Harps Hurlers beat St Vincent's in Summer Sunshine!

posted 27 Mar 2017, 01:12 by Skerries Harps

Skerries Harps 3-10 St Vincent’s 2-7

Skerries junior hurlers got off the mark in the 2017 AHL5 when they deservedly won their second league game against St Vincent’s in Skerries on Sunday morning. On a March morning borrowed from the summer they were well worth their six-point win. However they will be disappointed to have left the Vincent’s team back into the game in the last quarter when the game should have been well out of Vincent’s reach.

Skerries, playing into the school goal, and with a favourable wind, bossed the opening half. With a half-back line of Kian Coleman, Andrew Smith and Eoin Hickey dominating their opponents the home attackers were getting a plentiful supply of ball. This was not converted into scores due to some inexplicably wayward shooting. By the end of the first quarter they had registered 1 – 3 but had also hit seven wides. A golden goal opportunity was missed when Eoghan McGinley, after a great run, lost his balance when about to pull the trigger with only the goalkeeper to beat.

The Skerries goal had arrived on the tenth minute when Ciaran Smith played Aidan Kehoe in with a superb pass and Kehoe finished with a venomous shot. Despite conceding a number of needless frees to the Vincent’s sharpshooter Skerries restricted the visitors to just five points in the half. The home attack continued to press but only added three further points before the break. They did add five more wides including a penalty from Kehoe and went in at the interval just 1-6 to 0-5 ahead.

The home team effectively won this match in the third quarter. McGinley compensated for his first half miss by finishing clinically to the net on the 35th minute. A good score from Jason Rogan was followed up with a third Harps goal when Shane Rice kept his cool, rounded the Vincent’s corner back and slotted to the net. At the three quarter mark Skerries were coasting with a ten point lead.

A drop in intensity at this stage ceded control of the middle third to Vincent’s and it required some stout defence from Paul Quinn, Robbie O’Connor and Rob Ferguson to repel some strong attacks. Two goals were scored to leave just four in it with five to play. Jonny Fay-Watt at midfield won a couple of great balls and the forwards won a couple of vital frees for Kehoe to stretch the lead to six. The Harps players would have been happy to get the two points but disappointed with the overall performance.

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