Skerries Junior hurlers maintain their 100% record

posted 15 Jun 2015, 01:10 by Skerries Harps

Skerries Harps  2-15    St Judes 0-7

Skerries Junior hurlers maintained their 100% record in their Junior Championship group with a good win over St Judes in a sunny Skerries on Sunday. Despite being short a number of their normal starting fifteen the Harps team produced a sixty-minute performance for the first time in their last few games. From the throw in St Judes played to a standard that justified their second place in the standing. Whilst young full forward Ciaran Joyce opened the scoring with a well taken point for the home side , Judes won a couple of frees which were converted by their sharp shooter Michael Healy. Replacement goalkeeper, Shane Rice, dealt capably with a few dangerous balls into the home goalmouth during this period also. Good work from the Skerries forwards earned two pointed frees from Joyce. A superb point following a driving run from mid-fielder Sean Rocks followed and it seemed to lift the home side. Daniel Graham, who was winning some excellent ball in the inside forward line, added two more points. The second of these could have been a goal were it not for a great save by Brendan Culhane in the Judes goal. Andy Smith, Joyce and Iain Furlong added three good points to extend the Harps lead. Judes responded with a number of scores coming up to the break to leave just four points in it at 10 points to 6 in favour of the Harps.

A good tight-marking second half performance from the Skerries defence contained the visitors to a single point. This provided the platform for the Harps to increase their margin with some well taken scores. The crucial score came after ten minutes of the second half when Furlong won a hard ball and bursting in from the left wing planted a great shot into the Judes net. This was followed at the start of the final quarter by another goal when Cian Coleman was alert to the breaking ball from a Joyce goal effort and finished crisply to the net. Coleman followed up with a good running score and the Harps finished strongly with points from Furlong and substitute Jason Rogan.

Overall it was a satisfactory performance and sets the Harps up for a home quarter final even with one group game remaining.

Harps: Shane Rice,Rob Ferguson, Rory Noonan, Ciaran Allidine, Kian Coleman, Jonathan Fay-Watt, James O’Callaghan, Eoghan McGinley, Sean Rocks(0-1), Andrew Smith(0-2,1f), Aidan Kehoe, Ian Furlong(1-2),Daniel Graham(0-2), Ciaran Joyce(0-6,4f), Cian Coleman(1-1). Subs: Jason Rogan (0-1) for Graham, Oisin O’Leary for Smith, Robbie O’Connor for Ferguson, David Kelly, David Horan.