Great win's for Skerries Senior Camogie team

posted 19 Mar 2013, 01:58 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 19 Mar 2013, 02:06 ]

Leinster Senior 2 Camogie League;

O’Loughlin Gaels, Kilkenny  2-1  v's Skerries Harps 1-8

Skerries Harps senior camogie team made their inaugural appearance in the Leinster League when they travelled to the Marble City to take on O’Loughlins Gaels. The match was played in the fabled hurling academy of St. Kierans College on a pitch in good condition considering the recent inclement weather.

The Skerries girls certainly didn’t let the journey affect their early play and they took the initiative from the off. Full forward Niamh Murphy, making her first start in two years, struck over a lovely point within the first two minutes. The first quarter was dominated by the Harps and driven on by half backs Roisin Leneghen, Jean Murphy and Aoife Halpin the forwards added a further three points from Orlaith Durkan (2) and Tara O’Flaherty. A rare foray by the home team caught the Harps girls cold and they netted from an acute angle. Skerries went forward again and added two more scores before the break.

A re-shuffle caused by an injury to Jean Murphy seemed to unsettle the Skerries girls and they lost the initiative in the third quarter, conceding a second goal and a point. At this stage it looked like the match might be drifting from them but Catherine Richardson, repositioned at number six, stemmed the flow of the O’Loughlin girls. Skerries began to pressurise the home defence again and after a period of sustained attacking corner forward Karen Ellis forced home from close range. This score effectively sealed the win for Skerries and they added two more points from Niamh Murphy and Orlaith Durkan. It was a satisfactory first outing in the provincial league.

Scores for Skerries: Karen Ellis 1-0, Orlaith Durkan 0-4(2f), Niamh Murphy 0-2, Julia Gormley and Jean Murphy (0-1 each)

Harps Team: Clodagh Bolger, Tara Magee , Val Van Veen, Anwunrika Anyanwu, Aoife Halpin,  Jean Murphy, Roisin Leneghan , Catherine Richardson, Evelyn  Garland, Tara O’Flaherty, Orlaith Durkan , Julie Gormley, Kathy Gilmore(C), Niamh Murphy, Karen Ellis.

Leinster Senior 2 Camogie League;

Skerries Harps 3-4                                           Cullion(Westmeath) 2-3

Skerries Harps senior Camogie team welcomed Cullion from Westmeath to Skerries for the second round of the Leinster Senior League Division 2 last Saturday. Played in dry but cold conditions this was a game that Skerries dominated from the off and if they hadn’t taken the foot off the pedal in the second half would have one by a greater margin.

The opening half belonged to Skerries due to the mid-field dominance of Ciara Copeland and, in particular, Eve Kehoe. It was Kehoe who opened the scoring when she moved intelligently to receive a pass from Niamh Murphy to take an excellent point. Murphy added a point of her own and the home teams dominance was reflected when Patricia Ferguson moved smartly onto a cross from Murphy to finish first time to the net. If the Harps girls were to be criticised it was for their failure to more clinical in front of goal. Time and again they created chances but didn’t finish. It took a great strike from a long range free from Aoife Halpin to get the scoreboard going again. Corner forward Catherine Kirwan then worked her way in from the wing to finish to the Cullion net. The teams went to the break with Skerries holding a 2-3 to 0-1 lead.

The home team started the second period in determined fashion and added 1-1 in the first ten minutes. The goal was a brilliant finish by Clodagh Bolger from a sublime pass from Ferguson.

The departure of Kehoe from mid-field resulted in Cullion getting the upper hand in this sector. It required constant foraging by half forwards Rachel O’Flaherty and Orlaith Durkan to gain any possession for the home team. Their defence marshalled by Jane Dardis held out until the last seven minutes but two late goals for the visitors made the finish much more nervous than it should have been for the Skerries girls. However, two wins from two games represents a good start to Skerries inaugural Leinster campaign.

Scores for Skerries: Clodagh Bolger, Patricia Ferguson, Catherine Kirwan (1-0) each, Orlaith Durkan , Niamh Murphy, Eve Kehoe and Aoife Halpin (0-1 each)

Harps Team: Jane Dardis, Aoife Halpin, Tara Magee , Yvonne Hannon, Anwunrika Anyanwu  , Catherine Richardson, Evelyn Garland, Ciara Copeland, Eve Kehoe , Niamh Murphy,Rachel O’Flaherty, Orlaith Durkan ,Patricia Ferguson, Clodagh Bolger,Catherine Kirwan. Subs: Val Van Veen for Garland, Karen Ellis for Eve Kehoe, Katie Timmons for Ferguson, Garland for Copeland.