Senior Football B championship win or Harps

posted 21 Oct 2013, 05:43 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 21 Oct 2013, 06:07 ]

Skerries Harps:  3 – 10;  St Annes: 1 – 15


Skerries Harps staged a magnificent second half recovery to come from 9 points down and to pip

St Annes in Bohernabreena on Saturday with a goal in stoppage time. In doing so they maintained their recent good record against Annes in league and knock out competition. Fielding a very young side and without their big guns – Cullen, Reilly and Daly – and hampered by injuries, a long planned celebration on the Friday night and the constraints on selection by Sundays Minor Championship quarter final, Harps hung in after a brilliant first half display by the home side.

Skerries opened well with Jack Smith hitting the post after a strong run up the middle . Overnight rain had left the pitch greasy on top and this led to many handling errors. With a strong wind and low sun behind them, Annes went on a scoring spree in the opening half.

They led 3 points to 1 after 10 mins and Harps were kept in the game with a great save by their 'keeper Alun Cullinan before they rocked  Annes with a Shane Hickey goal when Barry Davey's run distracted the 'keeper. Harps went ahead when Eoin Ellis pointed but Annes then cut loose to kick points from all angles and lead 0 -13 to 1 -3 at the break. They did have a let off when Harry Dawson drove a penalty the wrong side of the post after Davey was fouled in the square on 20 mins


A loose pass in the Skerries half back line, put Annes through for a goal in 35th min but shortly after Dawson put up a towering ball into the sun for Davey to break and Oisin O'Leary collected to smash it to the net.  With Mark Boylan opening up at midfield, Harps then hit over 6 points while holding Annes to 2 scores. A couple of stoppages for injuries left spectators unsure as to how much time remained but Skerries played to the final whistle. They had a number of chances to tie up the game but were too hasty in shooting. Entering stoppage time and still 2 points down, Boylan once again rose to collect and pumped a ball in to Davey – who although not scoring had caused consternation in the Annes defence anytime he got the ball. He laid it off to Paul Cashman coming in from the right and he jinked through the backs to find the net and put Harps 1 up. One minute

later the long whistle went and Harps were in to the semi final.


In a great team performance, Liam Reddin and Eoin McGinley along with sub Mark Oliver starred in defence while Boylan was superb at midfield with support from Graham Cullen. Up front all the forwards played their part with Hickey, Davey and Cashman prominent.


The semi-final is fixed for Swords on Wednesday 30th Oct when Skerries will face O'Tooles, Clontarf or Lucan-Sarsfields. The second semi-final is between Cuala and Oliver Plunketts.

Skerries Harps play away to Ballinteer-St Johns in the  Senior Football League next Saturday.  


Scores:  s hickey 1 -3; p cashman 1 -1; o o'leary 1 -0; h dawson 0 -4; e ellis and m boylan 0 -1 each  


Team: A. Cullinan; M Kirwan, E McGinley, D McNamee; L Reddin, J Smith, R McGarry;

G Cullen, M Boylan; E Ellis, H Dawson, P Cashman; S Hickey, B Davey, O O'Leary.


Subs: Mark Oliver, Aaron Duncan.                                      


Referee: Terry Carton ( N. Fionbarra)