Skerries Harps Junior Hurlers bounced back with fantastic Win over Cuala

posted 30 Jul 2018, 00:42 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 30 Jul 2018, 00:43 ]

Skerries Harps 1-15 Cuala 1-11  

Skerries Harps junior hurlers bounced back from their disappointing loss to Crumlin last week with a surprising, but well deserved, victory over previously unbeaten Cuala in Skerries last Tuesday.

The home side started with a determination lacking from their Crumlin display and opened the scoring with a converted free from Ciaran Smith who would end the game with eight pointed frees in total. However in the fourth minute they were rocked when a deflection from a long free wrong footed Oisin O’Leary in the Skerries goal to give the south-siders an early lead. The response from the home side was commendable and they totally dominated the rest of the half.

Playing from the road end the half back line of Ian Furlong, Eoghan McGinley and Rob Ferguson took over and supplied some great ball into the forward line. Points from McGinley, Aidan Kehoe. Shane Rice and Jason Rogan complimented some excellent frees from Smith to give the Harps a 0-9 to 1-3 lead at the interval. A criticism of the Harps would be that they had failed to turn their dominance into a bigger lead.

Cuala started the second half brightly and picked off a couple of early points. Skerries reacted with some great hassling and harrying all over the pitch. This was epitomised by young Donal Cotter, making only his second start at adult level, who although nominally playing at wing forward was winning ball all over the field. He was ably supported by Ciaran Allidine who had replaced the injured Stephen Rogan early in the first half and, although playing put of position at midfield, won some great turnovers to stem the Cuala tide.

The critical score came midway through the half when the impressive Dan Graham at cornerback smartly intercepted a Cuala break and launched a Skerries attack. When the ball broke on the 13 metre line Aidan Kehoe was on hand to dispatch to the Cuala net. This stretched the lead to four and with a superb save from Oisin O’Leary following soon after there was no way the Harps were going to be denied their victory. Although Skerries lost Rogan, O’Connor (both first half) and Furlong (40 mins) to injuries there were telling contributions from Allidine, Eoin Hickey and David Kelly .

This victory puts Skerries well back into the frame for a promotion play off with two games remaining in the league.

Harps: Oisin O’Leary, Robbie O’Connor, Paddy Fay-Watt , Dan Graham, Rob Ferguson (0-1), Eoghan McGinley (0-1),  Ian Furlong , Stephen Rogan, Jason Rogan (0-2), Denis Forde, Aidan Kehoe (1-2), Ciaran Smith (0-8),Barry Grimes, Donal Cotter, Shane Rice (0-1) Substitutes; Ciaran Allidine for Stephen Rogan (inj), Eoin Hickey for O’Connor (inj) and David Kelly for Furlong (inj)