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Harps Notes 23rd April 2018

posted 23 Apr 2018, 03:06 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Next week's Harps Lotto jackpot is £3600, with Peter, Gerry and Mary on duty in the Linnet Inn. Last Sunday's numbers were 13, 15, 23 & 29 with £20 wins to Giles Hill c/o Kevin Cassidy, Maeve O'Donoghue and Shane O'Donoghue, San Francisco.

It was a very busy week for our adult teams last week as our thirds had no reward for great efforts against Belnaleck and Devenish, our seniors had two good solid wins against St Pats and Lisnaskea while our Reserves also had a good win against St Pats. Our ladies had a second win of their season against Ederney. Our seniors are away to Kinawley on Sunday, while on Saturday the Thirds are away to Aghadrumsee and our Reserves host Erne Gaels.

At underage level, our Under 15s lost out to Derrylin last Thursday, coming out the wrong side of a grandstand finish. Our Under 12s played in a blitz on Sunday with the outcome being that they have been placed in Division 2 and start out their campaign away to Teemore on Thursday evening. Our Under 14 girls played in the Under 14 feile Blitz on Saturday.

Finally, it was with sadness that Harps members heard of the passing of Mr John Toal, Killyclogher, last week. Sympathies are extended to the Gallagher family, Boho on their bereavement.

Harps Put Skea To The Sword #SFL1

posted 22 Apr 2018, 10:18 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Manor House SFL Division 1

Derrygonnelly 2-16 v Lisnaskea 2-8
An eight-point victory today over winless Lisnaskea made it a great weekend for Derrygonnelly Harps.
Four wins from four have been the starting point and with games coming up against Kinawley, Roslea and Ederney then further tests are certainly on the horizon.

In our first Senior Football League game in Harpland for the 2018 season, Gary McKenna and Conall Jones gave us a perfect two-point lead inside three minutes, before we went to hit three wides in a row.  Conall Jones was fouled on 12 minutes and it was Paul Ward who supplied our third score before Mark Smyth finally got Lisnaskea registered on the scoreboard.  The opening goal arrived on 16 minutes when Shane McGullion made an outstanding block in the Harps defence and the same player supplied the ball to Aidy McKenna on the 13-metre line before Conall Jones palmed McKenna’s pass into the net, 1-3 to 0-1 on 16 minutes.  Conall Jones, Paul Ward and two fine Leigh Jones points then came inside a spell of just 3 minutes, while at the other end Ryan Clancy pointed from a free, 1-7 to 0-2.  Ryan Jones and Conall Jones pushed us ten points clear but Lisnaskea were finding frees and Clancy again pointed for his side.  Stephen McGullion and Ryan Jones added further scores as Derrygonnelly went in leading at the break, 1-11 to 0-3.

The second half was just 20 seconds old when Ryan Jones pointed, but an Adam McKenna free and a goal from the in-running Tomas Clarke made it 1-12 to 1-4.  Paul Ward was then fouled in which Conall Jones pointed from the free and an Adam McKenna free made it an 8-point game again.  Leigh Jones, a real beauty from Paul Ward and a Ryan Clancy free made it 1-15 to 1-6 as both sides started to make a raft of substitutes.  Ryan Jones played an exquisite ball into the on-rushing Leigh Jones who punched the ball to the net for Derrygonnelly’s second major on 54 minutes, while at the other end Lisnaskea were not finished yet as Ryan Clancy pointed, and Tomas Clarke moved the ball quickly before timing his run to perfection to hit a second goal of the game, 2-15 to 2-7.  Lisnaskea substitute Ryan Moran pointed from 40 yards but it was Derrygonnelly who would have the final score as Stephen McGullion pointed after a fine through ball from Colm Jones.  Jack Kelly did pull off a wonderful save in injury time, but the game was well over at that stage and Derrygonnelly now sit impressively in first place on played 4, won 4.

The Harps will be happy with the showing but a lot of free’s were brought in for mouthing to the referee which will be a worry going down the line.  Ryan Jones was superb around the middle, while the constant running of the likes of Lee Jones, Aidy McKenna and Gavin McGovern is a joy to watch.
DERRYGONNELLY – Jack Kelly, Dennis Greene, Michael Jones, Eamon McHugh, Lee Jones, Shane McGullion, Garvan McGinley 0-1, Ryan Jones 0-3, Stephen McGullion 0-2, Leigh Jones 1-3, Gary McKenna 0-1, Aidy McKenna, Paul Ward 0-3, Conall Jones 1-3, Gavin McGovern. SUBS – Stephen Gilroy for A McKenna (45), Neil Gallagher for M Jones (52), Colm Jones for G McGovern (54), Oisin Smyth for G McGinley (57), Jack Love for Lee Jones (57).
Referee – John Crudden (Kinawley)

EDITOR - Many thanks to Roving Reporter Pauric McGurn for todays match report!  I don't know how he does it all!

Seniors win in Donagh #SFL1

posted 20 Apr 2018, 14:34 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 21 Apr 2018, 01:28 ]

St Pats 1-10  Harps 2-14

The Harps kept up their run in the Senior Football League Division 1 with a win down in Donagh on Friday night.
The first half saw St Pats sprint out of the blocks with the pace of Cameron McBrien seeing him solo through 30 yards before he slotted low and hard past Jack Kelly in the Harps goal.  It was the dream start for St Pats but amazingly, they failed to add to their tally until the 30th minute of the half.  The Harps took command with half backs Moffat, Foss and Decy Cass turning-over a lot of ball, while Eamo, Micky and Tiarnan were rock solid at the back.  Conall Jones hit four points; 3 frees and one from play, that lovely nonchalant swing of the boot that he does so well, "The Conall Trademark".  Gavin McGovern scored a "fizzer" of a point (yes that's an actual description!)  Micky Jones and Mugs both found themselves on the end of lovely flowing passing moves to point each while Wardy hit a free over.  We also had a goal chance, Conall and Gavin combining well but what should have been a palm into the net went wide.  St Pats hit two frees from Pat Cadden on the 30th and 31st minute of the half, leaving the half-time score of St Patricks 1-2 Harps 0-8
From the throw-in, the Harps were on the attack, with Darragh Glynn feeding Aidy who fed Wardy and he pointed.  But there was a pinball moment inside the goalmouth at the clubhouse end, with the ball bobbling off Jack and then Eamo before danger was averted.  Shane pointed for us and then we sat back a bit.  St Pats hit two frees, Cadden and Darragh O'Reilly pointing before two points in a minute from Shane again and Wardy (after a great turnover from Leigh Jones) left us 5 up.  Wardy won a Trademark Wardy free which Conall converted, O'Reilly pointed another free for St Pats before we struck our first goal.  Wardy went on one of them Wardy runs and laid the ball off for substitute Colm Jones to finish smartly to the net.  O'Reilly pointed another free for St Pats again, before a high ball in from Leigh Jones was beautifully fielded by Conall, who then turned and rounded the keeper before rolling it into the back of the net.  Textbook stuff, the kinda thing you'd love to show young full-forwards over and over again.  Donagh finished strongly with a Cadden free from 45 yards, two good scores from play by Jonny O'Reilly, and with time up, Jack Kelly gave away a penalty which Cadden struck off the crossbar and it went high and over the bar.
Full Time score; St Patricks 1-10, Harps 2-14
In fairness to Donagh, they had a few chances in front of goal, just we had some heroic blocks and men generally throwing themselves on the ball (fearless stuff #Eamo).  Both O'Reillys playing at number 11 and 14 were good ball winners, Cameron McBriens pace posed a few headaches while Cadden can do damage when he gets the ball.  But we did a good job defensively, while our half forward line of Leigh, Wardy and Shane worked tirelessly.  Leigh was just a machine.  Gavin should be pleased with his hours work too, causing all sorts of bother inside and winning some frees which were converted.

So we move on.
Next up on Sunday we host Lisnaskea in Harpland, at 1pm.

Harps Notes 16th April 2018

posted 16 Apr 2018, 06:31 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £3400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 8, 15 and 16. £20 each went to Pat Meehan, Monea, Barry Norton, c/o Fergus Kelly, and Deirdre Leonard, Monea. We are in the Cosy this Sunday night, with Pat McGurn, Michael Glynn and Mary on duty.

We had a busy weekend at Canon Maguire Park with a lot of underage football played on Saturday as four teams battled it out to make the Feile playoffs. We were still standing by Sunday, but lost out to eventual winners Kinawley. All the best to them as they represent Fermanagh in the national competition. Thank you to all Harps people who volunteered and helped out over the weekend, especially Eoghan Cassidy, who took on the venue co-ordinator role.

Sunday Football is continuing at 11.15 every week now. Thank you to all volunteers for helping out here, and remember to register and take up club membership via the Klubfunder online facility.

Our seniors had a good result away to Irvinestown on Sunday in a good competitive testing game. Our juniors were close but unsuccessful against Kinawley whilst our Junior B game was rescheduled. Our ladies had two wins last week, over Belcoo last Tuesday, and then in a cracking contest on Sunday, Tempo. Well done to them on a positive start to the year.

This weekend sees our seniors out on Friday and Sunday, against St Pats away, and Lisnaskea at home. Our juniors are also away to St Pats on Saturday night, while the Junior Bs are at home to Devenish.

It was with sadness that all Harps members heard of the passing of James Hoy, Monea last week. Genuine condolences are extended to Mr Hoy’s family and relatives, a number of whom are active Harps players and members. 

SFL Win in Irvinestown

posted 15 Apr 2018, 07:37 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 15 Apr 2018, 08:11 ]

Second round of SFL division 1 saw the Harps travel to Irvinestown on Sunday afternoon.

Garvan Jones and Ryan Jones hit an early brace of points for the Harps before Irvinestown levelled matters with two pointed frees from Gary Maguire.  This was to be the pattern for the first half, with the Harps adding a brace of points from Conall (one a trademark Conall nonchalant swing of the boot, the other a great score from wide on the right) and Ryan driving through to point, while Irvinestown replied with two pointed frees from Maguire.  Decy Cassisy came on and got his trademark point following a short kick out which was intercepted by Conall.  On the stroke of half-time referee Seamus Breen showed Garvan Jones a black card as the scoreboard read Irvinestown 0-4 Harps 0-6.

The second half saw Irvinestown grab their goal, a 40 yard free from Ronan Ormsby ended up deflecting off Tiarnans hands and sailed past a helpless Jack Kelly in the Harps net.  The Harps response however was champagne stuff, with Ryan pointing after a turnover from the industrious Shane McGullion, and then Wardy grafting on the left side and nipping in for a fisted point.  A frantic enough 2 minutes.  Irvinestown then levelled the game again with a Maguire free.  At this point the free tally was worrying the Harps supporters on the Hill, but for the last fifteen minutes the Harps put the heads down and really drove on.  A pointed free from Conall was followed by a goal-bound shot from Colm Jones being well saved by TJ McMulkin in the Irvinestown goal and three minutes later McMulkin pulled off a terrific save from a Wardy piledriver.  Things kinda fizzled out a bit then, Eamo turning over for Ryan to point, with Irvinestown replying from an Ormsby free before the Harps pulled away with scores from Conall and a Wardy brace.  Full time Irvinestown 1-6 Harps 0-13

Two games in, two wins but a fair few lessons learned today.  Irvinestown played a short passing game and they are quite fit, but are just lacking in the physical stakes to break through our defence.  They badly need that marquee forward who could cause bother inside, and with their injury list they can be happy enough with how they performed today.  Niall Smyths machine was nearly overheating in the first half, they had a lot of posessions.  Their half back line were very good with Joey Millar excellent on the wing.  McMulkin pulled off three great point-blank saves for them too!  For the Harps, it was ultimately the driving power of Ryan and Conall, and the grafting of Wardy up front which made the difference.

Next up a double-weekend with a trip to Donagh on Friday night at 7pm, before we play Lisnaskea at Harpland on Sunday.

Harps Notes 9th April 2018

posted 11 Apr 2018, 03:02 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £3200, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 24, 26, 28 and 29. £20 each went to K O'Rourke, Belleek, Patrick Cassidy, Derrygonnelly, and Denis McCabe, Garrison. This week's draw will be in Old Pals, with Garry, the Kevins and Mary on duty.

The April club committee meeting will be held this Thursday night at 9pm sharp.

We have plenty of teams out playing at the minute, with our Under 15s having played three league games now, and remaining undefeated. They are at home to Newtownbutler this Thursday. Our Under 14s are out this Saturday, and maybe Sunday, in the Feile. Our Minors have their second match of the competition this evening against Enniskillen Gaels in Brewster Park at 6.45. They had a well earned victory against Belnaleck last week in a good game. Our Under 16 girls played their first match on Monday night, and the girls' Under 14 Feile is to be played soon as well.

Last weekend, our Junior A team maintained their unbeaten record when they grabbed a draw at the death against Tempo on Saturday evening, whereas our Seniors were more comfortable next day against an admittedly injury depleted Tempo senior team. Our Junior Bs are scheduled for this Wednesday evening against Maguiresbridge. This weekend, we have Kinawley away and Belnaleck at home for the Juniors on Saturday evening, and Irvinestown away at 1pm on Sunday for the seniors.

We had a most enjoyable first Sunday Footy session of the year last week, and are very grateful to all of the helpers and coaches who gave up their time and made it such a good session. Registration and collection of membership continues this Sunday upstairs in the clubrooms from 11.15am. It is important that all players who play on our pitches etc are properly registered in the club. Please remember also that the sessions are for children from Primary One upwards.

SFL Opening win

posted 8 Apr 2018, 09:43 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 8 Apr 2018, 13:25 ]

Tempo 1-9 Harp 2-24

The Harps got their Senior Football League campaign underway this afternoon in Tempo.  Played in glorious sunshine, the pitch still bore witness to a few days of heavy rain, with underfoot conditions slippy.  But there was no slip-up from the Harps today who set out their stall early, with points coming from Conall Jones (a free and a 45) Eamo and Leigh Jones.  Aidan Breen and PJ Rogers replied for Tempo.  Breen was to be the key man for Tempo, his probing runs and strength on the ball was great, he hit another free before Wardy hit a brace of scores (one from play, one free he won and converted).  Tempo hit a wonderful point, Breen winning his own kickout, passed to Lorcan McStravick and he pointed from 40 yards.  Tempo then inexplicibly hit a free straight to Eamo, the ball was worked up to Wardy who hit a beautiful pass to Conall and he forced Matthew Jackson into making a great save as he palmed it over the bar.  Breen responded with a great individual score - winning the kickout, moving forward and pointing it himself, but the Harps had scores from Leigh (0-2), Gary McKenna, Conall, Wardy and Ryan Jones.  With a minute left in the first half, the Harps got their first goal from Shane McGullion, Eamo with a loopy shot which Matthew Jackson didn't quite read right and he palmed it straight into Shanes path.  Ryan then pointed on half time to leave it 0-5 to 1-15.

The second half opened with a Gary point before Tempo got a great goal, a high ball in was cleanly won by McStravick and he turned and banged it past Jack Kelly in the Harps goal, textbook stuff.  The Harps responded with their second goal, Wardy doing the leg work, passing to Moffat who hit the post but Aidan McKenna made no mistake with the rebound.  The Harps then brought on crowd-favourite Decy Cassidy and he hit a point after a great passing move involving Leigh, Moffat and Aidan McKenna.  From there on in, there were points from Aidan McKenna and Conall, while Tempo could only respond with long-range frees from Breen (0-3) and McStravick.  The introduction of Garvan Jones resulted in him getting 3 trademark Garvan points, while Eamo ran the length of the field to take the pass and score his second point of the day, and Colm Jones hit a great score from a very acute angle on the far left.

Look, a wins a win, but the Harps know it will be a very different Tempo team they face in Harpland later in the year.
For the Harps, it was pleasing to see Tiarnan Daly returning to the club colours for the full hour.  Micky was solid as ever and Stephen McGullion had a very good game.  Up front the McKenna brothers contributed well and Garys workrate in the first half particularly was pleasing.

Next Sunday its Irvinestown AWAY at 1pm

Harps: Jack Kelly, Dennis Greene, Tiarnan Daly, Eamon McHugh, Neil Gallagher, Michael Jones, Garvan McGinley, Stephen McGullion, Ryan Jones, Leigh Jones, Gary McKenna, Shane McGullion, Paul Ward, Conall Jones, Aidan McKenna
Subs used; Decy Cassidy, Darragh Glynn, Gavin McGovern, Colm Jones, Stephen Gilroy, Garvan Jones

Harps Notes 26th March 2018

posted 26 Mar 2018, 07:48 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £2800, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 4, 13, 21 & 23. £20 each went to Derrygonnelly Eggheads, Paula McGlone, Boho, Seamus Greenan, Garrison. We are in Doogie's this Sunday night, with John, Mary and Louise on duty.

Thank you very much to everyone who weighed in down at the clubrooms on Saturday morning for a number of bits of maintenance work. It was great to see such a team assembled, and significant jobs of work completed well.

Our Under 15s started out their season with a cracking result against Derrylin last week. They are scheduled to play Teemore this Wednesday evening at home.

Our two reserve teams were out last Saturday evening. Our Junior A's came home with two good points after a well contested match against Roslea, whilst our Junior Bs were really unlucky to come out a point the wrong side of the result against Derrylin. This weekend's Erne Cup fixtures are likely to be changed from Saturday evening, please check our online output for details.

Between Fermanagh Under16s, Under 17s and Seniors, we have had a lot of players active in our county jersey over the last while. Congratulations to them on their achievements to date, most obviously to our Seniors. Good luck to them in the NFL Final this weekend.

Our club membership is currently due. We have collected a large portion of our membership to date via the online klubfunder facility. If you go to the klubfunder page, search Derrygonnelly Harps and you will find our membership link.

Finally, advance notice that Sunday Morning Footy returns on Sunday April 8th! We look forward to seeing young boys and girls from Primary One to Under 12, plus an army of willing coaches and parent helpers to give us another great year at Canon Maguire Park every week. Please note, children must be in Primary One if they are to attend our sessions. More details next week.

Harps Notes 19th March 2018

posted 20 Mar 2018, 03:29 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £2600, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 3, 14, 16 and 21. £20 each went to Mary Dundas, Derrygonnelly, Catherine McCorry, Derrylin and Peggy Maguire, Garrison. We are in The Linnet Inn this Sunday night, with Gerald Greene, Anthony Murphy and Mary Cox on duty.

Good luck to our two reserve teams, who are scheduled to play their first league games this weekend. Our Junior A squad are heading to Roslea, while our Junior Bs are at home against Derrylin.

We have a number of small, non-specialist jobs to be completed around the pitches this Saturday. Please contact either Eamonn Greene or John McGovern if you might be able to spare a few hours to help us get ready for the adult and underage season ahead.

Harps Notes 12th March 2018

posted 12 Mar 2018, 05:57 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £2400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 6, 15 and 19. £20 each went to Shauna Garrity, Enniskillen, Maureen Murphy, Macken, and James Gormley, Belleek. We are in The Cosy Bar this Sunday night with Brendy, John Murphy and Mary Cox on duty.

Club membership is now due. The club now has the facility for people to become club members online through Klubfunder facility. Just google klubfunder and go to Derrygonnelly Harps via the 'find my club' box. The link is also available from our online output.

Our Under 14s took part in a blitz in Fintona last Saturday and gained much value from the matches played against the likes of Killyclogher, Burren and Edendork. Our Under 15 season has commenced, and the lads played Derrylin on Monday evening.   

It was obviously with sadness that all Harps members heard of the passing of Mrs Mary Gallagher in Belcoo last week. We extend our most sincere condolences to Margaret and John Doogan and family, plus the Gallagher family circle on their loss.

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