Thrilling end to U-12 hurling season
The Harps closed out their U-12 campaign on a high note in O’Moore Park following a comprehensive team performance against a gallant Borris-Kilcotton side which saw them cross the finish line with two goals to spare.
The Harps 3-3
With mere seconds on the clock The Harps set the scoreboard in motion with the lively half-forward, Rory Deegan, weaving his way through the Borris-Kilcotton defence before raising the white flag for the games first point. The Harps continued their impressive start to the game with corner-forward, Mark Deegan, rattling the back of the net just three minutes into the game.
Borris-Kilcotton began to settle into the game and after a few half-chances they opened their account after ten minutes with David Scott splitting the posts without hesitation to pave the way for their next score. With thirteen minutes elapsed David Scott added his second point of the day from a free to half the Borris-Kilcotton deficit with seven minutes left in the half.
Just a minute later the Borris-Kilcotton goalkeeper, Michael Grehan, was called into action and made a superb save to deny The Harps’ Rory Deegan’s goalbound shot. With three minutes remaining in the half Eoghan Doheny converted a long-range free for The Harps to give them a three point cushion approaching the break.
With what was essentially the last puck of the half, David Scott proved to be reliable from placed balls as he struck his second from long range to leave just two points separating the sides at the interval.
The Harps emerged for the second half and yet again with just seconds on the clock they re-opened the scoring with Jim Kirby finding the net from quite a distance to open a five point lead for The Harps. Padraig followed this up with a well taken point just two minutes later to extend the Harps lead to six points.
The Borris-Kilcotton goalkeeper, Michael Grehan, was proving to be a barrier in the goals as he pulled off two excellent saves in quick succession to keep his side in touch. Jack Hanlon followed in his goalkeeper’s steps to clinch an excellent goal for Borris-Kilcotton after thirty-three minutes to cut the margin to three points with seven minutes remaining.
Substitute Conor Delaney closed out the game for The Harps with a late goal to seal the win and end the season on a high note for The Harps.
SCORERS - The Harps: Mark Deegan, Jim Kirby and Conor Delaney 1-0 each, Rory Deegan, Eoghan Doheny and Padraig Dunne 0-1 each. Borris-Kilcotton: David Scott 0-3, Jack Hanlon 1-0.
THE HARPS: Lorcan Fitzpatrick; Fionn Whelan, Kieran Shortall; Billy McEvoy, Daire Quinn; Eoghan Delaney, Padraig Dunne; Bill Phelan, Rory Deegan; Mark Deegan, Jim Kirby. SUBS: Lee Coffey for Bill Phelan; Conor Delaney for Lee Coffey; Padraig Walsh for Conor Delaney.
BORRIS-KILCOTTON: Michael Grehan; Peadar Fitzpatrick, David Dollard; Ciaran Finlay, Eoghan Fox; Eimhin Ward, Jack Hanlon; Jamie Byrne, David Scott; Joseph Kennedy, Jordan McEvoy. SUBS: Keelan anderson for Joseph Kennedy.
Referee: Alan Doheny
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