Junior Footballers Get League Off to Winning Start
Tolka Valley Harps 1-8
Erin Go Bragh 3-14
Erin Go Braghs junior footballers opened their 2016 season on Sunday with a trip to their old stomping ground of the 1980s Dromheath, where Dublins newest club Tolka Valley Harps were the hosts.
Both sides traded points in the early stages as they looked to get a grip on the game and were level at 4 points each midway through the half. The visitors enjoyed a fine spell of dominance for the remaining fifteen minutes and began asserting themselves on the game taking the lead. Harps had a great opportunity to narrow the gap with a goal chance but goalkeeper John McLeod was equal to the task with Erin Go Bragh immediately responding with a point. The visiting team had their own chance to register a goal with David Grogans effort saved by the Harps keeper. Conor Redmond, Mick Moroney and Cathal Burke all came close with efforts on goal that instead sailed narrowly over the bar. At half time the scoreline was 0-10 to 0-4 in favour of the Braghs.
Tolka Valley started the second half brightly with two points from frees. Erin Go Bragh responded with two points of their own and maintained their six point lead for much of the game. Harps began to tire in the closing stages and the visitors pulled away with three goals and some well taken points. Harps were limited to points from frees in the half but did manage a goal in the final minutes but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation with Erin Go Bragh getting their 2016 league season off to the start they wanted.
Team: J McLeod, A Conefrey, G Burke, G Chis (1-1) (M O’Sullivan), K Toolan, K Scanlon, R Daly, P Agnew, C Murray (0-1), M Moroney (0-4), C Redmond (1-3), D Grogan (1-1), M O’Callaghan (0-1) (G Gately), C Burke (0-3) (A Jones)