Unbeaten Harps advance to semis as Tara bow out

harlesden harps advance tara Intermediate Championship

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Harlesden Harps 1-15
Tara 0-02

By Damian Dolan
At Greenford

Harlesden Harps kept their 100 per cent record in tact as they moved into the semi-finals, and at the same time ended Tara’s interest in this year’s Intermediate Championship.

Tara needed victory to have a realistic chance of securing a place in the last four, but minus the likes of Mickey Walsh, Dean McDermott, Ambrose Kelly and Paul McArdle, they were always up against it in the face of a Harlesden side whose sights are clearly set on playing senior football next year.

St Joseph’s subsequent victory over St Anthony’s confirmed Tara’s exit. From the outset, Tara were hell bent on containment with Colm Kenny deployed as an extra back.

Keep it tight and build from there seemed to be the strategy, and for a while it worked. Just a point separated the sides after ten minutes, with Daniel Somers and the excellent Anthony Donelan on the board for Harps, and Aidan Harte for Tara.

harlesden harps advance tara Intermediate Championship

Harps were asking all of the questions, however, with Donelan, Sean O’Halloran and Peter Rafferty bursting forward at every opportunity, and John Rafferty causing problems with his pace and directness. Time and time again, though, Tara managed to get a crucial hand in to frustrate Harlesden.

Somers set up Ashley O’Halloran to increase the Harps lead to 0-3 to 0-1 with 18 minutes gone, but it might have been more but for some wasteful Harlesden finishing.

To read the full match report pick up a copy of this week’s Irish World

HARLESDEN HARPS: Eamonn Mylotte; Michael Keane, James Minihan, Adam McWeeney; Anthony Donelan (0-2), Sean O’Halloran, Peter Rafferty (0-1); Tadgh Downey, Ben O’Mahony; John Rafferty (0-1), Daniel Somers (0-1), Ashley O’Halloran (0-2); Padraig McGoldrick (1-6, 4f), Darren Murphy (0-2, 2×45), Robert Reid. SUBS: Declan McCarthy for Reid, Michael Mullen for John Rafferty, James Mannion for McWeeney.

TARA: Liam Gill; Steven Finnegan, Steven Griffey, Seamus Bolton; Alan Nagle, Brendan Lyons, Liam Fennessy; Kieran Harte, Mark Beirne; Aidan Ward, Sean McCabe, Aidan Harte (0-1); Kieran McStay, Ambrose Stafford (0-1f), Colm Kenny. SUBS: Paddy McLoughlin for Aidan Harte, Paul McGahern for McStay, James Carry for Nagle, Sean Gartland for Fennessy.

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