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.