For Derrygonnelly Harp manager Martin Greene it is all about looking forward.
He could be forgiven for taking time out to enjoy the club’s first ever victory in the Ulster Club arena but his focus has already switched to getting his side primed for a meeting with Cavan Gaels in the Ulster Club semi-final next weekend.
“We have now got that win in Ulster that we craved but it’s no good unless we progress to a final so we are looking forward at this stage and not backward,” said Greene.
He admits though that the overwhelming feeling was one of relief on Saturday night as his Derrygonnelly side defeated Armagh Harps in the quarter-final of the competition at Brewster Park, breaking a run of five first round exits for the club. 
“There is no doubt that it was a big thing for us and it was more relief at the final whistle to be honest. It was important for us to get that monkey off the back, to get a win in Ulster and it was a great night for the club and the parish,” he said.
And Greene is keen now to build on that result with Cavan Gaels next up in the last four.
“We are in the semi-final of Ulster now and we don’t want the run to end here. We know that Cavan Gaels are a quality side but we are looking forward to it immensely.”
The Derrygonnelly boss watched Cavan Gaels blow away Antrim champions Lamh Dhearg on Sunday and was impressed with what he saw.
“Cavan Gaels produced a very good all round performance. They have plenty of pace and they have two quality finishers in Seanie Johnston and Martin Dunne up front. We’ll knuckle down and work hard and see if we can up the intensity further. We’ll do our homework and we’ll work on a few things that will hopefully give us a chance of progressing to an Ulster final,” added Greene.
Derrygonnelly could not have asked for a better start on Saturday night when they grabbed two goals in the opening ten minutes and Greene acknowledges that they were crucial scores.
“Especially at this level goals go along way to deciding games and thankfully we got them and we were able to hold on to the lead for the rest of the game. In saying that the boys had to put a massive shift in to hold on as Armagh came back at us and we rode our luck at times but those two goals at the start certainly helped the rest of the game for us.”
Indeed, Greene feels that the experience that the side has gained over the last two campaigns helped the players on Saturday night.
“Ulster is tough and it is unforgiving and I think that we have learned from the last two years that there are times when you have to sit and there are times when you have to attack. It is a learning curve but I think that experience stood to us especially when Armagh Harps came back at us in the second half,” stated Greene.
The return of Conall Jones from Australia for the closing stages of the Fermanagh championship has been a big lift for Derrygonnelly and the forward produced a massive performance as he hit 1-05 on Saturday night.
“It is great to have Conall back with us. He has always had the talent and now he has the workrate to go along with that. We missed him last year against Slaughtneil and he did really well on Saturday night but I felt all our forwards stood up and put a shift in,” Greene added.
And captain Ryan Jones again played a leading role as he came out of defence time and again with the ball in the latter stages of the contest.
“Ryan is a leader and he was very composed. He was picking up the right positions to take those balls and when you see him coming out with it it provides a bit of inspiration to the boys around him. I felt though that it was a very good team performance,” commented Greene.