Venue : Lusk. Result: Harps 5-6 Round Towers Lusk 3-6
Our first league match following a successful grading league campaign the Harps were anxious to make a winning start. Skerries made the short journey to Lusk on a glorious spring evening. Our charitable neighbours agreed to change the match to Friday evening for which Harps were very grateful – but that’s where the charity ended!!
Although Harps started well with two points from Robert Kenny and the lively Daniel O Driscoll, it was the Lusk lads who got stuck in and took full control of the first half. Some great goalkeeping from Conor Nulty and a commanding display from the returned Sean Conway kept the Skerries men in it. But it was Towers who dominated the first half in midfield and some stylish moves resulted in two goals midway through the second half – the Boys in Blue were in trouble. Two late goals by Tiernan Wilde and Vamie Elawure kept us within two points at half-time which flattered the Harps lads.
Harps regrouped at half-time but to no avail in the early exchanges. The Lusk lads pounced again to go five points clear and the seasiders looked dead on their feet. The “bainisteoirí” of Messrs Trant and Kenny were busy hatching up a plan and some shrewd moves from the line paved the way for a tremendous comeback.
Emmet Trant having moved to full back and teaming up with the ever-industrious Jacob Grimes , ensured that they protected Mikey Joyce who moved into goal. The newly formed full forward line of Kenny, Elawure and Conway began to find holes in the Lusk defence and some slick moves resulted in Conway bursting the net, twice, putting the Harps right back in it.
Stephen Byrne was using his athletic prowess to cause all sorts of problems for his opponents with great ball winning and running at the defence. Nulty began asserting himself at midfield and having come in with two finely taken frees - Harps began to take control. The selfless efforts of Wilde were rewarded with a well taken pointed free and we looked home and dry.
The local derby that it was, the Towers came back with three unanswered points. However, the cool-headed Colin Mikulan made some timely interventions and Ben Browne began to pluck balls out of the sky with mighty confidence. Joyce made two spectacular saves to keep the Lusk lads at bay. With the game finely balance, up stepped Vamie Elawure who struck gold again with a great solo effort. The Towers never gave up and Harps were glad to hear the final whistle.
A great sporting game with some skilful football from both sides made for a great evening for our supporters who skipped home to Skerries in great spirits. Well done lads – keep it up!!