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CROSSMAGLEN PREVAIL IN COMPETITIVE ULSTER SEMI.

posted 18 Nov 2017, 11:55 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 18 Nov 2017, 11:59 ]

Crossmaglen 1-8

Harps 0-6

 

So the Under 16 lads’ run came to an end to today after a loss against a Crossmaglen team which just had a wee bit too much for our boys on the day. We were hard-working and competitive, and they had to work hard for their result, but we were never able to get a lead to hold onto and play the counter-attack as we did last week against Gaoth Dobhair. We just never caught fire in the same way as last week. In truth, the step up in opponents is a factor in things like that too. Cross were just as hardworking as us, and had a few very good contributions all over the pitch. 

That said, it has been a super championship campaign, through Fermanagh and into the Ulster Club, and the experience gained should be very significant for these players. They definitely proved themselves able to cope with the contests and intensity of such games, and they have gained a bit of know how that should definitely stand to them in the future. A number of them are improving all the time, and have come on a lot in twelve months. The question from last week’s game in particular will stand the test of time: How and why did we win that game?

The half time score today was 1-3 to 0-3, with our scores coming from Rian McGovern and Conor Burns with two excellent scores from play, and Rian adding a free towards the end of the half. We had conceded a slippy oul goal early on, but managed to establish a reasonable foothold in the contest.

Into the second half, we had plenty of perspiration, but maybe not quite the inspiration we needed. If I were to point out one significant difference from last week’s play, it would be that we didn’t quite get the support coming on the shoulder of the man in possession in a way that might have got us into scoring range. Yet Crossmaglen found it difficult to build up much of a total either, with a few wides and some excellent defending by Aaron Jones and Ronan McHugh in particular, well supported by Rhys Campbell and Brandon Curry. Gareth McGovern, with a good left foot strike, Rian with a good free and Brandon in the last minute, allowed us to double our tally on the day. It has to be said also that Rian had a really fine game, showing immense workrate from our own fourteen yard line to the other end, for the whole game – great leadership, and not a word out of him to the ref or anyone else. He was too busy looking for the next bit of work to be done - excellent. We might have squeezed a wee bit more out of the second half, but it just didn’t happen a few times.

Overall, we can definitely hold our head up high. Thanks very much lads for giving us a great season, and to our excellent, committed team coaches thank you very much Anthony, Kevin and Aidy for doing a brilliant job as well. Harps abu!    

HARPS U-16S PROGRESS IN SPIRIT OF PAUL MCGIRR ULSTER CLUB COMPETITION!!!

posted 11 Nov 2017, 10:44 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Spirit of Paul McGirr Ulster U16 Club Competition. 

Derrygonnelly Harps 0-8

Gaoth Dobhair 0-4.

 

In our fourth go at it after 2009, 2014 and 2016, our Under 16s had a super performance today to take a victory and move on into the Ulster Club semi-final when they put in a brilliant 65 minutes to defeat the Donegal champions.

The half time score was 0-3 apiece, with Rian McGovern driving through for our first score, lively sub Eoin Magee scampering through for a neat left footed point, and Leigh Greene, full of desire and will, bombing through for our third. Gaoth Dobhair, with the wee slope towards Omagh, had two frees and a score from play, but they were finding it hard to get through the Harps in any comfort. In fact they had no comfort at all. Everywhere they went, they were harassed and turned and blocked. The Harps were working like absolute demons, and Gaoth Dobhair were a bit surprised. Big time.

And so the second half continued. Derrygonnelly patient with the ball, trying to use it, making sure not to give the thing away. Gaoth Dobhair under pressure in possession, but dangerous. They had a few wides and close shaves in fairness, but we kept the scoreboard ticking over, through Rian with two frees. The second one was to put us ahead, an absolute legend of a free from the right wing, outside of the right boot job, nailed it and went back out to the middle to get back to work, and boy did he work. He and his cousin Gareth’s workrate was just top drawer. Gareth carried the ball upfield, out of defence, into Donegal territory time and again, and he put us two up with maybe ten to go. But still, the Harps physical commitment did not wilt for one second, with Aaron Jones, Rhys Campbell, Ronan McGovern, every single player putting in a massive shift to contest everything once, twice, and a third time if necessary. There was no standing up watchin your man soloing up the field, it was non stop work and pressure. Skucey, as ever, proved a very safe last line of defence, and Darragh Burke proved a great influence in terms of interceptions and  bringing the ball out well umpteen times over the hour. He is very assured with the ball, but he had to have lads looking to take it off him, and that’s why we got the result, everyone was up for it. Cian Corrigan, who had a great amount of tracking and possession, and Conor Burns picked off two great counter attacking points to see us home, and  now we’re in an Ulster semi. 

It was a great win for our club. For every one of our club coaches, and most importantly for our young players. Some of them probably don’t appreciate it, but they just put in maybe the best performance a Harps underage team has ever had. I honestly can’t think of many to match it. They played with skill, with their heads up in possession, but most of all with fantastic commitment. And despite everything just written, we have to get better. We have to work just as hard again, a wee bit harder, we have to be better at supporting each other getting the ball upfield, maybe in twos and threes, and we have to score more than eight points. 

But they have given themselves and all of our other teams a reference point that we can draw upon time and again, no matter what happens anywhere else: “Why did we win that game that day in Dromore?” The answer can be applied to a lot of games in future. Absolutely brilliant lads, just great stuff today.  

Lee Skuce, Rhys Campbell, Ronan McHugh, Brandon Curry, Niall Maguire, Leigh Green Aaron Jones, Rian McGovern, Gareth McGovern, Cian Corrigan, Conor Gallagher, Darragh Burke, Connor McGovern, Conor Burns, Ronan McGovern, Eoin Magee, Robert Grannell, Aaron Skuce, Bryan McKenna, Jonny Duffy, Jamie Thompson, Ronan Leonard, Ben Foy, Rory Joe Duffy, Ben Foy, Micheal Glynn.  


WELL DONE HARPS U14 GIRLS LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!

posted 3 Jul 2017, 09:29 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 3 Jul 2017, 09:33 ]

Harps 4-7 Enniskillen Gaels 3-1. 

This was a good contest, and it took a great effort in the final third of the game to finally get the Harps into a winning position. The Gaels got off to a great start  with an Erin Tierney goal from play after a spell when the Harps took a while to settle into the game and appeared to be showing some final nerves. The game ebbed and flowed before the Harps got off the mark with a goal from Caitlin Duffy from the rebound after her initial shot from a penalty was well saved by Gaels Keeper Naoise Whitley .

The Gaels then scored from a penalty themselves which was  firmly despatched to the roof of the net by Erin Tierney after the same player had been fouled .The Harps came close on a few occasions to adding to their total  after  strong running by Emily Cassidy and  Aoibheann Jones  but had to settle for  a point from a Caitlin Duffy free  to leave HT score of 1-1 to 2-0.

The young Harpettes upped the pace of their game in the second half with a score from play by Bronagh Smyth , a goal from Caitlin Duffy and point from Shauna Elliott. The Gaels continued  to press forward with the industrious Orla Murphy a constant threat from midfield. Further scores came from Bronagh Smyth from a very acute angle after being set up by corner forward  Stephanie Jones, and crucially a goal from a long distance  free from midfielder Jones which dropped just under the bar .The Gaels had a number of strong attacks  and  Harps keeper Aifie Campbell had to be  in fine form to save a  number of Gaels shots before  Enniskillen did break through for their third  goal .However  late scores from Shauna Elliott ,Caitlin  Duffy , wing half forward Reika Robson and wing back Niamh Duffy saw the Harps secure victory in what was a very sporting and competitive encounter sensibly referred by Owenie McCarney .

The Harps victory was built on a solid performance at the back in which player of the match Ciara Leonard at full-back  , and corner backs Roisin Hehir and  Natasha Cox  were not found wanting .Ciara Woods was extremely effective at centre back and  Tara McAloon and Niamh Duffy worked very hard to deal with the Gaels attacks and set up counterattacks from half back  whilst the Harps midfield of Derbhla Duffy and Aoibheann Jones covered every inch of the Tempo pitch .

The Gaels team  battled away to the final with goalie Whitley and full back Naomi McHugh, in addition to Murphy and Tierney  being particularly assured .

 

This was a good team performance by the Harps .Well done to the  entire squad of girls and their coaches Frances Hoy, Martin Duffy and Brian Leonard. Everyone has put in a big effort over a long period of time, and it is great to see the work by everyone involved being rewarded!


Squad: Aife Campbell, Natasha Cox, Ciara Leonard, Roisin Hehir, Tara McAloon, Ciara Woods, Niamh Duffy, Aoibheann Jones, Derbhla Duffy, Reika Robson, Emily Cassidy, Bronagh Smyth, Shauna Elliott, Caitlin Duffy, Stephanie Jones, Saoirse McGahey, Aoife Rasdale, Grace Grannell, Ella Dolan, Grainne Duffy, Muireann Duffy, Dearbhla Jones, Grainne Duffy, Bronagh McGovern.  

Thank you also to our team sponsor Elliott's Swings and Things!

 

FEILE IS OVER. PHEW!

posted 3 Jul 2017, 09:13 by Derrygonnelly Harps


What an experience we had in Feile 2017. As hosts, key venue and participants, we were lucky enough to be positioned right in the cockpit of this competition last weekend and what an experience it was. Our Under 14 lads had a great start to the event, with wins over Enniskillen Gaels and Mayobridge, before the increased intensity against our friends from St Brigids Roscommon and then Coralstown Kinnegad proved to be too big of a challenge for our lads on Saturday. Then came Super Sunday at Canon Maguire Park as we hosted four semi finals and four All Ireland finals with Castleknock and Mayobridge emerging as Cup and Shield winners from Division Three, plus wins for St Mogues Fethard in Wexford and St Ciaran's Roscommon in Division Seven. It proved to be a genuinely enjoyable and uplifting experience for our club. We can only thank our host families, who took in young fellas from St Brigids and made real friendships with them over the weekend, and the other group to acknowledge is the massive volunteer effort over the months, weeks and days leading up to the Feile, and then over the weekend itself. It was a tremendous display of teamwork and selflessness from a massive number of contributors of all ages to prepare and deliver the way we did. Thank you very much.

Our Under 14 season has ended now, so thank you to them and their coaches Aidy, John, Donal and Nigel for their commitment over a long season. We have had a good year overall, for sure, as these young players' development continues.

GAELS PULL AWAY AT END OF DIV.1 LEAGUE FINAL..

posted 18 Jun 2017, 14:30 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Gaels 2-14 Harps 1-10

Pre match favourites Enniskillen Gaels moved away from the Harps in the final ten minutes of this well contested match with two Matthew Dixon goals making the tie safe for them and killing off a very game Harps outfit.

The Gaels led 0-6 to 0-5 at half time, with the Harps tenacity to stay in touch inspired by a remarkable display of goalkeeping by Lee Skuce, who pulled off a succession of outstanding saves to keep the Gaels at bay, and in truth they kicked a few bad wides to add to their nerves.

In the seventh minute of the second half, Gavin McGovern grabbed a goal on one of the too infrequent situations when we got decent ball to him, and the Harps were a point up! The Gaels finally drew level in the 19th minute of the half, and Matthew Dixon was to prove their matchwinner with two goals in the 22nd and 25th minute to give them a good margin. The Harps had lost both Jack Love (Black Card) and Conor Maguire (Second Yellow) in the 18th and 21st minutes, and just couldn’t sustain the level of organisation needed to stop the Gaels exploiting the spaces. Best for the Gaels on the night: John Rehill and Johnny Cassidy. And they definitely deserved their win.

There were a lot of admirable aspects to the Harps’ performance. Leaving aside Skuce’s heroics, they all worked very hard and a lot of players such as Ronan McHugh put in a huge shift. The kickouts were very well contested, Oisin Smyth was very composed and moved the ball out effectively quite a bit. One felt that Gavin McGovern had the beating of his man inside, but we weren’t able to feed him as much as we would like. In fairness, the team has clearly worked hard on and has developed an ethic of ball retention, and sometimes that means recycling rather than bogging it into the other team’s square and being annoyed when it comes out again, It’s not an easy balance to get. Overall, plenty of things to build on for a tilt at the champo, starting with Lisnaskea on 6th of July. Our previous results against Lisnaskea mean we will be totally focussed for this one. Good luck lads.  

Newtown Too Strong for Harps U14s On The Day...

posted 18 Jun 2017, 14:09 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Our Under 14 lads had a very tough hour at the office in the Under 14 championship final against Newtownbutler, as the First Fermanaghs had one of those days when everything clicked for them, and we just didn’t get going. With a reasonable breeze in our back in the first half, we found ourself down 3-5 to 1-4 at half time, 1-2 of our tally coming from Ronan McGovern, with a point apiece from Niall Maguire and Odhran Harbinson. Newtown had looked threatening, and although we got a good lift from a Conor Gallagher goal in the 1st minute of the second half, we ended up under a lot of pressure from Newtowns accurate play and quality in most positions. Dylan Martin and Caolan Swift providing the platform for Diarmuid King, Joseph Clancy and Ger O’Keefe to grab the scores. Newtown were excellent. Ronan McGovern ran himself to a standstill for the Harps, with Aaron Skuce and Corin Bell noticeably courageous performers in defence. Overall, we didn’t manage to hit the same heights we had in other matches this year, but that shouldn’t take away from the good season overall especially from the likes of Connor McGovern and Conor Gallagher.

Overall, we are just behind Derrylin in the pecking order overall, with Newtown a fair bit ahead of both of us. Kinawley are just behind us at the minute. Future plan for this squad? It’s dead simple: close the gap to the teams ahead! Thank you very much to Aidy McGovern, Nigel Harbinson, John Duffy and Donal Duffy. The role of Under 14 manager is a tough one – a long season, starting in bad conditions. The fellas deserve every praise for the job they have done with the group, and they have got a number of great performances out of them. Keep at it lads! 



HARPS EMERGE FROM CRACKING UNDER 10 FINAL!

posted 18 Jun 2017, 13:43 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 3 Jul 2017, 10:12 ]

A busy Saturday for the Harps’ Youth Section with three teams contesting finals, began with our annual tournament concluding with the blitz and final at Canon Maguire Park. The final result went to an exceptionally talented Harps Under 10 outfit, who claimed an excellent win against a very gallant Kinawley team. Once the draw was made, the smart money had been on these two teams emerging from their groups, for a rematch of a cracking group game in 2016, which Kinawley had won.

This time, the Harps won on a scoreline of 2-20 (42) to 0-14 (28), but the game was a very well contested affair indeed. The Harps led by three points at half time: 1-9 (19) to 0-8 (16), having played into the wind and worked exceptionally hard to pressurise Kinawley into a fairly sizeable wide count, and then combining to get the ball upfield and take their scores against the wind. One felt that they should be able to push on a bit with the wind advantage, and so it proved. Kinawley had three exceptional players in Dara Cathcart, Callum Curry and Ryan Gilleece, but the Harps had more of a spread of very significant contributors from Finlay McKenna in goal, right through to Tiernan O’Neill and Imogen Knight at the other end of the field. Full backs Seann Greene and Eddie Elliott were very assured and looked to get the ball out well, with Kian Whitehouse and Naoise Harbinson very quick on the loose ball. Niall McKenna’s striking is very impressive, and Shane Magee plus Shane Carroll’s movement up front was very hard for Kinawley to get on top of. It would be remiss not to highlight in particular the workrate of Patrick Durkin, Conall Rasdale and Michael Duffy as the absolute driving force for the Harps. The three of them never stopped! So the Harps pushed home in the final ten minutes, as the Kinawley lads began to lose a bit of energy in the hot conditions. Seann Greene lifted the Gerard Cox Memorial Cup on behalf of his team-mates. Well done boys and girls!

Finlay McKenna, Seann Greene, Eddie Elliott, Naoise Harbinson, Kian Whitehouse, Patrick Durkin, Michael Duffy, Conall Rasdale, Niall McKenna, Shane Carroll, Shane Magee, Aoibh Love, Imogen Knight, Katie Ryan, Shay McKenna, Evan Cassidy. Absent but played in all of our other games: Daire Keown and Shane Hoy. 

Our development squads had been playing all morning up on the top pitch as we fielded two teams against Enniskillen Gaels, Tempo, Belcoo and Derrylin. Both squads played very well indeed, with leaders like Aoibh Love, Evan Cassidy, Torin Smyth, Shay McKenna, Cora McGlone, Joseph Flynn and Kyra Duffy backed up by impressive P4 rookies like Mark Gallagher and Oisin Magee. We had a great morning, and were well ready for the jumbo hotdog afterwards! 

Eilish Campbell, Orla Maguire, Aoibh Love, Katie Ryan, Eva Foy, Kyra Duffy, Aoife Geoghan, Caitlin Magee, Phoebe Mackin, Maeve Duffy, Cora McGlone, Imogen Knight, Torin Smyth, Paddy Sinclair, Ronan Jones, Tomas McGovern, Joseph Flynn, Shay McKenna, Ben Cameron, Evan Cassidy, Tiernan O’Neill, Callum Keaney, Mark Gallagher, Oisin Magee, Loris Thompson, Evan McKenna, Paul Cox, Ruairi McManus, Jonny Sinclair, Caolan McGahey Jack Duffy.

 

Special mention to Gerald Love Contracts, our event sponsors, Dom Corrigan who coordinated the whole tournament and Blitz Day, with help from Garry and Niall Smyth, plus all of the people who helped out with pitch preparation, refereeing, catering, car parking etc etc. It took a massive volunteer effort to have a great day.



     

YOUTH NIGHT 2017!

posted 16 Feb 2017, 09:42 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 16 Feb 2017, 09:44 ]

We had an excellent turnout at our Youth Presentation Night. 
The night began with Garry Smyth Youth Secretary giving a comprehensive run-down on a very successful 2016 for our underage teams. Niall Smyth put together an excellent slide show of photographs from throughout the year. Presentations were made to our U14 Feile winners, U14 ladies League winners, U16 ladies League finalists, U16 Division 1 league winners and Championship winners.
Our special guests were Matthew Donnelly of Trillick, Tyrone, Ulster and Ireland fame, and Michael Jones of Derrygonnelly Harps, Fermanagh and Ulster fame. Both spoke very well on many topics such as nutrition, stats, improving yourself as a player and the black card! Both lads were really excellent guests, and no doubt are great role models for our young players. Thank you to them for taking the time out to speak to our players and pose for many photographs. On the night, Shane McGullion received the Spirit of Damian Award, an award close to the hearts of all Harps. 
Thank you to everyone who made this night such a great success.
 

Under 16s Do the Double in Style!

posted 8 Oct 2016, 09:40 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Harps 1-16

Gaels 3-3

Congratulations to our entire Under 16 squad and their management on achieving a championship and league double with a good victory over Enniskillen Gaels today. The match might look one sided, but it was entertaining, after a remarkable first quarter in which neither side raised a flag!!

Eventually, spectators awoke in the 15th minute as Mattie McAleer flicked a high ball to edge of the Harps square into the net to put the Gaels up. The Harps put together a few nice attacks which ended up not converted before they registered through Gavin McGovern, plus two Micheal Glynn points, the second of which was a nice effort from play. Playing confidently, it looked like the Harps would assert themselves and move away, but they were rocked again by a second Gaels goal as Ryan McDonnell managed to put our defence under enough pressure to get the ball into the net in the 21st minute. Killian Corrigan added to this with a very nice point for the Gaels immediately afterwards. Gavin McGovern finished a good low goal in the 25th minute, followed by scores from Micheal Glynn and Rian McGovern to see us in at half time leading 1.5 to 2.1.

Gareth McGovern had an excellent point straight away, but the Gaels had an excellent goal from Jamie Robinson, to put them back in the lead. Josh Horan added a point on, and remarkably, they were back in front. However, the feeling was that the Harps would have too much, and with Leigh Green and Oisin Smyth driving things forward, they recorded five points in five minutes through Micheal (2), a super score from Jack Love, and Rian (2). Ethan Beresford had what would turn out to be the Gaels’ last point in the 16th minute, and the Harps were pretty much in charge with a further five points from Jack (2), a Micheal Glynn point after a super move, the length of the field, a free, plus a Gareth McGovern point to finish. In truth, they had a lot of wides, and could easily have added to their tally.

There was some good fielding by both sides. Best for the Gaels was probably Ethan Beresford, who played well throughout. The quality of the Harps general play as a team was very good at times, probably better than in the championship final, and there were excellent performances from Oisin Smyth, Leigh Green, Rian McGovern and Micheal Glynn in particular, but Jack Love really stood out as our top man with an all round exhibition of fielding, working, moving the ball and scoretaking. A fine achievement for the whole squad and managers Roger, Anthony and Aidy. Well done lads! 


UNDER 16 COUNTY CHAMPS!!!!

posted 3 Oct 2016, 08:49 by Derrygonnelly Harps

HARPS 1-11 Gaels 2-6.

What a brilliant effort! The pick of the two championship winning performances! Our Under 16s got the championship final day off to the best possible start as they overturned pre match favourites Enniskillen Gaels with a show of determination and teamwork.


The lads can definitely say that they got the maximum collective effort on the day, with endless contributions from all over the pitch. The Harps started brightly enough, with a well struck Gavin McGovern free, but the first quarter saw us hanging in there a bit as the Gaels looked to cut us open inside, and shaved the post on two occasions. Micheal Glynn and two monsters from Gavin McGovern saw us go 4-3 up before key Gaels’ man Conor Love grabbed the goal he had been threatening in the 18th minute. Nonetheless, Jack Love had a great distance effort followed by Gareth McGovern to tie things up at half time. Derrygonnelly had reorganised a bit by this stage, and the Gaels threat was clearly diminishing somewhat as Oisin Smyth and skipper Debhan McGovern sorted things out superbly. There were a lot of very hardworking efforts in that half, with Gareth McGovern revelling in the number 11 role, plus fellas like Darragh Burke knitting a lot of things together neatly with unselfish ball carrying.

Micheal had his second point of the day to start what would be a pulsating second half, and the hardworking Rian McGovern had a good score from the right as we were gaining momentum. Two Brandon Horan points for the Gaels kept the tension high, but the Harps were clearly edging it. Still, they were flying by the seat of their pants at times, none more so than when Brandon Curry appeared out of nowhere to make a massive goal-line clearance for us. Gavin McGovern grabbed a crazy score from out on the left, before the super economical Micheal Glynn got on the end of a lovely ball behind the Gaels’ defence and his low finish to the net in the 22nd minute was the key score. In the middle area of the pitch, Jack Love, Leigh Green and Ronan McHugh were massive in the final quarter, winning endless hard possession, showing the hunger needed to make the difference. On the stroke of full time, we led by five with two more frees, one from Micheal and one from Gavin, but there was still time for a Skucey special save as the Gaels gave it one last go, but could only grab one score from Callum Jones in the 31st minute to increase the tension further. But we got downfield again, and the ref blew his whistle. An Under 16 final to remember. Well done lads! There were so many excellent performances all over the pitch, but credit also to our management trio of Anthony Greene (our longest serving coach), Aidy Leonard and Roger McGovern. They made a lot of good calls this year. The Harps’ workrate from every player, the determination, and the mental strength were a pleasure to watch. Well done lads!     

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