U12 Hurlers win Shield at Erin’s Isle tournament

posted 9 Jul 2014, 07:16 by Skerries Harps

A depleted Harps U-12 hurling squad won the Shield competition at the Erin’s Isle Alan Creegan Memorial Tournament on Saturday.  This ground hurling only tournament attracts some of the strongest clubs in Dublin and we were delighted to accept the invite.  Placed in a strong group with Clontarf, St. Oliver Plunketts and Erin go Bragh the Harps first match was a hard fought 1 goal each draw against Clontarf, Eoin Wilde equalising for the Harps with seconds left on the clock. 

The next match against St Oliver Plunkett’s proved the most difficult of the day – the Skerries lads gave their all but just couldn’t recover from the concession of 2 early goals and finished losing 3-1 to 1-1.  Going into the final game against Erin go Bragh the Harps knew that a win by 4 clear goals would see them qualify for the cup semi-finals, anything less would see them in the Shield.  Victory was secured on a score of 4-2 to 2-1 with Eoin Wilde, Naoise Gilmore and Sean Geoghegan getting the Harps scores so it was into the Shield.  An injury to Dara Mullarkey during that match meant that the Harps would see out the day with just 9 players – a definite disadvantage on a hot day against teams who could bring on subs.  

Following a hearty lunch laid on by Erin’s Isle the Harps lined up for the semi-final of the Shield against Na Fianna with Pierce Woodock in goals, a back line of Aidan Coleman, Ben Hurrell and Eoin Wilde, Naoise Gilmore and John Fanning at midfield and a forward line of Dylan Fogarty and the Geoghegan brothers Ronan and Sean.  The team got off to a blistering start with goals from Wilde and a real poachers effort from Sean Geoghegan to lead 2-1 to 0-0 at half time and closed out the match in the second half with a goal from Gilmore.  Onto the final then against old rivals St Sylvesters with whom we’ve had several battles already this year.  The lineout had worked well in previous matches so there were no positional changes.  The first 10 minutes were hard fought with both teams giving their all but it was the Harps who took control just before half-time with 2 quick goals to lead 2-1 to 0-0.  Sylvester’s tried everything to get back into the game and got to within a goal on a couple of occasions, however a couple of fine saves by Pierce Woodcock, great defending from the Harps backs and midfield and goals at crucial times from Wilde and Geoghegan left the score at the final whistle Harps 4-1 Sylvester’s 3-1.  

This was a fantastic day for the 10 players who travelled with every one of them playing their part in the success.  There was a great cheer as captain Sean Geoghegan accepted the trophy from the Erin’s Isle chairman and the team returned to Skerries exhausted but very happy.

A special thanks to Erin’s Isle for their hospitality on the day and to the parents who travelled to support the team.

Harps – Pierce Woodcock, Aidan Coleman, Ben Hurrell, Eoin Wilde, Naoise Gilmore, John Fanning, Dylan Fogarty, Ronan Geoghegan, Sean Geoghegan, Dara Mullarkey.  Mascot – Dara Geoghegan.