After two frustrating weeks of cancelled games, Moriarty’s SuperValu –sponsored, Harps U13s kicked off their season with mixed results but both producing great performances. These games are part of a grading league to determine at what level they compete this year. Our B team just came up short at home with a great battle with Na Fianna whilst the A team crossed the Liffey to take the spoils in Lucan – reports hereunder :
Skerries Harps B 5-8 Na Fianna B 7-10
Harps started out 14 a side and it was a tight uncompromising battle for the first half, the lead changing between the two sides on two occasions. Strong first half performances from our forwards and the lads had to really help dig the defence out everytime Na Fianna got forward. Some great scores from Adam Wynne (2-0), Robert Kenny (0-2), Sean Maguire(1-0) Emmet Trant (0-2) meant we went in level at 3-4 apiece to the half time break.
The Skerries boys lost a man early in the second half and although reduced to 13, they dug in hard and the workrate was phenomenal. Some great combination plays from the forwards allowed us to lead 4-6 to 3-7 at one stage but Na Fianna with their numeric superiority and their full use of their 6 subs throughout the second half put our lads under severe pressure for the remainder of the game. But again the Harps dug deep and a fantastic solo effort from Conor Kinsella running from our own half and penetrating the Fianna defence was rewarded with a fantastic goal. He followed that up with another point straight from the kickout that put us within a point of Na Fianna.
With about 10 mins to go the legs began to pack in and Na Fianna scored 3-3 with only a point in reply from Stephen Byrne for our lads.The effort from the lads has to be praised, especially the way they dug in when we were reduced to 13 men.
Harps: Jack Drumm, Aaron Walsh, Colin Mikulan, Ben Browne, Brian Brennan, David Duffy, Dara Archbold, Conor Kinsella, Robert Kenny, Sean Maguire, Stephen Byrne, Emmet Trant, Daragh Early, Adam Wynne
Scorers : Adam Wynne (2-1), Emmet Trant (1-2), Conor Kinsella (1-1), Robert Kenny (0-3),Sean Maguire (1-0) Stephen Byrne (0-1)
Mentors : Brian Trant, John Archbold, Peter Kenny, Joe Drumm & John Maguire
Skerries Harps A 4-10 Lucan Sarsfields A 1-7
The Boys in Blue travelled with their big following (thanks to all our supporters) across to the Southside and they did not disappoint their increasing fan base with an exhibition of honest endeavour mixed with some great skills. Both sides played Division One football last year and the standard of football was reflected in a hard-fought battle.
Harps captain David Boyd wisely elected to play with the gale on winning the toss and Harps immediately took advantage with a great passing move resulting in a goal from a very determined Daniel O Driscoll. A great midfield display from the Skerries pair of Adam Fearon and Paul Wilde kept the pressure on the southside lads and young Wilde was rewarded with a fine long-range point. The first half substitute paid great dividends when debutante Liam Byrne netted twice in ten minutes. The first one a fisted finish following a great passing move by Boyd, Alan Joyce and Finn Chatten, the second a strikers finish that Robbie Keane would be proud of!! Another of the debutants, Harry Archer was solid at full back combining strength with great distribution to set up our half back line. Matthew Kelly began raiding forward, opening up space for Robert Delaney to score three points from play, leaving the half time scoreboard recording Harps 3-5, Lucan 0-1.
The second half wind advantage resulted in a Lucan onslaught for twenty minutes but the Seasiders put all hands to the wheel and but for the brave and intelligent defending of Adam El Shamy and Rory Garland , Lucan could have had several goals. Eoghan Mc Donald made three fine saves and his pinpoint goal kicks would give Stephen Cluxton a run for his money!! Matthew Dooley and Cian Mullarkey put in a trojan effort , repeatedly intercepting Lucan attacks. The sideline were getting uneasy when the Lucan offensive resulted in the scoreboard now reading 3-5 to 1-7 and Harps under siege. However Delaney struck two great distance frees against the wind to settle the side down. Tiernan Wilde, Chatten and Alan Joyce started to win “dirty ball “in the half forward line, resurrecting their team and opening up the Lucan defence. Then Davy Boyd delivered the killer blow with a great goal following a great display of clever possession football before “the best man in the best position” finished to the net. O Driscoll combined well with Byrne to finish off with a final point. A great display lads..keep it up and thanks to all our supporters who braved the cold.
Harps Scorers : Robert Delaney (0-8 (3f)), Liam Byrne (2-0), Daniel O Driscoll (1-1), David Boyd (1-0), Paul Wilde (0-1)
Mentors : Pat Delaney, Thomas Connolly, Stephen Dooley, Joe Kelly and Peter Mullarkey