Weekly Notes & Archive
St Josephs 0-7.
The Harps rounded off their league campaign with a strong effort to defeat St Josephs today, and prolonged the season for a few more weeks.
The half time score was 0-5 to 0-2 in favour of Ederney. It was plainly not going to be enough, for the wind was strong, and the Harps had managed to have a decent amount of possession even into the wind. Ederney did have quite a few wides in the first half too. The Harps first half scorers were Stephen McGullion in the 10th minute, and Leigh Jones with a nice free into the wind in the 15th minute. For Ederney, the scores were shared around a bit more through the McCuskers and maybe even Peter Gormley. Maybe Ederney might be able to go with the running game in the second half into the wind, but it looked dodgy for them.
The Harps actually scored seven points on the bounce in the third and into the fourth quarter. Stephen McGullion (3), Conall Jones (2), Neil Gallagher and Denis Greene put the Harps in a strong position. The wind dropped, and Ederney got a grip for a while, yielding two points to keep it in the melting pot, but Leigh Jones finished the thing off in the 31st minute from play. That Leigh should get the final score was fitting, because he absolutely controlled the game. Stephen McGullion, Conall Jones and Mo Cassidy were also very strong performers. Our panel was well stretched today, so it was good to see the shifts put in by Petie Gallagher and Lee Jones. In fairness, the whole team unit was strong. Settle down again now, and prepare properly for a final sometime soon.
Ref: Kevin Donnelly, Coa.
The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £10,000, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 2, 8, 15 and 28. £20 each went to Marie Duffy, Monea, Emmett McCabe, Blaney and Frank Reid, Ballybofey. The draw this Sunday night will be in The Cosy Bar, with Brendy and Aidy on duty.
This Saturday night November 28th will see the club's annual
mass in memory of deceased members of the Harps and Boho St Fabers in
Derrygonnelly at 7pm.
Well done to Ronan McHugh and Rian McGovern who handled plenty of possession for Fermanagh Under 14s as they defeated Leitrim 3-7 to 2-7 on Saturday. We hope a few more of our players can get out for Fermanagh Under 15s and indeed Fermanagh Under 16s next year.
Our Seniors had a good solid performance against Erne Gaels on Sunday to emerge with five points in hand. The squad is now in the league final, and has a chance to make club history. Good luck to them as they prepare for the big match, provisionally scheduled for December 6th.
Our Scor na nOg Instrumental Group of Jack McLaughlin, Odhran and Odhran Harbinson, plus Bronadh and Derbhla Duffy played really well and took their performances to another level at the Ulster semi in Killeavey, Armagh last Saturday night, but lost out to the Monaghan champions from in a good five county competition. Thank you to all of those who travelled to support the group, plus Maggie Maguire and Francis Rasdale who helped with organisation and entries.
It was with sadness that the club membership heard of the passing of Joe ‘Sonny’ Corrigan, originally from Cornerk, in Essex last week, condolences to the Corrigan family. Sympathies also to the McHugh family, Monea on the recent passing of Seamus McHugh, Irvinestown.
The order of club merchandise from a number of weeks back is due to be delivered to Derrygonnelly within the next ten days. Keep an eye out in club online output for details.
Erne Gaels 0-7
This result was borne out of a solid enough performance, against an opposing team who were always competitive, although they never quite got a breakthrough score such as a goal to signal that they might take a win out of it.
The Harps are now in a senior final, with a chance of making club history. Fair enough, the league has never been as low key as it has been this year, but our club doesn’t get that many chances at senior trophies, so this final is a big deal.
The half time score was 0-6 to 0-4. The half was characterised by both teams turning over / giving away possession an inordinate amount of times, to be honest. The Harps fisted it away, or were dispossessed (this is one of Erne Gaels’ strengths), but Erne Gaels were just as guilty of carrying the ball into three opponents and giving it back again. Derrygonnelly were 0-4 to 0-1 up after fifteen minutes through Garvan Jones, Shane McGullion, Conall Jones, and Deccy Cassidy, with Seamus Ryder having been first on the mark for Belleek. The next quarter saw scores shared with Leigh Jones (free) and Garvan Jones coming between Two Ryder frees and a good Tommy McCaffrey point from play. The key moment for Belleek was when our umpteenth cough up of possession in the middle third saw Seamus Ryder belt a good shot against the upright. If they’d scored that…
A strong start to the second period saw Neil Gallagher, Conall Jones and Stephen Burns give the Harps a likely looking margin, and thereafter it was a case of maintaining things. Ryder had two frees, Deccy Cass had two points, including a left foot cracker from the left wing, and Leigh had a super right footed free from the right wing. Brian Mullin had a point from play for Belleek too.
Best for Harps in a good effort overall were Denis Greene and Deccy Cass, who both had a very positive approach to getting us up the pitch quickly. Neither gets discouraged when the first thing doesn’t work out, they just go again. Further forward, Leigh Jones and Neil Gallagher were very effective indeed and either kept things moving or covered and worked back when needed. For Belleek, Ryan Lyons and maybe Dara Keown were the better performers, with Michael Og McGarrigle looking likely as well. They found scores hard to work against a good defensive Harps effort, anchored by the Holy Trinity of Jones, Daly and McHugh (is that blasphemous? Nah…).
The Lotto jackpot, now £9900, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1,
2, 21 & 27. £20 each went to Martina Jones, Derrygonnelly, Liz Maguire,
Garrison and John Smith, Diamond Cabs. The draw this Sunday will be in Old
Pals, with Gavin Duffy and John Murphy overseeing matters.
The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £9800, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 2, 10, 14 & 28. £20 each then went to Annette Murphy, and James Feely, Derrygonnelly, and Mary Feely, Garrison. The draw this Sunday night will be in Doogies, with John Maguire and Aidy McGovern on duty.
It was a losing final feeling on Sunday that quite a few of our teams have experienced this year, as our Ladies and Under 16s lost out to worthy winners in Aghadrumsee and Enniskillen Gaels. First up at noon we saw our Under 16s put in a good shift, showing a good attitude and skill before losing out to a very dangerous attacking Enniskillen side. Our Ladies came up against a similarly potent attacking outfit in Aghadrumsee, and despite looking like scoring ourselves, we were under pressure in the first half, and couldn’t bridge the gap despite a very committed effort. Thank you to all who attended these matches to support our teams, and acknowledgement of our coaches Niall Elliott with the ladies, plus Anthony Greene and Roger McGovern with the Under 16s. Thank you also to Sponsors Stratus Construction, New York, plus The Cosy Bar.
The Harps AGM is scheduled to take place on the evening of Sunday December 6th. We are a club with a good volunteer base and strong membership, but we are always keen to include anyone who is interested in coming to our AGM and contributing to moving forward. Make a space for it in your diaries.
However taking absolute priority in our diaries has to be the visit of ex Carlow Minor corner forward Derek Ryan to the Hall on November 20th. Derek has always proved to be a big hit in Derrygonnelly and we look forward, as the current album says, to ‘One Good Night’. See you all there!
Saturday November 28th will see the club's annual mass in memory of deceased members of the Harps and Boho St Fabers in Derrygonnelly at 7pm.
Congratulations to our Scor na nOg traditional group of Oisin and Odhran Harbinson, Jack McLaughlin, Bronadh Duffy and Derbhla Duffy who won a well contested competition in Donagh Hall on Saturday night last. Thanks to Maggie Maguire and Francis Rasdale for their help with this effort as well. The group has qualified now for the Ulster semis in Killeavy on Saturday November 21st.
Good luck to Pauric McGurn, the Fermanagh PRO and popular Harps man, who is one of the nominees for the county PRO of the year award at the Ulster GAA Writers Association dinner in Bundoran this weekend. As all members of the PRO Union know, it’s a key role, only serious candidates even apply, never mind get the job…
Finally, a DVD of the county final is available. The cost is £5. Names to Kevin Cassidy, Nicola Cassidy, Anita Rasdale or Brendy Rasdale please if you wish to order one.
LADIES DEFEATED BY HARD-RUNNING AGHADRUMSEE OUTFIT
Our Ladies took the field in Brookeboro today in front of a sizeable support, having played very well to reach the final recently, but on the day Aghadrumsee’s mobile attacking style of play was to prove hard to deal with, despite a decent effort all round.
We always carried a decent threat on the attack ourselves, with Eimear Smyth and Ciara Leonard carrying the ball strongly at our opponents, pointing three times to add to Tara McLoughlin’s early goal. However our opponents were very impressive with the slope, racking up maybe 4-7 over the course of the half. Brenda Bannon was a particularly impressive operator for them in this period.
We probably fared better in terms of the balance of play in the second half, with a goal and three points from Catriona Duffy, a real highlight. Further points came from Louise Dundas and Neasa Corrigan. Emma Burns had a very good hardworking hour for the Harps, with good handling of possession and high fielding at times. At the back, Keira Elliott in particular used her speed to great effect, and was working hard wit Linda Brennan to keep our opponents out. Aoife Flanagan was another of our opponents who really impressed with her strong play.
Still, it wasn’t to be, and manager Niall Elliott’s troops lost out in the end. This year was a better year, with improved speed with the ball particularly evident, and some good scores racked up. Special praise to Niall in particular for his efforts, he has done a super job in creating a united team, which gives of their best.
Hard Luck ladies!
Abigail Greene, Chara McGovern, Linda Brennan, Anita Maguire, Keira Elliott, Becky Gordon, Ciara Leonard, Emma Burns, Catriona Duffy, Eimear Smyth, Tara McLoughlin, Louise Dundas, Andrea Gordon, Nessa Corrigan, Christina Elliott, Tammy Miller, Shannon McGovern, Maeve Jones.
Derrygonnelly Harps GFC.
The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £9700, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 10, 17, 19 & 21. £20 each went to Leanne Burns, Boho, Bridie Maguire, Boho, and Wayne Hassard, Enniskillen. We are in Doogies this Sunday night, with Donal and Gerard helping out.
The club’s November monthly committee meeting will take place this Thursday evening at 8.30pm sharp. Please note our slightly earlier start time.
Good luck to our Under 16s who go into the league final this Sunday against Enniskillen Gaels. There is no doubt that the lads are going into this match as underdogs, but we know that they will go in with the right attitude, which is the most important thing. The match is down for Lisnaskea at noon.
There is also a good possibility that the Ladies final versus Aghadrumsee will be held this weekend, please keep an eye on our online output for details.
Commiserations to our Juniors, who were well beaten by Roslea in the Reserve FC final on Saturday. We never managed to get a foothold in the game. It is tough to lose two finals in two weekends, but we accept that our opponents deserved their win on the day. Thank you to the panellists, quite a lot of whom have their commitments to the senior squad to keep them going, and particular mention to our managers Stephen Love and Gerard Maguire for their efforts. Our seniors are scheduled to play Roslea this Sunday at home at 2.30pm.
Irish Country Music sensation Derek Ryan, one time Carlow Minor corner back turned saviour of country music, is coming to Derrygonnelly Community Centre on Friday November 20th. His current number one album is entitled ‘One Good Night’ and we know we are in with every chance of that, given his brilliant performances in the past in Derrygonnelly. We hope to see you all there on November 20th.
The season ended on such a disappointing note for our Juniors today when Roslea really did give them a tanking, even though it’s not reflected by the scoreline.
Right from the very first exchanges, we were knocked out of our stride by our opponents’ intensity, energy and passion. And from those early moments onwards we never managed to gain any control of the game whatsoever. It’s easy for the keyboard warrior to sit hashing about the game, but the bottom line here is: well beaten by the better team on the day.
Ruairi McGuinness kicked a 45’ in the 3rd minute to get the thing moving for them, before a turnover in our own defence saw young Diarmuid McAleer apparently backheel in a goal in the 6th minute. Finally, we made it downfield, and created an opening only to carry too far, before Garry McKenna had two frees in the 13th and 14th minutes.
Roslea were pretty dominant in the middle third in terms of first and second phase possession and Micheal Jordan had two points from play in the 20th and 21st minutes, followed by a score from James Boyle in the 22nd minute after a very long run up the field. Ruairi McGuinness from a free, replied to by a Garry McKenna free replied to by a Ruairi McGuinness free saw us at half time 1-6 to 0-3 down. It’s hard to remember any shots, never mind wides in the first half for the Harps. No matter where we were in possession we were just pushed aside as Roslea went back about their business.
The margin was nine after a couple of minutes of the second half when McGuinness had a penalty to the net after young McAleer was pulled down, before we spent quite a while trying the long ball onto Stephen McGullion on the edge of the square. There were a few uncertain moments for Roslea around these, but they were so quick onto the break, or defending properly, so we never had them seriously worried. Their final goal in the 18th minute of the half was a fine finish from Diarmuid McAleer who ran in and planted a fine finish in the top left corner. Shane McGullion pulled a goal back moments later, Colm Jones had a tap-over free in the 22nd minute before the game trundled to a conclusion with Roslea containing the pressure, such as it was, us picking up two reds, Roslea picking up one, and the Harps engaging in a spot of whining at the ref, like it was all his fault…
This game was very important for Roslea club, never mind their Juniors. If they had lost, it would have been very difficult to face into the rest of the season for them, and that was the focus they needed. They played like their season depended on the result. We were nowhere near that level of wide-eyed intensity today, sadly. Denis Greene, who attacked the ball and tried to drive up the pitch, plus perhaps Shane McGullion were probably our two best players. For Roslea, there were a lot of really sharp performances, from the likes of Brendan Sherlock, Conor Mulligan and Shane Mohan in particular, but lots of other players were very involved throughout.
Sometimes you just get beaten, and there’s nothing you can do. It is a pity that a great effort overall this season has ended up bearing no reward, especially for our managers Stephen Love and Gerald Maguire, who have put in a great effort this year. Our club needs a junior title, too.
The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £9600, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 2, 16, 18 & 21. £20 each went to Maisie Cassidy, Drumgormley, Seamus McLoughlin, Newtownbutler, and J Bashford LPS Omagh c/o Kevin Cassidy. We are in the Linnett Inn this Sunday with Peter Jones and Gerry Gallagher on board.
Commiserations to our Juniors who lost out in the final few minutes against Teemore in the Erne Cup One final on Saturday. The lads held the lead for most of the match, but Teemore took it by the throat in the final ten minutes, overhauled our lead and deservedly took the result, so congratulations to the Shamrocks. It should sharpen the Harps appetite for the Reserve FC final against Roslea this Saturday afternoon in Lisnaskea. We hope for a good support to support the lads at 3.30pm.
Our seniors had a good solid effort, showing a great attitude, to take a good two points away to Erne Gaels on Sunday. They had a useful lead at half time, and a good level of control in the second half. They now have four games left to play, and the next fixture will be available on our online output.
Irish Country Music sensation Derek Ryan, who once played county minor football for his native Carlow, is the next big attraction for the Harps’ social diary, with the pacy wing half forward turned saviour of country music coming to Derrygonnelly Community Centre on Friday November 20th. His current number one album is entitles ‘One Good Night’ and we know we are in with every chance of that, given his brilliant performances in the past in Derrygonnelly. We hope to see you all there on November 20th.
The Fermanagh Scor na nOg is scheduled for Saturday November 7th. Our club Scor officer Francie Rasdale is keen to hear from anyone who might wish to enter in any of the musical sections in particular. The quiz section will be held separately this year.
Our Under 16s are through to the Division One final against Enniskillen Gaels. This game is currently fixed for Lisnaskea on Sunday November 7th at 12.00. Good luck to the lads with their preparations for that.
Erne Gaels 1-4
Despite the Harps having nine points on the board and a half time margin of six points, there was a nagging feeling that our hosts might fancy it with the wind in their backs, but our second half performance was actually a step up on the first in terms of controlled use of the ball and workrate. The attitude was absolutely bang on today, in fairness.
The Harps had created a lot of scoring chances throughout the first period, failing to convert four or five realistic goal openings, but points had been knocked over by Leigh, Conall and Ryan Jones, Paul Ward scores and two Eamon McHugh fifties. Daniel McGullion had grabbed the Belleek goal in the fifteenth minute, but they had found the breeze a problem in terms of getting a good distance from kickouts, and getting upfield.
In the second half, it was hard not to wonder what they were doing with pacy inside forward Thomas McCaffrey in their own half back line, but anyway the Harps had a superb four point haul from Leigh Jones, three super frees plus a good score from play, a Deccy Cass effort and a Stephen McGullion goal. Ryan Lyons and one particularly good ball from the right sideline from Daniel McGullion stands out from Erne Gaels. They’ll feel they can play quite a bit better than this, but their tackling was quite strong at times, and if you were casual in the middle third in particular, they are quick to swarm you. There’s definitely something there, for sure.
For the Harps, the second half performance showed good focus. That was maybe the best thing about the game.
Ref Kevin Donnelly, Coa.