Match Report - Minor Football Shield semi final

posted 14 Nov 2017, 09:46 by Skerries Harps
Going into the Minor B Football Championship Shield semi final, without Dublin Minors Fionnan O'Sullivan and Sam Jones, Skerries Harps were hoping the home crowd gathered for this Friday evening encounter could spur them on. The last time the sides met it was a tight affair with a strong finish from the Skerries side leaving them as 3 point winners. Skerries played into the school end in the first half and despite the wet conditions powered to a 4 points to 1 lead through points from Liam Woodcock (0-2) Ciaran Murphy and Robbie Clinton. 

Isles started to gain a foothold in the game with Dublin Minor Neil Matthews starting to drive forward kicking 3 of 5 points to put the away side back in the driving seat. With Killian McGinnis moving into midfield and subduing the impact of Matthews, Skerries regained some dominance with team captain Fionn O'Leary driving forward from centre back and gaining a free which Murphy slotted  over. This dominance continued and was capped off by a great score from Conor Walsh who started and ended the move with a fine end to end point. A tit for tat finish to the half saw the team withdraw at half time with Isles 0-8 points leaving them one to the good. 

Harps stared the stronger in the second half and an early goal from Woodcock put some daylight between the sides. On a wet night the level of fielding was impressive with Donal Cotter and Murphy both dominating in the air putting pressure on the Isles kick outs, and with McGinnis picking out killer passes Harps were surging ahead. Despite this a breakaway goal put Isles back in the game and left for a pulsating finish. Heading into injury time with 4 between the sides the Finglas men couldn't find the Harps goal again and a quick exit saw Luke Harrison close off the game for Skerries with a goal at the other end. 

A big weekend for the Skerries club next weekend with an U21 B championship quarter final on Saturday followed by the Minor B shield final on Sunday. 

Final score Skerries Harps 2-18 to Erin's Isle 2-11, 

Skerries team - Cormac Rocks, Shane Dowling, Sean 'Oge' Fearon, Ruairi Gielty, Conor Walsh, Fionn O'Leary (c), Adam Bund, Tom Carroll, Donal Cotter, Robbie Clinton, Liam Woodcock, Killian McGinnis, Oisin McKey, Ciaran Murphy, Ronan Horan. Subs: Luke Harrison, Ben Keogh, Josh McGough, Darragh Redmond

Scorers:Ciaran Murphy 0-8 (0-5 frees), Liam Woodcock 1-3, Luke Harrison 1-0, Robbie Clinton 0-2, Conor Walsh 0-1, Ruairi Gielty 0-1, Killian McGinnis 0-1, Ben Keogh 0-1.