Sep 102015
 

The Harps senior hurling team remain in the senior hurling championship for another year after they produced their best performance of the year to see off Castletown in the relegation decider.  With both teams understandably a bit nervous at the start, the first ten minutes was littered with mistakes by both sides as they traded scores.  The Harps had that bit more experience in their ranks however, and 15 minutes into the half John Brophy and Brian Dunne combined to set up Eoin Clancy for a goal which transformed The Harps.  The shackles seemed to come off and scores flew over from all angles as John Brophy, Barry Dunne, Richie Saunders and Brian Dunne all added points.  The half time whistle couldn’t come soon enough for Castletown, as they just about hung on when trailing by 8 points.

Harps players and supporters alike were expecting a big backlash from a proud Castletown team, but The Harps team were matching their opposition for work rate and determination.  The game reached a pivotal moment inside the opening ten minutes of the second half when Castletown were awarded a penalty.  Paddy Mullaney was brought up to take it but his rasping shot flew just over the bar, to the relief of The Harps contingent.  The Harps extended their lead with good points from Richie Saunders and Gavin Dunne, and when Mick Lanigan fielded brilliantly inside the square, he had only one thing on his mind as he blasted to the net to end the game as a contest.  Credit is due to Castletown who never gave up, but The Harps were not for easing up either as wing back John Prior got in on the scoring act, sending over a massive point from distance.  The final whistle sounded shortly after to leave a full time scoreline of The Harps 2-17 Casltetown 0-10.

Great credit must go to players, management and supporters alike as the club never lost focus after the disappointment of exiting the championship proper.  We showed in this game that our flagship team are well capable of hurling to a high standard, and maybe with a bit more luck next year we can make inroads in the championship.

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

Subs introduced: Tommy Moore for Barry Dunne; Ross Young for Gavin Dunne; Ronan Delahunty for Pat Walsh; Conor Brophy for Richie Saunders.

Aug 232015
 
File Photo

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The Harps senior hurlers were knocked out of the race for championship honours last Saturday in Portlaoise as their efforts came up short against Clough/Ballacolla. This was a much improved performance from the first day out, but in the end C/B were able to spring Stephen Maher and Stephen Bergin from the bench when the game was in the mix to guide them home. The Harps opened the scoring with an excellent point from play by Eoin Clancy to get them going. Further efforts from out the field tailed agonisingly wide and C/B hit 3 points on the trot to take the lead. Michael Lanigan hit back with a converted free for The Harps before wing back John Prior sent over a huge point from distance. C/B were wasting chances of their own but still managed a six point lead heading into half time but John Brophy had the last say of the first half as his efforts were rewarded with a wonderful point from out near the sideline.

C/B pushed the lead out to six points moments after the restart and The Harps had a mountain to climb. To their credit, the lads fought like dogs to get back into this game and pointed free’s from Lanigan and Eoin Clancy’s second from play had the arrears reduced to three. The game was in the melting pot at this stage but unfortunately for The Harps chances were missed and some very harsh referee decisions went against us. The introduction of Picky Maher and Stephen Dunphy for the opposition tipped things in their balance as both players hit 0-3 each. A good point from play by Gavin Dunne and two more converted free’s by Lanigan finished out The Harps scoring to leave the final tally at The Harps 0-11 Clough/Ballacolla 0-19.

While it is always disappointing to be knocked out of the championship, our senior hurlers have arguably their most important game of the year ahead of them as they face Castletown in the relegation decider. The club would urge as many people as possible to come along and support the lads in this vital fixture in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on Saturday, August 29th at 7.15pm.

The Harps:  1.Kevin Galvin;  2.Shane Phelan;  3.Pakie Flynn;  4.Aaron Dunne;  5.John Prior;  6.Conor Dunne;  7.Gavin Dunne;  8.Barry Dunne;  9.Ronan Delahunty;  10.Shane Donoghue; 11.Brian Dunne; 12.Mick Lanigan;  13.Kieran Freeman;  14.John Brophy;  15.Eoin Clancy.

Subs:  Pat Walsh for Shane Donoghue (half time);  Richie Saunders for Barry Dunne (half time).

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.

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.

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 152015
 

ACHL1-Harps-v-CBallacolla-2015-aOn Wednesday evening, April 15th in Durrow The Harps senior hurlers slumped to their second league defeat going down to neighbours Clough-Ballacolla on a 2-19 to 014 scoreline. Shane Fitzpatrick continued his fine form hitting the opening point from play from a tight angle. There was a worrying amount of space in front of The Harps goal and the Clough-Ballacolla response was emphatic hitting 2-02 from play before the 9th minute. Another sublime point from Fitzpatrick was answered with two Clough-Ballacolla points on the trot before Shane Donoghue opened his account with a pointed free. The Harps finally managed to hit two consecutive scores via Barry Dunne and Donoghue to edge back into the game, but it took a fine save from Peter Walsh to deny Clough-Ballacolla their third goal. Points were traded evenly for the remainder of the half with Shane Fitzpatrick bringing his tally to 0-04 while Brian Dunne pointed after an excellent catch to leave the half time score at Clough-Ballacolla 2-10 The Harps 0-10.

ACHL1-Harps-v-CBallacolla-2015-bThe Harps were going to need a good start to get back into this game but unfortunately Clough-Ballacolla were in a determined mood and hit the opening 5 points of the half, 0-03 from free’s, as our indiscipline was punished. With the gap pushed out to 11 points, it was worrying times for Harps supporters as a bad beating looked on the cards, but the players showed some resolve hitting 4 points in as many minutes with Shane Donoghue sending over two free’s and Eoin Clancy and Pat Walsh chipping in with a point each. This would be as close as The Harps would get, and both sides were reduced to 14 men when the referee harshly sent Conor Brophy and Stephen Bergin to the line. Clough-Ballacolla hit the last three scores, a pointed free and two from play, to close out a comfortable win for them.

A disappointing result for our hurlers, but the performances of some of the younger players certainly gives us something to build on. It’s Borris-Kilcotton in the Palmer Cup next and hopefully a badly needed win.

The Harps:
1.Peter Walsh; 2.Shane Phelan; 3.Gavin Dunne; 4.Aaron Dunne; 5.John Prior; 6.Richie Saunders; 7.Ross Young; 8.Ronan Delahunty; 9.Barry Dunne; 10.Shane Donoghue; 11.Brian Dunne; 12.Pat Walshe; 13.Tadgh Sullivan; 14.Eoin Clancy; 15.Shane Fitzpatrick.

Subs: Conor Brophy for Ross Young (40 mins); Niall Brophy for Tadgh Sullivan (50 mins)