The Harps junior hurlers lost out to Castletown in an exciting second round match last Friday. Played on a
warm evening in Errill, there was little to seperate the sides throughout in this ding-dong contest.
Castletown hit the ground running and had their opening score from a free in the third minute. The Harps
responded quickly when Albert Townsend won a free and Ross Young made no mistake from 30 yards out.
Further free’s were slotted over by both sides before Castletwon got the first major of the game to open up
a three point lead. The Harps full forward line were threatening however, and when Townsend fed the in-
running Niall Brophy he made no mistake from close range to restore parity. With no quarter being given
by either sides, Danny Delahunty landed a long range free but just as The Harps began to get on top
Castletown hit them with their second goal. With half time approaching Darren Maher made a great run
through the heart of the Castletown defence and finished in style to leave the sides all square at half time on
a score line of The Harps 2-5 Castletown 2-5.
The second half would play out much like the first with neither side able gain the upper hand. The Harps
defence were particularly outstanding in this game as scores from play were proving hard to come by. Niall
Brophy and David Doheny added points from play but each time Castletown replied with points of their
own. When Darren Maher ghosted in for his second goal of the game The Harps opened up a two point
lead with just five minutes remaining. Championship favourites Castletown had other ideas however, as the
ever-green Paul Cuddy gave Liam Dunphy no chance in goals with a blistering shot to put them one point
ahead. The Harps threw everything at the Castletown defence in search of an equaliser but Castletown hit
the last score of the game to run out winners by two points on a score line of The Harps 3-8 Castletown 3-
This was a valiant effort from our juniors who can hold their heads high in defeat. It is knock out hurling
from here on however, so every player is urged to continue their efforts in training.
9.Eoin O Sullivan
Subs used: David Doheny, Conor Deegan, Shane Brophy.