Captain Collie Clinton raised the AFL 10 football trophy for Skerries Harps Junior 2 football team on Sunday. Harps produced a strong performance in a must win game against a Whitehall team looking to preserve their playoff position with a winning score line of 3-11 to 2-3.
A blistering move by Skerries saw Ruairi Woods smash the back of the net in the opening play of the match. Although Whitehall would strike back from a rebounded shot the tone had been set.Harps attacked with pace and purpose for the remainder of the first half with further goals from Woods and David Kelly whose radar was locked on with some impressive point taking helping the Harps to a nine point lead at half time.
The second half saw the value of experience. Led by Hugh Keenan the Harps defence stood up to the expected early pressure. Paul (Dotsie) Doherty moved between full forward and and midfield to keep Skerries on the front foot with some quality kick passing to help keep the scoreboard ticking over. Helped by a strong bench Skerries kept their opponents at arms length to see the game out and start a night of great celebration.
Scorers: Ruairi Woods 2-2 ,David Kelly 1-4, Alan Cullinan 0-2, Shane Hogan 0-1, Mick Burns 0-2
Team: Alan Cullinan, Martin Kenny, Hugh Keenan, Joe Moran, Shane Hogan, Collie Clinton, Kevin Coyne, Kieran McGovern, Darragh Lowndes, Robbie O Connor, Rob McKey Ruairi Woods David Kelly, Paul Doherty, Dean Lacey, Chris Ferguson, Kevyn Miley, Darragh Coleman, Zach Sharkey, Colin McMahon, Chris Keane, Noel Heuston, Mick Burns