Minor Hurlers contested their final Championship game

posted 15 Oct 2013, 10:22 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 15 Oct 2013, 10:27 ]

Skerries Harps Minor Hurlers contested their final Championship game of the group stages of the 2013 Dublin Minor C Championship, on last Sunday 13th Oct., when  hosting BallyBoden St Endas.  As both team have already qualified for the quarter-final stages with a game to spare, this game was seen as an opportunity to keep up the momentum in their respective Championship campaigns.

It seemed that small margins separated these two teams and so it proved with Boden getting the better start, with the wind to their backs. Both teams got stuck into the game and the confidence and ambition of the two squads, was very clear for all to see. As the match ebbed and flowed, it was Boden who edged things up to half time,  going into the break carrying a 4 point lead;  1-11 to 1-7.


However the home team were determined that they would push on in the second half and so the Harps team set about reducing the 4-point deficit right from the off and could have been on level terms  sooner were it not for some over ambitious shooting from far out, when a more tactical option into the forwards might have yielded more scores. Boden were under pressure at this stage but then got an unlikely lifeline when they plundered a fortuitous goal in the last quarter.  The Harps remained very determined that they would leave their home puitch, with their unbeaten record intact and so it was that late substitute Cian Coleman seized on a chance from out wide to force the Boden keeper into deflecting his dipping shot,  over the bar for the equalizing point. There was no more time to play and the ref blew it up; final score 2-14 to 2-14, a fair result.

Both teams will feel that they had the winning of this one, but they both go on unbeaten, into the knockout stages. Who knows they may meet again in this years Championship final, and with no disrespect to all the other qualifying teams, what a match that would be. This was a quality team performance, while best for the Harps on the day were wing-forwards Ciaran Joyce and Donal McIlgorm, together with  midfield pairing Jack Carroll and Ian Furlong, who did Trojan work as usual.  Credit to both teams and it is hugely encouraging to see such a high level of Hurling skill, on display in Skerries. We hope and expect for many more great hurling occasions like this, out in the North County Dublin.
Skerries Harps Team:  Daniel graham, Cathal Azzopardi, Johnathan Fay-Watt, Ciaran Furlong, Robbie O’Connor, Kian Coleman,  Eoin Hickey©, Jack Carroll, Ian Furlong, Ciaran Joyce, Keving Gilmore, Donal McIlgorm, Liam Smart, Sean Rocks, Shane Rice;    Subs: Tom McDonald, Jack Fitzpatrick, Andrew Davis, Cian Coleman, Sean Graham.