BT Harps 3-3 Cloughjordan Fc
BT Harps welcomed Cloughjordan Fc to Priory Place last Sunday in what turned out to be a fantastic spectacle.
The away side started the brightest and on ten minutes Lorcan Feeny found himself in space and his goal bound effort was saved well by Kuba Beban. Cloughjordan did however score from the resulting corner when Kevin Quinlan rose highest to put his side into a deserved lead.
The lead was not to last long though ad only two minutes later Eoin Dorney was in the right place at the right time when a pass in from the left by Dean McEnroe was easily tapped home by the former Thurles Town player. A scrappy half was to follow as a titanic battle between Sean Paddy Guerins (BT) and Michael “Skip” Cleary ensued for control of midfield.
Cloughjordan were to get the better of the half as on 39 minutes Paul Lake went through on goal thanks to a magnificent through ball but his attempted lob was thwarted by Beben. One minuet later Clough thought they had went ahead as brilliant play from Lake ended with a Cleary shot but the ball went agonisingly wide, much to the midfielders despair.
Cloughjordan finally went back in front on the stroke of half time when a looped corner caused havoc in the area and Cleary was on hand to roll the ball into the net after many defensive errors.
Harps came out fighting in the second half and almost immediately equalised when a Dean McEnroe header barely missed the target after a fine corner kick. Harps continued to attack but paid for their efforts when a long ball over the top found Lake on the defenders shoulder and his first time volley from 23 yards found the back of the net leaving Beben helpless in the Harps goal, a fantastic finish.
Harps were offered a lifeline on 64 minutes when Tommy Brophy was fouled in the box and Referee Liam Kelly pointed to the spot without hesitation. Dorney stepped up but his penalty was saved by Jason Ryan, a keeper that has in recent years gained a huge reputation as a penalty stopper.
Harps were almost down and out after this but they would not go away and they were awarded a free kick thirty yards from goal with twenty minutes to go. Up stepped Brophy who’s shot was worthy of any standard and he left the impressive Ryan with no chances despite the distance to half the arrears.
With only nine minutes to go Harps were once again awarded a free kick, this time for a handball just 25 yards out. Brophy once against stepped up and this time he used more power than finesse and his strike once again found the top corner much to the delight of the home crowd.
Harps continued to dominate and we’re guilty of missing two guilt edged chances in the last five minutes firstly by captain Johnny Coleman after a Brophy shot deflected into his path, but his strike was brilliantly saved by Ryan. Jordan Moloney was up next as in injury time another Brophy cross found him and with the goal bearing down on him he somehow managed to miss the target.
A fantastic game for the neutral with some top quality goals.
A draw was probably the fairest of results but neither team will be happy to drop the points.
Some fine performances also with Cleary, Lake and Ryan standing out for the away side whereas Dara Gleeson, Tommy Brophy and stoppagetime.ie Man Of The Match Sean Paddy Guerins stood out for the hosts.
1. Kuba Beban
2. Dara Gleeson
3. Shane Scully
4. Cathal Scully
5. Jack Kennedy
6. Sean Paddy Guerins
7. Aidan Fogarty
8. Dean McEnroe
9. Johnny Coleman
10. Eoin Dorney 1 Goal
11. Tommy Brophy 2 Goals
Subs: Jordan Moloney, Chris Eid, Stephen Owens
1. Jason Ryan
2. Kieran Brereton
3. Declan Barrett
4. Diarmaid Kennedy
5. Paul Scully
6. Michael Cleary 1 Goal
7. Jack Farrell
8. Kevin Quinlan 1 Goal
9. Ger O’Brien
10. Lorcan Feeny
11. Paul Lake 1 Goal
Subs: Andrew Brennan, Eoin Hogan, Thomas Williams