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    Harps Notes 18th August 2014

    posted 18 Aug 2014 02:48 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    The Lotto jackpot, now £3400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 12, 13, 14. £20 each went to The McGandy family, Enniskillen, Una Duffy, Monea, and Dennis McCabe, Garrison. The draw is in Old Pals this Sunday night.

    Children in our p3/4 squad will have the opportunity to take part in two blitzes for U8s this weekend.On Saturday 23rd August, we are participating in an U8 Blitz at Brewster Park. Bus leaves from the Casson at 9-45am returning at 12-30pm. On Sunday 24th August we are in the U8 Blitz in Kinawley. Bus leaves from the Casson at 11-45am returning at 2-45pm approx. There is no difficulty with children making their own way to and from the blitzes with parents/ guardians. Any questions, contact Brendy or Garry.

    On Saturday, our Under 10s return to Trillick’s inter county tournament. The bus will be leaving the Casson at 9.30, and should be back in Derrygonnelly at roughly 2.30pm. Any questions on this, contact Big Sean or Aidy. We are grateful to all of these clubs for the invite to play and get game time.

    Our Under 16s had a decent win against St Pats on Saturday, they have two fixtures remaining in phase 1 of the league, away to Ederney on Thursday night, then at home to Erne Gaels on Saturday at 4pm. Our Under 12s had good performances against Derrylin on Tuesday last, and are finished up for this phase of the competition as well, fixture updates for them will be available via the club’s web output.

    Our seniors are away to Tempo on Sunday at 1pm. They are then scheduled to play Belcoo on Saturday night 30th at home.

    There was a big crowd in attendance at the matches in Canon Maguire Park on Saturday night, but our hosting operation went very well indeed. Thank you very much to all of the men and women involved in the multitude of jobs around such an event, it took a lot of club volunteers, and they did their jobs well. 

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    posted 17 Aug 2014 15:29 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 17 Aug 2014 16:04 ]

    Harps 4-8

    Erne Gaels 1-8

    The scoreline here makes this look like a handy win, but in reality that was not the case, and  the team can look on this as a gritty win, with a lot of good effort and workrate, particularly from the defensive point of view, as we didn’t cough up much handy to our opponents.

    Erne Gaels started brightly with points from Martin Gilfedder and Damien Lyons before Ryan Jones got us off the mark, only for big Seamus Ryder to have a particularly good spell with 1-1, sandwiching a Paul Ward free for us. The combative (whatever that actually means) Paul McGuinness grabbed a good point for Erne Gaels and they were going well with plenty of possession. However, Paul Ward had an excellent finish low to the keepers left from twelve yards out in the fourteenth minute to bring us right back into it – a very important score for the Harps. Cormac Glynn had a good hardworking game, and he pointed into the rain immediately after the goal, followed by a free from Jonny McGurn, but Erne Gaels hit back through Paul McCaffrey hitting a great score down the right wing followed by a Ryder free before another Jonny free left it 1-6 apiece at half time. It has to be said that Jonny’s two frees were crackers from the 45m area into the wind and rain.

    The scoring rate dropped a bit in the second half. Paul McGuinness had a point to start things for Belleek before a Paul Ward goal in the fifth minute set us on our way really as he got on the end of a move which Deccy Cassidy played a big part in. McGuinness had another point on fourteen minutes (the match report in the ‘Herald somehow neglects to give him even a mention!), before Jonny punched home our second goal in the eighteenth minute from a Kevin Cassidy line ball. Erne Gaels blattered away for a while still, but they picked up quite a lot of bad wides and dropped short efforts. We had two quick points from Kevin Cassidy and Ryan Jones, and the game drifted to its conclusion with Paul Ward grabbing his hat-trick in the 33rd minute with a well crafted goal as he scooted in from in front of the changing rooms to ping home a good one. His movement was much improved in this game.  

    Young players: - this is the bit where you work your ass off so we get the ball back, but nobody even notices.
     Young players: this is the bit where you work your ass off for the team so we get the ball back, but nobody even notices. 

    Our backs played well here. The whole unit was pretty good, but Mickey and Stevie Jones claim the honours in that area for this writer. We need more Stevie Joneses in our club. Cormac Glynn grafted all day in the middle, Kevin Cassidy grafted all day in the half forwards, while Paul Ward obviously made the difference on the day up front.

    The most important thing about the win is that it guarantees us Senior Championship football next year, and puts us in a strong position to make the league semis as well.

    There y'are now, that's all I can think of. 

    Ref: Seamus Breen. 

    Harps Notes 11th August 2014

    posted 12 Aug 2014 02:36 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    Derrygonnelly Harps GFC. 
    The lotto jackpot next week will be £3300 in the Cosy Bar. The numbers last Sunday were 5, 18, 20 & 21. £20 wins went to Kathleen McCauley, Monea, Erin & Caoimhe Dolan Garrison, Celia & Jimmy McGrath Mulleek. 
    Our seniors picked up two important points on Sunday with a good all round team effort to defeat Erne Gaels. Their next game is away to Tempo on Sunday August 24th. 
    Our Under 12s have now played four games. They got a good reference point to work towards on Sunday when Enniskillen Gaels had quite a bit to spare against them but they can work their way up to that level for sure. They have played well in the other games. 
    Our Under 16s had a decent win against Irvinestown last week. They face the Gaelson Wednesday evening away. 
    Canon Maguire Park hosted a very well attended Kelloggs Cul Camp last week. Thank you to the coaches for their work and organisation. We continued a marathon week of football on Saturday,  taking Under 8 & Under 10 squads to Lissan for the Go Games events which have been such a success this year. There were a few tired footballers on Sunday at the end of their eighth day of footy! 
    Canon Maguire Park is hosting championship quarter finals this Saturday evening. We will have plenty of volunteers on board from 4.45 p.m. 
    Finally, sympathy is extended on behalf of the club to the Ferguson family, Tully, on the recent passing of Mrs Cheevers, Donegal. 


    posted 6 Aug 2014 05:58 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    Manor House SFL Division 1

    Belcoo 3-6 v Derrygonnelly 1-12

    Derrygonnelly were to recover from 9 points down to claim a point at a wet and windy MacNean Park in Belcoo last Sunday.

    Afterwards Derrygonnelly manager was delighted to get a point, “It’s never an easy place to come to and to come here after a hugely disappointing week for the club it was great to get a point at the end. We have Erne Gaels this weekend and it’s another game to try and get the points in as we look to consolidate top 6 and then hopefully top 4.”

    Belcoo assistant manager Adrian McCallion was philosophical about his sides point, “It was disappointing to let such a lead slip but in saying that in the testing weather conditions we will take the point. It wasn’t great to watch with the weather making it a tough spectacle. Ciaran Flaherty has aggravated the same hamstring again and at the moment its touch and go for the championship for him, he has went to the physio and were working on him.”

    Belcoo started the brighter of the two sides with points coming from a Ciaran Flaherty free, Paul McGrath and John Carrigan as the hosts raced into an early three point lead. Derrygonnelly though responded rather confidently with three fine points of their own coming from Declan Cassidy and Paul Ward (2) after good work from Jonathan McGurn for the third score.

    The play was disjointed at times in the first half as the persistent rain and driving wind made the game extremely difficult for both sides. Ryan Jones who was making his usual driving runs found the posts with an excellent score from 40 yards before his own County team mate Brian Cox soon responded to make it 0-4 apiece after 19 minutes.

    Jonathan McGurn nudged Derrygonnelly back into the lead once again but from the 22nd minute to half time Belcoo were to blitz Derrygonnelly with a brilliant 2-2 in a devastating spell.

    Barry McGovern who was full of running throughout fired over in the 22nd minute before Philip Leonard made it 0-6 to 0-4. In a whirlwind 60 seconds Belcoo were to fire in two goals, the first coming from Brian Cox as he raced clear to fire his low shot into the bottom left corner, while from the resulting kick out the ball made its way to first half substitute Shane McCabe who was taking down inside the penalty area which then seen goalkeeper James McGrath come forward to hit the back of the net against his opposite number Dermot Feely as Belcoo lead at half time 2-6 to 0-5.

    Derrygonnelly started the second half well with Garvan McGinley winning a breaking ball which then seen Ryan Jones get on the end of his pass to put 6 between them. Belcoo hit back almost immediately through John Carrigan as he got on the end of a free flowing move to fist his effort to the net as Belcoo raced 9 clear with just 3 minutes played of the second half.

    Derrygonnelly though finally awoken and played some fantastic football which will leave the Harps management wondering what could have been 7 days previous.

    Paul Ward fired over a free before Jonathan McGurn scored a well struck point from his 45 as the Derrygonnelly revival gathered momentum. Ryan Jones then set up Cormac Glynn who tapped into the net before Paul Ward and Jonathan McGurn (2) made it 3-6 to 1-11 with ten minutes remaining.

    The Harps were then to lose midfielder Maurice Cassidy for a red card offence but still held their own to strike 3 wides before Garvan Jones fired over a well struck score with 3 minutes left to make the sides all level and leave both sides gaining a point.

    Chances right at the death for Shane McCabe and Declan Cassidy to hit the headlines but both efforts failed to produce a score as the sides settled for a point.


     (Thanks as ever to the Impartial Reporter for this article)

    Harps Notes 4th August 2014

    posted 5 Aug 2014 15:54 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    The club August monthly meeting will take place on Thursday night at 9pm sharp with tea served beforehand.

    Our Under 16s started their league campaign on Saturday last with a decent win away against Tempo. They are scheduled to play Irvinestown at home this evening, and they are up against Enniskillen Gaels away on Thursday August 14th.

    Our Under 12s have now played two games and they host Enniskillen Gaels this Sunday at 12.00before heading to Derrylin on Tuesday evening.

    We are taking teams to the August round of Go-Games at Lissan this Saturday morning. This event is for our Primary 3 & 4 group, plus our Under 10 squad. The bus will be leaving the Casson at 9.45 and returning at approx 12.45. If you have any queries on this, feel free to contact Brendy or Garry.

    Our seniors showed plenty of desire as they earned a draw away to Belcoo on Sunday, they are at home to Erne Gaels this Sunday at 3.30pm. Our Juniors lost out to Teemore on a remarkable 0-17 to 5-5 scoreline on Saturday evening, with the damage done in the first half as they conceded 4-3. The team fielded a lot of young players who are getting a taste of adult football, and they are adapting to it well.

    Cul Camp is ongoing in Canon Maguire Park every day this week from 10.00 until 1.30pm. Please try to observe these dropoff and pickup times as well as you can.


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    posted 4 Aug 2014 04:03 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    Teemore 1-9   Derrygonnelly 0-11 
    When it comes to the championship league form can mean very little and the truism of that was all too evident in this tie between Teemore and Derrygonnelly. The Harps have been riding high in the league table while the Shamrocks are labouring at the foot of the table, so of course Derrygonnelly came into this game as the pre match favourites. The caveat though was always the knowledge that when it comes to championship Teemore are a different animal entirely and such proved to be the case here. The upshot was that it is Teemore who advance to the quarter finals and Derrygonnelly are left to wait for another season. The losers can have no complaints about their surprise departure for they produced an indifferent team performance lacking any sense of conviction though they did come close to at least earning another shot. 

    They had recovered from a slipshod restart to the second half which had seen them drift three points in arrears after they had reached the interval two points clear. Teemore appeared to have shot their bolt as Derrygonnelly clawed their way back into the lead with just a few minutes left on the clock. The initiative clearly with the Harps but they stumbled badly over the run in and Teemore were to nick the final two points to regain the slenderest of leads. The score that crept Teemore back into the lead was a precise placed kick drilled over by Eoin McManus. Derrygonnelly did have one last gasp opportunity to salvage a draw but Jonathan McGurn came up short with his free from distance and Teemore had scored yet another championship scalp. 

    It would have to be said from the outset that the quality of the football served up was only moderate. It was low-key fare more or less all the way through though there was a rising tempo of sorts as the final quarter progressed and the issue hung in the balance and there was drama in the final minutes as the game could have swung either way. Teemore were to sprint out of the starting blocks, wing half forward John Fitzpatrick knocking over a point literally within seconds. Paul Ward wasn’t long in responding for Derrygonnelly with a neat point but the game then sagged though sporadically through the half there were some good scores taken at both ends of the park. Teemore might well have grabbed a goal but were denied that by an excellent stop from Harps keeper Dermot Feely, this the only real goal chance carved out over the hour. Eoin McManus was the man entrusted with Teemore’s place kicking and he was to shoot three scores with Jason McCaffery angling over a single. Derrygonnelly however were just about shading matters, they pulled level on three each at the start of the second quarter and went two up with good scores created and taken by Jonathan McGurn and Kevin Cassidy. It was enough to leave them two clear for the resumption and while they were by no means commanding they looked to be in a reasonable enough position heading into the second half. 

    However things were to go badly awry for them over the opening six to seven minutes of the new half. First they coughed up a slack goal, their defence sliced open and  Eoin McManus happy to slide a low shot home to the corner of the net. Teemore were boosted by this sudden breakthrough and they continued to hold the whiphand for several minutes as Derrygonnelly struggled to absorb the blow. Jason McCaffery hoisted Teemore further in front with two points inside two minutes and the Shamrocks had turned a deficit into a goal lead. The game had taken an unexpected turn but Teemore were unable to sustain the charge and they went back into their shell as Derrygonnelly regrouped. It took quite sometime however before the Harps made inroads into the deficit, a 45 struck over by Jonathan McGurn on forty three minutes the first indication that they were on their way back. Paul Ward narrowed the gap to a single and when Barry Owens was black carded the odds of Teemore emerging from this game as winners shortened. Kevin Cassidy who had been one of Derrygonnelly’s more prominent figures shot a point to level the sides and Paul Ward then eased the Harps back in front with a routine free. It should have been the catalyst for a grandstand finale but instead it was Teemore who produced the finishing flourish. Ciaran McManus almost plundered a goal, his first time shot scooping over the Derrygonnelly crossbar from close in and then on sixty minutes Eoin McManus steered over an immaculately hit distance free to put the Shamrocks in the lead. Not just home and dry, they did have some late defending to do and they also saw McGurn’s last ditch attempt fall short. But Teemore had done enough to earn their win. 

    Harps Notes 28th July 2014

    posted 28 Jul 2014 04:59 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    The Lotto jackpot is now £3100. The numbers on Sunday night were 4, 11, 18 and 20. £20 each went to Frankie McHugh, Monea, Patricia O’Dare, Sandhill, and Mary Cox, Harps. Sunday night’s draw will be in the Linnett Inn.
    Our Minor team’s 2014 adventure ended in the toughest of ways when they lost out to Erne Gaels in the championship final last week. The match was a fine contest, and the lads can certainly say that they gave it their all. They probably don’t see it that way, but they had a great year, and they have continued to develop as footballers. Their next step is to get out and take a look at adult training and a few junior games. Thank you very much to them and their coaches for their efforts. Thank you to Derrygonnelly Credit Union for their continued sponsorship of the group. Congratulations to Erne Gaels and good luck to them in the challenge of the Ulster Club tournament.
    Our Under 12s had good performances against Lisnaskea last week, they are at home to Teemore this Thursday evening. They are away to Derrylin this Sunday, with the match scheduled for 12.00. Our Under 16s begin their league campaign away to Tempo this Saturday evening. Good luck to both sides.
    Next week also sees the club hosting the Cul Camp at Canon Maguire Park from Monday until Friday. The handiest way to register is online at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie or Brendy will have a small number of forms with him at Sunday footy this week. The Cancer Focus Community Wellness van will also be at Canon Maguire Park on Tuesday next, offering a range of health checks and advice, which any adults are welcome to avail of.
    As is possibly best, our seniors won’t have much time to feel sorry for themselves as they have quite a surge of fixtures to negotiate in the week or so ahead, starting with an away fixture against Belcoo on Wednesday evening at 8pm, and a home match against Erne Gaels at 6.30 on Saturday evening, they then face Tempo away the following Friday evening. Our juniors play Teemore at home this Sunday at 1pm.  
    Finally, thank you very much to all members who helped out with the hosting of the championship matches on Saturday evening. Canon Maguire Park was in great shape, and many thanks to all concerned.  
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    Harps Notes 21st July 2014

    posted 21 Jul 2014 05:30 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    The Lotto jackpot has reached £3000. The numbers on Sunday night were 3, 7, 11 & 23. £20 each went to Maura Murphy, Derrygonnelly, James Gormley, Belleek and Mr John Doogan, Doogies, Main St. The numbers on July 14th were 7, 20, 23 & 27 with £20 each going to Grainne O'Shea, Cork, Joe Duffy, Money and Teresa Hoy, DerrygonnellyHarps. The draw this Sunday night will be in The Cosy Bar. 
    Good luck to our seniors in the first round of the SFC this Sunday against Teemore in Brewster Park at 3.30pm. 
    All the best to our Minors who have made the championship final for the second year in a row. They defeated Knockninney Gaels on a 4.9 to 1.11 scoreline in the semi last week. The final is at 7.30 on Thursday evening in Brewster Park. We hope that we can get a good support out for the lads and that they are able to get the intensity levels up and play as well as they know they can. 
    There will not be any Sunday Morning Footy this week due to the Blessing of the Graves taking place. 
    The Under 16 and Under 12 competitions begin soon as well with our Under 12s scheduled to play Lisnaskea away this Wednesday evening and the Under 16s starting up away to Tempo on August 2nd. 
    The club will host the annual Cul Camp this year from Monday 4th until Friday 8th. Contact Garry or Brendy for forms or better again enrol online athttp://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie. The Cancer Focus NI Wellness Bus will be at our grounds on one day during the camp, offering a range of checks and advice to all adults who might be around Canon Maguire Park. Full details next week. 
    It was with great sadness that all club members heard of the passing of Liam Elliott last week. Liam made a very significant contribution to the Harps as a player and an administrator. The turnout of members at the club guard of honour was a fitting acknowledgement of this. Sincere condolences to the entire Elliott family circle.


    posted 19 Jul 2014 14:19 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    Newtown 1-12.

    Harps 1-14.

    A win in Newtown is always a good result, and the Harps had to draw on their resilience and toughness to take a result in this one. The first half saw Newtown start brightly, while the Harps had their chances but were off target. James Connolly was nipping around and posing a scoring threat along with Ryan Carson, but after a while, the Harps managed to get a few fires put out. The Harps actually led 0-6 to 0-5, but Newtown had three points including a fisted Shane Leonard effort to go two up, however, the Harps had a score each from Ryan Jones and Jonny McGurn to leave things level at 0-8 apiece. The defence had definitely improved as the half wore on, with Deccy Cassidy and Eamon McHugh particularly impressive while Stephen Burns managed to stand up to Ryan Carson when switched onto him as well.

    The Harps started the second half with a lot of wides and Newtown managed to go three clear but Paul Ward got on the end of a long ball into the Newtown defence and showed a bit of composure to level things with a goal. Thereafter it was nip and tuck, we went ahead through Garvan McGinley and Declan Cassidy, they went ahead through a goal palmed in from Carson to put them two up with ten to go. But then they started to miss what looked like reasonable chances, whilst Paul Ward, and the outstanding Ryan Jones drew us level. Jonny McGurn banged over two outstanding long range frees in the 30th and 32nd minute and we took the points.  

    Tough pitch, Newtown were going well and we did well to get a result here.

    Next week, it will be even tougher. Teemore, championship – enough said. 

    Well done Minors!

    posted 18 Jul 2014 09:37 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    Well done to our Minors on making the MFC final for the second year in a row! 
    They beat Knockninny Gaels 4-9 to 1-11 in the semi! 
    Match report in the Youth Section! : https://sites.google.com/site/derrygonnellyharps/home/youth-news/minorssqueezehomeinmfcsemi 

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