Juvenile Weekend Match Reports:

posted 24 Mar 2014, 01:29 by Skerries Harps

Skerries Harps U14 Boys 2-16    Ballymun Kickhams 2-13

This game started at a frantic pace with the visitors Ballymun aided by the wind taking an early lead with a brace of points. Skerries hit back with a free from Luke Harrison followed quickly by a Ciaran Foran goal, Ballymun regained the lead with the long ball serving them well, till Captain Killian McGinnis showed great leadership by pouncing on a Ballymun mistake and finishing ruthlessly to the net.

The game went from end to end with both sides keeping in touch through some vital scores.
Skerries full back line of Patrick Finn, Donal Cotter and Cormac Rocks held firm against constant pressure, Goalkeeper Liam Woodcock pulled of some excellent saves along with some excellent clearances which gave Skerries a good platform to attack. Ballymun proved a real challenge and kept going till the half time whistle leading 1-9 to 0-9.

Skerries came out of the traps for the second half with mid-fielders Conor Walsh and Sam Jones winning the throw in and laying down an early marker to their opponents. With half backs Josh McGough, Adam Bund and Shane Dowling putting extensive pressure on any ball coming and substitutes Oisin Cousins, Fionn O'Leary helping to tighten up the defence Ballymun struggled to find a way through.

With Skerries defence tightened and midfield now winning the majority of kickouts the Skerries attack flourished led excellently by Jodi McIvor at centre forward who was a constant thorn in the Ballymun side providing vital ball to the inside line of Tim Sharkey, Ronan Horan,Luke Harrison and substitute Senad Mehmedovic. The Skerries point taking and composure in the second half was outstanding and helped secure both points.

Team: Liam Woodcock, Cormac Rock, Donal Cotter, Patrick Finn, Shane Dowling, Adam Bund, Josh McGough, Conor Walsh (0-3), Sam Jones (0-1), Killian McGinnis (1-3, 1f), Jodi McIvor (0-3), Ronan Horan, Tim Sharkey, Ciaran Foran (1-0), Luke Harrison (0-6, 4f)

MODS 6-4 Castleknock 3-7:

The new combination of Naomh Maur, O'Dwyers and Skerries Harps started off their season in the U16 Division 2 Camogie League with a hard fought victory over Castleknock.

Having led from the second minute at a cold and windy Rush venue last Saturday, it looked like the new MODS combination had run out of luck with 5 minutes to go when Castleknock scored their third goal to go 3 points clear. The North Dublin girls, often disappointed against this opposition in the past, were not to be denied on this occasion.

A 65 meter free was sent in to the square by Nicola Thorne and Dara Bogan got a vital touch to score her second goal and equalise. Not content with a draw, Nicola combined with player of the match, Veronica Faye Watt, to score her second goal and put the North County side ahead. Aisling Harford then defied injury to score an excellent goal to put the matter beyond doubt just before the final whistle.

This victory augurs well for the future of camogie in North County Dublin.