AHL 5. Ballinteer St Johns 0-19 Skerries Harps 1-15

posted 13 Mar 2017, 02:57 by Skerries Harps

Skerries junior hurlers fell just short in their first AHL5 league game when they travelled to Ballinteer and ended up on the wrong side of a one point game. On a windy March morning and despite it being the first competitive outing for both teams each showed well at different spells during the game.

Skerries faced the elements in the first half and played exceptionally well I the first quarter. Having conceded an early point a clever attack ended in a great point from out on the right by Aidan Kehoe having taken a good pass from Ian Furlong.  This was the start of a great ten-minute spell for the Harps. Andrew Smith and Kian Coleman in the half back line were covering and clearing very effectively. From this supply of ball the Harps forwarded added 1-5, with the goal coming from Ciaran Smith after Daniel Graham’s persistence forced a turnover deep in the Ballinteer half. In the last ten minutes of the half the home side began to win much more of the ball around the middle third and struck a number of good scores to narrow the margin. Goalkeeper Oisin O’Leary and debutant full back Paul Quinn repelled a series of attacks and it appeared Skerries would go in to the break in good fettle. However, in a rash moment Skerries lost wing forward Cian Coleman to a straight red. This was followed by another couple of points to leave the sides level at the break on a 1-7 to 0-10 score line.

Despite having the strong breeze in their favour the 14-man Harps struggled to bypass the home side’s sweeper. In contrast Ballinteer, who had introduced a couple of lively subs at the break were picking off points with increased efficiency. Leading by five points with ten minutes left it looked like game over. But the introduction of the Rogan brothers and a renewed effort by the Harps narrowed the margin. Outscoring the home team five points to one in the last ten minutes the margin was down to the minimum. However, the Harps will rue the missing of four scorable chances during this period also. Agonisingly the final whistle arrived before Skerries could create one further chance to get what would have been a deserved draw.

Harps: Oisin O’Leary, Robbie O’Connor, Paul Quinn, Rob Ferguson, Eoin Hickey, Andrew Smith,  , Kian Coleman, Jonathan Fay-Watt, Rory Noonan, Cian Coleman, Aidan Kehoe(0-9,(6f)), Shane Rice(0-1), Daniel Graham, Ciaran Smith(1-3), Ian Furlong,: Subs: Jason Rogan (0-2), Stephen Rogan, Jack Fitzpatrick, Cathal Azzarpardi, David Kelly.