Match report-Connacht Gold IFC Relegation Eastern Harps v Castleconnor

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Connacht Gold Intermediate Championship Relegation play off

Sunday 10 October


Referee Keith Henry


Eastern Harps 2.16, Castleconnor 3.09


Eastern Harps cemented their Intermediate status for 2022 by virtue of a four point winning margin when they overcame Castleconnor on a beautiful sunny October afternoon at Cloonacool GAA pitch. Castleconnor get another opportunity to save their fate when they play Tourlestrane's Intermediate team next weekend with the loser dropping down to Junior football next year.

While the quality on offer in this game might be best described as mediocre the close intensity of the encounter kept the crowd entertained. Sean Carrabine was outstanding and on several occasions when the game appeared to be slipping out of sight for Castleconnor he single-handedly wrestled them back into the game. His awesome contribution of 3.06, nearly all from play showcase his talents. Strangely enough Eastern Harps helped his cause by declining to  play a sweeper obviously happy that they would outscore their opponents irrespective of his contribution.

Their confidence appeared to be  well justified as teenager Matt Henry tormented the west division’s defence scoring 2.03 from play.  Shane O Grady, Shawn O Hara and Caelan Hunt all added three points each from play with O Grady adding an additional two white flags from placed balls. The better distribution of scorers from Harps was possibly the most significant reason they won this game.

The importance of this fixture certainly kept a bit of spice in the encounter and while Castleconnor ultimately finished the game with 13 players due to black cards , it was more to do with frustration in the final few minutes at the inevitable result  rather than anything more  sinister.

There were several patches of brilliant play by both teams. Any of the three Carrabine goals, in particular the one he scored after a mazy run with his so called weaker foot, the first point by Matt Henry when he showed his marker a clean pair of heels along the sideline before accelerating inwards  and kicking  a beautiful point, Alan Davey's save on yet another Carrabine effort when he was going for his fourth goal or Caelan Hunt who had the audacity to kick the insurance point from the outside of his left boot from the touchline on the left hand side. 

For Castleconnor Paul Flynn who fielded a tremendous kick out in the first few minutes played very well and was well supported by Patrick Cooney and Eoin Kent but they will all have to do it all again next week if Intermediate football is to be retained in Castleconnor in the future.

Eastern Harps Alan Davey, Tomas Taheny, Barry Cryan, Luke Taheny, Ronan Mulligan, Kevin Gallagher, Cian Higgins, Michael Clarke(0.02), Kyle Cosgrove, Dylan Walsh Shawn O Hara(0.03), Bryan Molloy, Matt Henry(2.03), Shane O Grady(0.05) Tony Taylor.

subs used Caelan Hunt (0.03) Darragh Madden, Connor Higgins

Castleconnor Liam Donegan, Rory HealyKeith Earlis, Fergal BolandPatrick Cooney, Cian Barrins, Eoin Kent Sean Carrabine Brian Howley Paul Flynn(0.01) Oisin Flynn(0.01), James Tully. Miceal Cahill Jason Earlis (0.01) Ronan Wilson.

Referee Keith Henry