Adult Hurlers beaten narrowly. Kilmacud Crokes 1-8 Skerries Harps 0-10.

posted 20 Jul 2015, 00:53 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 20 Jul 2015, 01:32 ]

The rainfall was ‘Biblical’ but the efforts of both teams was Herculean. Last Thursday night (very wet) spectators were treated to an epic battle as Crokes and Skerries battled each other, and the elements,to gain a valuable brace of points in their AHL 5 encounter.

Fortunately the pitch in Silverpark was in excellent condition and both teams played the game with great spirit. Crokes got off to a great start. An early point was followed by a goal when a long ball from midfield was contested by Rory Noonan and the Crokes full forward. In the wet conditions the ball got a wicked deflection and ended up in the Harps net.  Instead of dropping their heads the Skerries players reacted with some great play. Full forward Kieran Joyce, who was giving their full back a torrid time was dragged down for a penalty. Unfortunately their goalkeeper brought off a good save and the Harps attacks went unrewarded save for a pointed free from Joyce.

Both sides exchanged scores during the second quarter but Skerries created the better goal chances. On this night however the wet conditions conspired against them and two clear goal opportunities skidded outside the post. A huge effort from the Skerries half back line of Dona McIlgorm, Eoghan McGinley and Kian Coleman was supplemented by great covering by Sean Rocks and Aidan Kehoe from midfield and centre forward, respectively. Points from Kehoe, Furlong, McIlgorm and Cian Coleman left the minimum between the sides at the break.

The continuous downpour intensified in the second half and its effect was seen in the increased number of wides from both sides. To their credit neither side reverted to any negativity and went out to get a win. It was to Crokes credit that they just about kept their noses in front. Despite some great points from McGinley and Kehoe the Harps just couldn’t close the gap and when the final whistle went the margin was just a point in favour of the home side. A great effort did not even earn what would have been a well-deserved draw


Harps: Daniel Graham, Eoin Hickey, Rory Noonan, Cathal Azzarpardi, Kian Coleman, Eoghan McGinley(0-1), Donal McIlGorm(0-2), Sean Rocks, Ian Furlong(0-1), James O’Callaghan, Aidan Kehoe(0-3), Kevin Gilmore, Shane Rice, Ciaran Joyce (0-2), Cian Coleman(0-1). Subs: Robbie O’Connor, Ciaran Allidiine , David Kelly, David Horan.