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Harps are in tune for deserved Fermanagh final win

Derrygonnelly 3-16 Roslea 3-07

By Colm Bradley

The final margin was nine points in favour of Derrygonnelly and they were full value for their win.

They moved the ball excellently and while Paul Ward was superb with 1-04 from play they had a brilliant target man in the shape of Stephen McGullion who scored three points and had a hand in several more scores.

At the back the Harps full-back line had their hands full with the Roslea long ball tactic and while the Shamrocks did plunder all three of their goals from long bombs, Tiernan Daly and Eamon McHugh broke up many attacks.

The first half saw the teams share four goals. Roslea's two three-pointers bookended the half and in truth the second goal threw them something of a lifeline.

Roslea had opened the scoring when Niall Cosgrove reacted quickest to fist a loose ball to the net after a trademark long ball from Roslea had been heaved in. After that score it was all Derrygonnelly however and they kicked 2-08 to Roslea's 0-01 in the next 28 minutes.

The eight points came first with Ward clipping over with either foot and he was joined by Conal Jones and Leigh Jones.

The Harps first goal was to follow when Ryan Jones marauded through the heart of the Roslea defence before offloading to Shane McGullion who hammered home. Ward raised his own green flag shortly after when he skinned his second marker of the day to drill home to the corner of the net.

Roslea had the last say of the half with Sean Quigley scoring from a free and Ruairi McGuinness volleying into the net.

The second half saw the Harps snatch the first three scores but Conal Jones saw red with 15 minutes to go for a high challenge but his loss was absorbed as the Harps closed out the game.

Sean Quigley had notched a goal for Roslea in the second half but 17-year-old McGullion raised his second green flag getting on the end of a flowing move to put the game beyond doubt.

Derrygonnelly: D Feely, M Jones, T Daly, E McHugh, D Greene (0-01), S Burns, G McGinley (0-01), Shane McGullion (2-00), R Jones, D Cassidy, P Ward (1-05, 0-01f), G Jones, L Jones (0-01), Stephen McGullion (0-03), C Jones (0-03). Subs: M Cassidy for McGullion (42), G McKenna (0-01) for G Jones (50), N Gallagher (0-01) for McGullion (58), R Leonard for Greene (58), J Kelly for Feeley (59)

Yellow cards: S Burns (24)

Red cards: C Jones (41)

Roslea: S Boyle, C Quigley(0-01) , N Cassidy, D Reilly, C Mulligan, P Sherry, P Lynch, S Lynch (0-01), N Cosgrove (1-00), R McGuinness (1-00), Seamus Quigley, S McMahon, B Sherlock, Sean Quigley (1-05, 0-05f), J McMahon. Subs: M Beagan for D Reilly (21), M Jordan for McGuinnes (35), D Mohan for S McMahon (38)

Yellow cards: Seamus Quigley (24)

Referee: M Higgins (Lisnaskea).

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