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Harps Notes 25th Sept 2017

posted by Derrygonnelly Harps

Our focus is fully on Brewster Park at the moment as our seniors are preparing to play in the county final against Devenish. We wish the whole squad and management all the best in the match. We hope for the usual colourful and vocal Harps' support to cheer the lads on.

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £2200, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 5, 6, 14 and 16. £20 each then went to Mary E Maguire, Belcoo, Logan and Nessa Ferguson, Belleek and Kieran Gallagher, Middletown County Cork. We are in the Linnett Inn this weekend, with Peter Jones, Gerry Gallagher and Mary Cox on duty.

Our Under 16s had a draw in the championship semi final replay against Kinawley last Saturday. Even extra time couldn't split two exceptionally well matched teams. Details of the second replay etc will be on our online output as soon as is known.

Commiserations to our Juniors who lost out narrowly to Roslea in the Reserve Championship final last Saturday. This was a very entertaining match, in which both teams played a part. Our Under 12s are scheduled to be at home to Lisnaskea this Saturday at 4pm.

Fermanagh Ladies are also going the replay route after Sunday's dramatic conclusion at Croke Park. Thank you very much to the underage mentors who took our underage girls down to the final and looked after them. It was a very enjoyable experience.

Lastly, the final fitting night for anyone wishing to order from our wide range of Harps gear will be held this Thursday night from 7-9pm in the clubrooms.

Harps News 18th Sept 2017

posted 19 Sep 2017, 00:51 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The £10000 Harps lotto jackpot was won on Sunday night! The numbers drawn were 6, 8, 9 and 27.  Well done to Jarlath O'Brien from Garrison who had all four numbers!  We start our jackpot again this week at £2100 and this Sunday nights draw is in the Linnett Inn with Peter and Gerry at the controls with Mary.
Pride of place this week has to go to our U16 Girls who produced a stunning second half to claim the B Championship trophy, defeating Belnaleck on a 6-02 to 3-10 scoreline. Well done to the Harpettes and to their managers who can reflect on a year of great progress with this squad, and definitely look ahead with a lot of optimism.
Our U16 boys did a bit of trekking to get to Teemore on Saturday evening to face Kinawley in their Championship semi-final. In an excellent game of football despite the conditions, the game ended in a draw. Replay takes place this Thursday in Derrylin at 6.30pm.  Good luck to the lads.
Our Senior team defeated Roslea at the second time of asking on Friday night to book their place in the Championship final. Well done to the lads and management. Thank you to Fr Jimmy for moving the mission ceremony starting time on Friday night to accommodate us.
Our Junior As are still waiting for their Reserve A championship final to be fixed. No details as yet but keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.  As we look ahead to the championship finals, we encourage you to dust off the flags again and get the club colours flying high around the parish.  An order of club flags should be with us by the end of the week, details to follow, keep an eye online. 

Our U12s are playing Kinawley tonight (Wednesday) in Kinawley under lights at 6.45pm, bus leaves from the main street at 5.45pm.  They are then at home to Teemore at 4pm on Saturday.
Sunday morning Footy is now over for the year. Thank you to a very dedicated band of coaches. We might have one more outing for Under 8s but the season is over for the rest. Thanks again to the coaches, young and older for coming out every week and putting together enjoyable sessions to develop our future footballers.
We are starting to put together our Christmas order of O'Neills club gear. Don't miss out!! Fitting nights take place tonight (Wednesday) 7-9pm and Friday night 7-9pm in the Clubrooms.
Congratulations to all our Couch to 5k participants who completed their 5k on Saturday. You should be proud of the work you have put in over the last ten weeks, and well done on achieving your goal. We hope you continue to walk or run. Special thanks to coaches Caroline Greene and Mary Rutledge along with their squad of volunteers for their encouragement and guidance throughout the programme.
Finally, the club wishes Fermanagh Ladies all the very best of luck in the Junior All-Ireland final. We especially wish our own Eimear Smyth all the very best as she graces the turf of Croke Park. There are seats available on the club bus going to Croke Park, contact Louise Dundas. The game will be televised live on TG4.

Harps Notes 11th September 2017

posted 11 Sep 2017, 06:57 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The £10,000 Harps Lotto jackpot was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 2, 19, 28 and 29. £20 each went to Eamon McHugh, Boho, The McGovern Family, Lisdoodan, and Aideen O'Dare, Derrygonnelly. We are in Old Pals this Sunday night, with Mary, Garry and the Kevins on duty.

The club’s September monthly meeting takes place this Thursday night at 9pm sharp.

The Harps played out an exciting draw against Roslea last Friday night in the championship semi-final. All the best to our senior squad and management in the replay, which we think will be this Friday night again in Brewster Park.

All the best to everyone involved with Churchill Ladies’ Running Group, who are staging their annual Derrygonnelly 5k & 10k this Saturday. Of course this is also the marker that everyone has been training towards in the Harps’ annual Couch to 5K programme. We are delighted that so many people have trained for this and enjoyed the activities. Good luck on Saturday! 

Our Under 12s had to produce a super third quarter effort to finally move away from Tempo last weekend and claim a win. They are up against Kinawley away this Saturday. These two teams produced a fantastic match a month and a half ago, so this should be very enjoyable for spectators. Our Under 16 boys are also away to Kinawley this Thursday evening.

At the moment, it seems that there is a chance the much delayed girls Under 16 final against Belnaleck will be held this weekend. Please check our online output for fuller details on this. 

This Sunday sees the conclusion of Sunday Morning Footy for 2017. We commence as usual at 11.15 and finish at 12.30. Don’t forget to bring your Lotto ticket with you!


posted 8 Sep 2017, 15:12 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 8 Sep 2017, 15:16 ]




It’s hard to know what to make of this game. At the end most Harps fans felt deflated, yet also relieved. For they could most definitely be out of the championship. But they’re not.

This was a game characterised by what seemed like a very high amount of turnovers, and an inordinately high amount of frees for overcarrying or handling the ball on the ground. Maybe those things reflect the very high levels of workrate, covering, tackling, etc etc. With bad conditions the game was never going to be particularly fluid or open. There were a few snatches of quality play, but not many. In fairness a few of the Harps points were well worked and taken.

Roslea started pretty well, Seamus Quigley scored well to end a move from the throw-up. Not long afterwards his brother Sean Quigley had a point from a free, before Mickey Jones bombed up to get on the end of a Wardy offload, before Conor Quigley made one of his trademark runs to make it 0-3 to 0-1.  Garvan Jones grabbed two quality points from play, as the Harps had a good spell, and this swing saw Garry McKenna set up Leigh Jones from play, and then Deccy Cass swung over from the right wing to make it 0-5 to 0-3. Dermy Reilly had got the road with a black card for tripping Wardy, and Moffett and Niall Cassidy had a thundering collision which saw both men down, but both got back up too. A lot of possession for the Harps as the half wore on, a feeling that they should have had a point or two more.

After a close shave for Roslea when Stephen McGullion got on the end of a high ball, Sean Quigley had a free to get them moving in the second half, but in truth Derrygonnelly had a good stranglehold on things for the next while. However the tension of the thing seemed to make us a bit hesitant. Eventually Deccy Cass had his second point of the night and slowly we moved on through Garvan McGinley and Ryan Jones – well worked scores. Deccy's and Ryan's both off their weaker left feet. After maybe twenty played it was 0-8 to 0-5 as Sean Quigley had a free. With five to play, Keeves had a great score from the right to put the Harps four clear. Marty Renfrew got the road for a straight red offence and no matter what anyone, Roslea supporters included, says, it looked like the Harps would win the game. But……!!!

On about thirty minutes, we were turned over on the way out. A few good passes later, Conor Quigley had a goal! One minute later, Sean had a free to level. Level he did. We were up the field again, but we didn’t manage to manufacture the chance, and we were glad enough to hear the full time whistle in truth. Replay.

A tense, scrappy game. Go again.  Another tenner! 

Harps Notes 4th September 2017

posted 4 Sep 2017, 03:11 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps' Lotto jackpot was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 3, 15, 27 & 28. £20 each went to O & T Dundas, Derrygonnelly, Nuala Leonard, Mullaghdun, and Niamh Power, c/o Denise Kelly. For the second time in eighteen years, the jackpot has reached £10,000! We are in The Cosy Bar this Sunday night, with Eamonn Greene, John Ferguson, and Mary Cox on duty.

What a fantastic performance on Sunday as Fermanagh Ladies made the All Ireland Junior final after an epic, extra-time semi final against London! All the best to the entire panel as they prepare for the big match on Sunday September 24th.

Our seniors play in the championship semi-final against Roslea Shamrocks this Friday evening at 8.30pm in Brewster Park. We wish the entire panel and team management all the best in this tie.

Our Under 12s made a very good start to the final phase of their league competition on Saturday with a win over Irvinestown. They are up against Tempo at home this Saturday at 2.00. Training takes place this Thursday at 6.30pm.

Our Under 16s are away to Teemore this Thursday evening in the league. They had a good performance against Derrylin in the championship preliminary round on Sunday evening, and are now scheduled to play Devenish this Monday evening in the quarter-final.

Our Juniors have now qualified for the Reserve FC final, against either Roslea or Teemore with the final still to be fixed for definite. They put in a good performance in tricky weather conditions to take the result against Enniskillen Gaels in the semi, and good luck to them with their preparations for the final.  

All committee members please note that there is no meeting this Thursday night.

Harps Notes 29th August 2017

posted 29 Aug 2017, 02:11 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £9900, was not won last night. The numbers drawn were 12, 15, 19 and 22. £20 each went to Martin Mellor, Belcoo, Jack Wadsworth, Derrygonnelly and Colm McCaffrey, Garrison. We are in Doogies this Sunday night. John, Louise and Mary are on duty together. Thank you to all of our Lotto promoters and to everyone who supports the club via the Lotto.

Well done to our seniors on their win in the first round of the championship on Sunday. They showed a very good mentality to take the result. The semi final draw sees them facing Roslea Shamrocks.

Thank you also to the club volunteers who were on duty around Canon Maguire Park as we hosted the championship double header on Saturday evening. As always, it takes a big collective effort to get things right, so thank you to everyone.

Our Under 16s and Under 12s should be back in action this week, with fixtures due out soon and to be posted on our online output. There would appear to be a chance that we will have a Reserve FC semi against the Gaels this weekend as well, and we will also seek to pubish details on as soon as they are at hand. Our Under 16s had a good win in a high scoring match against Enniskillen Gaels last Thursday.

Our Under 8s and Under 10s travelled to Kinawley on Saturday to take part in the Hughie Cathcart Memorial Blitzes and had a very enjoyable day indeed, getting piles of matches and emerging as runners up of the Under 8 tournament and winners in the Under 10 event. Thank you to everyone who gave up their time to look after the groups on the day. The Under 10s are pretty much finished up now, bar a few weeks of Sunday footy and all credit to them on a very skilful, committed year of football. Thank you very much to Kinawley GFC for the invite to take part. It was an excellent event in every respect.

Finally, it was with sadness that all Harps members heard of the passing of two people in our area last week. Sincere condolences to the McShea family on the death of Mrs Honora McShea, Monea and also to the Murphy family on the passing of Thomas Murphy from our neighbouring townland of Drumanane. 


posted 27 Aug 2017, 14:32 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Harps 2-8

Erne Gaels 2-6

Nobody would say it was a great game. But it was a great win.

The Harps produced a massive second half, and last fifteen minutes in particular to defeat a very gallant Erne Gaels group. It was a performance that showed the value of being battle hardened. The toughness, the leadership, and the know-how saw the lads home.

They were 1-4 to 0-3 down at half time, after a tense, tough half. What little fluent play there was from either side probably came from Erne Gaels, exemplified by their goal by Paul Ward, which put them 1-1 to 0-1 up. Ward made a good run, as the ball was worked through the right-centre of our defence and finished well. Harps’ Wardy and Ultan Kelm had exchanged points before that. Wardy added a free, before a quick two point burst from Tommy McCaffrey via a turnover, plus a Seamus Ryder free saw them 1-3 to 0-2 up. The Harps were grafting plenty everywhere, although frequently not really getting anywhere as Erne Gaels organised their defensive shield. Deccy Cass was getting through a Trojan amount of work in particular (How often Harps supporters must say that to each other about Deccy!), and he was involved in working a good ball across to Stephen McGullion for a point from play from the right wing in the 23rd minute. Mug was looking like a reasonable bet on the day. Brian Mullin had one from play to leave it 1-4 to 0-3. The Harps were competing, Erne Gaels were competing a wee bit better, but it was all to play for.

Straight away on the restart Mug was back! Ryan Jones caught the kickout and boomed a big one onto the big man. Stephen fetched, fell a wee bit, had the strength to get up, go past his man and slam home to the net! Great stuff! Tommy McCaffrey from a free put two in it again. Harps replied from a Wardy free after a fine fetch by the man Mug from the kickout. He popped it to Garvan Jones who worked it to sub Keeves, who was fouled, Wardy converted. However, the Belleek men worked a good goal in response. Lively half back Oisin Kelm made a massive run to get on the end of a ball from the left wing, he still had to step inside some challenges before a good low finish. As the Belleek supporters still celebrated, Garvan Jones pinged a good point from the right – an important score, we had to respond at that stage!

Five minutes later – Harps were level. Wardy stroked home a low peno to the stand in keeper Seamus Ryder’s left, having been fouled by his then black-carded brother Stephen. The move up to the penalty was a good bit of ball movement: another big Mug fetch in the middle, up the left and across the square via Deccy, Ryan, Garvan, Garry and then Wardy himself. One minute later a ball was won in the middle, worked up the right and Leigh Jones timed his run to slot over – 1 up! Seamus Ryder jogged up to convert a free to level. But the Harps took it by the throat in extra time, Ryan Jones in particular. Wardy won and scored a free, then ultimate warrior Deccy had a shot on target for two up. But still there was time for one last bit of ping pong in our square. The last throw of the dice literally ricocheted off Ronan Cox and shaved the outside of our post! Unreal! Up the field. Harps win!

A win which revealed a lot about the mindset of the group. Showed the tenacity in the first half: dogged determination when things were just going middlin. Second half upped it. Showed the know how, then the ability to seize it when it was there to be seized. Very admirable. A number of fine performances: it would be very hard to separate big Mug and Mickey Jones in MoM terms. Mug had a massive game for the Harps, and Mickey defended supremely, had one great fetch, and a great carry too among other moments. Wardy’s accuracy and working was great, while Ryan increased his grip and influence on the game and was pivotal in the final quarter in particular. All credit to management for a number of very effective substitutions as well. 

For Erne Gaels, they will look at the improvements made to their defence since last year, and can see that they have worked in the form of the Kelms and Shane Mimna in particular. But on the day, the front eight just didn’t perform as they would have liked.Yet on another day, they could have scored that goal at the end and it would have been a different story. It is well known what an effort they made to prepare for this one, and they can only say to themselves that the memories of losses like that one can steel them for next time. They’re obviously very close.

It was noticeable after the game, that while Harps supporters went pretty mad, the team warmed down and went off the pitch calmly. Rightly so. As great as the win was, there was no trophy under the table in the changing room afterwards. The Harps had a massive win against Roslea in 2012 in Brewster Park, celebrated on the pitch like they had been let out of a cage, and got stuffed out the gate by Tempo next round. The mentality was better after the win today. Semi final next. 


Harps News 14th August 2018

posted 14 Aug 2017, 04:47 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £9700, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 5, 11 & 23. £20 each went to Aoibheann Jones, Monea, Killian Keogh, Enniskillen and Frank Reid, Ballybofey. We are in The Cosy Bar on Sunday night. Brendy, Aidy Leonard and Mary are on duty.

Good luck to our Ladies on Sunday in the Junior championship final. This game will be played at 2pm in Brewster Park. We are up against a very strong opponent in Devenish, but our girls will give it their all for sure. We would love to see a good support out to cheer the girls on. Unfortunately, the Under 16 girls’ final did not take place on Sunday. We will have details on re-arrangements, if any, via our online output as soon as they become known. 

Our two Reserve sides are out in championship action this weekend, both in Kinawley on Saturday evening. The Junior A team is out first at 5pm against Lisnaskea, then the Junior Bs are out at 6.30 against Belcoo. Good luck to both squads.

Our Under 12 boys and girls finished up their Section A matches with a good set of performances against Irvinestown. They will play in Division One, but will have to wait a while for other sections to complete before they know who their opponents will be.

Our Under 10s are heading to the annual Go Games blitz in Trillick this Saturday morning. The bus will be leaving Derrygonnelly at 9.30 am. Please contact Brendy on 07968330542 or Francis McKenna on 07766141886 to confirm availability etc. The full Under 10 squad is training alongside the Under 12s this Thursday night at 6.30pm.

A Decent Win Completes League Campaign.

posted 13 Aug 2017, 10:39 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Harps 4-14 Kinawley 3-6

Harps were comfortable enough here. They always looked like scoring. Once or twice, for a few minutes in each half, they were a wee bit under pressure, but not in danger.

Half time score was 2-9 to 2-4. Wardy and Stephen McGullion goaled for the Harps in the first half, while Kinawley replied though Sean McManus and Donal Owens. As they say on Sky Sports, “The defenders will be disappointed with themselves there, Geoff.” There was a reasonable flow of points from Deccy Cass (2), Wardy (play and frees), and  Leigh. For Kinawley, Shea Keenan’s good runs were rewarded with two points and a free won and converted. His good play saw Arch turn to Mickey Jones for the second half in fairness. The second half was similarly generally one in which the Harps were in good shape, but Kinawley rattled them for a wee while around the 15 minute mark. Sean Doc timed his run well to palm home a goal, followed immediately by a beast of a point from Sean Leonard. Kinawley had a sniff, but 2-1 in the following two minutes put the game beyond them through Stephen McGullion and Leigh Jones plus a Wardy point. Thereafter, driven by a lively effort from sub Aaron Burke in particular, the Harps tagged on a few more points for the win.

Deccy Cass had a really good first half, he stood out, but maybe it was a game in which the Harps worked as a unit, a lot of guys doing well in spells. The second quarter saw a bit of sloppiness, which was addressed effectively.

Kinawley were best served by Liam Owens, who was always positive and committed. While Shea Keenan was a threat in the first half in particular.



posted 6 Aug 2017, 10:23 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 6 Aug 2017, 10:28 ]

HARPS 1-15


This was a well deserved victory for the Harps. They had a growing level of control the longer the game went on, as their mobility gave Teemore a lot of problems. Mobility around the pitch was the key in the second half, after a first half which had required much more by way of physical contesting every possession, getting them to half time at 0-6 apiece.

It looked as if Ryan Maguire was going to beat us on his own, as he bagged five points from play in the first thirty minutes. We managed to keep in touch, with scores from Colm Jones, a super point from Darragh Glynn from play, and Garry McKenna from a 45 metre free. Conor Hoy burrowed through to set up Stephen McGullion, and Barry McGrath had two frees. Teemore’s other point had come from the accurate Liam Martin.

The game was won in the next quarter, as the Harps registered 1-4 to two points in reply from Teemore. Garry McKenna had a fine score in the fifth minute, after Nathan Jones had done exceptionally well to bring the ball out of defence, Colm Jones skipped in from the right for a score, Garry McKenna registered from play again, taking on the ball about fifty yards out and just driving through. Colm Jones had an identical point to the one he had scored earlier before Jonny McGurn grabbed the goal that took the Harps away from their opponents in the thirteenth minute. Niall Jones turned Teemore over in the middle of the field and gave it to Conor Hoy who burrowed through and had a shot blocked only for Jonny to smack home a well struck low finish on the rebound. That put five in it. Lee Jones was proving very influential after that as Teemore visibly didn’t have the legs to stay with him. He was everywhere, and bagged two good points. Liam Martin had two frees for Teemore, and Colm McNally slotted one for them from the left, but the scores kept flowing for the Harps through Aidy McKenna, Conor Hoy and a Garry McKenna free. Jack Kelly had a great save with about ten to go as well. He’s a big obstacle for any forward coming in, and he’s agile too. The Harps had good leadership in key areas from Darragh Glynn, Stephen McGullion, Garry McKenna and Conor Hoy. On top of that, they had a very neat and tidy performance from Nathan Jones at wing back, plus Colm Jones who had three good scores at moments when they were needed. Overall, Teemore were too reliant on Liam Martin and Ryan Maguire in particular for scores.

Well done to the whole junior squad who played in games all year. Congratulations to the backroom team of Paul Ward, Stephen Love, and Niall Gilleece, who were aided a lot by Ruairi Dundas and Emmy Burns in particular. Thank you also to our team sponsors Diamond Cabs.  

Well doNE LADS!

Jack Kelly, James McGrail, Darragh Glynn, Stephen Jones, Aaron Burke, Dermot Carroll, Nathan Jones, Stephen McGulion, Niall Jones, Conor Hoy, Garry McKenna, Aidy Meehan, Barry McGrath, Jonny McGurn, Colm Jones, Lee Jones, Mo Cassidy, Aidan McKenna, Peter Gallagher, Gavin Dolan, Ciaran Dundas, John Murphy, Sean Anthony Keaney, Stephen Leonard, Odhran McBrien, Stephen Burns, Damien McCauley (captain)

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