U12 Hurlers off to winning start

posted 15 May 2014, 04:30 by Skerries Harps

After a sometimes difficult grading league the U12 hurling teams got their league campaign off to a winning start at the weekend.  On Friday night the A team travelled to Blunden Drive to take on Dublin hurling aristocrats O’Tooles and emerged victorious by the narrowest of margins.   The Harps started well with points from David Graham and Daire Gielty before a goal from O’Tooles saw them lead for the only time in the first half.  Skerries then played their best hurling of the year – Pierce Woodcock finding his team mates with great accuracy from the puck-outs, Daire Gielty and Fionn Duncan driving on from midfield and the forward line of Naoise Gilmore, David Graham, Dylan Fogarty and James Kenny working some excellent scores from play.   Goals from Gilmore and Graham plus several well taken points saw the Harps reach half time with a commanding lead of 4-7 to 1-5.  The Skerries boys started the second half with a quick goal which O’Tooles cancelled out and with another two points looked to be cruising. But O’Tooles had other ideas and got stronger as the game went on gradually reducing the deficit.  They cut off the quick supply to the Skerries forwards that had been so effective in the first half and they were picking off the goals and points.  The Harps back line of Ronan Rice, James Casey, Malachy Woodcock and Cian Ensor showed their mettle and a late point from David Graham helped secure a thrilling 5-10 to 5-9 victory.  It was truly a game of two halves but with true grit and determination the team held out for a morale boosting victory and all made the journey back to Skerries exhausted but happy!   A special thank you to James Kenny from the U11 team who filled in at the last minute.

On Saturday morning the B team were determined that they would keep up the momentum at home to Castleknock 3 and duly obliged.  The Harps started well with a point from James Casey and two great goals from centre forward Sean Geoghegan.  With Leo Carroll and Conal Moore marshalling the backs and David Hogan playing well in midfield Skerries stayed in control for the remainder of the half and goals from Casey, Ronan Geoghegan and John Fanning and a point from the younger Geoghegan brother saw them build up a good lead.  Castleknock were always a threat and had a few good attempts on goal but found Fionn Duncan in great form and some fantastic saves meant a half time score of 5-2 to 0-2.  Castleknock were not out of the game and in the second half scored 4 goals and 5 points.  However, Skerries were able to keep the scoreboard ticking over with scores from Ronan Rice, Casey, Sean Geoghegan with another goal and Cian Ensor to run out winners on a score of 10-3 to 4-6.  This was a game where every player played their part and sets the team up well for the rest of the league.

Panel: Pierce Woodcock, Ronan Rice, James Casey, Malachy Woodcock, Cian Ensor, Fionn Duncan, Daire Gielty, David Graham, Dylan Fogarty, Naoise Gilmore, James Kenny, Leo Carroll, Conal Moore, John Fanning, David Hogan, Sean Geoghegan, Ronan Geoghegan.