Saturday 25 November 2017

Harps run riot in one-sided Crokes clash

Brian Baneham

SKERRIES Harps put Kilmacud Crokes to the sword in ruthless fashion in their U-13 clash at Ballast Pit on Saturday.


Exploiting a strong swirling wind, they amassed an unassailable lead which was never relinquished.

A late second-half rally by the Stillorgan side only served to put a little respectability on the scoreboard and the damage had been done before half-time with a plethora of goals from Cian Mullarkey, Emmet Winters, Christopher Caffrey and a brace from David Boyd.

Despite Skerries dominating in the scoring stakes, Kilmacud had ample possession around centrefield. The stylish Tiernan O'Connell and Liam Redmond really impressed but found Skerries full backs Paul Wilde and Femi Elauwe on top form. Like a pair of nightclub bouncers they steadfastly refused the Crokes' frontmen any entry. On the few occasions the visitors got sight of goal, Skerries number 1 Eoghan Mc Donald proved unbeatable, earning a first-half clean sheet.

Crokes could be forgiven for wanting to get back on the M50 at the break. However they came out fighting and registered their first score, a point by the aforementioned Tiernan O'Connell, on 34 minutes. Then followed Kilmacud's best spell of the match as corner forward Joe Gaughran pointed twice before intercepting a short kickout and placing the ball wide of the keeper for a well-deserved goal.

Cian Jones and Gareth Casey were really putting the pressure on the home side, and when David Mongan pounced on a rebound to raise another green flag it may have caused some concern for Harps boss Pat Delaney.

In truth, Skerries were never in danger of losing and they soon got their immaculate passing game back in gear. Robert Delaney and Sean Maguire started pulling the strings again, feeding the ball wide to Clinton O'Para who unselfishly played the ball appropriately to the man in the better position.

More goals followed. Cian Mullarkey, Robert Kenny, and Paul Wilde all found the net, while David Boyd gave a masterclass in finishing, grabbing a second-half hat-trick.

This win for Skerries reverses the defeat suffered earlier this year by today's opponents and consolidates their mid-table position.

Skerries Harps: Eoghan Mc Donald, Paul Wilde, Emmet Trant, Dara Mullarkey, Christopher Caffrey, Robert Kenny, Cian Mullarkey, Femi Elauwe, Sean Maguire, Liam Byrne, Clinton O'Para, Robert Delaney, Mikey Joyce, Eoin Winters.

Kilmacud Crokes: Eoin Mc Donagh, Sean Dolan, Louis Murphy, Eoin Maher, Hugh O'Connor, Cian Jones, Matthew Byrne, Liam Redmond, Sean O'Flynn, Tiernan O'Connell, David Mongan, Gareth Casey, Joe Gaughren, Sean Farren, Alex Hughes.

Referee: Peter Rooney (Man O' War)

Fingal Independent

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