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