SFL Win in Irvinestown

posted 15 Apr 2018, 07:37 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 15 Apr 2018, 08:11 ]
Second round of SFL division 1 saw the Harps travel to Irvinestown on Sunday afternoon.

Garvan Jones and Ryan Jones hit an early brace of points for the Harps before Irvinestown levelled matters with two pointed frees from Gary Maguire.  This was to be the pattern for the first half, with the Harps adding a brace of points from Conall (one a trademark Conall nonchalant swing of the boot, the other a great score from wide on the right) and Ryan driving through to point, while Irvinestown replied with two pointed frees from Maguire.  Decy Cassisy came on and got his trademark point following a short kick out which was intercepted by Conall.  On the stroke of half-time referee Seamus Breen showed Garvan Jones a black card as the scoreboard read Irvinestown 0-4 Harps 0-6.

The second half saw Irvinestown grab their goal, a 40 yard free from Ronan Ormsby ended up deflecting off Tiarnans hands and sailed past a helpless Jack Kelly in the Harps net.  The Harps response however was champagne stuff, with Ryan pointing after a turnover from the industrious Shane McGullion, and then Wardy grafting on the left side and nipping in for a fisted point.  A frantic enough 2 minutes.  Irvinestown then levelled the game again with a Maguire free.  At this point the free tally was worrying the Harps supporters on the Hill, but for the last fifteen minutes the Harps put the heads down and really drove on.  A pointed free from Conall was followed by a goal-bound shot from Colm Jones being well saved by TJ McMulkin in the Irvinestown goal and three minutes later McMulkin pulled off a terrific save from a Wardy piledriver.  Things kinda fizzled out a bit then, Eamo turning over for Ryan to point, with Irvinestown replying from an Ormsby free before the Harps pulled away with scores from Conall and a Wardy brace.  Full time Irvinestown 1-6 Harps 0-13

Two games in, two wins but a fair few lessons learned today.  Irvinestown played a short passing game and they are quite fit, but are just lacking in the physical stakes to break through our defence.  They badly need that marquee forward who could cause bother inside, and with their injury list they can be happy enough with how they performed today.  Niall Smyths machine was nearly overheating in the first half, they had a lot of posessions.  Their half back line were very good with Joey Millar excellent on the wing.  McMulkin pulled off three great point-blank saves for them too!  For the Harps, it was ultimately the driving power of Ryan and Conall, and the grafting of Wardy up front which made the difference.

Next up a double-weekend with a trip to Donagh on Friday night at 7pm, before we play Lisnaskea at Harpland on Sunday.