Skerries Harps Senior Ladies secure their second league win tonight with a superb team performance building on last week’s double score victory over Portabello. The Ladies provided a committed and skilful display of football where they saw off the challenge of O’Tooles with a final score line of 3-12 to 4-5.
The Skerries Ladies had home advantage and playing conditions weren’t ideal. The visitors had a good start ratching up an unanswered goal and a point in the first 5 minutes. However, this lead was short lived as Skerries Lyndsey Davey blasted a shot past the O’Tooles keeper following a great pass from the hard working Emily Dawson. O’Tooles were on the march again with two more excellent points from their very skilful and fast wing forwards who were a constant threat to our backs.
Patricia Ferguson who worked tirelessly went on a fine solo run and converted a vital score which was the turning point for Skerries in the first half as they went on to score another three points to lead by four points in the first half with Aine Gilmore, Rebecca Davey, Lizzy Hughes and Bernie Peters all scoring.
O’Tooles got off to a blistering start in the second half and found the Skerries net twice in quick succession and now Skerries were trailing by two points. Goalie Sophie Clinton was in fine form and stopped a rocket shot from the visitors full forward who regained possession from the block but who unfortunately fell and suffered a serious knee injury and had to be carried off the pitch which slowed the play down allowing Skerries to regroup. It was time for the experienced players, Julia Gormley and Eve Kehoe although u18 to step up their game, stem the supply of ball into the opponents forwards. Both girls acted as a conduit from backs to forwards and provided intelligent passes which were converted into scores and soon the scores were level.
Sound defending from the Skerries full back line of Jane Dardis, Saoirse Kavanagh and Karen McMahon withstood the unrelenting challenges from the strong and nippy O’Tooles forwards, although conceding four goals, the team were reaping the rewards of great efforts on the training field over the past months which allowed use to dominated in the last quarter. The half back line of Sarah Brannigan, Julia Gormley and Aisling McIlwaine broke down and distributed intelligent passes to the attacking players and with great interplay counted for a superb team performance.
A few changes were made with substitutes Caoimhe Halpin, Niamh Daly and Ciara Smith relieving tired legs and contributed greatly to the win, displaying the depth and quality of players Skerries are lucky to have on the 28 woman squad. Next Wed the team travel to O’Tooles for a cup game.