HARPS 2-11 TEEMORE 0-6
The Harps are double champions for the second year in a row!!
They took the result completely deservedly on the back of an action packed first half, after which they held a twelve point lead! To be honest, there was never the slightest possibility that that lead would be overturned, but Teemore gave it a lash and emerged honourably from the second half anyway.
The Harps absolutely blitzed it in the first quarter, and Teemore had a torrid time, struggling to get past the middle and being turned over when they tried to work it out. Stephen McGullion had to settle for a point in our first attack when he was possibly thinking of a goal, and in the next attack, Ryan Jones steamed through the heart of Teemore’s defence only to see a screamer come back off the crossbar. Garvan Jones fisted a point, Mo Cassidy scored a Deccy Cassidy style point coming in from the right and Garvan Jones goaled from distance in the twelfth minute. The attacks kept coming, with Shane McGullion laying a handy one on for Leigh Jones, Neil Gallagher pushing up for a point, before the ball onto the dancefloor saw Stephen McGullion put the seal on his excellent first half contribution as he flicked home from the edge of the square. He was very impressive, and involved in a number of our other scores in the first period. Shortly before half time, Wardy and Shane had to carry the ball the length of the field between them, before Wardy clipped over the final score of the half. Bad news for Teemore before half time as Barry Owens, in an effort to rise the thing, drove at the Harps, but ended up in a tangle and receiving a red card. No complaints, it seemed. It looked grim for them, has to be said.
But they got a good start to the second half, Jason McCaffrey from play, and then Eoin McManus grabbed a point each, and then they made Peggy earn his keep with a bit of goalmouth action. The Harps play seemed to degenerate somewhat for the next fifteen minutes really. McManus scored a good free for Teemore, sub Damien Maguire had one from play and the Teemore crowd found their voice a bit. Mo Cassidy hit his second good score of the night from maybe thirty five yards out on the right wing, but we were generally underwhelming and you know a game is going nowhere when the spectators are able to chat away to each other ("It's great to get the slurry out etc."), and the announcer guy has to make an announcement about children running amok jumping head first over the seats, but anyway…
So, sub Keeves scored a Kevin Cassidy style point off the outside of his left boot from the left side on twenty minutes and the thing was freewheeling to an end. Eoin McManus kept the Teemore light on with two frees, but the three Jones brothers had a point apiece over the last ten minutes, all from play and all good scores to see us home to the final whistle.
For the second year in a row (same thing last year when we beat Ederney), everyone seemed strangely muted by it all, which this writer thinks is a pity. We have just enjoyed the best two years in our history and achieved a brilliant feat. If we start to take that for granted, we’ll be on our collective arses very quick. Maybe it’s night-time finals or something.. Anyway, gripe over.
For the Harps the damage was done in a brilliant early spell. They had obviously decided not to let Teemore get their confidence up at all (having been beaten by them last time the teams met in Brewster Park), and that worked well. In terms of performances, as already stated Big Mug had a very influential first half up front, whilst the very impressive Ryan and Garvan Jones controlled considerable passages of play throughout the game, with Ryan doing some top class work to stop Teemore attacks and initiate ours as well. At the back, Denis Greene and Mickey Jones in particular were very good in a unit which the Teemore forwards found hard to penetrate. Teemore can look back and think positively on how they dug out a decent second half effort to turn a potential savaging into a defeat.
But overall the Harps won a lot of the battles on the night and were worthy winners. That’s double double winners!! Come on!!