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Men’s Football

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Division 3 League Semi-final

The Men’s team suffered an agonising one-point defeat at the hands of Tara in the Division 3 League semi-final on Sunday last. It was a close affair throughout with the opportunity of promotion bringing the best out of both teams. Unfortunately the Dulwich lads fell short in the end on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-13.

The Men’s team can look back on a much improved season in 2016, with semi-final appearances in the Championship and League.

 

Club Dinner Dance

We would like to congratulate Alan, Niall and Ronan on their awards for the 2016 season. All were worthy recipients, and we would like to acknowledge all players on their commitment and dedication shown throughout the season.

 

Division 3 League (Semi-final playoff)

The Men’s team played against Thomas McCurtains in the Division 3 league play off in Goodmayes on Saturday. Similar to the Ladies game, it was a nip and tuck affair with both teams remaining within a point of each other until the 55th minute when McCurtains scored a well taken goal. However, the lads dug in and scored an injury time goal when Niall Russell chipped the ball in from the 45 and ended up in the back of net. A number of players have claimed credit for the flick on but we will credit Russell for it!

At the time of print, we await news of when we play Tara in the next round of the playoff. Training continues on Thursday evenings at 7:15 p.m. at Prendergast Ladywell Fields College, SE4, 1SA.

 

Division 3 League (Round 9)

The Dulwich men’s team played their final Division 3 fixture against Tir Chonaill Gaels in Greenford on Sunday. Victory was required to keep in the mix for the League semi-finals and the boys delivered, winning on a scoreline of 2-09 to 2-05. We now await the completion of other matches before knowing our fate.

We await news on the Division 3 league semi-finals as Dulwich, Tara and Thomas McCurtains have finished tied for second place.

Junior Championship Semi-finals

The Men’s team suffered heartbreak in the Junior Championship semi-finals against Tara in Greenford on Sunday last.  Unfortunately, we were slow out of blocks as our opponents built up a lead in the early stages. Dulwich came back into the game in the latter part of the first half and would have gone in at the break closer to our opponents had it not been for some wayward shooting. Half-time score: Tara 1-07 Dulwich 0-03.

Dulwich needed a quick start to the second period but Tara began the second period in the same manner as the first. Nonetheless the boys remained competitive until the end of the game with some excellent scores. Final score: Tara 1-17 Dulwich 1-08.

There is not much time for dwell on the result as the Men’s team are still in the running for the League semi-finals with one league game remaining.

 

Division 3 League (Round 7)

Dulwich played their penultimate match in the Division 3 league against Eire Og last Saturday afternoon at Downhills Park. Conditions were testing for both sides with Dulwich aided with the breeze in the first half. The away side were quick out of the blocks and registered the opening score from their first trip into the Eire Og half of the field.  An effective game plan saw Dulwich lead 1-07 to 1-01 at the break.

The second half began in the same manner as the first with Dulwich clinical in front of the posts, and kept the scoreboard ticking over. Dulwich ran out comprehensive winners against the league leaders, winning on a scoreline of 2-15 to 1-03.

There is no respite for the Men’s team with the Championship semi-final this weekend against Tara. Throw-in is at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday in Greenford (Pitch 2). Dulwich are back in the semis for the first time in three years, and we would welcome all club members to come out and lend their support to the team on the day.

 

Junior Championship (Round 4)

Dulwich played against St. Clarets in the final round of the Championship group stages on Saturday last at Tottenhall Sports Ground. With both teams assured of places in the semi-finals, this game was to decide who finished top.

The game was played in extremely windy conditions and Dulwich were slow to make use of the wind advantage in the initial stages. Once Dulwich had reached parity with Clarets at five points apiece, they were dealt with a double blow just before the interval with two quick-fire goals. Half-time: St Clarets 2-5 Dulwich Harps 0-5.

Dulwich began the second half brightly but their opponents used the wind advantage to much greater effect running out winners on a scoreline of 4-10 to 0-07.

Following this results and those elsewhere, Dulwich have been drawn in the semi-finals against Tara. This fixture is scheduled to take place on the weekend of September 10-11th. Further information will be published once available.

 

Junior Championship (Round 3)

Dulwich recorded a pivotal win against Eire Og in round 3 of the Junior Championship on Saturday last on Peckham Rye.  It was a four point win, on a scoreline of 1-07 to 0-06. The final game in the group stage takes place against St. Clarets on August 20th.

 

Junior Championship (Round 2)

The Men’s team had a walkover against Naomh Padraig last Sunday as our opponents couldn’t field.

 

Junior Championship (Round 1)

The Men’s team recorded a comprehensive win over Fr. Murphy’s in the first round of the Junior Championship on Peckham Rye on Tuesday. Final score: Dulwich Harps 3-20 Fr Murphy’s 0-03.

There is no downtime as they are back in action this weekend when Naomh Padraig are the visitors for round 2 in the group stages. Throw-in is at 12 p.m.

 

Division 3 League (Round 4)

The Men’s team had a hard fought victory over Tara’s in the league on Sunday last on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-10.

With the championship less than a week away, both teams started brightly exchanging early points. After a very physical opening ten minutes, goalkeeper Niall Russell settled the Dulwich men with a wind assisted long range free. With five minutes left in the opening half, Dulwich led on a scoreline of 6pts to 4pts only to be pegged back by two late scores by the Tara’s full forward line to leave the score at 6pts a piece at the break.

Coming out in the second half feeling as if they had not made best use of the wind, Dulwich started quickly scoring two points from the off. Having missed an early second half penalty and a frantic period of 10 minutes of constant attack from Tara’s, Dulwich were lucky to be just 1pt down. Fine saves from goalkeeper Russell and some brave defending from the fullback line left the game still within the grasps of the home side. A quick break from the back line resulted in midfielder Dave Draper rattling the back of the net from 20 yards to put Dulwich 2pts to the good. Dulwich held the ball up well and played some clever football in the final ten minutes, sealing the win with a final point from play. Standout performers on the day were Niall Russell, Ryan Brolly, Dave Draper and Andrew Arkins.

The Junior championship gets underway next Tuesday, 12th July against Fr. Murphy’s. Throw-in is at 7:15 p.m.

 

London GAA Juniors (June 16th)

The club would like to congratulate London Juniors, and in particular the Dulwich lads on the panel, on their win against Gloucestershire on a scoreline of 3-16 to 2-03 last weekend in Ruislip.

 

London GAA Juniors (June 10th)

The club would like to congratulate London Juniors on their win against Kilkenny in the British Championship. The next round takes place this weekend against Gloucestershire at Ruislip. We wish the team, and in particular Dulwich’s Ciaran Stone and Niall Russell, the best of luck.

Due to the London Juniors lining out this weekend, the Men’s team have no fixture.

 

Division 3 League (Round 3)

Following a walkover in Round 2,  the Men’s team played St. Anthony’s in Round 3 at Wormwood Scrubs. Dulwich conceded two early goals in the game and were unable to recover the deficit despite a valiant effort. Final score: St Anthonys 3-13 Dulwich Harps 0-12.

 

Division 3 League (Round 1)

Dulwich played their first game in the 2016 league on Sunday May 1st against Thomas McCurtains in Goodmayes. It was tight affair throughout with conditions difficult for both sets of players due to the inclement weather. Dulwich were punished for some wayward shooting with their opponents clinical in front of goal. Thomas McCurtains ran out 3-04 to 0-05 on the day.

We would like to offer our thanks for Thomas McCurtains and in particular, their physio, for their assistance with a serious injury picked up by one of Dulwich team.

 

Preliminary Round – Junior Championship

The Men’s team played Shalloe Pearse in the Preliminary Round of the Junior Championship. Despite being on top for long periods, Dulwich were unable to put away their opponents until the latter stages of the game and ran out 0-10 to 0-05 winners in the end.

 

McArdle Cup (Round 4)

Unfortunately Dulwich had to concede the round 3 game against Tir Chonaill Gaels due to absentees. Round 4 was played against Fr Murphys at Wormwood Scrubs. Dulwich ran out comprehensive winners on the day 3-23 to 0-05.

 

McArdle Cup (Round 2)

The Men’s team played their second game in the cup against Naomh Padraig on 3rd April at the Tottenhall Sports Ground. It was a good team performance in which the Harps took the lead early and never relinquished the lead, running out 3-10 to 1-06 winners.

 

McArdle Cup (Round 1)

The Men’s team played their first game against St. Clarets last Saturday afternoon in Goodmayes. Whilst there were many positives taken on the day, St. Clarets pulled away at the end and won by four points, 1-9 to 0-8. The next cup game is scheduled for the weekend of 19-20 March.

Upcoming Fixtures:

Harps vs. Naomh Padraig, Sunday 20th March, 12 p.m, Tottenhall Sports Ground N13 6LH.

Harps vs. Tir Chonaill Gaels, Sunday 3rd April, 3:00 p.m, Tottenhall.

Harps vs. Fr. Murphys, W/E 9/10th April, TBC

 

Paídi O’Sé Football Festival 2016

Dulwich Harps took part in the Paídi O’Sé tournament in Kerry on the weekend of the 20th / 21st February. We were drawn against Castlegregory (Kerry) and St Breckins (Clare) in the group stages. The home team proved to be too strong in the opening encounter, with Dulwich losing by the narrowest of margins against the Clare outfit. Many thanks to our hosts for arranging an enjoyable weekend.

 

Men’s Training (Jan 2016)

Training for the new season is taking place on Wednesday evenings at the Island Gardens Sport Trust complex at 7 p.m. sharp. The astro-turf facilities are located across the road from the Island Gardens DLR station. All new players are welcome.

For further information, please contact Alan on 07472 211445.

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