U13 Footballers enjoy a successful weekend !!

posted 10 Jun 2014, 01:08 by Skerries Harps

The u13 footballers continued on the right track with two big wins over Beann Eadair in Howth on Friday night and St Vincents in the Ballast Pit on Saturday.

U13 League Div 7 – Harps 11-17 Beann Eadair 3-6

Our B team travelled to Howth with a party of 21 players – thanks to the support of the players and parents for a great turnout. This team is the most consistent team in the Club….for slow starts!!! This has cost them quite a few points in the league. However, Bainisteoir Brian Trant’s threat that a repeat performance would result in a hike up the Hill of Howth definitely did the trick and the Harps led from the off.

The team displayed some great skills in their passing movements and score taking. The focus on point scoring in training paid big dividends with a 17 points tally and the hunger to score goals continuing in style.

A great sunny Friday evening, great views of the bay, all 21 players getting game time – it doesn’t get much better than this!! Thanks to Beann Eadair who were great hosts.

U13 League Div 1 – Harps 6-14 St Vincents 5-7

Harps continue to top the division with another fine display in a thriller in the Ballast Pit, overcoming a strong challenge from St Vincents. This game was played at a ferocious pace in hot conditions and great credit goes to both teams for serving up a great advertisement for gaelic football – not an empty seat in the Pit!!

Harps started slowly and found themselves 1-1 to 0-0 down within the first five minutes but eventually found their rhythm with some fine scores from play and went into the lead after 20 minutes. But St Vincents took control of the central areas and went into the break 3-5 to 2-5 ahead. Harps regrouped and made several changes giving some of our B players their first experience of Division 1 football and they all stood up to the plate in the second half.

The Boys in Blue got into their stride, took command of midfield and began to unravel the Vincents defence. Two goals within the first 10 minutes settled the seasiders and Harps found themselves six points in front with 15 minutes to go. But the Marino boys were not out to enjoy the sunshine and again the tide shifted and when the lads conceded a further goal, the deficit was reduced to one point leaving us with a nail-biting last 7 minutes.

However, this bunch have developed great self belief and they pushed into a higher gear in the last five minutes to score a two goals and three points without reply to win by 10 points. This was a performance of skill and effort and they got their just rewards to remain top of Division 1. Special word of praise to Liam Byrne who “agreed” to go in goal (and gave a great performance) when our stalwart between the posts, Eoghan Mc Donald had to pull out due to injury.

Harps Scorers : Robert Delaney 2-3 (2 frees), David Boyd 1-2, Paul Wilde 1-2, Sean Campbell 1-1, Eoin Winters 0-3, Finn Chatten 1-0, Matthew Kelly 0-1, Adam Fearon 0-1, Cian Mullarkey 0-1

Harps Panel: Mikey Joyce, Adam Wynne, Daragh Archbold, Aaron Walsh, Colin Mikulan, Jack Drumm, Daragh Smith, Vamie Elawure, Conor Nulty, Robert Kenny, Clinton Opara, Conor Waddilove, Sean Maguire, Emmet Trant, David Mellowes, Brian Brennan, Jacob Grimes, David Duffy, Matthew Donnelly, Tiernan Wilde, Conor Kinsella, Daragh Early, Ben Browne, Stephen Byrne, Rory Garland, Adam El Shamy, Alan Joyce, Matthew Dooley, Cian Mullarkey, Finn Chatten, Paul Wilde, Adam Fearon, Sean Campbell, Matthew Kelly, Robert Delaney, David Boyd, Eoin Winters, Liam Byrne, Daniel O Driscoll, Harry Archer & Eoghan Mc Donald