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    Harps Notes 28th July 2014

    posted 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 


    posted 15 Jul 2014 13:57 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    SFL1 13TH JULY 2014

    HARPS 1-9

    ST PATS 1-14

    The scoreline is a fair enough reflection of things here, as our opponents established a good lead in the first quarter, landed a killer blow just before half time, and managed to keep us fended off comfortably enough throughout the second half.

    The Harps had a decent enough start in terms of possession, but recorded a few wides whereas St Pats nailed every chance, aided by a bit of a breeze. Their points came from Pat Grue, three Eamon Maguire scores, plus Ryan Kelly and Gary Maguire as we went through a period of being absolutely blitzed on break balls in the middle. Eventually Jonny McGurn grabbed a free for us in the 19th minute, responded to immediately by Pat Cadden. Jonny clipped over a second free in the 28th, but the game was taken away from us in the next few minutes as Eamon Maguire grabbed a free, and then got on the end of a clinical turnover move in which we were dispossessed carrying ball through heavy traffic in the middle of the pitch – goal.

    HT 0-2 TO 1-8.

    The second half was a case of St Pats making sure the Harps didn’t get a run on them, and they had no bother doing so, responding to anything the Harps managed to put together. Maurice Cassidy had a good strong run and point in the 3rd minute, followed by a Jonny McGurn point, but St Pats established the story of the half with two points from Eamon and Gary Maguire, his score an outrageous outside of the boot, right foot right corner effort. Leigh Jones had a good snapshot point, Eamon Maguire replied. Mickey and Garvan Jones had one apiece around the 15 minute mark, Brian McDermot and Eamon Maguire replied, plus their ‘keeper Michael McGrade had an excellent double stop. Wardy and Leigh pointed, Kevin Curran replied. Finally, we got a goal through Jonny who converted the rebound from his penalty in the 31st minute to indifference all round.

    FT 1-9 TO 1-14.

    The Harps had a slightly lighter than usual squad available in this one with suspension, injuries etc to contend with, whereas St Pats were at full power for the start of the business part of the season. The strength of the St Pats squad, exemplified by very sharp subs like Brian McDermott and Kevin Curran was impressive, even though they still have a few weaknesses in core areas. In truth, it took a feat of management for us to field a junior team the evening before up in Newtown. Our seniors have another match before the championship against Teemore and hopefully we can get a good shot at putting the strongest possible team on the pitch in that one. We just seemed to start a bit flat on the day, even though we had a diligent enough effort overall and tried til the end, with a few guys like Leigh Jones, Mickey Jones and Mo Cassidy putting in very good shifts. Another positive was that Tiarnan Daly got valuable game time after injury. 

    Harps Notes 14th July 2014

    posted 14 Jul 2014 05:17 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    Good luck to our Minors who are in the championship semi-final against Knockninny Gaelson Thursday night in Kinawley at 7.30pm.
    Congratulations to our Under 12 squad and their mentors on winning the Willie Rogers tournament in Ballyshannon last Saturday. The lads emerged with the win after games against Aodh Rua, Melvin Gaels, Killybegs and Glencar-Manorhamilton. The final against Manorhamilton in particular was a very good contest. We are grateful to Aodh Rua for the invitation to take part. On the way home, the boys all got ice creams, donated by Terry Hughes of Straddle Service Station at Belleek, and many thanks to him for this gesture.
    Our adult teams had a tough weekend of things. Our seniors lost out to St Pats on Sunday, and our juniors were beaten away in Newtown on Sunday. No complaints at all about either defeat. The championship is less than a fortnight away now, but we have one final gamethis Saturday evening away to Newtownbutler before the match against Teemore on July 27th.    
    The Lotto result from Monday July 14th will be in next week's notes. 


    posted 9 Jul 2014 07:53 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    The lotto jackpot was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 11, 21, 24 and 28. £20 each went to Martin Brennan, Braade, Teresa Hoy, Derrygonnelly and Shay, Ellie and Grace McKenna, Derrygonnelly. Next weeks jackpot stands at £2800 and the draw takes place in Doogies.
    There will be a club meeting on Thursday night in the Clubrooms at 9pm sharp.
    The minors had a solid win over Tempo in their championship quarter final and now face Knockninny Gaels in the semi-final. Details of this fixture are not yet confirmed but keep an eye on the club website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.
    Our U-12s are in action this Saturday as they travel to Ballyshannon to take part in the Willie Rogers tournament. Bus leaves Main Street Derrygonnelly at 9am, good luck to them and their mentors.


    posted 9 Jul 2014 07:51 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    Reserve ‘A’ Championship Quarter Final

    Roslea 2-13 v Derrygonnelly 3-2

    Roslea were to prove to be the much more clinical team on Tuesday night over a Derrygonnelly side that had two men sent off just 5 minutes into the second half of this Quarter final clash played in Maguiresbridge on Tuesday night.

    Ruairi McGuinness who was to finish with 0-6 at the end of the game turned brilliantly in just the 2nd minute before placing a terrific ball into the path of Ciaran Cassidy who buried his shot to the roof of the net to give Roslea the perfect start with a goal.

    Roslea had further chances to add to their goal but were made to pay when a long Cormac Glynn ball was played into Peter Gallagher and he delicately flicked it to Pauric McGurn who palmed the ball into an empty goal to make it one goal apiece on 9 minutes.

    McGuinness then pointed after good work from Aaron Mulligan but Derrygonnelly soon responded when Ruairi Dundas fired over a free to make it all level.

    A Ruairi McGuinness free nudged Roslea back in front but once again Derrygonnelly were to bring the sides level with Dara Glynn doing well to play in Peter Gallagher who fired over with 18 minutes played.

    Roslea were then to see another goal chance go close as Dermot Reilly seen his shot just go to the wrong side of the post before they added points  through Ruairi McGuinness, Dermot Reilly, Brendan Sherlock and Reilly once again to push 1-6 to 1-2 ahead.

    Right on the stroke of half time Roslea were to score their second goal, with some neat touches showed by Ciaran Maguire, Martin Beagan and Daniel Mohan before Niall Beagan hit the net to give Roslea a confident 2-6 to 1-2 lead at half time.

    Derrygonnelly were to receive a double boost just 3 minutes into the second half when first of all corner forward Andrew Corrigan flicked a long ball into the net to put four between them before Roslea midfielder Gregory Connolly was to be black carded as Roslea all of a sudden looked vulnerable.

    However, Derrygonnelly then received two red cards in a bizarre 2 minute spell when first substitute Kevin McGrath seen red for a late challenge and he was soon followed by Cormac Glynn for a questionable red card as Derrygonnelly hopes were diminished with 13 men.

    Roslea were to then play with two extra defenders and from this point they were to coast to victory with points coming from Aaron Mulligan, Ruairi McGuinness (3), Niall Began and substitute Shane Lynch who looked very lively on his introduction.

    Any attack for the Harps was met by a blanket defence of Roslea although John Murphy done well to score a blockbuster of a goal from all of 25 yards out to give Derrygonnelly a consolation goal.

    Right at the end Roslea substitute Donal Kelly done well to get in front and turn to fire over to give Roslea a more than deserving 8 point success.

    Referee – James Lewis (Newtownbutler)

    (Thanks to The Impartial Reporter for this match report)

    Harps Notes 30th June 2014

    posted 1 Jul 2014 04:03 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    The Lotto jackpot, now £2700, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 2, 7, 21 and 23. £20 each went to ex Harps thirds stalwart Nathan McDonnell, Enniskillen, Martin Maguire, Garrison, and Brian McKenna, Long Shot. The draw this Sunday will be in Doogies.
    Our seniors had a good win against St Josephs away on Friday night, followed by a defeat aginst Roslea at home on Sunday. They are free this weekend.
    Our juniors had a win in the preliminary round of the Reserve FC last week against Enniskillen Gaels. They are due to play against Roslea in the next round on Tuesday next at 8pm in Maguiresbridge. This is a tough assignment for sure, but we wish the lads all the best in it.
    The last while has been very busy at underage level, with serious volunteer hours going into club activities. Our minors had a convincing final twenty minutes against Roslea to progress to the quarter final of the MFC and they play Tempo in Belnaleck tonight at 7.30pm. Good luck to them.
    Our Under 14s finally concluded their season last weekend with a trip to Cloghan, Monaghan GAA’s Centre of Excellence, to take part in the regional Feile. The lads played against Silverbridge of Armagh, Ballyroan Abbey of Laois, and Iniskeen of Monaghan. They had a win, a near miss, and one defeat. From our point of view, we are delighted to have given the players the taste of that level of competition, the exposure to where they are at. There are always reference points and lessons to be learned and the lads were hopefully willing and able to take some of them on board. Our management team of Dom, Marty and Niall put in a big effort with this group of players, and we are grateful to them for their efforts to build teams for our club in the future. 
    Our Under 8 and Under 10 squads were both in Lissan on Saturday for the Fermanagh GAA blitz, and they enjoyed plenty of action and games against a variety of opponents from around the county. Thanks again to all of those who gave up their time to look after and encourage the teams on the day and during the rest of the year as well.
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    Goals do the damage for Roslea to win top of the table clash.

    posted 29 Jun 2014 13:04 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 29 Jun 2014 13:10 ]

    Harps 0-11

    Roslea 3-8

    This was a good hardy game for the most part, in which possession was hard earned and not to be given away cheaply. Roslea always had a goal threat, and they scored three. They are a well drilled outfit, who deserved their win today. But it wasn’t a defeat that should leave the Harps feeling overly depressed. They’ll play worse and win games before the year is out.

    A high diagonal ball to the danger zone was flicked onto the bar with virtually their first attack, before Cormac Glynn kept going from our defence to grab our first point. Seamus Quigley palmed a high diagonal centre just over for Roslea before they had their first goal in the fourth minute as a high diagonal ball from half back Brendy Sherlock was broke down/flicked about before Ruairi McGuinness got on the end to tap it home: a well established formula, which is no easier to defend against even though you know and have prepared for exactly what is coming.(Okay, I'm going to stop writing the phrase 'high diagonal ball' from now on..)

    Sean Quigley had a good free, before Ryan Jones drove with serious intensity at the Roslea defence to grab a left footed point for us in the eighth minute. We had a good spell for maybe ten minutes then. Eamo McHugh had a goalline save for us (back to the goal threat thing again), before Kevin Cassidy had a point for us following good interplay between Jonny McGurn and Paul Ward. Cormac Glynn fielded two Roslea kickouts clean, giving one of the possessions to Jonny McGurn who hit a great long ball in which was eventually worked to Declan Cassidy for a score, Jonny added a great score from the left shortly later, but Roslea came strong again through half backs Conor Mulligan and Brendy Sherlock. We were two down, having possibly shaded possession in the half, but our wide count would have been too high, and we were turned over or coughed up cheap ball we should have won a few times, not on against a good set of backs!! We also found their short kickout to be very problematic - definitely food for thought there.

    The second half started for Roslea with two yellows for James Sherry, the second being a noticeably stupid one, but this didn’t overly affect them as they are well drilled about filling up going back, and really only play two front up anyway. Wardy converted the free that followed Sherry’s dismissal (a great score), but Sean Quigley responded well from play, before we coughed up a poor enough goal to Seamie Quigley, having just hit the bar ourselves at the other end – a six point turnaround, you could kinda argue! Wardy with two excellent points from play brought it back to three, Seamie flicked one down to Sean Quigley, Ryan Jones and Jonny McGurn combined to respond for us before Seamie Quigley fielded a high diagonal ball from the middle third (sorry, but I could have written it earlier as well!), and turned and hit a genuinely top class goal to the far right hand corner of the goal, - an absolute clinker – game over. The thing petered out to a conclusion after that, a few handy points each being shared thereafter.

    This was a good enjoyable game with good intensity, not much space or time on the ball (the level of the game was on a different planet compared to the Ederney game two nights previously), and a bit of an edge to it which both teams were happy enough to come close to without it really getting out of hand. For the second time this year (in the opinion of this writer anyway), Sean McCartan reffed it excellently. He held off the whistle as best he could on plenty of occasions, ignored both teams’ frequent attempts to influence him, and let them at it. No harm there. Nobody could quibble with the cards he showed either. 

    They are the best team we have seen on our field this year, after Ederney who were impressive back in early May. Could we beat them? Yes, but we would have to get everything right, and then play out of our skins as well. Mission Possible. They are fond of the high diagonal ball onto the edge of the square though,#jussayin.  


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