Senior 2 Camogie - Skerries Harps 1-6 v Ballinteer St. Johns 0-9

posted 22 Apr 2013, 00:13 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 22 Apr 2013, 00:15 ]

An injury time point from Skerries centre forward Rachel O’Flaherty earned her team a deserved draw in Tuesday night’s Senior League game in Skerries.  The final whistle was blown from the puck out and it brought to an end an absorbing tie. In truth it was one of those games where it would have been harsh on either team to lose. Ballinteer, under new management this season, took the initiative from the throw in and were intent on gaining their first league win over the Harps in Skerries for over five seasons. Full forward Brenda Sorahan started the game in outstanding style. Winning the first three balls, resulting in the opening two points, it looked like she would be a thorn in the Harps side for the evening. However, the determined way in which the home full back Valerie Van Veen subdued her opponent for the remainder of the game typified the fighting spirit of the Harps side. With able assistance from impressive corner backs Michelle O’Neill and Aoife Halpin her efforts halted the flow of Ballinteer scores. The outfield Harps players took their lead from the full back line and began to win some good possession in the midfield sector.

Two points from forwards Tara O’Flaherty and Orlaith Durkan reduced the deficit to the minimum by the 15th minute. Ballinteer’s Dublin senior player Fiona Hayes converted two placed balls to restore their three point lead. An impressive Skerries attack left Tara O’Flaherty with a run on goal but her shot was well saved by the Johns goalkeeper. The rebound resulted in two further efforts being cleared by the defence but the ball eventually broke again to O’Flaherty who finished strongly to the net from 10 metres. Mid-fielder Eve Kehoe broke impressively from midfield to add another point.

Driven on by Hayes Ballinteer restored their one point lead but an outstanding save from Aishling Spillane restricted the visitors to a seven point total at the break against the home sides one goal and three points

The second half was even affair with both sides’ defences coming out on top. An early score on the run from Orlaith Durkan brought the sides to parity. There followed a scoreless ten minute period where each sides best efforts were thwarted by some tenacious defending. Hayes, located at full forward brought another great save from Spillane but sent the rebound over the bar. Tara O’Flaherty restored parity on the 20th minute with a well taken point. Ballinteer wing forward Jane Tully added another point from play to edge her side in front again with five remaining. The Harps players raised their game again but despite creating a number of scoring chance they failed to equalise until a couple of minutes into injury time the O’Flaherty sisters combined for Rachel’s equalising score.

Honours even after a great tussle

Scores for Skerries: Tara O’Flaherry 1-2, Orlaith Durkan 0-2(1f), Eve Kehoe and Rachel O’Flaherty (0-1 each)Harps Team:, Tara Magee , Michelle O’Neill,  Val Van Veen, Aoife Halpin, Kathy Gilmore,  Catherine Richardson, Roisin Leneghan , Ciara Copeland , Eve Kehoe, Tara O’Flaherty,  Rachel O’Flaherty, Orlaith Durkan , Catherine Kirwan,  Niamh Murphy, Clodagh Bolger. Subs; Yvonne Hannon for Magee