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Senior Mens Get Up and Running
14 May 2010
The seniopr mens team recorded their first victory of the season, comfortably overcoming Sands MacSwineys in Coatbridge, by a score of 6-12 to 0-7.
The game began with the Harps under pressure, and the hosts went into an early lead as a result of some indiscipline on the Harps part. It was clear that this was a team still getting to know each other, as the first 20 minutes was littered with misplaced passes and bad decisions. However, a coolly slotted goal by Damien Shannon settled the players, and the overall play improved. Young tyro Micheal Doherty was causing havoc in the full forward line, and he was felled to win a penalty before half time, with the evergreen Conor Manning finishing with aplomb.
After half time, the host resorted to route one tactics, with the harps full backline coming under aerial bombardment. However, the defence kept their shape and discipline, and provided a base for the forwards to take the game away from Sands. A couple of Conor Manning goals settled the tie, and at the final whistle the team savoured a convincing win.
Scorers included Conor Manning (4-1...yes, 4-1), Damien Shannon (2-1), JP Noonan (a few points), Danny McGowan (a few more points) and Barry Doherty (just the one point). The strong squad present was also encouraging, with Stephan able to make a number of strong substitutions as the boys tired.