Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Division 1 Rd 5
The Harps 1-18
By Barry McEvoy
THE Harps picked up their first two points of the league campaign with victory over Castletown in Durrow on Sunday morning. The hosts found themselves behind at the break, but an excellent second half performance, in which they held Castletown to just four points, saw them over the line.
Castletown had the wind in the first half and made good use of it early on going four points to one up. Michael Lanigan kept The Harps in touch with a couple of frees.
Gearóid Gaughan got the first goal of the game after 15 minutes. He gained possession from a high ball that broke and he rifled it into the corner of the net. Brendan Reddin and Conor Walsh added points and Castletown had a six point advantage.
The Harps hit back quickly when Patrick Walshe played a quality pass through to John Brophy who worked his way free and hung the ball up in the net. The teams went point for point for the remaining moments of the half, including good scores from Darren Maher and Brophy.
The Harps came out strong in the second half with two quick points while Dylan Conroy opened Castletown’s second half account with a free.
The hosts then rallied and took the lead. They scored four unanswered points, a couple of frees for Lanigan and one each for John and Conor Brophy, Conor’s being an impressive long range effort.
Conroy added another free for Castletown, followed by a Brendan Reddin as they fought to not let the game get away from them. The Harps didn’t let up though and continued to pile on the pressure, taking advantage of the wind. Lanigan’s frees were particularly on point despite the testing conditions.
Evan Deegan then got his name on the sheet with an impressive effort from out on the wing. The Harps forwards continued to be very impressive in the second half, with numerous names on the score sheet.
But their defence was perhaps the winning of the game for them, keeping the visitors to just two points from play in the second 30 minutes.
THE HARPS: Peter Walshe; Eoin O’Sullivan, Barry Dunne, Shane Phelan; David Doheny, Conor Brophy (0-1), Cathal Phelan; Darren Maher (0-2), Richard Saunders (0-1) ; Michael Lanigan (0-8fs), Patrick Walshe, Evan Deegan (0-2); Shane Donoghue, John Brophy (1-4), Ross Young.
CASTLETOWN: John Paul Bennett; Loughlin Hegarty, Eoin Peters, Martin Reddin; Fionan Cuddy, Evan Cuddy, John Gaughan (0-1); Conor Walsh (0-2), Shane Phelan; Brendan Reddin (0-4), Gearóid Gaughan (1-4, 0-2fs), Martin Phelan; Aaron Gaughan (0-1f), Cathal Moore, James Hooban (0-1).
Subs: Dylan Conroy (0-3fs) for Moore (28m), Shane Cuddy for Peters (45m)
Referee: Michael Cleere (Rathdowney/Errill)