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10 out of 10 for dogged Harps

posted 15 Jun 2018, 15:04 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 15 Jun 2018, 15:08 ]

SFL Division 1
Harps 0-12 Erne Gaels 1-6

With both teams severely understrength, it was always going to be a dogged affair in Harpland and the Harps came out of it 3 points to the good.

The opening period saw plenty of purpose, but the last pass or shot choice wasn't always the right one, with both teams hitting a number of early wides.  Ronan Cox opened the scoring from play for Erne Gaels before the Harps hit two on the bounce from Colm Jones and a Gavin McGovern free.  Dara Keown hit a free for Erne Gaels before Foss hit a beauty from practically under the scoreboard.  Decy was getting through a mountain of ball along with Keeves, and the Harps then hit points from Colm Jones (2 frees) and a Stephen Gilroy score after intercepting a short kick-out.  Keeves hit two on the bounce, quality scores from the #ClassyVeteran before Gareth Deery pointed from play for Erne Gaels as James Lewis blew for half time, with it 0-8 to 0-3.

Colm Jones pointed in the first minute of the second half before Erne Gaels showed their intent with second half substitute Luke Ryder causing bother, forcing Jack into making a point blank save before Dara Keown burst through to hit a superb goal into the top corner to leave three points in it.  Erne Gaels showed much more intensity in these opening ten minutes.  Then Foss started catching a few quality balls around the middle and Keeves settled things with some intelligent play.  Little Lee Jones made a typical lung-bursting run upfield and laid it off to Colm for another point before there was danger again in the goalmouth as Jack had to deflect a Ronan Cox effort over the bar.  The Harps then went upfield and Gavin McGovern forced James Hoey into action with a super save.  It had all been a bit frantic.  Gavin and Colm both pointed frees but Erne Gaels were lurking and after patient build-up, Luke Ryder pointed from play and then notched a free.  There followed about ten minutes of keep ball, probing, but no further scores and so it ended Harps 0-12 to Erne Gaels 1-6.

Ten wins from ten with the Harps squads severely stretched between Senior, Reserves and Thirds but all men putting their shoulder to the wheel.

Next up is Devenish away on Saturday 23rd June at 6.30pm #NoSteppingBack

Harps Notes 11th June 2018

posted 11 Jun 2018, 05:55 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Harps’ committee meeting this Thursday night at 9pm in the clubrooms.

The Lotto was held on Monday night, results will be in next week’s notes. The Lotto results from Monday June 4th were numbers 2, 10, 19 and 23. £20 each to Tadhg Jones, Jackie Love, both Derrygonnelly and Teresa Walmsley, Enniskillen. John Ferguson, Eamonn Greene and Mary Cox are on duty in the Cosy this Sunday night.

Congratulations to our Minor team and management Paul Greene, Peter Jones and Michael Glynn on a fantastic MFC win against Enniskillen Gaels on Saturday evening. This was a fine game with intensity, last gasp defending at times, intelligent tactical play and top quality forward play from both teams. Well done again lads! Thank you also to our team sponsors Derrygonnelly Credit Union.

Our Under 15 campaign came to an end on Thursday last in the championship against Derrylin. We had ourselves in a good position at half time, but couldn’t sustain the performance levels for the second half. Nonetheless, it has been a good campaign in many respects, with a number of the players continuing their development as footballers. Thank you to Garry Smyth, John Duffy and Dermot Burns for their commitment and work with the group. Thank you also to our team sponsors Gerald Love Contracts.

Our seniors had a victory against Devenish on Sunday, and they are at home to Erne Gaels this Friday night. Our Reserves had a reasonable performance and win against Tempo on Friday last, and are down to play Kinawley on Saturday evening at home. This is an important game in a very competitive division.  Our Thirds are scheduled to play Maguiresbridge this Thursday at 8pm at home, and travel to Belnaleck on Saturday evening.

Congratulations to our local CCE branch on their successful hosting of a second County Fleadh on the trot. We were delghted to take part in the parade and display our MFC trophy. Thanks to Gavin and his team who put together our float, with special mention to Martin Brennan for the use of his jeep and trailer, plus John Murphy who piloted us round the town.

Harps get the better of Devenish in Harpland

posted 10 Jun 2018, 14:21 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Derrygonnelly Harps 4-14 Devenish 1-6

Traditionally, derby contests between the Harps and Devenish are usually tough and dogged close affairs, but with both teams missing several regulars it was to be a drab enough affair in Harpland this afternoon.

The Harps started brightly with points from Mugs, Gary McKenna (a point from play and a pointed free) and a goalmouth clearance from a scuffed Stephen Gilroy shot.  Terry O'Flanagan pointed for Devenish with a great shot from distance. There was a barren 10 minute spell here, where the Harps had shed loads of possession, but the final pass was just lacking.  The lively Joe O'Brien pointed for Devenish, blazing his shot over the bar, while the Harps replied with a Gary free, and a delightful point from Moffat following a lovely quick passing move, while Shane also pointed with a  nice strike.  Joe O'Brien pointed a free from the left for Devenish and then the Harps finished the first half with a goal from Gary McKenna after another good passing movement, while Wardy finally split the posts with two points from play to leave the half time score Harps 1-8 Devenish 0-3

Devenish started the second half brightly, showing a fair bit of purpose but their finishing let them down.  Stephen Gilroy pointed for the Harps while Terry O'Fla pointed a free from far out on the right, and then there was a bit of drama as Tiarnan was adjudged to have fouled the Devenish forward from a high loopy ball over the top, and Joe O'Brien made no mistake with the penalty kick, going low and to the left.  Devenish definitely had the momentum here but from the kickout, Mugs won the mark (Mugs was generally just great today) he passed it on to Keeves, on to Wardy for a point at the other end, and that kinda calmed the thing down.  There was another 10 minute spell without a score, but Gary McKenna lit up a dour enough spell with an absolute wonder-strike! He carried the ball maybe 50 yards flat out, and then buried it with aplomb to the top corner.  His uncle called it a "serious goal!" which is high praise indeed.  Devenish pointed another free and then came a nice goal from Classy Veteran Keeves, after good work from the ever-impressive Shane. From here on in, Wardy went on a scoring spree with 1-4 in the closing minutes, his goal coming from the penalty spot.
Martin Higgins blew the whistle and the full time score was Harps 4-14 V Devenish 1-6

Up next is Erne Gaels in Harpland on Friday 15th June at 8pm 

Harps win Minor Championship decider in an absolute clinker!

posted 10 Jun 2018, 01:31 by Derrygonnelly Harps



Derrygonnelly Harps reclaimed the MFC title in dramatic fashion at the end of what was definitely a good game of football, to which both sets of players contributed handsomely.

In fairness to the Harps, they showed great resolve throughout, and there were a few points when the game could have slipped from their grasp so the win showed clearly that they are a team of fine footballers, who are made of the right stuff.

The game was competitive in the first half, with both teams warming to their tasks. The Gaels led by 1-2 to 0-3 after 15 minutes, Callum Jones and Conor Love proving a serious threat when supplied. Callum’s goal in the 14th minute a fine low finish, and Conor clipping over sharp scores. However, at the other end of the field, Gavin McGovern was in the scoring zone as well from frees and play, and along with his brother Rian, the threat level was just as severe when the Harps went on the attack. Gavin was unstoppable for one spell in particular, but three points on the bounce from the Gaels before half time left them 1-6 to 0-8 up.

The second half was a big step up through the gears. Micheal Glynn was straight in the scores to level up, but the Gaels had a burst again, with 1-1 from Callum Jones, a penalty and a point. Rian McGovern was proving a serious ball winner up front for the Harps, and again they hauled themselves back through points from play, and two expertly converted Micheal Glynn frees. Glynn from a dead ball put us one up on 15 minutes (a very big influence as the game progressed), only for Conor Love to level, Cillian Corrigan with an overhead, Glynn with a free again: level with five to go! Callum Jones with a free for the Gaels to go one up on 26 mins. The Harps were hanging on! Finally, Jack Love brought the ball upfield, a high ball in to Rian McGovern, he gets closed down, recycle to Darragh Burke, just kick it over!, great wee bit of footwork from Burkey, ball to Rian: goal!!!! A score worthy of winning any game! Hung on a bit, but two points meant the Gaels had to try to work a goal and it didn’t happen.

Plenty of good footballers on both teams, genuinely. The Gaels played their part in a good game, and their achievements last year are something for the Harps to aim at #ulster. We don’t get that many fine matches at underage level in Fermanagh, so they are to be really enjoyed. 

The two sets of forwards held the upper hand throughout, but that didn’t mean that the defences were poor. They were just up against top quality. A lot of Harps’ lads worked very hard at their roles. Full marks to our managers for their intelligent strategy on the Gaels kickouts, and deployment of cover back, before committing to go for it. For the Harps, Oisin Smyth in particular grafted and linked play very effectively throughout in the  middle third. He had a fine battle with Brandon Horan, who had strong bits of play as well. But forwards win games and the two McGoverns tortured the Gaels from the start to the very very end. Well done lads!

Harps Notes 4th June 2018

posted 4 Jun 2018, 06:08 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The club’s June committee meeting will be held this Thursday night at 9pm sharp in the clubrooms.

The Lotto results from the draw held on Monday June 4th will be in next week’s notes and available via our other outputs. We are in Doogie's this Sunday night, with Mary, Louise and Chairperson John on duty.

Our Minors had a good win against Irvinestown in their semi-final on Sunday morning. They are playing Enniskillen Gaels in their championship final, which takes place this Saturday evening at 8pm in Brewster Park. Our Under 15s also progressed in their championship against Lisnaskea last week and are up against Derrylin this Thursday night at 7.30 in Kinawley. Good luck to the two groups of players and their mentors.

Our seniors had a good win away against Erne Gaels last Friday night. They are down to play Devenish this Sunday at midday in Derrygonnelly. Our two Reserve teams are at home this Friday evening, to Tempo and Maguiresbridge respectively. They both lost out last weekend in good matches.

We have almost completed our vetting procedures for 2018, but a few people still have to complete their forms and paperwork. With that in mind, Anita will be in the clubrooms upstairs after the Devenish match, and anyone still to complete their forms can bring them and the three required identification documents to get the thing sorted on Sunday.

Finally, we are now looking forward to the Ulster Final on June 24th. Sunday was a fantastic day, one for supporters to treasure. Best wishes to the entire Fermanagh panel and management as they prepare for this game, with special mention, of course to our six lads who are involved with the panel at the moment, Mickey, Tiarnan, Eamon, Conall, Ryan and Garvan.  

Interestingly, some Harps may remember young Ryan Elliott, who moved from Derrygonnelly back to London a number of years ago, a speedy corner forward. Ryan lined out for London in the first round of the Connacht SFC a few weeks ago, and will be hoping for action again this Sunday in the qualifiers against Louth. That makes Ryan the second Harps man to play for London after big Deccy Meehan a good few years ago as well.

Harps make life Bleak for the Gaels

posted 1 Jun 2018, 15:21 by Derrygonnelly Harps

SFL Division 1
Erne Gaels 0-6 Harps 0-13

There was a dip in temperatures this evening in Belleek in this Senior Football League tie, but no dip in performance from a Harps side missing several regulars who now remain unbeaten at the top of the league.
It was to be Erne Gaels who started the brighter, with Barry McCann pointing two frees inside the first 6 minutes before Jack Kelly was called on to make a great save from the in-running Tomas McCaffrey before the Harps got settled into things with Wardy chipping the ball up and pointing after a patient build up.  Fist-pass specialist Dennis Greene followed this up with a great score, swinging the leg and pointing from distance to level things before we took the lead from a Wardy free that Barry McGrath had won.  Dennis was in the wars winning another free for Barry to point but after this spell of dominance there was goal mouth drama as Erne Gaels again launched an attack and a goal mouth clearance from Tiarnan saw Gareth Deery point from the rebound to leave one in it.  A quick free hit to Wardy allowed him to travel 40 yards or so before slotting over the bar before Mug blocked down a Michael Og McGarrigle pass and pointed from his turnover to leave us 3 up.  Again we gave away a free for Barry McCann.  Aidy McKenna showed great strength and skill to win dirty ball and lay off the pass for Wardy to jaunt 30 yards again for a point.  We were three up again and just before half time Tomas McCaffrey pointed for Erne Gaels to leave it 0-5 to 0-7 at the break.

At half time the Midges came out in force, launching waves of attacks on unsuspecting spectators, none more so than loyal umpire Gerry Gallagher who manfully battled on through the second half.  Fair play Gerry! 
The Harps started the second half with points from Aidy McKenna and an excellently taken 45 from Odhran McBrien.  We kinda laid back a bit, while Erne Gaels upped the intensity with hits thrown around thick and fast, they brought on a few quality ballers like Shane Rooney and Luke Ryder, but found the Harps defence and in particular the half back line, a tough gauntlet to break down.  There was a lot of effort from Erne Gaels here for about a ten minute spell, but all they had to show for it was a pointed free from McCann.  It became a game of running into tackles and turnovers for both teams for a period here, before Nathan Jones pointed following good build up from the Harps, and then Little Lee Jones bombed upfield and hit an absolute savage score from wide out on the right, followed almost immediately by another point from Foss from nearly the same spot as Lees.  Wardy finished things off on the left with a nicely taken score, and that was that.
Full time score Erne Gaels 0-6 Harps 0-13

Not a big pile to really crow about here all the same.  The scoreline perhaps doesn't do Erne Gaels justice, they hit quite a lot of wides.  Shane Minma at corner back was fairly impressive for them, and he used the ball well.  Dara Keown showed well at times too.  Up front McCann and McCaffrey were lively.  We haven't found Belleek to be a particularly happy hunting ground in recent years either, so this was a good win for us.  There can be no doubt that the number of scorable frees given away would have been a cause for concern for management.  But in saying that, you'd have to be impressed with the workrate of so many of our lads tonight; Wardy was involved in so much and showed that wee bit of quality up front.  Decy Cass was just Decy. Grit, graft, strength and a bit of coolness as well when the hits were coming.  Odhran McBrien got better as the game wore on, his 45 a particular highlight.  Lee Jones just gave it everything.  Mugs and Foss both worked hard around the middle and Mugs fitness saw him edge his battle with McGarrigle.  But this was just Dennis Greenes kinda game.  He got hit, he got up and went again, and again.  He kicked a screamer of a point (who said he can't kick the ball?!)  He was in the wars and he loved every minute of it!
#HarpsAbú #NoSteppingBack

Next up is Devenish at home next Sunday 10th June at 12pm...

Harps Notes 28th May 2018

posted 29 May 2018, 03:19 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £4600, was not won last night. The numbers were 4, 9, 17 and 23. £20 each went to Agnes Haren, Derrygonnelly, Connecha Ferguson, Belleek, and Eileen Keaney, Belcoo. We are in the Linnett Inn this Sunday night, with Mary, Gerald Greene and Anthony Murphy overseeing the draw.

The Harps are hosting Cul Camp as usual this Summer, from July 30th to August 3rd. Registration online is available and should be completed before June 1st to receive the kit and bag before the end of the school year. Our Minors were in action on Tuesday night as their competition moves towards its conclusion. Our Under 15s are out this Thursday night at home to Lisnaskea in the championship at 7.30. Our Under 10s have one last game to play in their competition, this Friday night against Belcoo. They played Devenish last Friday night and will have learned plenty from a very good contest.

Our Reserves had a one point win in a well contested match against Roslea last Saturday evening. They are away to Lisnaskea this Saturday, and our Thirds are at home against St Josephs. Our seniors play Erne Gaels on Friday evening at 8pm.

Our county senior team is in the spotlight again this Sunday with a big semi-final against Monaghan in Omagh this Sunday. Good luck to the squad, with a special acknowledgement of the Harps lads involved.   

Harps Notes 21st May 2019

posted 21 May 2018, 04:22 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £4400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 14, 16 & 20. £20 each went to Grainne Duffy, Monea, Paddy Duffy, Derrygonnelly and Jackie Doogan & Gary Hoy, Monea. We are in The Cosy this Sunday night. Brendy, Aidy and Mary are on duty.

Our Under 15s finished up their league campaign on Sunday night, putting in a good shift, but coming up short against Newtownbutler. They have been most competitive in their games, and have made further progress as a group over the course of the competition. Next outing for them is next Thursday against Lisnaskea in the championship. Our Under 10s had their second game of the competition against Belnaleck last Friday, and all players did very well. We are scheduled to travel to Devenish this Friday night.

Our two reserve teams lost out to Enniskillen Gaels and Brookeborough on Friday night. They are at home to Roslea and away to Derrylin this Saturday evening. At the time of writing, it seems that there will not be any senior game for club players this weekend. The game for club players scheduled for last weekend was pulled as well. According to the published schedule, we are due to play Erne Gaels away on the evening of June 1st.   

Our Ladies had a very hard fought win away to Irvinestown on Sunday, emerging on the right side of a 2-15 to 6-2 scoreline. They have been involved in a number of very entertaining games this year.

Fermanagh Under 20s are in championship action against Armagh this Friday evening at Brewster Park. Best wishes to all players and mentors who have prepared for this game, especially our own Shane McGullion, who is part of the panel. Similarly, many congratulations to the Fermanagh Senior panel on their victory last Saturday, and good luck to them preparing for the Ulster semi against Monaghan.

Harps Notes 14th May 2018

posted 14 May 2018, 04:47 by Derrygonnelly Harps

There will be a club committee meeting this Thursday night at 9pm sharp.

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £4200, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 4, 7, 10 and 23. £20 each went to Aoife Joey, Belleek, Jackie Doogan & Garry Hoy, Monea, and Mary Sweeney, c/o Collette Flanagan, Drumgormley. We are in Old Pals this week, with John Murphy, Gavin Duffy and Mary Cox on duty.

We held our Harps Tour Four County Cycle, sponsored by Erne Veterinary, in glorious sunshine on Saturday and it was a very enjoyable occasion with all participants appreciating the efforts of our organisers and volunteers. We had many visitors to Harpland on Saturday, all of whom were very impressed with our event. We thank everyone who supported this venture! A special word of thanks to Gerald Greene and his team of marshals, the kitchen ladies both in Harpland and Kinlough, and Sean and Sharon Flanagan who made sure everyone was well fed at the finish line. Thank you to Erne Veterinary for their sponsorship of our Harps Tour. There are many individuals, too many to name, who all played their part to ensure the smooth running of this event; thank you to you all! We are already looking forward to next year!

May is a great month, and it is a busy one. At underage level, congratulations to our Under 12 squad and management on their win over Enniskillen Gaels in the Division 2 final last week. Our Under 10 tournament has commenced, and we had a very large panel to work through as we played Tempo last Friday night. We are at home to Belnaleck this Friday night. Could parents please enter via the top gate to the training pitch if possible. Times etc will be communicated to parents this week through the normal channels. Our Under 15s had a cracking match against Kinawley last Wednesday and have one last game against Newtown this week. They are still very much in contention for a league final place.

Our seniors host Erne Gaels this Sunday at 12 o'clock, this means that Sunday footy will take place on the top pitch again. Our Reserves are looking at the possibility of playing Enniskillen Gaels on Thursday night, while our thirds are away to Brookborough on Friday night. The seniors had a good home win versus Ederney last weekend. Irvinestown failed to field against the Reserves, and we couldn't quite get the cavalry back to Harpland in time for the Thirds to nick a result against Belcoo. We will get there yet lads!! The efforts of our management and players to keep the flag flying on this front at a busy time of the season is a credit to them all.

Finally, good luck to our county senior team this Saturday evening against Armagh, with particular good wishes to Conall, Ryan, Tiarnan, Eamon and Mickey. Our Minors lost out despite a great effort last Saturday evening, but they are out again in the qualifier system within the week. again, full credit to Lee, Darragh, Rian, Gareth, Ronan and Leigh for their efforts in that group.

Harps do just about enough to get by...

posted 11 May 2018, 15:22 by Derrygonnelly Harps

SFL Division 1
Harps 1-13 Ederney 1-11

Despite a serious bout of Squandermania from the Harps, they remain unbeaten at the top of Division 1 after this starred round of SFL at Harpland tonight.

Missing several regulars, the Harps started well with Wardy hitting a good score from play in the opening minute but Ederney responded immediately with a free from Mark McCauley.  Wardy hit a free with McCauley responding from a free and half way through the first half it was apparent that Ederney were very tight defensively and they packed their half back line, making it very difficult for the Harps to penetrate.  All too often we ran into trouble or took that solo-too-many. Ederney took the lead at this stage with a point from Pol McKervey from play, followed up by McCauley with a majestic point following an Ederney turnover.  Midfield was crowded and little was won by the way of break ball as Ederney further extended their lead with a superb point from play from Finbar Gillen.  Colm Jones limped off injured and was replaced by Leigh Jones.  We were on the ropes a bit here, no point in denying it.  But then the goal came.  Jack Love showed a bit of strength to take the ball and played a superb pass to Shane McGullion, who palmed the ball over Enda Ferris head to notch the major score.  After that we settled a bit, Wardy with a free and then a typical Textbook Wardy score from play after a Lee to Leigh Jones move.  Foss pointed two frees to see out the half and at half time and we led 1-6 to 0-5.

The second half started frantically enough, McCauley with a free, Decy popped up for his obligatory point after a quickly taken Wardy free.  Enda Cassidy had been moved from defence into attack by Ederney and he hit a wonderful point from play.  Ferris hit an Ederney kickout over the line, Mugs with the sideline to Aidy McKenna for a simple score.  Chris Snow hit a monster off the ground, 50+ yards out, a great score for them.  The hits were going in hard, fast and Ederney were definitely sharp looking.  Keeves came on to settle things a bit and set up the move of the night between him, Wardy and Decy but no score at the end of it #SquanderMania!  McKervey again hit a nice point from play before the Classy Veteran Keeves hit his point to keep a goal between the sides.  Decy was strong here and full of drive, while Foss and Moffat were beginning to exert that influence we normally expect from our half back line.  Oisin Smyth pointed from play but Ryan Morris hit two quick frees to reduce the deficit to two points again.  Moffat pointed after great work from Decy and then we sat back while the rain started to fall.  Aidy McKenna pointed from play with time up to leave four in it, but there was always the feeling that Ederney had a goal in them.  And it came via Mark McCauley who had been their danger man all night, palming the ball into the net.  That left one point in it but we had time to get a free from Foss before referee Gerard Gallagher blew the full time whistle.  Full Time score was Harps 1-13 to Ederney 1-11.

Ok, so here we go.  It wasn't pretty at times to watch. There were misses; by Jesus there were misses galore!  We are just lucky that it didn't cost us tonight. 
Ederney were well organised, they had some key players who played well, they are fit and strong and they were up for it!  They have good forwards like Morris, McKervey and especially McCauley who can take scores.  Chris Snow and Enda Cassidy got more involved in the second half for them, Stevie McElrone as well.  They packed their defence and with their county men back, they'll be worth watching.
John Murphy had a fine hour in nets for the Harps.  He made some good catches in the air and his kick-outs were sound.  Fair play.  Our Half back line was a bit more assured as the game progressed.  Decy was his usual self; grafted, took the hits, and played ball very well.  No shock there.  Midfield had their moments with a one-handed catch from Mug being a real highlight, but with a crowded midfield it was always going to be difficult to be winning clean ball.  Up front Jack Love and Oisin Smyth got settled into the game as it progressed.  Keeves showed calmness and great vision with his passing.  Watching him and Wardy you'd have thought it was 2009 again. Class is permanent. 
For all the positives though, they have to reflect on the fact that they had 65% of the game but they were hanging on a bit by the end #Execution  They will need to be a bit more clinical.  Ok, perhaps quite a bit more clinical.  And they will... #NoSteppingBack

Next up is Erne Gaels in Harpland on Sunday 20th May at 12pm

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