Wednesday 23 October 2019

Derrygonnelly prove too strong to complete their 'drive for five'

Derrygonnelly 0-10 Roslea 1-3

Conall Jones hit two first half points. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Conall Jones hit two first half points. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Derrygonnelly mastered the wet and miserable conditions at Brewster Park to secure their fifth Fermanagh SFC title in a row.

The Harps generally had the measure of their opponents, Roslea, who adopted tactics that included a lot of long ball into the square.

Sean Quigley of Roslea Shamrocks in action against Shane McGullion, Stephen McGullion and Tiarnan Daly of Derrygonnelly Harps. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Sean Quigley of Roslea Shamrocks in action against Shane McGullion, Stephen McGullion and Tiarnan Daly of Derrygonnelly Harps. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

It paid dividends on one occasion in the first half when Niall Cosgrove lashed in the ball from out around the middle of the field and as Seán Quigley and Tiarnan Daly went for it, the ball seemed to miss all hands and bounce into the top corner of the net.

That gave Roslea a two-point advantage midway through the first half but it was to be Derrygonnelly who were the more polished and coherent side in attack.

Conall Jones hit two first-half points with brother Garvan hitting the last three scores of the half, the last from open play in injury time to give his side a two-point lead at the break.

Roslea were quickest out of the blocks in the second period with Brendan Sherlock hitting a neat point on the turn before Quigley fed John Connolly to loft over the bar.

Conor Mulligan of Roslea Shamrocks in action against Lee Jones of Derrygonnelly Harps. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Conor Mulligan of Roslea Shamrocks in action against Lee Jones of Derrygonnelly Harps. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

These scores brought the sides level within two minutes of the restart but Roslea were to fail to score for the remainder of the half.

Derrygonnelly hit two crucial scores on the three-quarter mark with Shane McGullion and Kevin Cassidy the men on target. Five minutes later, Cassidy was fouled for a tap-over free for Conall Jones with substitute Aidan McKenna, in injury time, completing the scoring as the Harps 'drive for five' finished in success.

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Scorers - Derrygonnelly: G Jones (2f), C Jones (1f) 0-3 each; G McGinley, S McGullion, A McKenna, K Cassidy 0-1 each. Roslea: N Cosgrove 1-0; S Quigley (f), B Sherlock, J Connolly 0-1 each.

Derrygonelly - O McBrien; J Love, T Daly, E McHugh; L Jones, M Jones, G McGonley; R Jones, Shane McGullion; Stephen McGullion, K Cassidy, D Cassidy; G McGovern, C Jones, G Jones. Subs: A McKenna for G McGovern (54), N Gallagher K Cassidy (62).

Roslea - D Mohan; J Connolly, M Renfrew, C Sherlock; C Quigley, N Beggan, M Beggan; D McAleer, K Cosgrove; B Sherlock, P Lynch, S McMahon; N Cosgrove, S Quigley, D Reilly. Subs: J McMcMahon for P Lynch (h-t), C Mulligan for D Reilly (h-t), L Lynch for Connolly (49), P Sherry for Renfrew (49), Seamus Quigley for S McMahon (56).

Ref - D Love (Enniskillen Gaels)

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