Apr 062014

hurling1Clonad were the opponents in this second league game last night in Durrow GAA Grounds. A breezy, and at times wet evening looked certain to take it’s toll on the game, however the Harps were determined to express their hurling and lived up to their own expectations. John Brophy opened the account for the Harps but this was quickly followed by a Clonad point. Pat Walsh extended the Harps lead, but it was short-lived as a temporary lapse in the concentration of the Harps defence  allowed Clonad to pounce and grab a goal after 8 minutes to leave the score at 0-02 to 1-01.

Michael Lannigan and John Brophy added two points before Lannigan blasted home a 21 yard free to the net. The Harps were back on top after 14 minutes of play with the scoreline reading 1-04 to 1-01. Clonad won a free and pointed it, but  The Harps went on another scoring spree with three further points in just three minutes – these coming from the sticks of Pat Walsh, Eoin Clancy (free) and John Brophy. The rain arrived and the wind began to increase causing a handful of wides for both sides.

Clonad won another free and duly obliged to grab their third point of the game. John Brophy replied straight away with a master point of his own from play. Micheal Lannigan and Sean Bourke both from play raised white flags before half time to leave the score The Harps 1-10 v 1-03 Clonad. With the rain spitting, the referee was in no mood standing around getting cold and quickly ordered the teams back out for play.

Conor Dunne opened the Harps second half with a nice point from out near the wing and Sean Bourke  quickly followed up with another despite the wind being against the home side in this half. Over the course of the next five minutes Clonad hit a bit of a purple patch grabbing a pointed free and two more from play, but this would be as good as it got for the visitors as they would not score again in the match despite having wind advantage.

John Prior was called from the bench to replace Tommy Moore as John Brophy floated over a point from a placed ball. The Harps regained control the game and with some occasional clever play plucked off a reel of points. Sean Bourke pointed followed by a free from Eoin Clancy. John Brophy, Barry Dunne and Eoin Clancy added further points from play before Shane Donoguhue’s 53rd minute free put the Harps 1-19 to 1-06 up. Further points from Eoin Clancy – one from a placed ball and the other from play that easily could have rattled the net – sealed an emphatic 15 point win for the Harps.

FULL TIME: The Harps 1-21 v 1-06 Clonad.

Managements Thoughts: Speaking to theharpsgaa.com after the match a member of the management team felt that the team played very well for long periods in the game and it was satisfying to get two wins from the opening two games and concentration was urged ahead of next week’s game against Abbeyleix which will be a tough encounter.

The Harps: Kevin Galvin, Conor Brophy, Packie Flynn, Shane Phelan, Tommy Moore, Brian Galvin, Ross Young, Conor Dunne, Barry Dunne, Sean Bourke, Pat Walsh, Shane Donoghue, Eoin Clancy, Michael Lannigan, John Brophy. Subs Used: John Prior for Tommy Moore (39), Ronan Delahunty for Pat Walshe (46), John Dunne for Michael Lannigan (46), Conor Deegan for Sean Bourke (52).

Mar 292014

HurlingThe Harps welcomed Mountrath to Durrow GAA Grounds this evening and despite the rain and heavy underfoot conditions took a valuable two league points from the match. Mountrath were quick off the pace registering the opening score from a placed ball. The visitors lead was short lived though as the Harps’ Michael Lannigan opened the home side’s account from a converted free – the first of an impressive haul of scores from the centre forward.

Soon after, Sean Bourke raced on to a breaking ball and carved through the Mountrath defence and took a blazing shot at goal – but the ball flew just inches over the crossbar to raise a white flag. Mountrath were next to register a point before Lannigan pointed from play to restore the home side’s lead. Mountrath would then go on and hit a purple patch that yielded 1-01 from play. The Harps responded excellently though and Michael Lannigan pointed from play to bring the score to 1-03 to 0-04 after the first quarter.

The Harps continued to pile the pressure on Mountrath with Lannigan pointing two more frees either side of a fine Shane Donoghue point from play to put themselves in the driving seat once again. Mountrath were awarded a free and converted it following up with another point from play to regain the lead. The Harps refused to lie down – battling hard their efforts were rewarded when Michael Lannigan blazed the sliothar into the Mountrath net. Mountrath responded with a point from play but Lannigan struck over a free to bring the game to half time. 1-08 to 1-06, the Harps the happier despite driving a fair few wides in the opening 30.

With the rain spitting down, the half time break was a quick affair and the second half was soon underway. Mountrath started the second half using the slight wind advantage to claim four points in quick succession – the second of the quartet a pointed free. Lannigan floated over another free to reduce the margin to the minimum. Some clever play amongst the forwards gifted Eoin Clancy an opportunity to pounce on goal which he executed brilliantly to raise a much needed green flag for the Harps: 1-10 to 2-09.

In fairness to Mountrath, they did not allow the goal to weigh too heavily on them and responded with a free and a point from play to level up the match. Lannigan popped over another point from play but Mountrath responded with two more of their own from play to lead 1-14 to 2-10 which would mark the end of the Mountrath scorecard for the night. Ronan Delahunty from a very tight angle right out on the sideline scored what seemed to be an impossible – but brilliant point which rallied the home side on.

Michael Lannigan, scorer in chief would wrap up the win for the Harps with a point from play to take the lead with only a few minutes left on the clock followed by a pointed free to bring his haul to an impressive 1-10 for the night. The Harps were alot more economical in the second half with few wides. The final score was 2-13 to 1-14 – job done. Next up in the league is Clonad who will be welcomed to Durrow GAA grounds next Saturday, 5th April for a 6.30pm throw-in – hopefully the weather will be better!

Managements Thoughts: Speaking to theharpsgaa.com after the match a member of the management team said that they were delighted with the positive attitude shown and the battling qualities of the team. Acknowledging that the weather conditions were poor and the sod was heavy, they were delighted with the way the team dealt with it and ground out the valuable win.

The Harps: Kevin Galvin, Aaron Dunne, Packie Flynn, Shane Phelan, Tommy Moore, Brian Galvin, Conor Brophy, Barry Dunne, Gavin Dunne, Shane Donoghue, Sean Bourke, John Brophy, Eoin Clancy, Michael Lannigan, Greg Aylward. Subs Used: James Lappin for John Brophy, Ronan Delahunty for Barry Dunne and Conor Deegan for Greg Delahunty.

Mar 152014

Harps-Ballacolla-PalmerCup14A beautiful sunny day greeted The Harps to Ballacolla on Saturday March 15th for a 2.30pm throw in against local rivals Clough-Ballacolla. Despite the glorious sunshine, a stiff west wind persisted throughout the match which tested the point shooting ability of both teams. Credit must go to the grounds staff at Ballacolla for having the pitch in good condition following the very wet winter just gone.

Damien Bergin opened Clough-Ballacolla’s account with a point after just a minute of play but Michael Lannigan quickly replied for The Harps with a free, 0-01 to 0-01 after three minutes of play. Clough-Ballacolla settled quickly and used the wind to their advantage peeling over four further points without reply – Stephen Bergin, Ciaran Finane and Damien Bergin amongst the scorers for CB.

Trailing 0-05 to 0-01 The Harps woes took a turn for the worse when Stephen Bergin capitalised on open space to run through and blasted the ball past Kevin Galvin to the net, 1-05 to 0-01. Clough-Ballacolla buoyed on by their goal added a further two points to their scoreline to bring it to 1-07 to 0-01 before Michael Lannigan floated over a pointed free against the breeze for the Harps, 1-07 to 0-02.

Ciaran Finane quickly responded for Clough-Ballacolla before Michael Lannigan pucked over his third free of the first half to leave it 1-08 to 0-03 with only a few minutes remaining in the half. Clough-Ballacolla grinded out two further points taking full advantage of the 15mph wind in their backs before half time. Half Time: The Harps 0-03 V 1-10 Clough-Ballacolla.

It was a case of role-reversal for the second half as The Harps, now with the wind to their advantage worked hard to claw back a ten point deficet. A half time substitution saw Shane Donoghue replace Conor Deegan before the throw-in where The Harps were quick to make a statement when Shane Phelan took a brilliant point from play. Hot on the heels of that fine score was Michael Lannigan who also took his chance from play excellently. Lannigan’s effort was followed by another of his own from a free.

The Harps tails were up with the scoreline reading The Harps 0-06 V 1-10 Clough-Ballacolla at that stage. Eoin Clancy grabbed another from play before Michael Lannigan then pointed another free. Shane Donoghue, introduced at half time, saw his good work effort rewarded, as his fine shot from play split the posts. Eoin Clancy stepped up for another point from play to leave it 0-10 to 1-10 with just seven minutes left to play.

Damien Bergin responded for Clough-Ballacolla to grab his side’s first score of the second half to put four points betwen the teams once more. The Harps then went searching for a goal and Shane Donoghue was most unfortunate to see his pile-driver rattle the side-netting, most unlucky. After the resultant puck-out some confusion over a side-line cut ultimately lead to Clough-Ballacolla getting another point to widen the gap to 5.

With just minues left to go, Ronan Delahunty popped a fine point over the bar to claw back the margin to four once more. With time almost up Clough-Ballacolla managed one more point before the full-time whistle to win the game on a scoreline of The Harps 0-11 V 1-13 Clough-Ballacolla.

Managements Thoughts: Speaking to theharpsgaa.com after the match a member of the management team said that the Harps showed in the second half that they could compete at the level required to be competitive, but stressed that the work rate applied needs to happen over the whole 60 minutes. A few very scorable chances went a begging and in tight games like this, these misses will cost us. Overall though, they were happy with how the team responded to being 10 points down at half time by coming back strong in the second half.

The Harps: Kevin Galvin, Aaron Dunne, Packie Flynn, Shane Phelan, Tommy Moore, Barry Dunne, Conor Brophy, Brian Galvin, Ronan Delahunty, Michael Lannigan, Sean Bourke, Eoin Clancy, Conor Deegan, Pat Walshe, Greg Aylward. Subs Used: Shane Donoghue for Conor Deegan (35); Richie Saunders for Aaron Dunne (43).

Mar 112014

palmer-cupThe Senior Hurlers will travel to Ballacolla GAA Grounds this Saturday, March 15th for their opening game of 2014. The throw-in is at 2.30pm (was previously advertised for 4pm) and the club hopes that a big local support will travel to be present for the hurler’s first match of The Palmer Cup.

Mar 042014

LaoisGAA-LaoisShoppingCentreThe draw for the 2014 Hurling Championships were made tonight (Tuesday March 4th) in Portlaoise and the following fixtures are sure to whet the appetite of both players and fans alike come high summer…

Laois Shopping Centre Senior Hurling Championship (Games to be played weekend of 19-26 July)

The Harps v Clough Ballacolla

Laois Shopping Centre Intermediate Hurling Championship (Games to be played weekend of 18-25 July)

Clonad v The Harps

Laois Shopping Centre Junior B Hurling Championship

Portlaoise v Clough Ballacolla (winner v The Harps)

Laois Shopping Centre Under-21 Hurling Championship

Clough Ballacolla v Castletown Slieve Bloom (winner v The Harps Gaels)

Laois Shopping Centre Minor Hurling Championship

The Harps Gaels v Castletown Slieve Bloom

Sep 172013

HurlingThe Harps Senior team maintained their senior status for 2014 when they got the better of local rivals Ballinakill in Saturday’s relegation final.  Our lads showed a huge work rate and pride in the jersey right from the start.  Despite conceding two first half goals against the run of play, The Harps managed to stretch into a 0-13 to 2-2 half time lead.  Even with renewed effort from Ballinakill, The Harps dictated matters in the second half and never looked in trouble.  With Michael Lanigan deadly accurate from free’s and good scores from John Brophy, Sean Burke and Ronan Delahunty, The Harps survived on a score line of 0-19 to 2-7.  With our minors competing in the minor county final for the second year in a row the future looks bright.

Jul 192013

The Senior hurlers kick off their campaign this Saturday July 20th in the first round of the championship where they take on Kilcotton/Borris in O Moore Park, Portlaoise at 6pm. Best of luck to all involved. We appeal to all supporters to come along and be the sixteenth man in the stand on the evening – with the weather promising to be good, there is no excuse!

For those who are unable to attend, CLG Laois on Twitter can be followed here… https://twitter.com/CLGLaois where live updates throughout the game will be posted. It is hoped to have some score updates on The Harps GAA Facebook page here… https://www.facebook.com/TheHarpsGAA as the game progresses.

Jun 282013

Laois SHC Castletown vs The HarpsOur Senior Hurlers took on Castletown/Slieve Bloom recently in the club grounds at Durrow and were unlucky to loose on a scoreline of 2-15 to 0-16 after conceding two goals in quick succession over the last five minutes of the game. The Senior hurlers will welcome Rathdowney-Errill to Durrow on Thursday Night, July 4th at 7.30pm in a do-or-die contest. We appeal to all supporters to come out on the night and support the team, be the sixteenth man!