With a panel of 24 now, after the welcome return of Daniel O'Driscoll, some strategic fixture manoeuvring continued for the 2 u13 Hurling teams, both scheduled to play on Saturday.
Na Fianna actually wanted to also change the div1 fixture, so all agreed to play it on Friday in the ballast pit at 6.30 with the div6 team playing close neighbours O'Dwyers on sat in balbriggan at 3pm.
Na Fianna had beaten us earlier in the season by 1 solitary goal. Like ourselves & Faughs, we were fighting to stay off the foot of the Div 1 table. Propping it up for the first 7 games of the year, the tide was turned with our 1st win against Faughs a month ago. The potential which was always there, was fulfilled over the last 5 games, with huge brave performances, delivered against Lucan Sarsfield, St Vincent's & Ballyboden st endas, who we pushed all the way.
The boys were rightly rewarded with another winning performance in the fading light, having recovered from a 4 point half time deficit, to win by 2 points. Racking up a fantastic 16 points, the match down to wire, but the 2nd win of the year in div1 arrived for these pioneers at this level, of the noble art in skerries. Finally, with 2 games to go, we no longer sit at the bottom of the table. The cream comes to the top eventually. Well done lads & all supporters.
Match panel: Eoghan McDonald, Alan Joyce, Cian Mullarkey, vamie Emmanuel, Conor Nulty, Finn Chatten, Matthew kelly, Adam El Shamy, Matthew Dooley, Paul Wilde, Robert Delaney, David Boyd, Jacob Grimes, Adam Fearon, Robert Kenny, Jack Drumm.
Next up on a sunny Saturday afternoon in balbriggan, the div 6 team took on O'Dwyers in the Top 6 clash. O'Dwyers had also beaten us earlier in the season, when they finished 2nd in the league proper on their coastal pitch.
This time on their main pitch, and travelling with a big support, which the lads I know are grateful for, we played an 11 aside match. We got off to a quick start, with a number of goals from our full forwards, Adam Wynn & Mikey Joyce. The 2 full forwards tally of 7 goals, was though the end product of sublime hurling throughout the team.
Solid goalkeeping and monster puck outs from goalkeeper Conor waddilove, solid tenacious performances from full backs Darragh Archbold & Daniel O'Driscoll. The launch pad for everything came from the dominant half backs of Alan Joyce & Robert Kenny, with driving attacks from the midfield duo of Conor Nulty & Eoghan McDonald. Sublime touches from Jack Drumm and dazzling solo runs from Brian Brennan, with great Galway pedigree.
The lads were ably assisted by David Graham, James Casey & Malachy Woodcock.
O'Dwyers gamely competed throughout, but the Harps lads ran out winners in the end. It puts them 2nd in the table, within touching distance of medals, and with only 2 games left, at home.
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