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Harps Notes 13th August 2018

posted 13 Aug 2018, 02:53 by Derrygonnelly Harps

he Harps Lotto jackpot, now £6800, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 11, 15, 16 and 21. £20 each went to Daire Keown, Monea, Kevin Nugent, c/o Kevin Cassidy and Anthony Kerrigan, Belcoo. We are in Doogie’s this Sunday night, with Mary, John and Louise on duty.

Tough going for our reserve teams on Sunday, with both bowing out of the championship at the quarter final stage, this means that there are no more fixtures for the teams. Thank you very much to our managers Niall, Roger, Gerry, Liam and Aaron for their trojan work this year. Thank you also to our team sponsors Diamond Cabs and Erne Skip Hire for their support.

At underage level, our Under 13s host Irvinestown this Thursday evening at 7.30pm. Congratulations to team member Conall Rasdale who lined out in the Cumann na mBunscoil INTO Respect game at half time on Sunday at Croke Park, a great experience.

Congratulations to our clubman Daniel Ward, who was married to Ciara Breen in Armagh on Friday last. All Harps people wish them every happiness together.

We are hosting a championship double header this Saturday evening at Canon Maguire Park. As ever, this will require a decent amount of stewarding, and other roles to be taken on for us to do our job well. We are asking available help to contact John McGovern or Gerald Greene if you can take on a slot.

Finally, it was with sadness that our club heard of the passing of Vincent Maguire, Derrylin, last weekend. Our sympathies are extended to the Maguire family.

Shamrocks drown the Harps in Erne Cup Final

posted 5 Aug 2018, 07:59 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Played in perfect conditions in Brewster Park this afternoon, Roslea took the Erne Cup Division 1 title with a deserving 3-10 to 0-10 win over the Harps.

The Harps started well, with Kevin Cassidy showing his class with an early point, and then Aidy McKenna after winning the free got on the end of Barry McGraths lofting kick to punch it over the bar.  Brendan Sherlock hit a free for Roslea and he was causing a few headaches inside.  Ciaran Cassidy equally got on a lot of ball and was clean through on goal but it trickled wide.  Sherlock hit a stunning score from the stand side to level the game, and Roslea were applying plenty of pressure around the middle. Oisin Smyth broke forward to point and then with Muzzy through, Conor Mohan in the Roslea nets made a point blank save and they then counter-attacked through Sherlock (who else?!) and he pointed to leave things level again.  Keeves and Dennis were involved in a great move up the left allowing Gavin McGovern to point but this was cancelled out again by Sherlock after Shane Lynch won the free.  At this stage it was nip and tuck but Rosleas running game really kicked in and they bulled ahead with another outrageous effort from Sherlock and a point from Danny Mohan.  The goal was coming, but it went to Roslea, substitute Liam Lynch fired home after good movement from Ciaran Cassidy under a high ball.  At half time the Shamrocks deservedly led 1-6 to 0-4.

The Harps management rung in the changes bringing on Mugs and Lee Jones, but Rosleas dominance around the middle was telling in the second half.  Danny Mohan pointed a free from the right before Sherlock pointed a simple free in front of the posts and the Harps needed something.  The impact of Lee Jones was particularly telling as he was involved in the move that led to a free that Odhran McBrien hit sweetly off the ground from 40 yards out to point, before Lee himself took possession from Jack Love after typical grafting from Keeves to point, and followed this up with an outrageous point from the right.  It was 1-8 to 0-7 and it looked like the Harps might just get their foot back into the game.  Roslea however upped it another gear and a point from Liam Lynch was quickly followed by a Roslea counter attack which saw 3 v 2 and substitute Padraig Cosgrove made no mistake firing to the back of the net.  It was a bit of a killer blow, the Harps had worked hard to get within 4 and now were 2-9 to 0-7 down.  Roslea then hit a great point from Cosgrove on the far right hand side, and the resulting short kick-out was intercepted and Ciaran Cassidy got the goal that in truth his endeavours deserved. 3-10 to 0-7 and from here on in, there was a bit of handbags, Colm Jones had a shot which fizzled wide, and Odhran McBrien pointed a locka frees.  And that was it.

Rosleas running game was good, and the intensity of their tackling was superb.  They fully deserved the win. The Harps will look at that period between the twelfth and twentieth minute of the second half where the game got away from them and kick themselves and they had no luck either, a few injuries dampening the mood.

And so Roslea draw first blood...

Harps Notes 23rd July

posted 23 Jul 2018, 02:51 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £6200, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were  6, 10, 20 & 26. There were £20 wins for Darcy Carroll, Derrygonnelly,  Orla Lunny, Enniskillen and Martin McTernan, Garrison.
It is a busy spell for our teams, no bad thing. We had two senior fixtures last weekend and picked up two wins against Tempo and Ederney. A double set of games again this weekend against Lisnaskea and St Pats. The St Pats' game seems likely to have a changed throw-in time on Sunday for a multitude of reasons, so please keep an eye out for this. Our juniors are away to Enniskillen Gaels and our thirds are up against Brookeborough at home, both games on Saturday evening. The thirds lost out to Belcoo last weekend. Our Under 17s host Kinawley on Wednesday night and our Under 13s host St Pats on Saturday morning. Our Under 14 girls are training away in preparation for the fixing of their league final. Thanks to all of our coaches who looked after our Under 8s and Under 10s at the Go Games last Saturday in Lissan. It was a great day, with piles of games.
Please note that there will be NO Sunday Morning Football this week.
As part of its ongoing Health & Wellbeing programme, the club will host Action Cancer's BIG BUS during Cul Camp on the 3rd of August in Canon Maguire Park. Appointments run from 9:30am – 3.20pm. Anyone wishing to book an appointment can do so using the online booking service at www.actioncancer.org/appointments or by calling Action Cancer on 028 9080 3344 and selecting Option 1. Phone lines are open from 8am-8pm Monday - Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday . The BIG BUS provides Breast Screening and MOT health checks and everyone is welcome.
In terms of breast screening, if you are a woman aged 40-49 or 70+, you are eligible to make an appointment for Breast Screening on the BIG BUS. The charity is the only place in Northern Ireland for women outside of the NHS screening age range to avail of a breast screening for free, so this is a great opportunity. The screening takes only a few minutes and, for the majority of women, provides peace of mind.
The MOT Health Checks are open to anyone aged 16+ and are a great way to get a current picture of your health. The check takes about 20 minutes and you will receive a variety of tests, such as blood pressure and cholesterol. You will also stand on the body composition scales to receive a print out of details such as muscle mass, hydration levels, fat around your organs, and BMI. The Health Promotion Officer carrying out your assessment will be able to provide advice and information about lifestyle improvements and cancer prevention.
Please note that we are hosting the Cul Camp from July 30th to August 3rd and places can be booked online on
Finally, the club would like to express its sympathies to the family of Mrs Rene Maguire, Creamery Road, who passed away last week.

Harps Severely Tested But Prevail In Ederney

posted 22 Jul 2018, 14:18 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 22 Jul 2018, 14:50 ]

Ederney 2-7 Harps 0-14

The Harps maintained their unbeaten record in Senior Football League Division 1 this afternoon in glorious sunshine in St Josephs Park in Ederney, but only just.  Ederney will look back and wonder how they let the Harps get back into the game and truth be told, they will surely wonder how they only managed to score a single point in the second half, given the chances they had.

The Harps started briskly with a point from Garvan Jones in the first minute before Ederney, who got a good grip on things around the middle, hit two points from Michael McAleer and a Paul McCusker free.  Keeves pointed from play #ClassyVeteran before a Harps sideline ball was excellently intercepted by the lively Sean Cassidy who offloaded to Paul McCusker for an Ederney point.  Garvan Jones again pointed from a free before Ederney stung the Harps with a goal  in the 15th minute, created by a great ball in from Decy McCusker taken by Sean Cassidy who off loaded to Conor McGee who picked his spot in the top right hand corner.  It was a great goal and Ryan Morris followed up with a point and Ederney were four points ahead.  Garvan pointed another free, Decy Cass then was through but blazed her over the bar, and Garvan pointed again.  One point game, five minutes left to half time, it was tight.  Sean Cassidy pointed a good score from play before Decy Cass again pointed and there was 30 mins gone, but Ederney yet again hit their goal at the crucial time and it was Paul McCusker who danced his way along the left sideline before crossing the ball across the face of goal for Ryan Morris to leap highest and palm the ball into the net.  Ederney followed this up with a quick point and the referee blew for half time with Ederney well ahead 2-6 to 0-7

Whatever was said at half time certainly got through.  Wardy pointed in the opening minute of the second half.  The Harps got to grips with Ederneys running game and there was a ten minute spell where both teams probed a bit but took the wrong option up front.  In some cases you could say over elaborating and in other cases maybe the wrong man was in the right place.  Marty McGrath came on and his physical presence around the middle was felt.  It was hard hitting but fair too, Ederneys tackling was good and it was strong and credit to referee Karol Bradshaw, he let the thing flow a bit.  Ederney were dealt with a bit of a blow when  Finbarr Gillen saw two yellow cards in as many minutes and suddenly Ederney were down to fourteen men.  Keeves hit a point from play, then two Gary McKenna frees had it down to a one point game.  Ederney had plenty of possession but couldn't turn possession into scores and it was Ryan Jones with a brace that put the Harps ahead for the first time since the first minute of the game. Ryan Morris hit a great score on the overlap as Ederney attacked in waves to level things on the 23rd minute before Gary McKenna pointed a free to keep us a point ahead with three to go.  The final few minutes were frantic.  Tackling was King, shooting was not.  Ederney had two chances but neither worked out for them and the Harps just snuck home with the win.  Ederney were really very good today and they would feel they deserved to get something from todays game.  They are a well organised side and had to contend with losing Chris Snow after ten minutes with a hamstring injury, and played the last twenty minutes a man down.  Conor McGee had a great game for Ederney, he worked tirelessly around the middle using the ball well, Paul McCusker put in a great hours shift too.  Despite only scoring a point in the second half, they have dangerous forwards. Sean Cassidy most definitely caught the eye with his physical strength and eye for the posts, while Ryan Morris only needs a sniff and he will cause damage.  Both teams missed chances but the flip side is that they created chances, just the Harps were able to hang on for the win.

Next up for the Harps is another double weekend;
Away to Lisnaskea on Friday night at 8pm
Home to St Patricks on Sunday at 12pm


Harps Notes 25th June 2018

posted 25 Jun 2018, 01:27 by Derrygonnelly Harps

We had a fine day at Canon Maguire Park on Saturday as our annual Under 10 tournament came to its conclusion with hundreds of kids taking part in our Go Games Blitzes on both pitches, plus our final afterwards. This event is always a massive club effort, from coaches, people to prepare pitches, referees, people to run the tuck shop, pitch co-ordinators, parking stewards, caterers and more. Special mention to Tournament Director Dominic Corrigan for his work over the last two months and on Saturday. In the final, our Under 10s, sponsored by Dermot Leonard Plastering, lost out narrowly after a very good effort against an excellent Kinawley team, who reclaimed the Gerard Cox Memorial Cup. Thanks to our team of Under 10 coaches for their work to develop this group of players. Thank you very much to Smyth Leslie Estate Agents for their generous sponsorship of this entire event. We are already looking forward to next year.

Sadly, Fermanagh were beaten by Donegal in the Ulster final on Sunday, so The Anglo Celt remains out of our grasp for another year. It was great to have made it to the final, and the championship run has given football in the county a very welcome boost. Commiserations to the Harps lads, and indeed the whole panel and management. Thank you very much to the Harps volunteers who worked so hard with the logistics of our ticket allocation, and to those who were out putting up bunting and signs. Hopefully we will need them again soon.

Club football continues, with pride of place last weekend going to our Ladies, who had an excellent win over Irvinestown in the Junior Championship last Friday night. Our Under 14 girls have now played five games in their league, and are undefeated so far, a great effort. We are taking an Under 12 team to the Paul and Orla Bogue Memorial Tournament in Tempo this Saturday, please contact Dom to indicate availability for that. Our Erne Cup teams are away to Erne Gaels and home to Aghadrumsee this Friday night, and our seniors are away to Roslea this Sunday at 1pm. The seniors had a good win away to Devenish on Friday night.  

The results from the Lotto draw held on Monday evening will be in next week's notes, but we are in The Cosy Bar this Sunday night, with Michael Glynn, Pat McGurn and Mary Cox on Lotto duty.  

Harps Notes 18th June 2018

posted 18 Jun 2018, 04:47 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £5200, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 19, 21, 23 and 28. £20 each went to Irene McGovern, Tonagh, Teresa Curry, Teemore, and Seamus Greenan, Garrison. The numbers on June 11th were 8, 11, 18 and 21. £20s went to Declan Cathcart, Kinawley, Fidelma Greene, Belleek and The Derrygonnelly Eggheads. We are in Old Pals this weekend, with Garry and the two Kevins on duty with Mary.

The club’s Under 10 tournament concludes this Saturday, with the annual Go Games Blitz from 10.15am, followed by the tournament final at 1pm approximately. Good luck to our own boys and girls, plus their coaches, who have made the final this year. Thanks to Dominic Corrigan for his work in co-ordinating this tournament. We are also very grateful to Smyth Leslie and Co for their sponsorship of this year’s competition.

Congratulations to Killyhommon PS footballers on finally winning their Allianz Cumann na Mbunscoil Division on Monday with a great footballing performance against Brookeboro. Killyhommon had fallen at the last hurdle a few times in recent years so it was super sweet for them to finally win that trophy. Well done to their teacher Resha Rasdale, and everyone who has helped out with coaching the team.  

Our adult teams had a productive weekend, with our seniors working hard for a win against Erne Gaels on Friday night. Our Reserves are in contention at the top end of a really competitive Erne Cup First Division following a win over Kinawley. However, result of the weekend was the thirds grabbing a draw away in Belnaleck on a 4-13 to 3-16 scoreline! Things are a little sketchier regarding our next fixtures, but we are scheduled to play Devenish away on Saturday evening in the senior league, our two junior teams are at home to St Pats and away to Devenish on Thursday evening. Keep an eye on club outlets for confirmation or otherwise of these matches.

Finally, please note the Pre Ulster Final Steak Barbecue and Chat Show event from 7pm onwards at Brewster Park on Friday evening. A great occasion for our many Fermanagh fans to enjoy the buildup and support the team. Obviously, we are so proud of the fact that we have six players involved with the squad, and wish Tiarnan, Conall, Ryan, Michael, Eamon and Garvan all the best in our county's quest for that Anglo Celt. Good luck Fermanagh!  

10 out of 10 for dogged Harps

posted 15 Jun 2018, 15:04 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 15 Jun 2018, 15:08 ]

SFL Division 1
Harps 0-12 Erne Gaels 1-6

With both teams severely understrength, it was always going to be a dogged affair in Harpland and the Harps came out of it 3 points to the good.

The opening period saw plenty of purpose, but the last pass or shot choice wasn't always the right one, with both teams hitting a number of early wides.  Ronan Cox opened the scoring from play for Erne Gaels before the Harps hit two on the bounce from Colm Jones and a Gavin McGovern free.  Dara Keown hit a free for Erne Gaels before Foss hit a beauty from practically under the scoreboard.  Decy was getting through a mountain of ball along with Keeves, and the Harps then hit points from Colm Jones (2 frees) and a Stephen Gilroy score after intercepting a short kick-out.  Keeves hit two on the bounce, quality scores from the #ClassyVeteran before Gareth Deery pointed from play for Erne Gaels as James Lewis blew for half time, with it 0-8 to 0-3.

Colm Jones pointed in the first minute of the second half before Erne Gaels showed their intent with second half substitute Luke Ryder causing bother, forcing Jack into making a point blank save before Dara Keown burst through to hit a superb goal into the top corner to leave three points in it.  Erne Gaels showed much more intensity in these opening ten minutes.  Then Foss started catching a few quality balls around the middle and Keeves settled things with some intelligent play.  Little Lee Jones made a typical lung-bursting run upfield and laid it off to Colm for another point before there was danger again in the goalmouth as Jack had to deflect a Ronan Cox effort over the bar.  The Harps then went upfield and Gavin McGovern forced James Hoey into action with a super save.  It had all been a bit frantic.  Gavin and Colm both pointed frees but Erne Gaels were lurking and after patient build-up, Luke Ryder pointed from play and then notched a free.  There followed about ten minutes of keep ball, probing, but no further scores and so it ended Harps 0-12 to Erne Gaels 1-6.

Ten wins from ten with the Harps squads severely stretched between Senior, Reserves and Thirds but all men putting their shoulder to the wheel.

Next up is Devenish away on Saturday 23rd June at 6.30pm #NoSteppingBack

Harps Notes 11th June 2018

posted 11 Jun 2018, 05:55 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Harps’ committee meeting this Thursday night at 9pm in the clubrooms.

The Lotto was held on Monday night, results will be in next week’s notes. The Lotto results from Monday June 4th were numbers 2, 10, 19 and 23. £20 each to Tadhg Jones, Jackie Love, both Derrygonnelly and Teresa Walmsley, Enniskillen. John Ferguson, Eamonn Greene and Mary Cox are on duty in the Cosy this Sunday night.

Congratulations to our Minor team and management Paul Greene, Peter Jones and Michael Glynn on a fantastic MFC win against Enniskillen Gaels on Saturday evening. This was a fine game with intensity, last gasp defending at times, intelligent tactical play and top quality forward play from both teams. Well done again lads! Thank you also to our team sponsors Derrygonnelly Credit Union.

Our Under 15 campaign came to an end on Thursday last in the championship against Derrylin. We had ourselves in a good position at half time, but couldn’t sustain the performance levels for the second half. Nonetheless, it has been a good campaign in many respects, with a number of the players continuing their development as footballers. Thank you to Garry Smyth, John Duffy and Dermot Burns for their commitment and work with the group. Thank you also to our team sponsors Gerald Love Contracts.

Our seniors had a victory against Devenish on Sunday, and they are at home to Erne Gaels this Friday night. Our Reserves had a reasonable performance and win against Tempo on Friday last, and are down to play Kinawley on Saturday evening at home. This is an important game in a very competitive division.  Our Thirds are scheduled to play Maguiresbridge this Thursday at 8pm at home, and travel to Belnaleck on Saturday evening.

Congratulations to our local CCE branch on their successful hosting of a second County Fleadh on the trot. We were delghted to take part in the parade and display our MFC trophy. Thanks to Gavin and his team who put together our float, with special mention to Martin Brennan for the use of his jeep and trailer, plus John Murphy who piloted us round the town.

Harps get the better of Devenish in Harpland

posted 10 Jun 2018, 14:21 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Derrygonnelly Harps 4-14 Devenish 1-6

Traditionally, derby contests between the Harps and Devenish are usually tough and dogged close affairs, but with both teams missing several regulars it was to be a drab enough affair in Harpland this afternoon.

The Harps started brightly with points from Mugs, Gary McKenna (a point from play and a pointed free) and a goalmouth clearance from a scuffed Stephen Gilroy shot.  Terry O'Flanagan pointed for Devenish with a great shot from distance. There was a barren 10 minute spell here, where the Harps had shed loads of possession, but the final pass was just lacking.  The lively Joe O'Brien pointed for Devenish, blazing his shot over the bar, while the Harps replied with a Gary free, and a delightful point from Moffat following a lovely quick passing move, while Shane also pointed with a  nice strike.  Joe O'Brien pointed a free from the left for Devenish and then the Harps finished the first half with a goal from Gary McKenna after another good passing movement, while Wardy finally split the posts with two points from play to leave the half time score Harps 1-8 Devenish 0-3

Devenish started the second half brightly, showing a fair bit of purpose but their finishing let them down.  Stephen Gilroy pointed for the Harps while Terry O'Fla pointed a free from far out on the right, and then there was a bit of drama as Tiarnan was adjudged to have fouled the Devenish forward from a high loopy ball over the top, and Joe O'Brien made no mistake with the penalty kick, going low and to the left.  Devenish definitely had the momentum here but from the kickout, Mugs won the mark (Mugs was generally just great today) he passed it on to Keeves, on to Wardy for a point at the other end, and that kinda calmed the thing down.  There was another 10 minute spell without a score, but Gary McKenna lit up a dour enough spell with an absolute wonder-strike! He carried the ball maybe 50 yards flat out, and then buried it with aplomb to the top corner.  His uncle called it a "serious goal!" which is high praise indeed.  Devenish pointed another free and then came a nice goal from Classy Veteran Keeves, after good work from the ever-impressive Shane. From here on in, Wardy went on a scoring spree with 1-4 in the closing minutes, his goal coming from the penalty spot.
Martin Higgins blew the whistle and the full time score was Harps 4-14 V Devenish 1-6

Up next is Erne Gaels in Harpland on Friday 15th June at 8pm 

Harps win Minor Championship decider in an absolute clinker!

posted 10 Jun 2018, 01:31 by Derrygonnelly Harps



Derrygonnelly Harps reclaimed the MFC title in dramatic fashion at the end of what was definitely a good game of football, to which both sets of players contributed handsomely.

In fairness to the Harps, they showed great resolve throughout, and there were a few points when the game could have slipped from their grasp so the win showed clearly that they are a team of fine footballers, who are made of the right stuff.

The game was competitive in the first half, with both teams warming to their tasks. The Gaels led by 1-2 to 0-3 after 15 minutes, Callum Jones and Conor Love proving a serious threat when supplied. Callum’s goal in the 14th minute a fine low finish, and Conor clipping over sharp scores. However, at the other end of the field, Gavin McGovern was in the scoring zone as well from frees and play, and along with his brother Rian, the threat level was just as severe when the Harps went on the attack. Gavin was unstoppable for one spell in particular, but three points on the bounce from the Gaels before half time left them 1-6 to 0-8 up.

The second half was a big step up through the gears. Micheal Glynn was straight in the scores to level up, but the Gaels had a burst again, with 1-1 from Callum Jones, a penalty and a point. Rian McGovern was proving a serious ball winner up front for the Harps, and again they hauled themselves back through points from play, and two expertly converted Micheal Glynn frees. Glynn from a dead ball put us one up on 15 minutes (a very big influence as the game progressed), only for Conor Love to level, Cillian Corrigan with an overhead, Glynn with a free again: level with five to go! Callum Jones with a free for the Gaels to go one up on 26 mins. The Harps were hanging on! Finally, Jack Love brought the ball upfield, a high ball in to Rian McGovern, he gets closed down, recycle to Darragh Burke, just kick it over!, great wee bit of footwork from Burkey, ball to Rian: goal!!!! A score worthy of winning any game! Hung on a bit, but two points meant the Gaels had to try to work a goal and it didn’t happen.

Plenty of good footballers on both teams, genuinely. The Gaels played their part in a good game, and their achievements last year are something for the Harps to aim at #ulster. We don’t get that many fine matches at underage level in Fermanagh, so they are to be really enjoyed. 

The two sets of forwards held the upper hand throughout, but that didn’t mean that the defences were poor. They were just up against top quality. A lot of Harps’ lads worked very hard at their roles. Full marks to our managers for their intelligent strategy on the Gaels kickouts, and deployment of cover back, before committing to go for it. For the Harps, Oisin Smyth in particular grafted and linked play very effectively throughout in the  middle third. He had a fine battle with Brandon Horan, who had strong bits of play as well. But forwards win games and the two McGoverns tortured the Gaels from the start to the very very end. Well done lads!

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