AFL 2 - Skerries Harps 2-13 0-10 Scoil Ui Chonail

posted 26 Mar 2018, 02:58 by Skerries Harps
Skerries Harps entertained potential promotion rivals Scoil Ui Chonail on a lovely morning in Skerries last Sunday. With the clocks going forward, it was an early start and important for this team to follow up a comfortable 1st league win vs O'Tooles with another 2 points.

The game started with an early Stephen Smith point into the school end. However Skerries found it difficult to get possession against a very big strong physical Scoil side. However the Skerries defence led by full back Sean Rocks were not giving away scores easily. 

Both teams traded points but Skerries got a decisive goal when full forward Donal Mc Ilgorm set up Kevin Gilmore for a well worked goal after 15 mins. This put Harps into a 4 point lead. Skerries started to dominate possession but a number of loose passes and turnovers allowed Scoil back into the game.  The key score arrived on the stroke of half time when a pin point Dawson pass found Mcilgorm who punched to the net to leave Skerries 2-5 0-5 up at the interval.

The 2nd half was a good controlled performance by the Harps as they kept a well drilled Scoil team at bay. Fine points by Jack Smith and sub Conan Doherty kept Scoil at arm’s length. The accuracy from Dawson from the dead ball meant Skerries were in control as the game approached its final stages. Scoil tried their hardest to raise a green flag but didn’t manage to break a mean Harps defence and a brilliant goal line clearance from Conor O Brien was the closest they came.

It was a fine team performance from this Harps team with McIlgorm helping himself to 1-3 from play. There were also good performances from Dawson wing forward Kevin Gilmore along with strong defensive displays from Sean Rocks, Kevin Dalton and Johnny Garrett on his return to senior football. 

2 wins out of 2 for this Harps team who have their eyes set on an immediate return to Division 1.  Next up is a clash with reigning Dublin SFC champions St Vincent’s in the 1st group round of the championship in Mid-April.

Scorers: Donal McIlgorm 1-3. Harry Dawson 0-4, Kevin Gilmore 1-0, Stephen Smith 0-2, Oisin O Leary 0-1, Jack Smith 0-1, Conan Doherty 0-1, Shane Hickey 0-1

Team: Alun Cullinan, Johnny Garrett, Sean Rocks, Kevin Dalton, Eoin Smith, Bryan, Cullen, Jack Smith, Conor OBrien, Robert McKee, Kevin Gilmore, Harry, Dawson, Gerry Daly, Oisin O Leary, Donal McIlgorm, Stephen Smith, Subs used. Kevin Coyne, Fionnan OSullivan, Conan Doherty, Shane Hickey