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Hanover Harps v Bagenalstown AFC 18/11
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4th placed Hanover Harps play host to 7th placed Bagenalstown AFC at The Plots (Hanover Harps) at 2:30 pm

Hanover Harps's last result was a crushing 0-9 loss at home against St Patricks Boys.
Form: L L W W W W    Home Form: L L W W

Bagenalstown AFC come from a comprehensive 5-1 win at home against Baltinglass Town.
Form: W L W L L L    Away Form: L W L

Prediction: Home Win for Hanover Harps

Bagenalstown AFC v Hanover Harps
Carlow Shield 05/11 11:00
Bagenalstown AFC 0 - 5 Hanover Harps

Bagenalstown 0

Hanover Harps 5

After a hard fought first quarter Hanover took control of this tie to run out comfortable winners. The home side were well organised in defence, but they were finally broken down in the 27th minute when a slick move from premier division side opened them up and Steve Charlton finished from close range to open the scoring. One up at the break the 2nd half belonged to a much sharper Hanover side and they were rewarded with 4 goals, on 54 minutes Graham Delaney finished a Simon O Shea cross, and then Delaney turned provider for Alan Shaw to score at the back post. On 65 minutes Kevin Power with a diving header put Hanover four up and Graham Delaney had the final say when he finished a through ball from Anto McGrath from a narrow angle to close the scoring. In fine form for Hanover were Phil Newman, Anto McGrath and the Delaney brothers Graham and Dylan, for the Town Jamie Whelan, Dion Wall and Danny Darcy.

Womens Division One
Hanover Harps 0 - 5 Parkville United 12/11

Hanover Harps beaten by Parkville United.
6th placed Hanover Harps were comprehensively beaten at home by League leaders Parkville United at The Plots (Hanover Harps) at 2 pm

Hanover Harps are currently on a losing streak of 4 games.
Form: L L L L W W

Parkville United are currently on a winning streak of 4 games.They have won 3 out of 4 away games.
Form: W W W W L D

Nationalist Premier Division
Killeshin FC 2 - 2 Hanover Harps 12/11

Killeshin FC draw with Hanover Harps.
6th placed Killeshin FC were held to a 2-2 draw by League leaders Hanover Harps at Quakers Field, Killeshin at 11 am

Killeshin FC
Form: D W L L

Hanover Harps has yet to be beaten in this competition, having won 4 out of its last 5 games.
Form: D W W W W

Ballymurphy Celtic v Hanover Harps
Womens Div One 29/10 14:00
Ballymurphy Celtic 3 - 0 Hanover Harps

Ballymurphy Celtic 3

Hanover Harps 0

Ballymurphy Celtic won their first game of the season with an important victory over Hanover Harps at home.

In a half of few chances, Hanover nearly took the lead after 30 minutes Nicole Dowling’s through ball was just steered wide by Stephanie Kehoe. There wasn’t much in the way of clear cut chances, even though both sides had their period of pressure, as the half stayed scoreless.

Ballymurphy lost playmaker Grainne Nolan in the first half and her replacement Rachel Murphy played a major role in the first goal as her shot was stopped and the rebound fell to Aoibheann Murphy who tucked it away from close range.

It was 2-0 minutes later as Murphy made up for her missed shot earlier by calmly finishing another effort to increase the home side’s advantage. A bit of individual brilliance from speedy winger Michelle Kelly led to the clinching goal as she went on a surging run down the right wing before pulling on it from distance with the ball going into the top corner.

Hanover kept going for a consolation goal but Ballymurphy’s defence kept them out to keep the clean sheet intact.

Best for Ballymurphy were Maria Doyle, Michelle Kelly and Ann Murphy while best for Hanover were Emma O’ Regan, Andrea Jeaney, Megan Walsh and Melanie Walker.

Hanover Harps v Nurney Villa
28/10 14:30
Hanover Harps 2 - 3 Nurney Villa

Hanover Harps FC 2

Nurney Villa AFC 3

This was a ‘table-topping’ clash of two sides with 100% records, as Nurney went ahead 0-1, as early as the third minute, when Padraig Hynes won a fine header in midfield to put Sean Smithers clear and he made no mistake, as he finished well past the Harps keeper.

Nurney’s Jack Malone doubled their lead on seven minutes, following some great work by Liam Ryan and Jack Treacy, but Harps pulled a goal back for 1-2 when Joe Doran scored for them, but Nurney regained their two-goal cushion on 39 minutes, when a powerful Jack Ryan shot smacked against the crossbar and the rebound was collected by Jack O’Brien who calmly shot home for 1-3.

Harps pulled back another goal on 42 minutes, as Craig Bowden scored for 2-3 and Nurney still had time for another fierce shot from Padraig Hynes which hit the bar just prior to half-time, but this time the ball was cleared, and it was 2-3 to Nurney at the interval.

The second-half remained scoreless, as both sides negated each other’s efforts, with Nurney having the best of the chances and the game got a little fractious, with Nurney being reduced to ten men, when one of their men received a second yellow card on 68 minutes and then on 78 minutes Harps were similarly down to ten, when they had a man dismissed with a straight red.

The game petered out, as both team’s defences were strong and resilient, with Nurney just about deserving to edge this closely contested match, with Harps losing their unbeaten record, whilst Nurney march on unbeaten in four.

Best for Harps were Joe Doran, Craig Bowden and Vincent Oba, whilst standing out for Nurney were Louis Brennan, Padraig Hynes and Cormac Lomax.

Crettyard United v Hanover Harps
Crettyard 1-2 Hanover Harps
Premier Division 29/10 11:00
Crettyard United 1 - 2 Hanover Harps

Crettyard United 1

Hanover Harps 2

Harps just about edged this top of the table clash, Phil Neenan's first half penalty proving the difference between the sides. Hanover came into the game without having conceded a goal in the league, but it took Lee Salter all of 30 seconds to blow the record apart, Salter latching onto a loose pass on the edge of Harps area and firing low into the bottom corner. Hanover piled on the pressure and forced a series of corners which eventually yielded a goal when Kevin Power headed the teams level on 15 minutes. The chances kept coming at both ends, Graham Delaney saw his effort cleared off the United line by Craig Comerford before United wasted two glorious chances to retake the lead, Terrance Haughney heading wide from 6 yards and Evan Carroll dragging his effort wide from 10 yards with the goal at his mercy. Hanover went down the other end and won a penalty when Jeff Moran fouled Simon O'Shea, Neenan holding his nerve from the spot to put Harps in front on 35 minutes. But in a first half that just kept giving, Crettyard won a penalty of their own 2 minutes from the break but this time Trevor Reilly brilliantly saved Cristoir Maher's spot kick to preserve the lead. The second half wasn't nearly as frantic as the first but still gave up chances. Reilly saving from both Salter and Michael English while Terrance Haughney saw a header rebound off the crossbar. Moran saved well from Davis and Murt Bamberick late on as Harps made chances on the break. Hanover survived the expected late onslaught from the champions to claim the points in the first of the big battles at the top of the table. Best for the winners were Trevor Reilly, Niall Swan, Simon O'Shea and Cathal Coughlan. United's best included Craig Comerford, Cristoir Maher and Lee Salter.

Newpark AFC v Hanover Harps
Womens Div One 22/10 14:00
Newpark AFC 4 - 0 Hanover Harps

Newpark AFC 4

Hanover Harps 0

Newpark took all three points in their first home game in the season against a depleted Hanover side.

The home side put the Hanover defence under immense pressure from the off and they took the lead after five minutes when a lovely through ball found Denise Doyle who rounded the keeper and finished well. Newpark made it 2-0 minutes later when Maria Connolly’s perfectly weighted through ball found Jemma Costigan and she finished the opportunity well.

Hanover were always going to struggle with only nine players available to make the trip to Kilkenny and it got even harder when they lost a player to injury. Newpark continued to dominate proceedings and they increased their lead when Costigan’s shot was saved by the keeper but Denise Doyle was quickest to the rebound as she got her second of the game.

Hanover lost another player through injury as Newpark continued to apply pressure and they got their fourth goal when Costigan swung in a corner and Kirsty Maher tapped in from close range.

The game ended with Hanover going down to six players as the pressure finally told on their side just before half-time.

Thomastown United v Hanover Harps
22/10 11:00
Thomastown United 5 - 4 Hanover Harps

Thomastown United 0

Hanover Harps 0 AET

(Thomastown win 5-4 on pens.)

It took sudden death penalties to decide this tie, Thomastown eventually getting through after tough, if goalless encounter.

Chances were scarce throughout the 90 minutes as the teams largely cancelled each other out in a fast-moving game. Alan Shaw went close with a free kick for Harps just before half time and Graham Delaney fired just wide shortly after the break. The closest either side came to score in the 90 minutes was a Sean Kavanagh header which flew inches wide two minutes from time. Extra time also failed to provide a goal, so penalties were the order of the day, Thomastown getting through in sudden death on the seventh penalty.

Best for Hanover were Niall Swan, Mark Davis and Dylan Walsh.

Parkville United v Hanover Harps
Womens Div One 15/10 14:00
Parkville United 4 - 1 Hanover Harps

Parkville United 4

Hanover Harps 1

A great first half performance from Parkville United set them up well for a home win over Hanover Harps.

After three minutes, the Tullow side had the lead when an accurate cross from Bridget Kenny was finished by Melanie Daniel. 18 minutes later, it was 2-0 when Katie Brennan struck it past the keeper. Parkville didn’t let up and they made it 3-0 before half-time when Brennan drilled in a cross for Jamie Albrecht and she scored.

Both sides pushed on for a goal after the restart but Parkville scored when Daniel got her second strike of the game to make it 4-0. Hanover pushed on for a consolation goal and got it with 20 minutes remaining when Sarah Keating was fouled in the penalty area and Essmay Mannix struck from the spot.

Best for Hanover were Melanie Walker, Michelle Dermody, Steph Kehoe and Becky Walsh while it was a strong all round performance for Parkville.

Burrin Celtic v Hanover Harps
14/10 14:30
Burrin Celtic 2 - 4 Hanover Harps

Burrin Celtic 2

Hanover Harps 4

This game was played in very windy conditions, in the wide-open grounds of Burrin and was always going to be a key factor in the outcome of this game.

Burrin took an early lead on two minutes as Aaron Goodwin scored for 1-0 but Hanover started to dominate the game and on 15 minutes some sharp passing by Ben Doorley and Joe Dorian put Keelan Lacey through and he scored easily to make it 1-1. A quick-fire double from Dylan Delaney put Hanover 3-1 as the interval came and this was well deserved as Burrin just weren’t at the races.

After a strong team-talk Burrin came out and were so much better and they scored a second goal when Padraic Nolan made a mazy run up the wing beating three opponents and crossing in to John Kinsella who had made a brilliant run in support from midfield and he finished off the move by putting the ball through the keeper’s legs for 2-3. It looked as if Burrin could get back into the game but they lost a player to injury and were down to ten men and Hanover took advantage with some great work by Corey Kelleher who set up Keelan Lacey to make it 2-4 and deservedly inflict Burrin’s first defeat of the season.

Best for Burrin were Nick Mullins, Padraic Nolan and Eli Byrne, whilst standing out for Hanover were Adam Nolan, Ben Doorley, Aaron Byrne and Corey Kelleher.

Hanover Harps v Baltinglass Town
07/10 14:30
Hanover Harps 9 - 0 Baltinglass Town

Hanover Harps 8

Baltinglass Town 0

This was a free-scoring game for Hanover Harps, as they dominated Baltinglass from the start, with goals coming at regular intervals throughout the match from Craig Bowden (3), Joe Dorian (2) and single goals from Corey Kelleher, Vinny Oba and Keelan Lacey to give Harps a resounding 8-0 victory.

It was an all-round team performance from Harps and whilst Baltinglass never stopped trying, they were just overwhelmed by a superior team, on the day.

Club Summary
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Hanover Harps Fixtures / Results (All Competitions This Season)
Saturday 18 November 2017
Super Valu Youths League
Hanover HarpsBagenalstown AFCThe Plots (Hanover Harps)14:30Jim Wynne
Sunday 19 November 2017
Nationalist Premier Division
Hanover HarpsCeltic StarsThe Plots (Hanover Harps)11:00Brian O' Reilly
Womens Division One
Crettyard UnitedHanover HarpsCrettyard Utd14:00Christy Haughney
Total : 3