Harps report great Hurling win over Whitehall Colmcille's

posted 26 Sept 2018, 00:35 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 26 Sept 2018, 15:19 ]

Final Result: Skerries Harps 2-14 Whitehall Colmcille 2-10

Scorers: Skerries Ciaran Smith 0-10, Denis Forde 1-2, Kevin Gilmore 1-0, Andy Smith and Aidan Kehoe 0-1 each.

The Harps started against the strong breeze but opened the scoring with a pointed Ciaran Smith free. The scoring rate was slow with just two further points exchanged in the first ten minutes. Then Whitehall went for goal from twenty metre free which was saved but they scored from the rebound to go two ahead. Skerries rallied and the hard-working Denis Forde scored a goal to put the Harps one ahead. However with five minutes remaining in the half Whitehall added a second goal following a strong run through the middle. The visitors led 2-6 to 1-6 at the break.

Despite playing against the breeze Whitehall started the second period strongly and pointed quickly. Crucially the Harps never let the margin stretch past four. The sides shared six points over the next ten minutes. Midway through the half, led by Andy Smith, Iain Furlong and Eoghan McGinley, the Harps began to dominate possession. Eventually that told when the energetic Kevin Gilmore finished good work by Ciaran  Smith with a crisp finish. This put the Harps a point ahead and they finished strongly to qualify for the semi final on a 2-14 to 2-10 scoreline.

Goalkeeper Jason Rogan impressed throughout, ably assisted by Andy Smith, Dan Graham and Ian Furlong in defence. McGinley and Gilmore were generally on top at midfield, Forde and Barry Grimes worked hard in attack and earned many of the frees that Ciaran Smith converted. Without being at their best the Harps will be happy to have qualifies for a first Junior B championship semi-final.