Skerries Senior Camogie Report: Dublin Senior 2 Camogie League;
Skerries Harps 4-14 v's Ballinteer St Johns 2-3
Skerries Harps senior Camogie team s travelled to Ballinteer for the second game of their 2014 League campaign. They were looking to get some small consolation for their narrow championship exit to this opposition in 2013 and they did not disappoint. At a venue where they have struggled to perform in the past few seasons the Harps girls dominated from the throw in. Their full-forward line started in the kind of form they had shown in the first half of last week’s victory. Receiving an excellent supply of ball from a dominant midfield of Catherine Richardson and Orlaith Durkan their first quarter total of 2-4 was a fair reflection of the team’s superiority. On top of that they had also let two other goal-scoring chances go a-begging.
Ballinteer responded with a pointed free and when a defender erred to let a long free from Ballinteer’s Fiona Hayes drop into the net it looked like the home side would make inroads. However, a super goal from corner forward Julia Gormley put Skerries in the ascendancy again. Points from mid-fielder Richardson and the Kehoe sisters widened the gap and despite conceding another soft goal Skerries held a 3-9 to 2-1 lead at the break.
Facing into a strong breeze in the second half Skerries couldn’t afford to let their concentration levels slip and they didn’t. Led from the back by impressive corner-back Kathy Gilmore and wing-back Aoife Halpin they stifled any Ballinteer efforts at making inroads into the Skerries lead. When full-forward Niamh Murphy met a Ballinteer clearance first-time from almost twenty metres to hit a screamer to the net the victory was secured for the visitors.
The intensity of the game inevitably dropped in the last quarter but points from the Kehoes and Orlaith Durkan stretched the Skerries total to 4-14 and restricting the home side to just two second half scores the Harps came away with a comprehensive victory. They will need more of the same in next week’s clash away to Lucan, who have also started with two impressive victories.
Scorers for Skerries: Robyn Kehoe 1-4, Eve Kehoe 0-3, Niamh Murphy 2-1, Julia Gormley 1-1, Orlaith Durkan 0-3, Catherine Richardson and Rachel O’Flaherty 0-1(each)
Harps Team: Clodagh Bolger, Kathy Gilmore, Yvonne Hannon, Val Van Veen, Evelyn Garland, Jean Murphy, Aoife Halpin, Catherine Richardson, Orlaith Durkan, Rachel O’Flaherty, Eve Kehoe, Tara O’Flaherty, Julia Gormley, Niamh Murphy, Robyn Kehoe,. Subs;, Shauna McGuinness for Tara O’Flaherty, Patricia Ferguson for Julia Gormley, Veronica Fay-Watt for Niamh Murphy, Jane Dardis for Eve Kehoe