Mountrath 1-7 The Harps 0-16
Intermediate Hurling Championship Group B Round 2
Despite being the newly promoted team in this grade The Harps have now won two games from two and are now assured of a semi final place with a game to go.
While Mountrath, who they defeated by six points this afternoon, now face a game against Mountmellick where whoever loses will face the relegation playoff.
Mountrath started the game the better side as they had the majority of chances in the opening minutes and it was Paddy Williams who got the first score of the game after five minutes.
Mick O’Brien turned over the resulting puckout and his pop pass to Michael Meade put him through on goal but his shot on goal went wide.
James Tobin pointed on the turn on the 10th minute before The Harps eventually got up and running through a Ross Young free.
He struck two more fine frees either side of a great score from Gavin Sydes before Mick O Brien was involved in a goal chance for Mountrath once more.
Jack Larkin set him away with a great hand pass but O’Brien shot was blasted over the bar from close range.
The Harps began to find their men better in the next few minutes and the rattled off some really greats scores through Shane Fitzpatrick, Young (2), and Monaghan.
Mountrath were really struggling to get a foothold in the game but a Mick O’Brien free had them back within two points.
Young converted another free before Lorcan Fitzpatrick in The Harps goal denied Mountrath twice in a matter of minutes. He stood tall to save Dylan Russell’s shot with his body before deflecting over Gavin Sydes’ bullet of shot.
Sydes’ point left the scores at 0-6 to 0-8 in favour of The Harps at half-time.
The Harps had been hurling better and at the start of the second half the began to show it on the scoreboard once more.
Young claimed an incredible high ball to set up Darren Maher and Stephen O’Brien pointed on the turn a minute later
Lorcan Fitz found his brother with an excellent puckout and he set up O’ Brien for another point as Mountrath had no answer to The Harps’ crisp passing.
The scores kept coming for The Harps to give them a seven point lead but on the 38th minute Mountrath seemed to grab a lifeline.
A high ball in from Michael Meade was claimed by Paul Rice and he flicked it past Lorcan Fitzpatrick but Rice was to adjudged to have been in the square before the ball and a free out was awarded.
This seemed to be the final nail in the Mountrath coffin as Young and Maher pointed after the water break.
With the lead out to 10 points in Harps’ favour and five minutes left in the game a row broke out which resulted in Aaron O’ Grady, Paddy Williams and James Fahy all seeing red.
Interestingly enough despite being a man down and not having scored for 26 minutes it was Mountrath who found the last two scores of the game through a well worked goal from Paul Rice and a clever James Tobin point.
However, it was to be far little far too late as The Harps’ claim their second win in as many games to leave themselves and Trumera to fight it out for top spot.
SCORERS – Mountrath: Michael O’Brien (1 free), James Tobin and Gavin Sydes 0-2 each, Paddy Williams 0-1 (1 free), Paul Rice 1-0 The Harps: Ross Young 0-8 (6 frees), Darren Maher 0-3, Stephen O’Brien 0-2, Michael Monaghan 0-2, Shane Fitzpatrick 0-1
MOUNTRATH: Scott Hetherington; Matthew Rice, Paul Meade, Shaun Moore; James Fahy, James Hyland, Josh O’Brien; Glen Tobin, Paddy Williams; Paul Rice, James Tobin, Killian Kirwan; Gavin Sydes, Michael Moore, Mick O’Brien. Subs: Jack Larkin for Josh O’Brien (7, inj), Dylan Russell for Kirwan (25, inj)
THE HARPS: Lorcan Fitzpatrick; Thomas Walsh, Shane Phelan, Tiernach Doheny; Eoin O’Sullivan, Cathal Phelan, Conor Brophy; Aaron O’Grady, Liam Dunphy; Michael Monaghan, Shane Fitzpatrick, Ross Young; Conor Delaney, Stephen O’Brien, Darren Maher. Subs: Conor Deegan for O’Brien (42, inj), Ben Dunphy for Walsh (60)