Joneses to the Four

posted 30 Sep 2018, 15:50 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 30 Sep 2018, 15:51 ]
Fermanagh Senior Football Championship Final
Harps 2-16 Ederney 0-10

The Harps retained their Senior Football Championship crown after a devastating second half display put Ederney to the sword in Brewster Park this afternoon.

Ederney started purposefully, Mark McCauley pointing a free in the first minute, a lead he doubled minutes later.  They were attacking in waves and their cluster tackling early on was reaping possession for them.  Sean Cassidy went for the shot but slipped and the ball broke forward for Paul Ward to open the Harps account before Marty McGrath hit a monster score on ten minutes to keep a two-point lead.  Ryan Jones was fouled and Garvan pointed the free to leave the minimum between the sides.  The surface was slippy in places with men losing their footing, but the Harps drove on, Ryan again feeding Garvan Jones whose shot was scuffed but still had enough momentum to bounce over the bar for a point.  Aaron Dennison bombed up the right wing to point for Ederney to keep them ahead before Garvan hit a stunning score from a free on the sideline to level matters. 
We were pressing. 
Shane wins the mark, moves the ball to Ryan up the right, to Moffat and on to Decy Cass, who fed Ryan again and he sidestepped the Ederney defenders and got his shot at goal away.  Ederney men rushed back to block it, but the umpires judged it to have crossed the line and raised the green flag!  Barely time to draw breath, Ryan again winning the kickout fed Gary McKenna for a point.  Mark McCauley stroked over a difficult free for Ederney before Moffat bombs forward and following an intricate passing movement points a great score.  Garvan then wins a free on the cinema side, a difficult enough angle but he points.  Ederney reply with two points before the break, a free from McCauley (moved forward for dissent) and a score from Chris Snow who found himself in loads of space.

Half time Harps 1-7 Ederney 0-7

Ryan got the Harps scoring underway in the second half with a real display of power as he drove forward to point, with McGrath replying for Ederney with five minutes gone in the second half.  Four minutes later, the Harps would hit their second goal.  The ball was cleared out of defence by Micky and Eamo who fed Ryan and he passed it out left to Decy Cass.  His high ball in was brilliantly fielded by Wardy who danced around the square before slotting it low and into the back of the net.  2-8 to 0-8.  Ederney needed to respond but instead the Harps tightened the screw around the middle, Garvan feeding a long ball in and Mug with a great high catch to feed Ryan for a brilliant point.  Wardy then hit a brace of scores after a great catch from Moffat and a turnover on Morris by Shane McGullion.  Conall won a free which Gary McKenna converted, before Conall pointed from 45 yards out, and we were 2-14 to 0-8 ahead.  The Harps attacked again, Leigh Jones starting the move deep in defence, moved the ball to Ryan who fed the attacking Eamo who laid it off to Garvan for a wonderful team point.  Eamo again feeding the ball in to Conall who leapt like a salmon to win the high ball in, turn and point.  Conor McGee pointed from distance for Ederney on 26 minutes, while things petered out a bit, the Harps emptying their bench and Aaron Dennison with the final score of the game, before James Lewis blew for full time.

Four in a row!

There's plenty of Harps people who never thought we'd see one-in a row, never mind four so we have to keep driving forward while we're ahead, and we have to improve on every performance.  You gotta make hay when the sun shines.  Jet Treacy on commentary made a reference to the "conveyor belt of talent" at Harpland, and it is exciting times to be a Harps supporter and see young players like Oisin Smyth, Aidy McKenna and Gavin McGovern getting a run out today.  But talent on its own doesn't get results.  And the Harps today were full of graft, full of honest endeavour, energy and full of work.  From Jack in Goals all the way through, every man played his part.  But Ryan Jones was, in the words of Mark Sidebottom "simply imperious" and he deservedly took home the man-of-the-match award.  Decy Cass, Garvan Jones, Eamo, Wardy... every man raised their game.  Fair play!

League Semi-Final coming up next weekend, and an Ulster Club date with the Monaghan Champions in 3 weeks time.
Well done lads! #NoSteppingBack