SFL Opening win

posted 8 Apr 2018, 09:43 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 8 Apr 2018, 13:25 ]
Tempo 1-9 Harp 2-24

The Harps got their Senior Football League campaign underway this afternoon in Tempo.  Played in glorious sunshine, the pitch still bore witness to a few days of heavy rain, with underfoot conditions slippy.  But there was no slip-up from the Harps today who set out their stall early, with points coming from Conall Jones (a free and a 45) Eamo and Leigh Jones.  Aidan Breen and PJ Rogers replied for Tempo.  Breen was to be the key man for Tempo, his probing runs and strength on the ball was great, he hit another free before Wardy hit a brace of scores (one from play, one free he won and converted).  Tempo hit a wonderful point, Breen winning his own kickout, passed to Lorcan McStravick and he pointed from 40 yards.  Tempo then inexplicibly hit a free straight to Eamo, the ball was worked up to Wardy who hit a beautiful pass to Conall and he forced Matthew Jackson into making a great save as he palmed it over the bar.  Breen responded with a great individual score - winning the kickout, moving forward and pointing it himself, but the Harps had scores from Leigh (0-2), Gary McKenna, Conall, Wardy and Ryan Jones.  With a minute left in the first half, the Harps got their first goal from Shane McGullion, Eamo with a loopy shot which Matthew Jackson didn't quite read right and he palmed it straight into Shanes path.  Ryan then pointed on half time to leave it 0-5 to 1-15.

The second half opened with a Gary point before Tempo got a great goal, a high ball in was cleanly won by McStravick and he turned and banged it past Jack Kelly in the Harps goal, textbook stuff.  The Harps responded with their second goal, Wardy doing the leg work, passing to Moffat who hit the post but Aidan McKenna made no mistake with the rebound.  The Harps then brought on crowd-favourite Decy Cassidy and he hit a point after a great passing move involving Leigh, Moffat and Aidan McKenna.  From there on in, there were points from Aidan McKenna and Conall, while Tempo could only respond with long-range frees from Breen (0-3) and McStravick.  The introduction of Garvan Jones resulted in him getting 3 trademark Garvan points, while Eamo ran the length of the field to take the pass and score his second point of the day, and Colm Jones hit a great score from a very acute angle on the far left.

Look, a wins a win, but the Harps know it will be a very different Tempo team they face in Harpland later in the year.
For the Harps, it was pleasing to see Tiarnan Daly returning to the club colours for the full hour.  Micky was solid as ever and Stephen McGullion had a very good game.  Up front the McKenna brothers contributed well and Garys workrate in the first half particularly was pleasing.

Next Sunday its Irvinestown AWAY at 1pm

Harps: Jack Kelly, Dennis Greene, Tiarnan Daly, Eamon McHugh, Neil Gallagher, Michael Jones, Garvan McGinley, Stephen McGullion, Ryan Jones, Leigh Jones, Gary McKenna, Shane McGullion, Paul Ward, Conall Jones, Aidan McKenna
Subs used; Decy Cassidy, Darragh Glynn, Gavin McGovern, Colm Jones, Stephen Gilroy, Garvan Jones