Granemore pluck Harps strings
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
AN impressive Granemore steam-rolled past Armagh Harps in the opening game of the T-MET Armagh Senior Club Championship.
Played in the Athletic Grounds on Friday, Granemore played with conviction and could have won by an even greater margin had they not lost goal-scorer Caolan Rafferty through injury early in the second half.
Granemore played fast, sweeping attacking football and went for the jugular, while Harps were disjointed and clearly stunned by Granemore's approach.
The game was over by half-time as the rural side led 1-09 to 0-2 and even though Joe McElroy punched in a goal shortly after the restart the city side never looked like winning.
Barry Toner was exceptional from the dead-ball and his seven converted frees accounted for almost half his team's total, while Harps only scored twice from play.
Granemore led 0-6 to 0-2 when Caolan Rafferty rattled in a goal on 21 minutes before Barry Toner tagged on another three frees without reply.
In the second half Charlie Vernon and Ryan McShane tried to make things happen for Harps but Kieran Toner and Brendan Boylan lorded the midfield. The second half was a poor game of football and with most of the scores coming from frees, although Declan Doyle and Chris O'Connor tagged on neat points from play for Granemore.
And the city side's misery was compounded on 55 minutes when Ultan Lennon's penalty was brilliantly saved by Granemore keeper Kevin Kelly.
It is a great win for Granemore but a Championship to forget for Harps.
HARPS: John Daly, Con Stephenson, Conal McKee, Kevin Morris, Conor White, Neil McArdle, Mark McConville, Gareth Richards, Charlie Vernon, Ryan McShane (0-1, free), Gareth Swift, Karol Loughran, Joe McElroy (1-0), Ultan Lennon (0-5, 4 frees) and Paddy McCoy.
GRANEMORE: Kevin Kelly, Padraig Hollywood, Darren Carr, Darragh Rafferty, Tony McClelland, Brendan Doyle, Michael McKenna, Kieran Toner, Brendan Boyle, Barry Toner (0-7, all frees), Declan Doyle (0-2), Shane Rafferty, Ryan Rafferty, Caolan Rafferty (1-1) and Chris O'Connor (0-1).
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