Weekly Notes & Archive


posted 30 Aug 2015, 08:51 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated ]

Harps 0-12
Ederney 1-9. 

How often does twelve points total win you a game? Not very often, so both teams are back again this Friday night in Brewster Park. 
This game was compelling, although never particularly entertaining, not that is something that will concern either team really. The most important thing about the championship is being in it when you are involved as a player or a manager. 

It required a late rally from Ederney to snatch a draw, Mark Henry's side rattling over the final three points of the game including a Liam Maguire effort in added on time.

Derrygonnelly had started the brighter of the sides as they opened up an early 0-03 to 0-01 advantage, the excellent Paul Ward scoring two and teeing up the other for Stephen McGullion.

However, Ederney responded with a Paul McCusker point, a free from Chris Snow, then the only goal of the game midway through the half as Paul McCusker collected a ball close to the goal-line and played a hand pass across the face of the goal to Peter Gormley who slotted to the net.

Conall Jones landed two wonderful efforts from play in the 22nd and 25th minutes,split by a Darren McCusker point, while Ryan Jones banged over a free for the Harps as they moved one clear, 0-07 to 1-03, and the sides traded points late in the half, Johnny Irvine firing over for Ederney while Paul Ward replied for Derrygonnelly to leave the Harps one up at the break, 0-08 to 1-04.

The sides swapped points early in the second half through Ryan Jones and Paul McCusker but the Harps appeared to be taking control as Conall Jones put them three up with Ederney hanging on a wee bit at that stage. But we didn't nail it, and fair play to Ederney, they dug in.  Aaron Dennison pushed up for one, then Maurice Cassidy had our last score in the 17th minute of the half, to put us three clear. Ederney missed a series of 45 - 50m frees to enter the last five minutes still three down. Their wide count would be interesting.

It was Ederney though who finished the stronger and points from Manus Maguire and Marty McGrath reduced the gap to the minimum before Liam Maguire floated over the equaliser two minutes into added on time to secure a second bite at the cherry for his side.

Go again next Friday at 7pm. 

Harps Notes 24th August 2015

posted 24 Aug 2015, 14:47 by Derrygonnelly Harps

There will be a club committee meeting at 9pm on Wednesday night, with the main item on the agenda being organisation for hosting the double header at Canon Maguire Park this Saturday evening. 

The Lotto jackpot, now £8700, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 4, 7, 8 & 12. £20 each went to Babs McGuinness, Belcoo, Kathleen McGovern, Corlough, and Patricia Kelly, Monea. Gerard Maguire and Donal Corrigan are on duty this Sunday night in Doogies. 

Good luck to our seniors as they play St Josephs in the championship this week at Brewster Park, throw in is at 2pm. They had a decent win over Lisnaskea on Sunday. Our Juniors put in a strong second half effort to defeat Tempo in Reserve FC last Friday night. 

Under 12 and Under 16 fixtures will be on our website by Wednesday. Our Under 16s look like ending up in Division One when the initial groups are redrawn. Our Under 12s had a tough outing against Derrylin on Saturday. They have also played Newtown, and should have Kinawley away this weekend. Our Under 10s are travelling to Trillick this Saturday morning to play in a tournament. The bus will leave Derrygonnelly at 8.50, and an early afternoon return is expected. Any questions on this, contact Brendy or Garry. Sunday Morning Footy continues every Sunday until late September at 11.15. 

Our Ladies had a very well contested 9 a side league match on Sunday evening, losing out by a very narrow margin against Devenish despite a really good effort. 

Derrygonnelly Harps Couch to 5k groups are starting to see real improvement as they continue to prepare towards the local Derrygonnelly 10k and 5k event on September 19th. Good luck to them and we hope plenty of other locals will support this event.  

Congratulatons to our senior player Michael Jones, and his wife Colleen on their marriage last weekend. We wish the happy couple every health and happiness. 

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posted 23 Aug 2015, 10:37 by Derrygonnelly Harps

HARPS 3 – 11

SKEA 0-8

In damp and slippery conditions, this was pretty comfortable for the Harps against a Skea side low on confidence and missing important players Jonny Woods, Mark McKenna and Stephen Carters.

The half time score was 2-7 to 0-3. The Harps two goals came from Stephen McGullion and Paul Ward in the 4th and 23rd minutes. Points were shared around plenty of players with Maurice and Declan Cassidy, Paul Ward, Neil Gallagher and Garvan Jones all scoring. Skea’s ponts came from Daniel Kille with two frees and a point from play by Niall McElroy. Derrygonnelly had a good first half, and Skea’s heart seemed to diminish as the thing went on.

Garry McKenna’s goal in the 9th minute of the second half ended the thing really, and condemned the supporters to a low key final twenty minutes when Daniel Kille picked off a few frees and points from play, with Derrygonnelly replying through   Maurice Cassidy, Garvan McGinley and Paul Ward.  Nothing much else to say. Next week is championship, and the thing will be a lot more pressurised, that’s for sure. 

Reserve FC Prelim. Harps Produce Second Half Performance...

posted 21 Aug 2015, 15:46 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Harps 1 – 14

Tempo 1 – 5.

A seriously improved second half display in pretty much every aspect of the game saw the Harps win well here. They were definitely flattered to go in 1 – 6 to 1 – 4 up at half time, but they were pretty much in charge for the whole of the second period, conceding only a single point to Paddy Fee in the 24th minute.

Niall McCusker started the scoring with a decent point for Tempo, before Nathan Jones twice put Niall Gilleece in for points from play. Garry McKenna then had two points on the bounce from a free and from a good run, before Tempo got a bit of a grip by breaking our kickouts, our half backs struggling to win any break ball. They had two points, and a few missed chances in truth as Tiarnan Bogue and Eunan McCann got the thing moving well. Garry McKenna and Niall McCusker exchanged points before Tempo rocked the now 14 man Harps as Ryan Bogue went straight down the middle and hit a goal in the 22nd minute to put Tempo two clear. They just didn’t make their dominance count, and the Harps had a Niall Gilleece free followed by a real lift in the 29th minute….

As a Niall Jones effort looked like falling short from outside the fifty, our full forward John Murphy and the Tempo full back wrestled for possession before John deflected the ball in with his left nipple. They all count, and it’s another unusual score for the man who doesn’t do ordinary.

Managers Stephen Love and Ger Maguire took the opportunity to get the thing sorted at half time and remind more than one player that they were supposed to get a tackle in, and their words worked wonders as the Harps had a much better 30 minutes.

Sub Colm Jones started the thing with a good free, matched by an excellent score off the ground by Garry McKenna, the hardworking and effective Shane McGullion had one put on a plate for him by Murphy, before our full back Dermot Carroll had a superb block to deny a decent Tempo goal chance in the 12th minute. We never looked back after that and had points from Stephen McGullion, Neil Gallagher, Garry McKenna and Colm Jones via a tip over from Tempo ‘keeper Stephen Jackson. Fee had Tempo’s only point of the half, before Colm Jones had the final score in the 28th minute.

For Tempo, Charlie Kelly showed the best attitude and looked for work all through, while Gary Leonard had a useful first half. For the Harps, the all round effort was much better from the entire group in the second half, and that saw them win well, with a lot of good contributions from all over the pitch, with the scorers mentioned earlier well supported by the graft of Ruairi Dundas, Aaron Burke and the steadiness of Dermot Carroll.


Harps Notes 17th August 2015

posted 17 Aug 2015, 09:35 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The club Lotto, now £8600, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 4, 9 & 22.£20 each went to Michael Sheridan, Diamond Cabs, Paddy Greene, Coa, and Kate Rasdale, Garrison. We are in the Linnett Inn this Sunday night
There is no such thing as a quiet time in the GAA, but anyone is welcome to consider the activity at our grounds since last Monday, and think about volunteerism. As the club’s first of three Couch to 5k sessions last week was ongoing, our caretakers worked preparing the grounds for the week ahead, while the Daisy Dollop team collated the final details and figured out their plan for the week ahead. They were encouraged by the super support for the event, with a great effort by almost a hundred sellers. Our seniors and juniors trained on Tuesday eveningWednesday evening saw Daisy have a test run on Canon Maguire Park, while our Under 12s and Under 16 teams had training. Thursday evening saw our Juniors train, while the Daisy Dollop team got down to work drawing up and randomly allocating over two thousand squares on the grid drawn up Monday’s meeting, a process which would take five hours running on to Friday nightOn Friday evening, our Under 8s and Under 12 teams welcomed Devenish down for keenly fought challenge matches on the top pitch, before our seniors had a good league victory over Devenish. 
On Saturday, we had five lads: Shane, Colm, Conor, James and Nathan in action for Fermanagh Under 17s in Owenbeg, but most focus was on our Daisy Dollop fundraiser, with further preparations by our social team and their helpers all morning before a sizeable crowd gathered at 2pm in anticipation of the big drop. Daisy was brought onto the pitch, and explored most areas of the field, before deciding that square 993 at the junction of Row 27, Column AD was where she would give her blessing. Big Pat Cassidy was the owner of said square, and congratulations to him on becoming the owner of a super-powered pedigree heifer. Edel Meehan, Una Duffy, Malachy McConnell and David Lyttle won the £50 consolations. We all took a rest, before returning to our grounds that night for the barbecue and social in the upstairs area of the clubrooms, enjoying the craic together in our building, built by the voluntary work of so many members and friends. 
Next morning, while the clearup after our event took place, we had our Sunday MorningFooty for players aged four to twelve over two pitches, while our seniors arrived to prepare for their second match of the weekend, a well earned win over Maguiresbridge. Our Under 16s were disappointed that their league match didn’t take place but trained nonetheless, before later that night, the silver Astra arrived in Main Street and the Lotto group administered the final club job of the week. Just stop and think of the number of people who made all of those events happen. Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved, in whatever club unit in whatever capacity. It was a serious week’s work by a serious number of people.  
Good luck to our Juniors in the first round Reserve FC match against Tempo in Maguiresbridge this Friday night at 7.15
Our Under 16s are away to kingpins Enniskillen Gaels this Wednesday evening at 7.30before hosting Belnaleck this Sunday at 12.00 on the top pitch. Under 12 fixtures will be confirmed and on our online output. Sunday footy will finish up a bit early at 12.15 to accommodate the senior teams’ warmup as we host Lisnaskea at 1pm. This is another catchup game and second last before the split as the league moves on in its revised format. Regarding the arrangements made: our players had directed our delegates as to their views before last week’s County Board meeting, are definitely content with the outcome of CCC’s consultations, and are very clear that they do not feel ‘disrespected’ in any way by the process which took place. 

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Harps Win Comfortably After Tricky Opening.

posted 16 Aug 2015, 08:30 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Harps 1 – 15.

Maguiresbridge 0 – 8.

If anyone had said after fifteen minutes of the game that the Harps would canter home comfortably, the assumption would have been that you had been celebrating Daisy’s Dollop a bit too hard in the clubrooms on Saturday night. The first quarter of this game saw our opponents full of energy, movement, shouting for each other(the noise was deafening at times!), support play, ball retention etc. It looked like a tough day was ahead for the Harps.

After 10 minutes they were 0-4 to 0-2 up, deservedly. By half time they were 1-6 to 0-4 behind.

The three Teague brothers and Sean Corrigan were very lively early on, contributing a few nice scores and looking sharp. Garvan McGinley had two for us, and Ryan Jones had two frees as we slowly got a good foothold, Garvan Jones had a super score from play from the right, to put us ahead, although it would be nearly twelve minutes before Ryan added another free to put us two clear. In that period, Leigh Jones had two bits of good track-back defending preventing scores, and there were signs that we were getting the ‘Bridge forward movement sorted. On 30 minutes, super intense defending pushed a ‘Bridge attack back out the right wing, eventually turning them over, and Deccy Cassidy found Stephen McGullion for a well taken goal on the counter. The key score of the match.

David Teague had a free to start the half for the ‘Bridge, but the spark had gone out of their play. The Harps had six points in succession, through a fifty, driven over the bar by Eamon McHugh, three Paul Ward points, (one free, two clinkers) and two Garvaan Jones points from play. Garvan had a very good game, having also been involved in the goal in the first half, being a kickout option, and putting in a great block in open play in the middle of the second half. The thing freewheeled to a close with two more Paul Ward points, a nice sliced point for Ciaran Corrigan of the ‘Bridge, and a close in free for David Teague after some Father Ted / Kilnascully messing about and shoving on the edge of the D (sigh…).

On reflection, the ‘Bridge will be disappointed that they went out of the game the way they did. A few of their players like J P McGarry, Mattie Teague and even Niall Carson had impressive moments, but a lot of the time, nothing came out of them. As well as Garvan Jones, Ru Leonard and Eamon McHugh did well in defence to get a grip on very sharp and lively opponents and subdue them.

Next game = Lisnaskea Emmetts at 1pm next Sunday in Canon Maguire Park.    

Derby Win = Welcome Points.

posted 14 Aug 2015, 15:31 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Harps 1-15

Devenish 1-9

This match saw the Harps collect another two valuable points. They had a measure of control throughout and the margin at the end is probably a fair reflection on the way things were.

The half time score was 0-10 to 0-5 to the home side. It’s easy to hash, but they will know themselves that they should have had more on the scoreboard, as a fair few chances were not converted through dodgy shooting and dodgy shot selection. Devenish led 0-3 to 0-2 after 15 minutes, before Ryan Jones took the big hit, steadied and landed a fine score from play to level. Stephen McGullion landed two more, along with Garry McKenna, and two from Paul Ward. Jones landed a super free from out on the right and Eamon McHugh sliced one over. Chris O’Brien had two in the midst of all that for Devenish, including a fourteen yard free that he put over the ballscreen (what a messer!). Big Jonno had landed three for them in the first quarter.

Derrygonnelly pretty much kept a workable lead in hand in the second half, although Jason Love’s 14th minute score reduced the thing to three points. Wardy had nailed two at that stage sandwiched between a few from Jonno and Chris. The key was that the Harps scored 1-3 without reply from the 19th to the 29th minute, scores from Garvan McGinley, Garry McKenna, Leigh Jones and a Paul Ward penalty. Devenish had a peno in the 32nd minute which John O’Flanagan scored.

Harps played pretty well, definitely better than on Sunday against St Pats. Garvan McGinley is in good form at the minute in our defence, as are a lot of the other backs, in truth. Paul Ward was very involved for us up front, and Maurice Cassidy put in a good shift doing lots of fetching and carrying as well. In fairness though, Ryan Jones controlled the game and was definitely the most impressive player on the pitch. For Devenish, Chris O’Brien was probably the liveliest player, and put himself about a good bit. Barry Mulrone was involved a good bit too. Funny game though, never really caught fire.

Ref, Noel Davis.    

Harps Notes 10th August 2015

posted 10 Aug 2015, 09:13 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £8500, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 10, 17, 21 & 24. £20 each went to G & S Duffy, Monea, The Cosy Bar, and Cara Broomhead, Lisnaskea. The draw this Sunday night will be in The Cosy Bar, with Pat and Michael in charge. 
The biggest focus for the club this weekend is the conclusion of our highly anticipated Daisy Dollop. Thank you to everyone who supported by purchasing tickets. All tickets have been randomly allocated squares around our pitch. Our super-powered pedigree heifer Daisy will be released onto Canon Maguire Park at 2pm on Saturday afternoon. It may take quite a while for her deposit to take place, but at that point we will be able to work out who the owner of the lucky square is. Good luck to everyone, and anyone who wishes to is welcome to watch events unfold from the stand. They might be advised to bring a flask of tea though.
That night, we have our barbecue social event with a licensed bar in the clubrooms from 9pm, with music supplied firstly by Dermot McConnell Band, then Disco with DJ Shorty. We hope that there will be a good crowd at this. Come along, it isn't that often that club members and supporters get the chance to have a night's craic together. 
Our Under 8 squad, Primary 3\4 in school year 2014\15 have a set of  Go Games against Devenish on Friday evening. All players to be at the clubrooms for 6pm. Any questions, contact Niall, Brendy or Francie. Our Under 16s game against Kinawley has been refixed for this Sunday at midday. Our seniors are scheduled to play Devenish at home at 7.30pm this Friday evening. They are away to Erne Gaels on Sunday and had a win away to St Pats last Sunday. 
Finally, it was with sadness that the club heard of the passing of Kevin Bannon, Boho, last week. The Bannons were very strongly linked with Boho St Faber's. Condolences from all members and supporters.


posted 9 Aug 2015, 10:13 by Derrygonnelly Harps

St Pats 0-7.

Harps 2-7.

Derrygonnelly need points, no matter how they get them, so satisfaction at the improvement in terms of league position comes first here.

Derrygonnelly led on a 4 – 1 scoreline after the first quarter, scores coming from Garry McKenna, two nice scores by Garvan Jones, and one from Ryan Jones following a good move up the field. Pat Cadden had opened for Donagh, Paul Ward scored the Harps’ goal from the penalty spot around the twenty minute mark following a technical foul by a St Pats defender on the goal line. Stephen McGullion had won a high ball, fed Leigh Jones, and the shot led to the foul. Garry McKenna showed good purpose to score again from maybe thirty five yards, before Eamon Maguire had a free for St Pats. Half time 0-2 to 1-5. They were finding it hard to penetrate. We should probably have had more scores on the board, our chances missed tally was noticeable enough first half.

The even scores tally in the second half is probably a fair enough reflection on how things were. Garry McKenna’s goal in the tenth minute probably meant game over, a good finish after a layoff from Stephen McGullion, with Paul Ward also assisting. Our other two points were a Leigh Jones free, and a super score from play by Stephen McGullion. We didn’t threaten an awful lot either, as play got bogged down for a variety of reasons. It’s about ‘keep ball’ nowadays, it seems. St Pats were continually nibbling at the eight point, seven point margin through Eamon Maguire and Pat Cadden, but with Tiarnan Daly outstanding under a series of Hail Marys on top of Paul Cosgrove, Derrygonnelly held on fairly comfortably. In a particularly good effort in terms of defensive workrate etc, our other top performers were Garvan McGinley, Stephen Burns and Garry McKenna, but Tiarnan was standout in fairness. For St Pats, there were a few good efforts which kept them competitive, but nobody stood out in truth. 

Harps Notes 2nd August 2015

posted 3 Aug 2015, 06:57 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto was held on Monday night, so details will be in next week’s notes and our online output. The draw on July 27th saw numbers 3, 23, 26 & 27. £20 each went to Ian Brock, Garrison, Mark Cassidy, Belleek and Margaret Meehan, Belleek. The draw this week will be in Old Pals. 

The club’s August meeting will be held on Thursday night at 9pm in the clubrooms. Anyone with Daisy tickets to return can bring them to the meeting. 

The build up to the Daisy Drop continues, with interest growing in our £1500 pedigree ultimate breed super heifer. Tickets are available from all players and committee members at £10 or three tickets for £20. The fundraiser will conclude on August 15th, when Daisy is released onto Canon Maguire Park to deposit on the lucky square, so to speak. The co-ordinating team will be in contact with all sellers during this week to get their returns, so please have these ready. The final date for all tickets to be returned is Friday night August 7th at 9pm in the clubrooms, to allow our organising team to put together their matrix and assign owners to the squares.

Sunday Morning Footy returns this week at 11.15 as usual. Our Under 12s had two games last week, against Kinawley and Derrylin, emerging with positive results from both ties. They have a bye this week. Our Under 16s had a good away win against St Gerards, with the one downer being an unfortunate shoulder injury to our defender Conor Maguire. We wish Conor well for his recovery. Our Under 16s are at home to Kinawley on Wednesday evening, all players to be in the changing rooms for 6.50. 

The Harps were well represented at Croke Park on Sunday, with our five senior panellists Tiarnan, Eamon, Michael Ryan and Conall against Dublin, plus three players during the half time exhibition match, namely Rory Joe Duffy, Ronan McGovern and Patrick Duffy. The youngsters did great and the seniors put in a fine shift as well. There is something very admirable about the way Fermanagh senior team and those around it go about their business. 

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