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!