Dublin Senior 2 Championship;
Skerries Harps 1-7 St Judes 0 -6
Skerries Harps senior camogie team maintained their winning momentum in their championship group with a hard-earned victory against St. Judes in Skerries last Sunday morning.
The early start seemed to affect both teams and the game never reached the standards that Skerries had been playing in their recent games. In fact the difference between the teams was mainly down to the display of two players on the Harps side. At the back, goalkeeper Aishling Spillane gave a fine display and made a particular impact in dealing with a number of dangerous high balls into her area in the second half. In a Harps attack that mal-functioned on the day only Robyn Kehoe at corner forward displayed the required finishing skills. She finished the day with a total of 1-3 from play which was by a long way the most vital contribution of any outfield player on the day.
The Skerries girls effectively won the game in the first half, at the end of which they held a 1-4 to 0-3 lead. Playing into the school-end goal they created a number of chances in the first quarter but were wasteful when it came to converting them. A good point from Kehoe combined with a pointed free from Orlaith Durkan was an insufficient return from the possession won by half backs Evelyn Garland, Ciara Copeland – who performed well in the unfamiliar position of centre back – and captain Kathy Gilmore. The key score of the game arrived when Aoife Halpin broke up a Judes attack and delivered a good clearance to Durkan around the middle. A further couple of neat passes found Robyn Kehoe about twenty metres out on the right. Using her speed she rounded her marker and blasted an unstoppable shot past Helen Cosgrove in the Judes goal for the only goal of the game. Both side exchanged a couple of point each before the break.
Judes, who needed a win to get themselves back in to the championship, gained a grip around the middle of the field at the start of the second half. A sterling defensive display from the Harps girls kept the scoring to the minimum. In addition to Spillane in goal, Aoife Halpin and Yvonne Hannon were particularly prominent in repelling the visitor’s attacks. In the middle of the half Durkan, who had moved to mid-field, began to get a foothold which relieved the pressure on her defenders. Eve Kehoe finished a fine run with a deft pass to her sister Robyn for a welcome score for the home side. Further points from Rachel O’Flaherty from play and Durkan from a 45 gave the Harps a cushion which they maintained to the final whistle.
Without playing their best camogie this victory puts the Harps girls on the cusp of a semi-final spot which would be confirmed if they achieve a win against Ballinteer St. Johns on Sunday morning next in Skerries.
Scores for Skerries: Robyn Kehoe 1-3, Orlaith Durkan 0-2(1f, 1’45), Rachel O’Flaherty, Tara o’Flaherty 0-1(each).
Harps Team: Aishling Spillane, Val Van Veen, Yvonne Hannon , Aoife Halpin, Evelyn Garland, Ciara Copeland , Kathy Gilmore, Catherine Richardson, Eve Kehoe, Tara O’Flaherty, Rachel O’Flaherty, Orlaith Durkan , Robyn Kehoe, Niamh Murphy, Julia Gormley. Subs; Jane Dardis for Evelyn Garland.