Weekly Notes & Archive

    Harps Note 15th Sep 2014

    posted 15 Sep 2014 03:51 by Derrygonnelly Harps


    The Lotto jackpot, now £3800, was not won on sunday night. The numbers were 4, 6, 18 & 19. £20 each went to The Cassidy Brothers, Prince Andrew Terrace, Stephen Cassidy, same address and Patricia Burns, Cashel. The draw this Sunday night will be in Doogies.    

    Good luck to our Seniors who line out against Devenish in the league semi final this Friday evening at 7pm in Brewster Park. A big support will be very welcome for the team.

    Commiserations to our Under 12 team who lost out to Enniskillen Gaels in the league final on Sunday evening. The lads were up against it, but plugged away to make for an entertaining match. Enniskillen deserved their win, but the Harps lads showed a good attitude and plenty of ability throughout. Thank you very much to all of the coaches who helped out with the development of this group over the season. There has been a lot of work put in and eventually these things get their reward.

    Sunday Morning Footy finished up last weekend. Thanks very much to all of the coaches who came out every Sunday and took or helped out with the sessions. It is a big commitment over a long period of time but it is much appreciated by the club and, we hope, those for whom the activity is provided. We had at least two coaches per group plus helpers, week after week, with groups for Pre School, Under 6, Under 8, Under 10 and Under 12. Thanks again for all of the drills, skills, matches, exercises and patience! See you next year!

    Our Under 16s had a decent league win over Enniskillen Gaels last Wednesday, followed by a championship quarter final win against Irvinestown on Saturday. They are going quite well, and are now entering what one might call the business end of the season, when they will be seeking further improvement. They are away to Irvinestown again this Wednesday evening in the league, then they play the championship semi final against St Pats in Kinawley at 2pm on Saturday.

    Good luck also to all involved with the Derrygonnelly 10k or 7k this Saturday. All proceeds are in aid of Cancer Connect and runners, joggers or walkers set off at 12 noon from the community centre.

    Finally, it was with sadness that all members heard of the passing of Malachy McCauley, Monea and also Mrs Kay Shortt from Carrickmore recently. Condolences to the McCauley family and also the Green family on their bereavements.

    U16s Get a Good Start.

    posted 10 Sep 2014 13:06 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    The Harps U16S had a good home win over Enniskillen Gaels in the first game of the second stage of the league on a scoreline of 3-14 to 1-6. 
    Match report in the Youth News section.

    Harps Notes 8th Sep 2014

    posted 8 Sep 2014 04:26 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    The Harps Lotto, now £3700, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 5, 8, 12 & 28. £20 each went to Ryan Cox, Boho, Paddy Flanagan, Derrygonnelly, and Kevin Foy, Ely Lodge. The draw this Sunday night will be in Doogies.

    Our Under 16s start the final stage of their league campaign at home to Enniskillen Gaels on Wednesday evening. They are then scheduled to play Irvinestown on Saturday in the championship. The next few weeks promise to be quite busy, so we wish the team well in their games.

    Our Under 12s lost out to Enniskillen Gaels last week, but had a good away win against Teemore on Sunday. This means that they will meet the Gaels again in the final of the competition. Please check our online output for information on this fixture.

    Our Under 8 squad has one last outing for the season, when they travel to Kinawley this Saturday morning to play the blitz rescheduled from a few weeks back. That is for the group who would have been P3 & P4 in the school year 2013/14. Bus leaves Derrygonnelly at 9.30 a.m.

    Then we have our final session of Sunday morning football on Sunday at 11.15, followed by distribution of kits from the Cul Camp.

    Our seniors had a win over Roslea on Saturday evening. The upshot of this is that they will now meet Devenish in the league semi final. Our juniors played well on Sunday and defeated Lisnaskea. This removes any doubt over their status next year, although they still have two games remaining.


    posted 30 Aug 2014 14:08 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    Harps 1-18

    Belcoo 3-6

    After 26 minutes of the first half of this game Belcoo, probably to their own disbelief, moved into a two point lead with a score from Jonathan Feely. But the remaining six minutes of the first half, plus the first ten of the second period saw the Harps scoring 1-8 without reply. It was really all over bar the inevitable pointless shouting after that. 

    Derrygonnelly had started with two quick Ryan Jones scores, from play and a free, but Ciaran Flaherty with a point, and Aaron Dolan with an eighth minute goal, reversed the pattern of play somewhat. Derrygonnelly then had three points from Ryan Jones, Paul Ward from a free, and Ryan Jones again after good work by Leigh Jones. Ten minutes of scrappiness followed, brought to an abrupt end by a Niall McGovern goal in the 24th minute after Harps possession was turned over by Belcoo and worked in handily enough from the right corner. Leigh Jones and the aforementioned Feely exchanged points before the critical spell for Derrygonnelly. Paul Ward from play, Leigh Jones with a tap in goal after a good move, Ryan Jones from play, Leigh Jones with a free, Paul Ward from play. HT 1-10 to 2-2.

    The Harps' good spell continued with four points on the bounce, two from Paul Ward (one a free), and one each from Ryan Jones and Leigh Jones, for 1-14 to 2-2. Ciaran Flaherty then had a well finished goal for Belcoo, timing his support burst well off good running by Brian Cox, and Belcoo briefly had hope, but this was quickly extinguished by two scores straight up the middle from Kevin Cassidy and Stephen Burns in the 13th and 14th minute.

    The game then stuttered to a conclusion. Jonny Feely had three (from play and frees), Leigh Jones and Garry McKenna replied. Feely had the final score of the hour to leave the final score 1-18 to 3-6.

    The Harps played pretty well, Eamon McHugh and Mickey Jones were impressive parts of a defence which was on top generally, even though they will be willing to accept that the goals conceded weren’t great. Ryan Jones handled a lot of ball and had a big influence, while Leigh Jones is the glue bringing the thing together at the minute. It's about all the small things he does as well as the scores. For Belcoo, Brian Cox and Ciaran Flaherty showed a bit of quality and hunger, but they didn’t quite get going on the day, even though they got goals at good times to give them a shot at it.

    Ref: John McGurn. 


    posted 25 Aug 2014 14:38 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    Manor House SFL Division 1

    Tempo 0-6 v Derrygonnelly 2-19

    19 points separated these sides at the final whistle as Derrygonnelly confirmed they will be in the semi-finals of the league once again this year.

    Afterwards Derrygonnelly manager Paul Greene was delighted with the way his side performed, “We always know coming to Tempo is never easy but thankfully the boys applied themselves correctly and we got our just rewards. Kevin and Leigh finished the goals brilliantly and we can now look forward to another semi-final this year. We still have Belcoo and Roslea left so we will hopefully go into the semi-finals with two further competitive games under our belts.”

    Tempo’s Rory Foy felt his side never got going and had question marks over his own red card “We just didn’t perform on the day. Derrygonnelly got off to a very good start with the goal and then never looked back. Obviously we are very disappointed with how we responded and will be going out to finish in the top four. I think the sending off was a bit harsh to myself but we can have no complaints as Derrygonnelly were full value for their win.”

    Tempo were to score the first point of the game but they only held that lead for 55 seconds as Daryl Keenan pointed from a free before Kevin Cassidy who had a terrific performance burst forward and fired his shot into the net to give Derrygonnelly a 1-0 to 0-1 lead after 4 minutes.

    Leigh Jones and Paul Ward soon pointed afterwards and after 9 minutes the Harps lead 1-2 to 0-1.

    Another Darryl Keenan free brought Tempo back into the contest but Derrygonnelly were winning every midfield ball and added further scores through Paul Ward, Kevin Cassidy and Ryan Jones to surge clear.

    Tiarnan Daly was commanding at full back for the Harps throughout as twice in the first half he won ball high in the air before being replaced at half time due to a hamstring strain.

    The Harps went 7 clear after good work through Cormac Glynn, Maurice Cassidy and Paul Ward then found Leigh Jones who fired over to surge clear.

    A short Ryan jones free then found the industrious Paul Ward who turned and pointed before in the 27th minute Paul Ward was hauled down by Aidan Breen in which the Tempo full back was to pick up a black card for. From the resulting free Ward knocked over a further score to give Derrygonnelly an impressive 1-8 to 0-2 lead.

    The second half was only 1 minute old when Tempo’s Rory Foy was to receive a straight red card for a high arm into the face of Garvan Jones and almost immediately the Tempo challenge was to then collapse.

    Through Darryl Keenan though Tempo always had an ally to feed the ball to and from his free he made it 1-8 to 0-3.

    Ryan Jones stormed through the middle for his second point and soon after a high Kevin Cassidy ball was missed by Tempo goalkeeper Stephen Jackson and Maurice Cassidy for Leigh Jones to score a goal from just 3 yards out as Derrygonnelly firmly put the game beyond Tempo’s reach.

    Paul Ward, Kevin Cassidy and second half substitute Stephen McGullion all added further scores as Derrygonnelly raced 2-12 to 0-3 with just 15 minutes remaining.

    A further Tempo free from Darryl Keenan kept a disappointing Tempo side just about clicking but Derrygonnelly were clearly the superior side as they added further scores from Gary McKenna, Paul Ward and wing half back Michael Jones to go 2-15 to 0-4 ahead.

    Ruairi Dundas then done well to release Paul Ward for a further score before Peter Gallagher fisted over after a good save from Stephen Jackson to push Derrygonnelly 19 ahead.

    Daryl Keenan fired over another Tempo free, his fifth of the day while at the other end Derrygonnelly’s Paul Ward accounted for his sixth point of the day and Gary McKenna chipped in with another point.

    Right at the very death Tempo were to score their first point from play as Niall McCusker evaded his man to run onto a Niall McElroy pass before splitting the posts, but all in all this game was over well before half time as Derrygonnelly confirmed another semi-final appearance.

    Referee – Martin Higgins (Lisnaskea)

    (Thank you to Pauric McGurn of The Impartial Reporter for this article)


    posted 23 Aug 2014 13:12 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    Our Under 16s had a good win against Erne Gaels today to complete their first stage of the league. They won 7-11 to 4-12. 
    Match report in Youth Section: https://sites.google.com/site/derrygonnellyharps/home/youth-news/u16sstillunbeatenafterhardearnedwin 

    The lads have beaten Erne Gaels, Enniskillen Gaels, Irvinestown, Ederney, Tempo and St Pats so far. 
    They are now in Division 1 against Enniskillen, Erne Gaels and Irvinestown in the final section of the league. 
    Well done lads, keep it going. 


    posted 17 Aug 2014 15:29 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 14 Sep 2014 13:15 ]

    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.  

    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. 


    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)


    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. 


    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. 

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