Under 15 Footballer's beat St Sylvester's

posted 19 Feb 2015, 00:55 by Skerries Harps

In only their second match back into division 2, Skerries harps U15s lined out strongly for this always competitive game against St Sylvester's. Although missing one or two key players, the depth of their panel and the availability of some superb younger talent meant that they weren't missed and Skerries started in a good place for this game.

Playing against a very strong wind, Skerries defended well with a full back line of Josh McGough, Donal Cotter, and Shane Dowling, keeping the opposition inside forward line to only 3 points despite some long deliveries causing a real threat. As always an attack minded half back line of Fionn O'Leary, Sam jones, and Paul Wilde kept Skerries on the front foot in defence and launched many attacks. Turnovers and quick attack fuelled by the relentless pressure and hard running provided by Fionnan o Sullivan, Adam Fearon, and Ronan Horan were the catalyst for some superb attacking play in the first half which saw Luke Harrison get on the end of two well worked pieces of play and finish both goal chances with aplomb. Skerries could have scored more goals with efforts from Senad Mehedovich and O'Sullivan creeping just wide. A moment of lapse concentrations saw the impressive St Sylvester's centre forward creep in and score a late first half goal, leaving the half time score level at 1-4 to 2-1.

The second half became about smart usage of the conditions combined with the ever improving foot passing ability of this panel. Target man SENAD showed at every opportunity in both halfs and created mayhem with a strong wind blowing in towards the goal. Scores from Fionnan O'Sullivan (1-1), Callum McDonnell(1-0) and Ciaran Foran (1-1) early in the second half gave the harps a cushioned lead. Syls weren't finished yet however and a late surge saw some more strong defence. Syls did however finally break through picking up two late goals. 

Final score Skerries harps 5-5, St Sylvester's 3-7.