Harps u14 footballers, sponsored by Moriartys SuperValu, competed last Saturday in their Féile Peil na nÓg competitions.
Our B team were hosted by Naomh Barróg and following defeat to St Vincents and a victory against Naomh Barrog in their first two matches went into their last match against Pine Forest Gaels knowing that a victory would see them through to the semi-final. After a titanic struggle during which the lead changed hands several times the south siders emerged victorious. The Harps contingent of 17 players gave it their all on the day and special thanks to Naomh Barróg for their generous hosting of the day.
Our A team hosted in Skerries, and with the main pitch and community centre pitch in perfect condition an exciting day of football ensued. The first match against Raheny was evenly matched with some excellent scores from both sides, however it was Raheny who got on top during the second half and emerged victorious. A win against Na Fianna in the second match was essential to have a chance of progressing to the semi-final and Harps duly obliged with a scintillating display which saw them race into a 13 point lead mid-way through the first half. The visitors staged a comeback in the second half but the Skerries defence held out to win by 4 points. Going into the last match against Tempelogue Synge Street all four teams could still qualify. After another absorbing battle which saw the Harps hold a narrow lead throughout it ended with the sea siders achieving another 4 point win. An anxious few minutes followed until it was confirmed that the Harps would play a home semi-final against Westmanstown Gaels at 3.30. In that match the lads gave it everything and losing by a point at half-time looked to be in a good position. However it was not to be, the exertions of the morning taking their toll on the panel, and the physically bigger Gaels team gained the upper hand to come out winners on a score line of 1-15 to 1-7.
A big thank you to all the parents, helpers and supporters who made it a great experience for the lads and a special thanks to Gordon Kehoe who as Féile co-ordinator ensured everything ran smoothly on the day. Go raibh mile maith agaibh!