Harps Camogie Club News – Early October 2018
U6s and U8s: The two panels have concluded their year taking part in the Laois County blitzes this week.
Harps U12s: Naomh Eamonn 2-08 The Harps 0-04.
On Saturday morning last The Harps u12s faced new rivals Naomh Eamonn in the County Final in Errill. It was a wet morning and conditions on the pitch were slippy, raining steadily for the entire match.
The game itself was a low scoring affair finishing 1 point apiece at half time – both scores from frees. Amy Lacey slotted over the opening score with Katelyn Shore of Naomh Eamonn matching it on the other side. Both sides had their fair share of chances in front of goal in the first half, but conditions ensured that no one earned space too easy. Aoife Gee, who was outstanding in midfield for the entire game, was unlucky to see her low shot skim wide just before the half time whistle.
The second half continued with the same intensity, both sides working extremely hard. Mia Henderson was called upon straight away and pulled off a good save for the Harps. However, continuous pressure on the Harps resulted in a free which Shore popped over with ease. Aoife Gee, Orla Holland, Kayla Dwyer and Catherine Kirby worked tirelessly defending throughout the second half and eventually their hard work was rewarded with another Amy Lacey free slotted over the bar. Newcomer Whitney Ward pulled off a great double on the ball, but it flew just wide of the post. This game was looking like it was going to be another draw until on the 20th minute a super clearance from Kayla Dwyer found Aoife Gee who then won a free. It was a tough angle for Amy Lacey, but she confidently sent it over the bar to put the Harps in the lead going into injury time. Naomh Eamonn weren’t going to lie down yet. They attacked with venom forcing Mia Henderson to pull off another save. However, the pressure was too much for the Harps girls and Naomh Eamonn won themselves a free in front of goal which Shore popped over to level the game at 3 points apiece and force Extra Time.
EXTRA TIME: There just seemed to be nothing separating these two great teams. They drew in the league, Harps won by a point in the playoff, they drew last week in the County Final and now they stand level again in their replay.
Naomh Eamonn must have had enough of the draws because they came out to Extra Time a new team. They immediately got the scoring going with Shore slotting over two points. This then led to a rocket of a shot by Naomh Eamonn which left Henderson no chance. Amy Lacey continued her good form on the frees adding a point but Naomh Eamonn finished the first half strong with another point which gave them a 5-point lead.
Unfortunately for the Harps it didn’t get any better for them in the second half with Captain Shore scoring 1—2 to put the game to bed and bring the cup home to this newly formed club.
Team: Mia Henderson (Capt), Isabel Delaney, Orla Holland, Kayla Dwyer, Catherine Kirby, Olivia Hovenden, Aoife Gee(Capt) Aoife Kirby, Aimee Lennon, Amy Lacey, Eadoin Whyte (Capt), Orla Brophy, Niamh Kelly, Annalee Fitzpatrick, Kara Fogarty, Eimear Murphy, Ava Henderson, Robyn Townsend, Alison Curran, Rebecca Whelan, Whitney Ward.
Senior Shield Final: St Brigids 1-16 The Harps 0-04: After a disappointing loss to Camross in the Senior Semi Final, The Harps had to regroup and compete in the shield final the following week. Unfortunately Harps lost three players due to injury this year and were without Jade Bergin, Joan Dollard and Molly O’Connor for this game. The Harps worked hard throughout but scores were at a premium. Laura Saunders, Theresa Bennett and Louise Mahony worked hard to get the four points on the scoreboard but scores were coming easier for the opposition. Finally, Harps are now in strong contention for the Non-County League which is a league run for the Senior Teams where county players are’nt included. The Harps will take on Brigids in the final of this. Watch our Facebook account for the fixture.