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Devenish unable to master massive task of clawing back scores
Three goals in the
opening 30 minutes certainly swung matters Derrygonnelly's way in this lively juvenile league division three clash played early last week at the Belcoo
ground. Those three goals separated the teams at the interval and it left Devenish with a massive task on their hands on the resumption if they were to haul themselves
back into the reckoning.
Devenish were to make a commendable effort to bridge the gap and they gave themselves every encouragement
with a scoring burst in the immediate minutes after the restart,
a goal and a couple of points significantly narrowing the deficit, but that was as good
as it was to get for them.
their ship in the middle stages of the half and from the three-quarter mark
onwards they gradually regained the command that they had enjoyed earlier
in the hour. A fourth goal for the Harps was the killer blow and there was to
be no way back for Devenish after that.
For the winning side,
wing halfbacks Ryan McTaggart and Tiernán Daly were both very effective
throughout while in the centre of the park Conal Jones got through a lot of steady work.
Up front for them, Brian Hoy was to emerge as the game's most prolific attacker, finishing with a haul of two goals and
Ryan Elliott was another
to show up especially well for Derrygonnelly,
but essentially this was a smooth team performance and this was the basic platform of their eight point success.
For Devenish, Jason
Leonard was a tenacious full-back and he was to get solid support in the defensive
sector from wing half Vincent O'Brien. Further up the park, the most prominent
figure for the Garrison side was half forward Martin Doherty.
The teams were both quick off the mark - four points being equally shared before Derrygonnelly
broke clear with a two-goal salvo. Brian Hoy and Conor Duffy were the two to
fire in the goals that put their team on the road to victory.
Devenish were set back by this burst but they answered with a couple of points, which suggested that they might not be overwhelmed. However,
they were handed another hit when Derrygonnelly pounced for a third goal, the alert Hoy again the marksman, and in the lead up to the break a rampaging
Harps strengthened their position with a trio of points, Ryan Elliott, Eugene
McManus and advancing halfback
Chris Brennan all scoring.
Devenish were in deep trouble but they were to make a determined effort to clamber out of the hole.
A Declan Rasdale penalty goal boosted them and they momentarily looked capable of at least making the leaders sweat a little in the final quarter.
But Devenish's chances evaporated when they conceded the fourth goal of the evening, Chris Ferguson
notching the score that put the result beyond doubt. Late in the game, Devenish did get some reward for the committed display that
they had put in when Gavin Gallagher drove in for a fine goal but the
silverware was clearly destined for Derrygonnelly.
Danny Maguire, Anthony Duffy, Peter Harne, Ryan McTaggart,
Chris Brennan, Tieman Daly, Conal Jones, Owen Coyle, Brian Hoy, Ryan Elliott,
Eugene McManus, Conor Duffy and Chris Ferguson. Subs: Martin Treacy and Emmet Sweeney. Other panel members: Dan-en Dolan, Declan Duffy, Aidan Meehan, Martin Treacy,
Ryan Dolan, Leigh Jones and Peter Cassidy.
Ryan Gillen, Stephen Maguire, Jason Leonard, Ciaran Keenan, Vincent O'Brien, Fergal Maguire, Gavin Gallagher, Joe Gilbride, Francis Gallagher, Martin Doherty, Declan Rasdale, Sean Treacy and Colin Maguire. Subs: Darren Gallagher and Kevin Maguire.
Referee: Nigel Sweeney, Belcoo
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