Wide boys of Skerries take time to find winning note
SKERRIES HARPS made a winning start to their Leinster Club Intermediate Football Championship campaign when they recorded a narrow 1-8 to 0-7 win over Muckalee from Kilkenny in Castlecomer yesterday afternoon.
It was a far from impressive display from Charlie Redmond's men who failed to replicate their excellent performance of the previous week when winning the Dublin IFC county title at the expense of Cuala.
The accuracy with had been a feature of Skerries win yesterday week was missing with a tally of 20 wides over the hour in addition to a missed penalty from Bryan Cullen reflecting their difficulties in front of goal.
In difficult conditions, it was the hosts who made the brighter start and they opened up a 0-4 to 0-1 lead before Cullen saw his 20th minute penalty well saved.
However, Skerries bounced back well with Man of the Match from last week Donnacha Reilly continuing his fine form with two points while another by Conor O'Brien ensured the sides entered the break at 0-4 apiece.
It was one-way traffic in the second-half as Harps assumed complete control thanks largely to the efforts of Reilly, Mark Oliver and wing-back Liam Redmond who executed a superb man-marking job on Kilkenny senior hurler John Mulhall.
Cullen, Harry Dawson and Ronan O'Sullivan added points for the visitors with Muckalee restricted to just three points from placed balls for the entire second half. The pivotal moment arrived at the end of the third quarter when Barry Davey goaled for Skerries and points by Reilly and Davey booked a semi-final meeting with Kildare side Confey (3-8 to 1-13 victors over Westmeath's Coralstown Kinnegad), scheduled for next Sunday.
St Brigid's of Offaly and Wicklow's Greystones will meet in the other Leinster IFC semi-final.