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Shinty South Team Update
06 September 2010

The Tir Conaill Harps South team made their way across to the Kingdom of Fife yesterday to face league newcomers Aberdour at Silversands in Aberdour.  Due to various other commitments the Harps were stretched for players and travelled with just 8 players. After a few early morning hiccups the short journey across the Forth was underway.

After a pit stop at the beach, the Harps lined up on an interestingly hilly pitch to begin the penultimate away game of the season. A much reshuffled Harps side did well to compete with a young and energetic Aberdour side in the first half, with the midfield and defence working hard. However, it wasn’t long until Aberdour broke the deadlock and caught a lucky rebound off the Harps ‘keeper. Following this the Harps had a few chances of the own, but the Aberdour defence coped admirably with the pressure. Aberdour then went 2-0 up following a dubious goal, and once again luck seemed to have left the Harps.

The second half began in a more resolute fashion for the Harps, eager to make amends for the first half scoreline. Some good passing throughout the team resulted in a goal not long into the second half, with Oonagh Collins taking the ball around the unfortunate Aberdour ‘keeper. Charlene Chung added another for the Harps in a similar fashion, but this was followed by a third goal from Aberdour, who fought hard to keep the Harps at bay in the second half.

Despite losing the fixture, the Harps can take heart from the second half display, after all “we did win the second half” were the wise words from the captain. All the Harps fought well yesterday, but player of the match Katherine McEleavy must be praised for her relentless running and effort yesterday – it’s amazing what you can do after working ‘til 3 am!

In other league news, Glasgow Mid Argyll secured the South Division 2 title yesterday with a 5-0 victory over Cowal & Bute, and Forth look almost certain to take second place after a 1-1 draw with Dunadd. The Harps are 4 points behind Forth, with a 1 game advantage so there’s still everything to play for in the remaining fixtures.

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