AHL5 Skerries Harps v Whitehall Colmcille

posted 12 Apr 2016, 14:34 by Skerries Harps

Whitehall Colmcille 1-8 Skerries Harps 2-11     


Skerries Junior hurlers recorded a third successive win in AHL5 when they travelled to Whitehall Colmcille’s ground and came away with both points. On a bitterly cold April morning and with a gale force Easterly blowing down the pitch it was not a great exhibition of hurling by either side. Due to the strength of the wind this was the proverbial game of two halves. 


Skerries faced the elements in the first half and consequently had much defending to do. The Whitehall half back and midfield line dominated the first quarter. Stout defence from Skerries, particularly Eoin Hickey and Eoghan McGinley in the half line thwarted the home sides scoring efforts and the lead was only four points at the fifteen minute mark. A pointed free from Ciaran Smith opened the Harps scoring and the same player was unlucky with a goal bound effort that just went the wrong side of the post. Entering the second quarter Shane Rice won a great ball, rounded his man and found Damian Ward with a sublime pass. Ward finished with aplomb to put the visitors right back in the game. Unfortunately for them, the home side had cancelled out that score within three minutes when some slack play allowed the Whitehall corner forward pull on a high ball and finish to the net. The half time whistle arrived with Whitehall 1-7 to 1-2 ahead.


Despite having the assistance of the gale Skerries struggled to turn possession into scores. It took them twenty minutes to draw level. Relying mainly on placed balls from Smith the equalising score was the exception when the lively Kevin Gilmore struck a lovely point while under severe pressure from the defence. At this stage of the game Skerries wing –forward Andy Smith was winning great possession around the middle third to provide plentiful supply to his attacking colleagues. From one of his deliveries substitute CianColeman won the ball and found the onrushing Aidan Kehoe with a lovely hand pass. Kehoe continued his run and finished to the Whitehall net. It was no more than he deserved having put in another barnstorming display for his team. Kehoe followed up with a fine point and the Harps finished off with a couple of good scores from Ciaran Smith.


Without being at their best the Harps continue their 100% start to this year’s league. Next up is their opening championship tie against Parnells on April 24th.


Harps: Oisin O’Leary, Robbie O’Connor, Jonathan Fay-Watt,Rob Ferguson, , Eoin Hickey, Eoghan McGinley , Kian Coleman, Sean Rocks, Ian Furlong, Kevin Gilmore(0-1)Aidan Kehoe(1-1), Andrew SmithShane Rice, Ciaran Smith(0-9 (6f,1 45’), Damian Ward (1-0), Cian Coleman,Ciaran Furlong. Jack Fitzpatrick Daniel Graham, David Kelly.