A strong breeze in the opening half helped Harps secure the first of two victories in Rathdowney on Sunday evening.
ACHL Division 5 Final
The Harps 0-14
The Harps got the first score on the board with a point from corner forward Colm Dunphy straight from the throw in. This was counteracted down the other end with Trevor Abbott turning his player excellently and laying the puc to Niall Jones who converted.
Jones added another two minutes later after a superb pass from Jonathan Dwyer, who impressed in midfield throughout. The Harps used the strong breeze to their advantage, sending long balls into the full forward line and points from Shane Tyrell and Eoin O’Sullivan kept them ahead in the first 15 minutes.
The games only goal came from an excellently struck free from the sideline by Damien Kelly who snuck the ball past The Harps defence and into the bottom left hand corner with 16 minutes on the clock.
This was to be Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton’s last score for ten minutes as The Harps upped the tempo with Albert Townsend scoring a lovely point over his right shoulder to keep his team ahead. Shane Fitzpatrick added to this with a great individual effort having won the puck out and sent the ball between the posts from long range.
Damien Kelly kept Borris/Kilcotton in the match as the half came to a close with another pointed free, as well as setting up Michael Bowe for a well taken point. The score stood at 0-10 to 1-4 in favour of The Harps at half-time.
Both sides defended well in the second half and this was reflected in the score, both teams scoring just 0-4 apiece.
Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton got the first score with a point from sub Eoin Fitzpatrick after some fine support play from Tony Doran. Niall Donohue, Shane Fitzpatrick, Cathal Phelan and Colm Dunphy constantly put pressure on the Borris/Kilcotton forwards, limiting their time on the ball and making some excellent blocks.
The Harps scoring was limited to Shane Tyrell in the second half who scored all four points with Borris/Kilcotton captain Ronan Kelly, Tom Kelly and Ciaran Sweeney playing solid in defence ensuring their side were well in contention until the final whistle.
Borris/Kilcotton will reflect on their missed opportunities in the match as their tally did not reflect the amount of possession they had. The Harps were deserved winners and now look to continue their form in the championship.
Scorers – The Harps: Shane Tyrell 0-7 (0-5f), Colm Dunphy 0-2, Eoin O’ Sullivan, Albert Townsend, Shane Fitzpatrick, Rory Moore and Fred Townsend 0-1 each. Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton: Damien Kelly 1-1f, Eoin Fitzpatrick 0-3, Niall Jones 0-2, Michael Bowe and Jonathan Dwyer 0-1 each.
The Harps: Justin Brophy, Niall Donohue, Aaron Dunne, Cathal Phelan, Ciaran Costigan, Shane Fitzapatrick, David Doheny, Rory Moore, Darren Maher, Shane Tyrell, Brian Farrell, Fred Townsend, Colm Dunphy, Albert Townsend, Eoin O’Sullivan. Subs: Rory Doyle for Darren Maher, Shane Brophy for Eoin O’Sullivan, James Larkin for Brian Farrell.
Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton: Danny Brennan, Brian Comerford, Tom Kelly, Denis Coss (yellow card), Ciarán Sweeney, Ronan Kelly (captain), DJ Kelly, Jonathan Dwyer, Damien Kelly, Trevor Abbott, Niall Jones, Stephen Campion, Garry Dollard, Tony Doran, Michael Bowe. Subs: Redmond Murray for Tony Doran, Barry Foyle for Brian Comerfrod, Colm Fitzpatrick for Michael Bowe, Eoin Fitzpatrick for Damien Kelly.
Referee: James Maher (Rathdowney)