Match Report - Minor Football Shield Final

posted 20 Nov 2017, 06:21 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 20 Nov 2017, 07:19 ]
Skerries Harps finished their season in style with an impressive 4-9 to 0-10 point win against Parnells in Chanel College. Goals win games was never more to the fore as a brace either side of halftime made all the difference. The opening 10 minutes was a tight affair, with a great point from Dylan Finnegan, leaving Parnells 3-1 ahead. Harps rebounded with centre forward Cillian McGinnis linking well with Ciaran Murphy inside. A pinpoint pass in followed by a fine left footed finish from Murphy put Skerries out in front. From there the away side started to dominate with the probing runs of Robbie Clinton causing problems. This pressure paid dividend for the harps when Clintons fortuitous long ball deceived everyone including Parnells shot stopper Aaron Gaffney and ended in the back of the net. Both sides tagged on points before half time with Skerries entering the half time break 2-3 to 0-4 to the good. 

Harps maintained their pressure early in the second half, and 2 goals in quick succession showed little way back for the home side. The first came again from good work from Clinton on the end line as he stepped inside 2 defender, and played the ball accords the square where it was fired home by Murphy.
Soon after a long ball from midfielder Tom Carroll was met high by Dublin minor Liam Woodcock who palmed to the net. 

Parnells tried their best to get back in the game but resolute defending by Shane Dowling , Adam Bund and team captain Fionn O'Leary kept them at bay. At 4-3 to 0- 4 skerries were able to push on with good points from Conor Walsh, and Clinton. As Skerries emptied their bench, both team traded points and a fine save from Cormac Rocks kept the home team goalless. 

This shield is another win in what has been a successful few years for this promising Skerries side marking their fourth year finishing up with silverware. Onwards an upwards to next year as this young side look to progress to Minor A championship in 2018

Scorers; C Murphy 2-5, R Clinton 1-3, L Woodcock 1-0, C Walsh 0-1, 

Skerries Harps: Cormac Rocks, Shane Dowling, Sean 'Oge' Ferron, Rory Gielty, Adam Bund, Fionn O'Leary, Conor Walsh, Donal Cotter, Tom Carroll, Killian McGinnis, Liam Woodcock, Oisin McKey, Robbie Clinton, Ciaran Murphy, Ronon Horan, Subs: Luke Harrison for Ronon Horan, Paddy Finn for Oisin McKey, Josh McGough for Tom Carroll,Ben Keogh for Liam Woodcock, Darragh Redmond for Adam Bund, Oisin Cousins for Conor Walsh.