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Highmoss End Harps Unbeaten Run

posted 10 Jun 2013, 15:53 by Unknown user
Sarsfields 2-13 Armagh Harps 1-10
It was a great evening for football, but Sarsfields had the difficult task of taking some points of an Armagh Harps team that had been unbeaten in the senior league this season. Harps had the most of the early play and hit over two quick points. A Paul McGeown free got the Highmoss off the mark, but Harps seemed to be able to respond easily enough and hit back instantly with a point. It took Darran McAvoy’s best efforts to deny the Harps a goal and he followed up the save with a great clearance. Sarsfields came into the game and Johnny Reynolds followed up a well worked point; the move beginning with a quick long ball from Paul McGeown. Michael Stevenson added a point and this stemmed from good combined forward work involving Paul McGeown and Richie Stevenson. Sarsfields continued to have the upper hand, but three wides in a row spurned the chance to take the lead. Harps took advantage of this wastefulness and edged ahead after being given a needless free. Sarsfields though continued to win good possession and Michael Stevenson finished off a good move with a great left footed strike to the net. Harps hit back with a point. But it was Sarsfields who were on top and four unanswered points from Michael Stevenson, Paul McGaughey, Paul McGeown and Johnny Reynolds put Sarsfields five ahead at the break. The final point from Johnny illustrated the Highmoss work rate, coming from an excellent tackle in midfield. In addition Paul McGeown was unlucky to be denied a goal chance. Great defensive work also denied the Harps scoring chances. Peter Stevenson made a super goal line diving save and Paul Magee made a great clearance at full back to end the half.
Michael Stevenson scored 1-04Sarsfields had a great start to the second half with Richie Stevenson hitting a point and Paul McGeown putting the ball to the Harps net. The goal came from a great run from Michael Stevenson who passed to his brother Richie. Richie had a chance of a goal himself but unselfishly passed the ball across the goal for the incoming Paul McGeown to easily palm the ball past the Harps keeper. Harps replied with a point but the opportunity had only come about from a bad Sarsfields pass. Michael Stevenson tagged on two points to put the Highmoss ten up and in complete control. This was coming from almost every ball being won at midfield either from primary possession or from breaking ball. As may have been expected Harps came back at Sarsfields. They hit over two points, but good work for the Sarsfields players meant Harps were having great difficulty in carrying the ball out. In particular the Highmoss forwards were putting great pressure on the Harps defenders when they were in possession. It ensured that Harps were running out of time with the expected comeback. A poor pass from the Sarsfields defence let the Harps in for a goal and a couple of minutes later two frees had the deficit reduced to four points. A forty-five that could have pulled it back to a single score was sent wide. Sarsfields re-grouped, Paul McGeown pointed a free and Richie Stevenson hit a point to ensure there would be no way back for the Harps.