Skerries Harps Senior 2 Camogie go top of the league after a great win over Raheny

posted 29 May 2018, 23:56 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 30 May 2018, 01:29 ]
Skerries Harps 2-18 Raheny 1-8. 

Skerries Harps Senior 2 Camogie team sit proudly on top of their league table going into the inter-county break after a thirteen point victory over Raheny on Tuesday. On a glorious summer evening the Harps girls, playing well in bursts over the hour, were never really in serious danger of losing their unbeaten status.

A strong start led to early points from Nicola Thorne (f), Emma Parker and Emer Atkinson to give the Harps a lead they never relinquished. A quick break led to a good point for Raheny from their Inter-county player Aoife Dooley. However a storming performance from  Skerries mid-fielder Emma Parker was giving her side a stronghold around the middle. Tara O’Flaherty benefited and added two excellent scores from the left wing. 

Another strong run from Dooley opened the Harps defence and Lisa O’Neill finished expertly to the Harps net. However, the Skerries response was emphatic. Atkinson fired over from a Parker pass and then collected a super Orlaith Durkan pass to finish to the Raheny net. Thorne added a free and with twenty five minutes gone the game was effectively over as a contest when another goal followed. Wing-Back Megan Carroll, putting in another strong performance, earned a free on the 65m line. Centre back Jean Murphy struck a long ball in which deceived the Raheny defence and nestled in the net.

Thorne and Durkan ended the half with two very well taken points. At 2-9 to 1-3 the Harps were in a comfortable position at the break. Maybe this affected their third quarter performance as the first four points of the second half came from the home side. Skerries lethargy contributed to this and they were also conceding some soft frees

To their credit the Harps responded. Some driving play from mid-fielder Aoife Halpin and centre forward Niamh Murphy put them in the ascendancy again. Skerries dominated the final quarter and scored some fine points. Halpin, Thorne (2), Niamh Murphy and Durkan scored the last five points of the game. This gave the sea-siders a deserved thirteen point margin at the finish.

Skerries will be looking forward to a decisive league game against their Fingal rivals Naomh Mearnog after the break and then test themselves further when they compete in the Senior 1 championship in August.

Skerries Harps: Ashling Spillane, Grace Leach, Ona Keegan, Kathy Gilmore, Roisin Leneghan, Jean Murphy(1-0), Megan Carroll , Emma Parker(0-2), Aoife Halpin (0-1), Nicola Thorne (0-7,5f), Niamh Murphy(0-1), Tara O’Flaherty (0-3), Orlaith Durkan (0-2), Emer Atkinson(1-2), Hannah Coleman Subs: Ciara Copeland for Niamh Murphy (temp HIA)