The Harps 2-19 Shanahoe Gaels 0-15
Laois Shopping Centre SHC ‘A’ Round 1
The Harps got their SHC ‘A’ campaign off to a winning start this evening in Rathdowney when they had too much for Shanahoe Gaels.
Fintan Deegan’s men once again start this championship as favourites and in a four-team group with three to advance to the knockout stages, they are up and running following tonight’s 10-point win.
Michael Lanigan helped himself to nine points, seven from frees, while John Brophy and Richie Saunders got a goal each.
A John Brophy goal after seven minutes set the Durrow-Cullahill side on their way and with Lanigan, Ciaran Comerford and Shane Fitzpatrick also on target they were 1-6 to 0-2 up midway through the half.
Shanahoe battled back well with a string of points but the sending off of Daire McWey was a blow and Saunders goal before half time sent The Harps in at the break leading by 2-9 to 0-7.
The Harps maintained their lead throughout the second half and were never unduly in danger of letting it slip.
They now play now play Mountrath in two weeks time while Shanahoe will meet neighbours Colt.
THE HARPS: Ross Young; Shane Phelan, Daniel Comerford, Shane Fitzpatrick; Tommy Moore, Padraig Delaney, Conor Dunne; David Doheny, Ronan Delahunty; Michael Lanigan, Darren Maher, John Prior; Ciaran Comerford, Conor Deegan, Richie Saunders
SHANAHOE GAELS: Darragh Hiney; Dale Bergin, Cillian McEvoy, P O’Toole; Brian Guilfoyle, Liam Lalor, Paddy Gorman; Martin Kirwan, Darragh Cripps; Daire McWey, Leigh Bergin, S Bowe; J Delaney, MJ Lalor, Anthony Kirwan