Skerries Harps 1-14 Commercials 2-4.
Skerries Junior hurlers continued on their winning way last Thursday in their Junior Championship group by travelling to Rathcoole and chalking up a satisfactory victory against previously unbeaten Commercials.
Having struggled to a narrow win against Brigids in their last outing the Harps players started this game as if they were trying to erase the memory of that lacklustre performance. For the first twenty minutes in Rathcoole, despite playing against a strong breeze, the Harps totally outplayed their opponents. Playing a fast crisp style of hurling they clocked up 1-6 to a solitary point in reply from the home team.
The Harps half back line were totally dominant and the eight players in front of them used the ball very cleverly to set up good scoring chances. The highlight of the scores were two excellent points from the right wing by Jason Rogan and a very well taken goal by full-forward Ciaran Smith. Smith’s brother Andrew, Aidan Kehoe and Ian Furlong also added points for a very dominant Harps team.
The only negative in this twenty minutes was the Harps inability to finish off three really well worked goal chances. Even at such an early stage those goals would have finished the game as a contest.
Instead the Harps got sloppy and a weak clearance was finished to the net by the alert home forwards. Were it not for a very brave effective block by impressive corner back Ciaran Allidine a second goal would have been conceded. As it was the Harps went to the break with only a four point lead, 1-6 to 1-2.
Despite having the benefit of the breeze the Harps conceded possession and territory in the third quarter. A failure to take anything from a penalty was compounded when Commercials veteran John Morris struck a great goal from a 20 metre free. It was to the credit of the Harps that they reacted by taking the next four points with an excellent score from substitute Shane Rice being of critical importance. Skerries finished the game strongly and ended up with a 1-14 to 2-4 victory.
A much improved performance but they will need to play for the full hour to get through more difficult assignments.
Harps: Oisin O’leary, Eoin Hickey, Rory Noonan, Ciaran Allidyne, Kian Coleman, Jonathan Fay-Watt, Ross McGarry(0-2,1f), Eoghan McGinley, Sean Rocks, Andrew Smith(0-2), Aidan Kehoe(0-1), Ian Furlong(0-1),Jason Rogan(0-3), Ciaran Smith(1-4,3f), Cian Coleman. Subs:ShaneRice(0-1) for A. Smith, Ciaran Joyce for c. Coleman (50 mins), Daniel Graham, Robbie O’Connor, Kevin Gilmore, David Horan.