Senior Camogie beat St Vincents

posted 12 May 2014, 00:18 by Skerries Harps

Dublin Senior 2 Camogie League; Skerries Harps 2-8 v's St Vincents 2-5

A position in the top four for the second phase of the 2014 Senior 2 Camogie League was confirmed by Skerries Harps with this hard-earned victory against St. Vincents in Skerries last Tuesday. It appeared that the hangover from their first league loss of 2014 the previous week against Oliver Plunketts was going to cost them again as they failed to perform in the early stages against Vincents.

It was the Marino girls who looked the sharper in the first quarter with Fiona Fogarty at midfield and Roisin Collins in the forwards particularly prominent. Two early points boosted the visitor’s confidence and were it not for stout defending by Kathy Gilmore, Aoife Halpin and Jean Murphy the Skerries girls might have found themselves facing a greater deficit. Having missed two scoring chances the Harps finally got off the mark after ten minutes with a pointed 45 from Aoife Halpin, who again showed great consistency in her striking of placed balls. She repeated the feat on the quarter hour with a long-range free. However the home team were rocked when a sweeping attack started by Vincent’s centre-back Deirdre Johnson was finished emphatically to the Harps net.

To the home players credit this concession seemed to inject more urgency into their game. Yet again midfielder Catherine Richardson provided inspiration with her tireless endeavour. Covering all areas of the pitch she dragged the home team back into the game and her teammates began to respond. Robyn Kehoe struck a good goal late in the half to leave the Harps trailing by just two points at the interval – 1-4 to 1-2.

Skerries management would have been the happier of the two managements at the break as the score did not reflect the superior possession and territory of the Vincent’s girls in the opening half. This realisation also dawned on the Harps players who substantially upped their game on the resumption. Orlaith Durkan supported Richardson strongly around the middle and Rachel O’Flaherty and Eve Kehoe began to dominate their half back opponents. The wet conditions which prevailed in this half made it difficult to strike cleanly but the Skerries persistence was creating chances for their attack.

Two excellent scores on the run from O’Flaherty and Kehoe levelled the game and Skerries took the lead when Durkan converted a free won by the hard-working Tara O’Flaherty. The crucial score of the game came when Richardson, as ever, chased a dropping ball into the heart of the Vincent’s defence. It broke from full forward Niamh Murphy and Richardson gathered on the run before picking her spot and beating the Vincent’s goalkeeper with an expertly struck shot from nearly twenty metres.

Vincents did not concede defeat and replied with an excellent point from play to narrow the margin to just a goal. A Murphy point scored with an overhead pull pushed it back out to four and another Halpin 45 appeared to clinch victory for the home team. But the visitors had one last effort and when a long free dropping onto the cross-bar was batted clear by Aishling Spillane the rebound was netted by Vincents leading to a grand stand finish. However another great score from Rachel O’Flaherty finally sealed victory for the Harps on a score-line of 2-8 to 2-5. Hard-fought, and probably just about deserved, the victory places Skerries comfortably in second place on the league table just a point behind Oliver Plunketts going into the last round of games in the first phase of the league. The Harps travel across the city next Tuesday to take on Good Counsel in Galtymore Road.

Scorers for Skerries: Robyn Kehoe, Catherine Richardson (1-0 each), Aoife Halpin 0-3 (2 45s, 1f), Rachel O’Flaherty 0-2,Orlaith Durkan (f),Eve Kehoe and Niamh Murphy (0-1each)

Harps Team: Aishling Spillane, Kathy Gilmore, Yvonne Hannon, Roisin Leneghan, Evelyn Garland, Jean Murphy, Aoife Halpin, Catherine Richardson, Orlaith Durkan, Rachel O’Flaherty, Eve Kehoe, Tara O’Flaherty, Julia Gormley, Niamh Murphy, Robyn Kehoe,. Subs: Shauna McGuinness for Julia Gormley, Val Van Veen for Kathy Gilmore.