Harps require extra time to reach the AFL 6 promotion play-off final.

posted 24 Oct 2016, 06:01 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 25 Oct 2016, 00:41 ]
Skerries Harps 0-16 St. Brendans 0-12 AET

Skerries Harps finally prevailed against a strong, well organised St 
Brendan's team on Sunday morning in a very blustery Skerries after both 
teams were locked together a 9 points a piece after regulation time.

Playing with the strong breeze St Brendan's took an early 2 points to 1 
lead as both teams tested out each others defences.  Space was at a 
premium as both teams were fit and well organised.

Skerries finally got into their stride and reeled off 3 unanswered points 
to take a 4 - 2 lead.  However it was St Brendan's turn to take the 
initiative and they added 3 points of their own before half time, a quick 
reply from Skerries saw the teams ending the half at 5 points a piece.

If Skerries thought the strong breeze would be to their advantage in the 
2nd half they were quickly reminded otherwise. St Brendan's got the first 
3 points of the half and looked to have momentum. In truth as the 2nd half 
moved on the game was a very tense and tight affair with both teams 
defending in numbers and both teams only managing 1 point each from play. 
At the final whistle the teams were locked together again at 9 points each 
-  and so to extra time.

The pattern of play repeated itself again at the start of extra time with 
St Brendan's registering the first 2 points to take an early lead. However 
from there on in it was all Skerries. Perhaps due to the stronger bench 
and maybe younger legs Skerries went on to register 7 unanswered points to 
take a commanding 5 point lead. St Brendan's did register a final point 
from a free just at the final whistle.  It was a hard fought victory for 
Skerries against a team that has always provided very stiff opposition. 
One aspect that will please the Skerries management team is that 9 players 
got on the score sheet.

Man of the Match: Kevin Dalton

Squad: Kevin Cashman, Kian Coleman, Kevin Dalton, James Dillon, Alan 
Cullinan, Aidan Kehoe, Peter Ellis, Robert Ferguson, Fionn Geraghty, Liam 
Hickey, Mark Kirwan, Neil McConvey, Barry McDonald, Rob McKee, Eoin 
McLoughlin, Ronan O'Sullivan, Jason Rogan, Shane Rice, Eddie Reilly, Tommy 
Ryan, Liam Smart, Robert Walsh, Oisin O'Leary, Ciaran Smith, Aaron Duncan

Skerries will now play Lucan Sarsfields in the final at a date to be