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posted 18 Jun 2017, 14:30 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Gaels 2-14 Harps 1-10

Pre match favourites Enniskillen Gaels moved away from the Harps in the final ten minutes of this well contested match with two Matthew Dixon goals making the tie safe for them and killing off a very game Harps outfit.

The Gaels led 0-6 to 0-5 at half time, with the Harps tenacity to stay in touch inspired by a remarkable display of goalkeeping by Lee Skuce, who pulled off a succession of outstanding saves to keep the Gaels at bay, and in truth they kicked a few bad wides to add to their nerves.

In the seventh minute of the second half, Gavin McGovern grabbed a goal on one of the too infrequent situations when we got decent ball to him, and the Harps were a point up! The Gaels finally drew level in the 19th minute of the half, and Matthew Dixon was to prove their matchwinner with two goals in the 22nd and 25th minute to give them a good margin. The Harps had lost both Jack Love (Black Card) and Conor Maguire (Second Yellow) in the 18th and 21st minutes, and just couldn’t sustain the level of organisation needed to stop the Gaels exploiting the spaces. Best for the Gaels on the night: John Rehill and Johnny Cassidy. And they definitely deserved their win.

There were a lot of admirable aspects to the Harps’ performance. Leaving aside Skuce’s heroics, they all worked very hard and a lot of players such as Ronan McHugh put in a huge shift. The kickouts were very well contested, Oisin Smyth was very composed and moved the ball out effectively quite a bit. One felt that Gavin McGovern had the beating of his man inside, but we weren’t able to feed him as much as we would like. In fairness, the team has clearly worked hard on and has developed an ethic of ball retention, and sometimes that means recycling rather than bogging it into the other team’s square and being annoyed when it comes out again, It’s not an easy balance to get. Overall, plenty of things to build on for a tilt at the champo, starting with Lisnaskea on 6th of July. Our previous results against Lisnaskea mean we will be totally focussed for this one. Good luck lads.  

Newtown Too Strong for Harps U14s On The Day...

posted 18 Jun 2017, 14:09 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Our Under 14 lads had a very tough hour at the office in the Under 14 championship final against Newtownbutler, as the First Fermanaghs had one of those days when everything clicked for them, and we just didn’t get going. With a reasonable breeze in our back in the first half, we found ourself down 3-5 to 1-4 at half time, 1-2 of our tally coming from Ronan McGovern, with a point apiece from Niall Maguire and Odhran Harbinson. Newtown had looked threatening, and although we got a good lift from a Conor Gallagher goal in the 1st minute of the second half, we ended up under a lot of pressure from Newtowns accurate play and quality in most positions. Dylan Martin and Caolan Swift providing the platform for Diarmuid King, Joseph Clancy and Ger O’Keefe to grab the scores. Newtown were excellent. Ronan McGovern ran himself to a standstill for the Harps, with Aaron Skuce and Corin Bell noticeably courageous performers in defence. Overall, we didn’t manage to hit the same heights we had in other matches this year, but that shouldn’t take away from the good season overall especially from the likes of Connor McGovern and Conor Gallagher.

Overall, we are just behind Derrylin in the pecking order overall, with Newtown a fair bit ahead of both of us. Kinawley are just behind us at the minute. Future plan for this squad? It’s dead simple: close the gap to the teams ahead! Thank you very much to Aidy McGovern, Nigel Harbinson, John Duffy and Donal Duffy. The role of Under 14 manager is a tough one – a long season, starting in bad conditions. The fellas deserve every praise for the job they have done with the group, and they have got a number of great performances out of them. Keep at it lads! 


posted 18 Jun 2017, 13:43 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 18 Jun 2017, 15:19 ]

A busy Saturday for the Harps’ Youth Section with three teams contesting finals, began with our annual tournament concluding with the blitz and final at Canon Maguire Park. The final result went to an exceptionally talented Harps Under 10 outfit, who claimed an excellent win against a very gallant Kinawley team. Once the draw was made, the smart money had been on these two teams emerging from their groups, for a rematch of a cracking group game in 2016, which Kinawley had won.

This time, the Harps won on a scoreline of 2-20 (42) to 0-14 (28), but the game was a very well contested affair indeed. The Harps led by three points at half time: 1-9 (19) to 0-8 (16), having played into the wind and worked exceptionally hard to pressurise Kinawley into a fairly sizeable wide count, and then combining to get the ball upfield and take their scores against the wind. One felt that they should be able to push on a bit with the wind advantage, and so it proved. Kinawley had three exceptional players in Dara Cathcart, Callum Curry and Ryan Gilleece, but the Harps had more of a spread of very significant contributors from Finlay McKenna in goal, right through to Tiernan O’Neill and Imogen Knight at the other end of the field. Full backs Seann Greene and Eddie Elliott were very assured and looked to get the ball out well, with Kian Whitehouse and Naoise Harbinson very quick on the loose ball. Niall McKenna’s striking is very impressive, and Shane Magee plus Shane Carroll’s movement up front was very hard for Kinawley to get on top of. It would be remiss not to highlight in particular the workrate of Patrick Durkin, Conall Rasdale and Michael Duffy as the absolute driving force for the Harps. The three of them never stopped! So the Harps pushed home in the final ten minutes, as the Kinawley lads began to lose a bit of energy in the hot conditions. Seann Greene lifted the Gerard Cox Memorial Cup on behalf of his team-mates. Well done boys and girls!

Finlay McKenna, Seann Greene, Eddie Elliott, Naoise Harbinson, Kian Whitehouse, Patrick Durkin, Michael Duffy, Conall Rasdale, Niall McKenna, Shane Carroll, Shane Magee, Aoibh Love, Imogen Knight, Katie Ryan, Shay McKenna, Evan Cassidy. Absent but played in all of our other games: Daire Keown and Shane Hoy. 

Our development squads had been playing all morning up on the top pitch as we fielded two teams against Enniskillen Gaels, Tempo, Belcoo and Derrylin. Both squads played very well indeed, with leaders like Aoibh Love, Evan Cassidy, Torin Smyth, Shay McKenna, Cora McGlone, Joseph Flynn and Kyra Duffy backed up by impressive P4 rookies like Mark Gallagher and Oisin Magee. We had a great morning, and were well ready for the jumbo hotdog afterwards! 

Eilish Campbell, Orla Maguire, Aoibh Love, Katie Ryan, Eva Foy, Kyra Duffy, Aoife Geoghan, Caitlin Magee, Phoebe Mackin, Maeve Duffy, Cora McGlone, Imogen Knight, Torin Smyth, Paddy Sinclair, Ronan Jones, Tomas McGovern, Joseph Flynn, Shay McKenna, Ben Cameron, Evan Cassidy, Tiernan O’Neill, Callum Keaney, Mark Gallagher, Oisin Magee, Loris Thompson, Evan McKenna, Paul Cox, Ruairi McManus, Jonny Sinclair, Caolan McGahey.


Special mention to Gerald Love Contracts, our event sponsors, Dom Corrigan who coordinated the whole tournament and Blitz Day, with help from Garry and Niall Smyth, plus all of the people who helped out with pitch preparation, refereeing, catering, car parking etc etc. It took a massive volunteer effort to have a great day.



posted 16 Feb 2017, 09:42 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 16 Feb 2017, 09:44 ]

We had an excellent turnout at our Youth Presentation Night. 
The night began with Garry Smyth Youth Secretary giving a comprehensive run-down on a very successful 2016 for our underage teams. Niall Smyth put together an excellent slide show of photographs from throughout the year. Presentations were made to our U14 Feile winners, U14 ladies League winners, U16 ladies League finalists, U16 Division 1 league winners and Championship winners.
Our special guests were Matthew Donnelly of Trillick, Tyrone, Ulster and Ireland fame, and Michael Jones of Derrygonnelly Harps, Fermanagh and Ulster fame. Both spoke very well on many topics such as nutrition, stats, improving yourself as a player and the black card! Both lads were really excellent guests, and no doubt are great role models for our young players. Thank you to them for taking the time out to speak to our players and pose for many photographs. On the night, Shane McGullion received the Spirit of Damian Award, an award close to the hearts of all Harps. 
Thank you to everyone who made this night such a great success.

Under 16s Do the Double in Style!

posted 8 Oct 2016, 09:40 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Harps 1-16

Gaels 3-3

Congratulations to our entire Under 16 squad and their management on achieving a championship and league double with a good victory over Enniskillen Gaels today. The match might look one sided, but it was entertaining, after a remarkable first quarter in which neither side raised a flag!!

Eventually, spectators awoke in the 15th minute as Mattie McAleer flicked a high ball to edge of the Harps square into the net to put the Gaels up. The Harps put together a few nice attacks which ended up not converted before they registered through Gavin McGovern, plus two Micheal Glynn points, the second of which was a nice effort from play. Playing confidently, it looked like the Harps would assert themselves and move away, but they were rocked again by a second Gaels goal as Ryan McDonnell managed to put our defence under enough pressure to get the ball into the net in the 21st minute. Killian Corrigan added to this with a very nice point for the Gaels immediately afterwards. Gavin McGovern finished a good low goal in the 25th minute, followed by scores from Micheal Glynn and Rian McGovern to see us in at half time leading 1.5 to 2.1.

Gareth McGovern had an excellent point straight away, but the Gaels had an excellent goal from Jamie Robinson, to put them back in the lead. Josh Horan added a point on, and remarkably, they were back in front. However, the feeling was that the Harps would have too much, and with Leigh Green and Oisin Smyth driving things forward, they recorded five points in five minutes through Micheal (2), a super score from Jack Love, and Rian (2). Ethan Beresford had what would turn out to be the Gaels’ last point in the 16th minute, and the Harps were pretty much in charge with a further five points from Jack (2), a Micheal Glynn point after a super move, the length of the field, a free, plus a Gareth McGovern point to finish. In truth, they had a lot of wides, and could easily have added to their tally.

There was some good fielding by both sides. Best for the Gaels was probably Ethan Beresford, who played well throughout. The quality of the Harps general play as a team was very good at times, probably better than in the championship final, and there were excellent performances from Oisin Smyth, Leigh Green, Rian McGovern and Micheal Glynn in particular, but Jack Love really stood out as our top man with an all round exhibition of fielding, working, moving the ball and scoretaking. A fine achievement for the whole squad and managers Roger, Anthony and Aidy. Well done lads! 


posted 3 Oct 2016, 08:49 by Derrygonnelly Harps

HARPS 1-11 Gaels 2-6.

What a brilliant effort! The pick of the two championship winning performances! Our Under 16s got the championship final day off to the best possible start as they overturned pre match favourites Enniskillen Gaels with a show of determination and teamwork.

The lads can definitely say that they got the maximum collective effort on the day, with endless contributions from all over the pitch. The Harps started brightly enough, with a well struck Gavin McGovern free, but the first quarter saw us hanging in there a bit as the Gaels looked to cut us open inside, and shaved the post on two occasions. Micheal Glynn and two monsters from Gavin McGovern saw us go 4-3 up before key Gaels’ man Conor Love grabbed the goal he had been threatening in the 18th minute. Nonetheless, Jack Love had a great distance effort followed by Gareth McGovern to tie things up at half time. Derrygonnelly had reorganised a bit by this stage, and the Gaels threat was clearly diminishing somewhat as Oisin Smyth and skipper Debhan McGovern sorted things out superbly. There were a lot of very hardworking efforts in that half, with Gareth McGovern revelling in the number 11 role, plus fellas like Darragh Burke knitting a lot of things together neatly with unselfish ball carrying.

Micheal had his second point of the day to start what would be a pulsating second half, and the hardworking Rian McGovern had a good score from the right as we were gaining momentum. Two Brandon Horan points for the Gaels kept the tension high, but the Harps were clearly edging it. Still, they were flying by the seat of their pants at times, none more so than when Brandon Curry appeared out of nowhere to make a massive goal-line clearance for us. Gavin McGovern grabbed a crazy score from out on the left, before the super economical Micheal Glynn got on the end of a lovely ball behind the Gaels’ defence and his low finish to the net in the 22nd minute was the key score. In the middle area of the pitch, Jack Love, Leigh Green and Ronan McHugh were massive in the final quarter, winning endless hard possession, showing the hunger needed to make the difference. On the stroke of full time, we led by five with two more frees, one from Micheal and one from Gavin, but there was still time for a Skucey special save as the Gaels gave it one last go, but could only grab one score from Callum Jones in the 31st minute to increase the tension further. But we got downfield again, and the ref blew his whistle. An Under 16 final to remember. Well done lads! There were so many excellent performances all over the pitch, but credit also to our management trio of Anthony Greene (our longest serving coach), Aidy Leonard and Roger McGovern. They made a lot of good calls this year. The Harps’ workrate from every player, the determination, and the mental strength were a pleasure to watch. Well done lads!     


posted 11 Aug 2016, 08:15 by Derrygonnelly Harps

A determined all-round team performance from the Harps secured the U14 girls Division 2 League title against a spirited Knockninny Gaels team in an entertaining final played at Brewster Park on Saturday 6 August 2016.  Having lost the league encounter between the sides by a point earlier in the season the Harps were determined to make a solid start and were 0.5 to 0.1 ahead at half time with the scores coming from Megan Maguire and Sarah Jane Jones.   Some resolute defending by Niamh Duffy and Ciara Leonard in the full-back line and an assured display from Aoife Campbell in goals were crucial in the first period in particular.  Determined work by Caitlin Duffy, Stephanie Jones and Reyka Robson in the Harps forward line also produced some key turnovers of Knockninny possession.  The girls started the second half strongly and created a couple of goal chances which went narrowly wide. It looked as if the Harps would rue those misses when Knockninny forced their way back into the game with a well taken goal half way through the second half to leave a point between the teams setting up an exciting finish.  The Harps however re-doubled their efforts in the middle sector with the influential Aoibhinn Jones and Sarah Jane Jones covering every part of Brewster Park to press for scores. There was strong support from half backs Natasha Cox, Georgia Moffatt, Shauna Elliott and second half sub Ciara Woods.   A free awarded for a foul on Bronagh Smyth after an incisive run was kicked to the top corner of the net by Megan Maguire for a crucial goal with three minutes to go which eased the Harps nerves. A further point virtually on full-time saw the Harps win a very sporting game on a final score of 1.6 to 1.1.

Well done to the squad on their achievement and to the management of Louise Dundas, Garvan Jones and Claire Cox.  There were a number of girls who unfortunately were not available for the game due to clashes with family holidays but the entire squad can reflect on a great season’s work in qualifying for the final and securing the Division 2 title.

U14 Girls Are Playing Well!

posted 20 Jun 2016, 14:11 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Harps 10-12 Erne Gaels 5-5
Our Under 14 Girls have played three excellent matches now, with a draw and two wins achieved so far this season. Tonight's was an excellent performance from 1 to 17. Best at the back were Ciara Leonard and Georgia Moffat and we dominated midfield with Sarah Jane Jones and Aoibhinn Jones. Up front Bronagh Smyth and Emily Cassidy led the line well, and all the forwards got on the scoreboard. A very solid performance. Next up is Kinawley away on Monday - a major league challenge! Thanks to Garvan, Louise and Clare for helping out with this team. Keep it going girls!

Harps Girls Lose Out to Derrylin Goal Power.

posted 28 May 2016, 08:49 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 28 May 2016, 08:52 ]

Girls U16 FL Final.

Derrylin 7-8

Harps 1-8

Our girls excellent league campaign came to an end on a losing note on Saturday in the final against what was a better Derrylin performance on the day. Our girls worked to the very end, but our opponents played really well throughout and deserved their win. We actually had the first two scores of the game from Sarah Jane Jones and Eimear Smyth frees before Derrylin had a burst of scores through their very impressive inside forward pairing of Jade Murphy and Niamh Watterson. We were under a lot of pressure in our own territory and our backs repelled a lot of attacks. On isolated raids, we picked off a few points from Eimear Smyth. Nonetheless, the half time score was 4.5 to 0-5, reflecting their possession.

We started the second half similarly well with a point from Aoibheann Rainey, and a free by Eimear Smyth, but Derrylin had two key scores in the twelfth and fourteenth minutes through the strong running Alannah Leonard plus Niamh Watterson again. That made our task a pretty insurmountable one. But we kept at it and had a goal from Eimear Smyth in the twenty-fifth minute, but Derrylin finished in the ascendancy through Weronika Prusakiewiecz and Ciara Clarke. They were a very well balanced side, with defenders Ciara McCaffrey, Cara Boyle and Blathnaid McGuinness all very safe and impressive.

Our ‘keeper Megan Maguire and our back five of Neasa Corrigan, Tammy Millar, Emma Leonard, Naomi Jones and Savannah Leonard all put in good shifts, they had a lot to deal with, but Naomi and Emma in partiicular came out very strongly with the ball. Eimear Smyth and Aoibheann Rainey were very hardworking in a competitive middle of the park, with Sarah Jane Jones and Caoimhe Rainey offering a good outlet up front, well supported by Katie Thompson, Leah Miller, Aoibheann Jones, Niamh Duffy and Phoebe Johnston. The team missed the energy of Emer McGlone, who had contributed very well in previous games. 

Congratulations to Derrylin. Hard luck to our Harps girls, but still well done on a great campaign. Thank you very much to Donal Corrigan and Louise Dundas for their work with the team. 

U16s Give It A Go, but Gaels Take Win in the End

posted 8 Nov 2015, 13:11 by Derrygonnelly Harps


GAELS 2.15


This was much more of a contest than the scoreline might suggest, with the Gaels only finally taking the game away in the final twelve minutes or so. That said, they were clearly deserving winners and are a very impressive team. From our point of view, it was firstly about competing to win, and competing to the end, filling the jersey so to speak. Happily for the Harps, the lads did that very well. Acknowledgement at the outset for referees supremo Noel Davis who took this fixture on at short notice following an SOS call, drove over and reffed the game well. 

The Harps had a significant breeze in their back in the first half, and they knew that they had to make the most of it. They conceded an early score to Conor Love, but thereafter the Harps got a good grip of the game in key areas. They took the next four points over a twelve minute period through Odhran McBrien from a free, Gavin McGovern from play plus two very well worked points from Aidy McKenna and Aaron McGlone. These were excellent scores in particular, but the Gaels had a very valuable wee three point burst in reply from Ronan Quinn (2) and Conor Love. Aaron McGlone had a great goal in the twentieth minute, fielding, turning and finishing intelligently, he was fouled for an Odhran McBrien free, before he pointed again from play. The Gaels struggled with Aaron’s excellent play in the first half. Nonetheless, another Conor Love point saw them only 4 down at half time on a 1-6 to 0-5 scoreline. You would have fancied them, given the breeze, and they did look sharp upfront through Ronan Quinn and Conor Love in particular. The Harps had worked very hard in the first half, and managed to gain plenty of turnovers and force plenty of errors.

They made a decent enough start to the second half, but were guilty of kicking a bit aimlessly into the breeze, when maybe try to work it, or hit the ball low and crossfield would have worked better. However, a massive blow came in the fifth minute, when Conor Love got an absolutely brilliant goal for the Gaels. With very little space and under pressure, he fired bullet finish into the top corner. The best score of the game. The next ten or twelve minutes continued with the Gaels punishing the Harps when they didn’t retain possession, and pressurizing our kickout into the wind. Scores followed from John Rehill from play and frees, maybe five points for him. Cahal Beacom had a good distance point as well, while Ethan Beresford got on the end of a ball over the top for a tap in goal late on. Still the Harps persevered, but they tired a bit as well. A good win for the Gaels in fairness. Their best players were Conor Love, Ronan Quinn, John Rehill and Johnny Cassidy. Quinn and Love were very sharp, while Rehill had a very influential second half in particular. Cassidy won a few hard balls and covered very well defensively throughout, with help from Brandon Horan as the game wore on.

The Harps had a lot of great efforts from younger players like Ronan McHugh, Rian McGovern and Leigh Green, both of whom kept playing against the odds and significantly older players. Aidy McKenna, Aaron McGlone, Gavin McGovern and Odhran McBrien worked very, very hard throughout and were involved in a lot of good play, but  Oisin Smyth in particular kept working all the time, and chose the right option all the time in a very good performance. The group generally gave its supporters what we wanted, an indication that they understood what wearing the Harps jersey means: togetherness, workrate, and good attitude.    

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