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!