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!