Slicker per­for­mance as Eastern Harps de­feat Cool­era/Strand­hill

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EASTERN HARPS 1-12 COOL­ERA/STRAND­HILL 0-11

OLD ri­vals Eastern Harps and Cool­era/ Strand­hill re­newed ac­quain­tances in the Bel­fry Se­nior championship quar­ter fi­nal in Bunninadden Community Park on Sun­day.

In the sec­ond game of a dou­ble header in more favourable weather con­di­tions the two teams pro­vided an en­ter­tain­ing spec­ta­cle with the men from the East wor­thy of their four points win­ning mar­gin at the fi­nal whis­tle.

Harps held the lead right from the early stages and with­stood a late Cool­era rally led by their ace marks­man Niall Mur­phy.

Aided by two pointed frees and a point from play from Shane O’Grady, Harps held a three points lead be­fore Barry O’Mahoney opened the Cool­era ac­count.

Thomas Cryan pointed from play fol­low­ing good work from Evan Lavin to re­store Harps three points ad­van­tage.

Barry O’Mahoney snatched a sec­ond point for Cool­era, get­ting on the end of a long free from Kee­lan Caw­ley.

Fol­low­ing a pen­e­trat­ing run from the impressive Kevin Gal­lagher, De­clan Han­non re­stored the Harps ad­van­tage with a good point.

Kee­lan Caw­ley worked hard to set up Niall Mur­phy for his first point of the game as Cool­era/Strand­hill be­gan to get a foothold.

De­clan Han­non again pointed af­ter a clever in­ter­cep­tion by Martin Do­herty and Shane O’Grady in­creased the win­ners lead to four points af­ter Martin Do­herty was fouled.

Points from Niall Mur­phy and Barry O’Ma­hony left Harps two points ahead at the in­ter­val on a 0-8 to 0-6 score­line.

Cool­era/Strand­hill re­duced the deficit to the min­i­mum on the re­sump­tion as Barry O’Ma­hony pointed a 13m free.

Harps quickly pushed on to a three points lead through a Tony Tay­lor point from play and a Shane O’Grady pointed 30 m free.

The de­ci­sive score came shortly af­ter­wards as Martin Do­herty fired the ball into the Cool­era net af­ter a tremen­dous run from Ross Dono­van.

Harps now held a six points lead and were play­ing with grow­ing con­fi­dence. The ex­pected Cool­era re­vival was be

gun by wing back Ci- aran Maloney who pointed from play af­ter sus­tained pres­sure.

Two points fol­lowed from Niall Mur­phy; one from a 20m free. Thomas Cryan in­ter­rupted the Cool­era come­back af­ter sub­sti­tute James O’Hara won pos­ses­sion and an­other sub­sti­tute, Michael Len­non pointed from play fol­low­ing a great catch from Kevin Gal­lagher.

Cool­era tried des­per­ately to get the goal to re­store par­ity but were now down a player fol­low­ing the dis­missal of Kee­lan Caw­ley. Niall Mur­phy pointed a 20m free to close the scor­ing.

Harps will be well pleased by their hard­work­ing dis­play and slicker team­work.

Cool­era/Strand­hill strug­gled in the mid­dle third for much of the game and lacked the abil­ity to fin­ish when op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented them­selves.

Harps were well served by S. Her­aughty, Ross Dono­van, Ml. Clarke, Kevin Cryan and D.Mad­den in de­fence. Tony Tay­lor and Kevin Gal­lagher dom­i­nated much of the mid­field ex­changes .T. Cryan, S. O’ Grady, M. Do her ty, E. La vin led the way in a po­tent at­tack.

Cool era/ Strand hill had good per­for­mances from End a Mitchell, G. Caw­ley and C.Maloney in de­fence. P.Laf­fey and K.Banks tried hard at mid­field while B.OMa­honey, Niall Mur­phy and Kee­lan Caw­ley were best in at­tack.

Score rs: E. Harps: S. O’ Grady 0-6, M. Do­herty 1-0, T.Cryan 0-2,D.Han­non 0-2,T. Tay­lor and M.Len­non 0-1each.

Cool era/ Strand hill: N. Mur­phy 0-5, B. O’Mahoney 0-4,K.Caw­ley and C.Maloney 0-1 each.

E. HARPS .: S. Her a ugh ty; G. Ho ran, K. Cry an, D. Mad­den; M. Clarke, R. Do na van, C. Hig­gins;

T. Tay­lor, K. Gal­lagher; C. McGill, T. Cryan, D. Han non; E. La vin, S. O’ Grady, M. Do­herty(capt.). Subs used: J.O’Hara, M. Len­non.

Cool­era/Strand­hill: K.Kelly; E.Mitchell, M.Come­ford, C.Mc Don­agh; S.Mur­phy, G.Caw­ley(Capt.), C.Maloney;P. Laf­fey, K.Banks;

K.Mc Ca­hey, K.Caw­ley, A.O’Boyle; B.O’Mahoney, G.Cad­den, N. Mur­phy.

Subs used: C. Parke, K. O’ Neil land C.O’Mahoney. Ref­eree: JGil­martin (Curry)

Prior to the throw-in, a minute’s si­lence was ob­served in mem­ory of the late Mairead Davey, wife of Sean Davey, Curry and for­mer Sligo star.

Michael Clarke of Eastern Harps in a bat­tle for pos­ses­sion with Cool­era/Strand­hill’s Sean Mur­phy. Pics: Frank O’Sul­li­van.

Kevin Cryan of Eastern Harps.

Eastern Harps win pos­ses­sion.

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