park-Rathineska went three points ahead. A fine score from Johnny Doyle, who was showing very well in the second half, was answered with two more Park-Rathineska points. The Harps needed a goal at this stage but some stout defending denied them time and again.

Greg Aylward pointed in the 31st minute to reduce the gap to three but the final whistle sounded to give Park-Rathineska a deserved win. A good effort from this Harps team, and perhaps a less lenient referee would have suited our younger and physically smaller team but Michael Ward did his best to let the game flow. Best on the day for The Harps were Peter Walsh, Shane Brophy, Johnny Doyle and Greg Aylward.

The Harps will play Camross in Camross on April 30th at 7.15pm.

The Harps: 1.Peter Walsh; 2.Sean Cahill; 3.Aaron Dunne; 4.Niall Donoghue; 5.David Doheny; 6.John Dunne; 7.Shane Brophy; 8.Rory Moore; 9.Conor Deegan; 10.Niall Brophy; 11.Brian Farrell; 12.Darren Maher; 13.Johnny Doyle; 14.Greg Aylward; 15.Eoin O Sullivan.

Subs Used: Michael Lanigan for Niall Brophy (45 mins); Rory Doyle for Eoin O Sullivan (45 mins); Liam Dunphy for Conor Deegan (55 mins).

Reporting by: Harps PRO.

Apr 232015

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The Harps footballers claimed their third win of the campaign as a strong first half showing paved the way for a comfortable win over Mountmellick. Played in Durrow on a warm evening, The Harps got off to a bright start when midfielder Pat Walsh pointed from play following a strong run through the Mountmellick defence. With The Harps dominating all over the field and stringing some lovely passes together they were rewarded when the lively James Campion hit 1-01 from play followed by a fine point from Shane Donoghue all in the space of two minutes. Tight marking in our own half was forcing Mountmellick to shoot from distance and under pressure which resulted in some bad wides. At the other end, The Harps tried to kill off the game but a combination of poor wides and going for goals when points were there for the taking meant we had to wait until the 22nd minute for our next score towering midfielder Pat Walsh blasted to the net. Mountmellick would register their only score of the first half, a pointed free, in the 25th minute. Young corner forward Shane Keown replied with a good point from a tight angle before James Campion all but ended the game as a contest when he coolly finished to the net after rounding the Mountmellick keeper to leave the half time score as The Harps 3-04, Mountmellick 0-01.

To their credit, the opposition never threw in the towel and battled gamely for the second 30 minutes. Indeed scores were traded point for point for the first 20 minutes of the second half as Mountmellick refused to yield. Poor wides and decision making meant The Harps would only score 0-04 in the second half with Campion (0-02,1f) and the Brophy brothers Niall and Shane also hitting good points. It was The Harps defence who produced the goods in this half as Mountmellick were denied the goals they so badly needed to get back into the game. Mountmellick were rewarded with two points on the trot late in the second half before their efforts for a goal finally bore fruit. On the stroke of full time corner back Steven Thomas pulled off a brilliant goal line clearance, but the ball broke to a Mountmellick player who made no mistake from close range. This was to be the last score of a sporting encounter, leaving a score line of The Harps 3-08, Mountmellick 1-06.

This was another good outing from our footballers which leaves them top of the table with three wins from three and a very healthy score difference. A huge challenge awaits The Harps in their next game on Tuesday 28th April at 7pm however as they face second place Graiguecullen who are putting up some huge scores. All support would be greatly appreciated!

The Harps: GK: Kevin Donoghue; RFB: Stephen Thomas; FB: James Shortall; LFB: John Dunne; RHB: Shane Brophy; CB: Seamus Clancy; LHB: Diarmuid Irwin; MF: Niall Brophy; MF: Pat Walsh; RHF: Mark White; CF: Ger Alley; LHF: Shane Donoghue; RFF: James Campion; FF: Paul Shortall; LFF: Shane Keown.

Subs: Michael Dooley for Shane Keown at half time.

Scores: James Campion 2-03 (0-01f); Pat Walshe 1-01; Shane Donaghue, Niall Brophy and Shane Brophy 0-01 each.

Reporting by: Harps PRO.

Apr 192015

HarpsJH-v-Abbeyleix-ACHL4-2015On Sunday, April 19th The Harps Junior Hurlers welcomed Abbeyleix to Durrow for this second round tie of the Division 4 league. A fine sunny morning was plagued by a stern cool breeze across the pitch which benefited neither team. Abbeyleix opened the scoring with a pointed free which was quickly responded to by The Harps’ Conor Deegan. Abbeyleix went on to score the following three points from play before Brian Farrell grabbed a well taken point back for the home-side. Abbeyleix were settling better in the game with their young players looking lively and grabbed another point from play.

Conor Deegan floated over a long range free for the Harps to close the gap to two points, but this would be as close as The Harps would get to the visitors in this contest. The remaining fifteen minutes of the first half was all one-way traffic as Abbeyleix drove over five points from play and a ’65 with a solitary point from the Harps in that period coming from a free by Danny Delahunty. Half Time: The Harps 0-04 V 0-11 Abbeyleix.

The second half started off in similar fashion with Abbeyleix piling on the pressure. Niall Donaghue was introduced at half time for Niall Mullins and some positional changes were made to try and stem the Abbeyleix tide. Abbeyleix though weren’t reading that script and drove over six points from play and a free – all unanswered. Justin Brophy was moved back out onto the half forward line and instantly had an effect when he placed Denis Lennon for three in a row points from play.

Abbeyleix responded with a point of their own, but The Harps were alive and kicking and two rapid fire goals from Denis Lennon and Rory Doyle on the 48th and 49th minute gave the home-side some hope as the margin was now down to six points – The Harps 2-07 v 0-19 Abbeyleix. The last ten minutes of the game saw the Harps go in search of further green flags, and even though they hit the net the effort was ruled out by the umpire and the referee.

This decision seemed to give Abbeyleix renewed resolve and they finished out the game with three further points and seal the win for the visitors. Full back Tom Dillon picked up a nasty injury just before the full time whistle and was replaced by Niall Mullins for the dying seconds of the game. The full time score read: The Harps 2-07 V 0-22 Abbeyleix. This second loss for the Junior Hurlers sees them rooted to the bottom of Division 4 and will need a win against Colt to kick-start their league campaign. The game against Colt will be in Raheen on Saturday 2nd May at 7pm.

The Harps:  GK: Liam Dunphy; RFB: William Dillon; FB: Tom Dillon; LFB: Jack Saunders; RHB: Padraig Spencer; CB: Danny Delahunty; LHB: Donnacha Quinn; MF: Eoin O Sullivan; MF: Brian Farrell; RHF: Conor Deegan; CF: Johnny Doyle; LHF: Rory Doyle; RFF: Justin Brophy; FF: Niall Mullins; LFF: Denis Lennon.

Scorers: Denis Lennon 1-03; Rory Doyle 1-00; Conor Deegan 0-02 (0-01f); Brian Farrell 0-01 and Danny Delahunty 0-01f.

Subs Used: Niall Donaghue on for Niall Mullins (30min); Niall Mullins on for Tom Dillon (59min).

Apr 182015

Palmer-Cup-2015-Harps-v-BorrisKilcottonA fine sunny evening with a chilling east breeze greeted the two teams in Durrow on Saturday, April 18th. With a dry year so far the pitch in Durrow is firming up well and lent itself to a good game of hurling between The Harps and Borris-Kilcotton. In contrast to their previous few games this year so far, The Harps started poorly with Borris-Kilcotton firing over two points from play in as many minutes. Borris-Kilcotton stretched the lead to five points with a well taken goal moments later. Borris-Kilcotton increased their lead to six from a free in the fourth minute to compound the disastrous start for The Harps.

In the fifth minute The Harps finally opened their scoring account with a free fired over by Shane Donaghue. Brian Dunne followed up with a point from play to reduce the deficit, but Borris-Kilcotton were in no mood for allowing the Harps into the game and stretched their lead to six points once more with a free and a ’65. Peter Walsh was on hand to deny Borris-Kilcotton a sure goal in the tenth minute, his diving stretch was nothing short of brilliant. Discipline in the half back line was costing the Harps and another free was easily converted by the Borris-Kilcotton men to give them a seven point lead in the twelfth minute.

Eoin Clancy grabbed the Harps third point on the thirteenth minute as the Harps began to settle more into the game. Borris-Kilcotton restored their seven point lead though in the fourteenth minute with a well taken point from play. The Harps then hit a purple patch with Eoin Clancy and Brian Dunne scoring points from play. A rather unusual ten minute spell ensued with the battle of the freetakers to the fore as eight frees were converted – five of which were from The Harps’ Shane Donaghue who was deadly accurate all evening. Borris-Kilcotton picked up the other three converted frees in the spell. Conor Brophy continued the Harps’ revival with a point from play on the stroke of Half Time: The Harps 0-10 V 1-10 Borris-Kilcotton.

The second half saw the Harps continue their comeback with another Shane Donaghue free and a point from play by Barry Dunne before Borris-Kilcotton replied with a point from play of their own. The Harps then hit three unanswered points to take the lead for the first time in the match with Eoin Clancy, Brian Dunne and a free from Shane Donaghue all accurate. The Harps were driving at Borris-Kilcotton and asking alot of questions. At the midway point of the second half, some great passing by the Harps found Ronan Delahunty on the edge of the square where his ground stroke blasted it’s way to the roof of the net. The Harps 1-15 V 1-11 Borris-Kilcotton.

In fairness to Borris-Kilcotton they didn’t lie down and came storming back up the field and very nearly had a second goal but for the quick thinking Peter Walsh who knocked it over to conceed the minor score. Borris-Kilcotton came again looking for a goal, but the Harps full back line stood firm and all Borris-Kilcotton could get was a ’65 which they duly converted. The Harps’ manager Tommy Bawle looked to his bench to freshen things up introducing Brian Clancy for Conor Brophy and David Doheny in for Ross Young.

The next ten minutes were a very much tit-for-tat affair with three points each added by the two teams; two Shane Donaghue frees and an Eoin Clancy point for The Harps intersected by three Borris-Kilcotton points from play. In the final minutes of the game, a Borris-Kilcotton defender was given a red card and Shane Donaghue converted the resulting free to push the Harps three points ahead with the clock running down. Borris-Kilcotton tried hard to get an equalising goal to level the game, but the Harps defence stood firm and held on for the win. Full time: The Harps 1-19 V 1-16 Borris-Kilcotton.

The Harps – GK: Peter Walsh; RFB: Gavin Dunne; FB: Shane Phelan; LFB: Aaron Dunne; RHB: Ross Young; CB: Richie Saunders; LHB: John Prior; MF: Conor Brophy; MF: Barry Dunne; RHF: Shane Donoghue; CF: Brian Dunne; LHF: Pat Walsh; RFF: Eoin Clancy; FF: Ronan Delahunty; LFF: Shane Fitzpatrick.

Subs Used – 44mins: Brian Clancy for Conor Brophy; 47mins: David Doheny for Ross Young.

Scorers: Shane Donaghue 0-11 (0-11f); Eoin Clancy 0-04; Ronan Delahunty 1-00; Brian Dunne 0-02; Barry Dunne and Conor Brophy 0-01 each.

The Harps Senior Hurlers have a break for a few weeks before their next match against the same opposition in the league in O’Keefe Park, Borris-in-Ossory on May 17th.

Apr 162015

The Harps Intermediate hurlers got off to a great start in the league last Thursday with a 2-12 to 0-10 win over Mountmellick. Played in Mountmellick, with a strong wind blowing across the pitch, The Harps opened brightly with Greg Aylward, Niall Brophy and Shane Fitzpatrick pointing from play. With The Harps defence in a mean mood, Mountmellick relied on pointed free’s to keep them in contention. Midway through the first half the Mountmellick full back misread a long ball in and Tommy Dillon made no mistake, slipping in behind before unleashing an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net. This goal spurred The Harps on and with Conor Deegan and Brian Clancy dominating midfield our lads made it to half time with a deserved 5 point lead, 1-07 to 0-05.

With the wind starting to favour Mountmellick in the second half, it was going to take plenty of effort to get the win and our lads didn’t disappoint. With the defence totally on top, with Aaron Dunne, Niall Donoghue and Sean Cahill particularly impressive, The Harps began to extend their lead. Greg Aylward hit the free’s superbly, and bustling corner forward Tommy Dillon hit his second goal after putting the Mountmellick goal keeper under fierce pressure. Mountmellick went looking for goals to get themselves back into the game, but ball after ball was cleared back up the field.

A very encouraging display all in all, and with some strong hurlers missing on the day competition for places should spur this team on.

The Harps:
1.Peter Walsh; 2.Niall Donoghue; 3.Aaron Dunne; 4.Sean Cahill; 5.David Doheny; 6.John Dunne; 7.Shane Brophy; 8.Brian Clancy; 9.Conor Deegan; 10.Shane Fitzpatrick; 11.Brian Farrell; 12.Niall Brophy; 13.Eoin Sullivan; 14.Greg Aylward; 15.Tommy Dillon.

Subs: Rory Moore for Brian Farrell (50 mins); Niall Mullins for Eoin Sullivan. (51 mins).