St. Oliver Plunketts 1-15 Skerries Harps 4-13

posted 25 Jun 2018, 00:45 by Skerries Harps
Skerries Harps junior hurlers notched up their third successive championship victory when they travelled to Martin Savage Park on Sunday morning and came away with the points following an impressive display. Glorious summer weather and a firm pitch contributed to a fast flowing and open game. Both teams battled with great intensity in the first half and there was only ever a puck of a ball between the teams with the home side ahead 1-9 to 1-8 at the break. The Harps goal in that half, scored by Jonny Fay-Watt, showed them at their best. He finished the ball to the net after a move that involved at least half a dozen players, quick movement and accurate passing.

Skerries needed that goal as Plunketts forwards were very efficiently taking their chances. At half time Skerries moved mid-fielder Eoghan McGinley to full forward and it proved to be the decisive move of the game. The Harps third quarter display provided the basis for their eventual win. McGinley dominated his man and scored an early second half goal to put his team ahead. Points from Aidan Kehoe and Ciaran Smith added to their total. Although Plunketts increased their half time tally with three points Smith scored another goal to put four points between the teams.

A hectic ten minutes followed with both sides defences working furiously to limit their opponents and resulting in the exchange of just two points each. With ten minutes left another great delivery from the impressive Denis Forde was taken by McGinley who again took on his player and finished smartly to the net. As the home side went for goals in an attempt to get back into the game the Harps goalkeeper Oisin O’Leary proved his worth with a number of good saves and composed clearances.

Further points in the last five minutes from Smith (2) and substitute Eoin Hickey pushed the Harps lead out to seven points which was the final margin.

Following on from a good league victory against Whitehall in the previous game the Harps returned to the seaside in good form and looking forward to building on this to enhance their league position and ensure that they are in the shake up for promotion at year end.

Harps: Oisin O’Leary, Daniel Graham, Paddy Fay-Watt , Ciaran Allidine, Ian Furlong ,Andrew Smith , Rob Ferguson, Jonathan Fay-Watt(1-0), Eoghan McGinley (2-1), Denis Forde (0-2) , AidanKehoe (0-1), Jason Rogan (0-1),Barry Grimes(0-2), Ciaran Smith (1-3(1f)), Cian Coleman (0-2),; Substitutes Eoin Hickey(0-1) for Grimes and David Kelly for Coleman.