U12 Harps pay for poor start against Sylvesters

posted 3 May 2013, 06:30 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 7 May 2013, 03:10 ]

Div 1 North u12 Football


Harps 3-7 - St Sylvesters 5-11


Harps u12s Div 1 side met up early at the Ballast Pit and cheered on the u12 Division 3 side taking control of their match vs Garristown which they eventually won by two points ( later that morning the u12 Div5 side beat Fingallians). The chat in the back of the cars related to that mornings Playstation activity, how good Coco Pops are for you and do ya think Joe Kelly will bring the "goodies",  until we arrived at Malahide Castle grounds on a beautiful Spring morning.


Despite doing a planned warm-up with pre-match instructions, Harps minds were elsewhere when the Malahide lads went immediately on a scoring rampage as they dominated every sector of the pitch. After 20 minutes, Harps found themselves 4-4 to 0-0 behind and only for some brilliant goalkeeping by Eoghan Mc Donald, it would have been "Black Saturday"!!!. Finn Chatten was the only outfield man to stand up to the onslaught with his trademark energy, tenacious tackling and "never say die attitude". Edmund Sexton came into the fray finding some space in the Sylvesters tight defence and with a little more luck, could have had a couple of goals.Two Harps points before half-time left the score at the break - 4-6 to 0-2 in favour of the Saints. The baffled Harps Bainisteoirí met in a huddle to figure out how to organise a renaissance in the second half with a team looking shell-shocked, tired and....16 points down???


The whistle sounded for the second half and its high pitch must have woken the Harps up!! Even though we lost our star half-back Cian Mullarkey in the first half due to injury, Rory Garland and Alan Joyce started to dominate the Sylvesters half-forward line. Adam Fearon,Matthew Kelly and Finn Chatten took control of midfield with both Kelly and Chatten scoring from play. The game came alive for Harps when David Boyd burst the net with a great solo effort and when Fearon converted a "three pointer", the tide was-a-turnin' and the comeback looked on.  Adam El Shamy won unbelieveable ball in the full back line , in many instances against multiple Malahide raiders, and with Paul Wilde making incisive runs up the pitch, the Boys in Blue had the fans out in the aisles on their feet with the real prospect of a result. 


Matt Dooley, following a late night on the dance floor and an early morning dash up the M11 following a wedding commitment in Wicklow, began to win dirty ball in the middle of the park and Eoin Winters came into his own with some brilliant ball winning and layoffs to Harps who were now full of dash. When Robert Delaney combined with Dooley to find the "onion sack" and tacked on some points to bring his tally to 1-5, the Malahide men looked rattled. Only four points in it - a twelve point turnaround at this stage.


Sexton came back into the fray and created a couple of good opportunities for his colleagues but they were thwarted by some great defending and goalkeeping by the home team and it wasn't to be Harps day. Sylvesters steadied the ship and a well worked goal followed by two quick points, knocked the last bit of energy out the Skerries men. The last five minutes was end the end stuff, trading points and although Harps trojan efforts won the second half, it finished in Sylvesters favour. A great match living up the the high standard in Division One with the small sided Go Games matches giving all kids plenty of playing time. The Skerries supporters were well proud of the second half showing, demonstrating the great heart and skill in this team providing entertainment that justified the large entrance fee!!


As we cruised by the "Shady Lane" on the home stretch into our beloved Skerries, the back-seat debate still ranged as to the dismal first-half performance. Was it the warm milk on the Coco Pops, too much Playstation, the distraction of Joe Kelly's cooled Capri Suns or was it just, we were beaten by the better side. What ever the reason, one of the management team was spotted purchasing a high-pitched whistle in a the local sports shop!!! Better luck next time lads - keep up the great work !!