Skerries Junior Hurlers went to Russell Park last weekend

posted 18 May 2015, 03:40 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 18 May 2015, 03:59 ]

Skerries Harps 0-10  St. Brigids 0-09.

Skerries Junior hurlers went to Russell Park on Sunday and came away with a hard earned win over St, Brigids in their second Junior Championship game.

Having scored 23 points against Thomas Davis in the previous round the Harps will be disappointed with their conversion rate on Sunday last. Over the hour they created more chances but hit eighteen wides, hit the crossbar with a goal effort and failed to score from a penalty in the first half. In addition three good goal chances were well saved by the impressive home goalie Jamie Rodgers.

TO be fair to both sides there was a very difficult breeze blowing down the pitch but at an angle which caused difficulties for all marksmen.

Skerries playing against the breeze in the first half, dominated play for much of the half. Very impressive play from the half back line of Ross McGarry ( having played 90 minutes in Fingal's extra-time defeat to Tyrone the previous evening), Jonathan Fay-Watt and Kian Coleman provided a platform for the attack. Despite hitting a half a dozen wides the Harps would have been happy to lead 0-6 to 0-5 at the break. The defensive highlight of the first half was a flying save from Oisin O'Leary just before the break to keep the Harps lead intact.

Unfortunately the visitors accuracy deserted them in the second half and despite creating many chances they only added 0-4 despite playing with the strong wind. Twelve wides and two spurned goal chances also contributed to the precarious position they found themselves in the last quarter. Three times the Harps attack showed what they are capable of when Cian Coleman, Ciaran Smith and Jason Rogan struck over excellent points from play. However Brigids equalised with less than five minutes remaining. A tense finale ensued and it required a critical intervention by substitute Ciaran Joyce who was fouled as he raced through to give Jason Rogan the opportunity to strike the winning point from a free.

A good result but improvement needed to continue this winning run.