Derrygonnelly 2-10 Cargin 0-12

Derrygonnelly progressed through to an Ulster Club quarter final meeting with Trillick after seeing off Antrim champions Cargin in Corrigan Park today.

Goals in the first quarter from Conall Jones and Gavin McGovern gave the Harps a 2-04 to 0-04 half time lead and they never really looked like relinquishing that advantage in the second half as they eventually ran out deserving four point victors.

Cargin had opened the scoring in the opening minute through a Kieran Close free but that was the only time that the Antrim outfit lead over the course of the contest.

The Harps, who were playing against the breeze in the first half, took control from an early stage as they dominated things in the middle third, especially on breaking balls.

The Fermanagh champions first score was a goal in the eighth minute although there was a large slice of good fortune with it as Conall Jones' underhit attempt at a point dropped short and bounced into the roof of the net.

Garvan Jones quickly followed up with a point to make it 1-01 to 0-01 by the ninth minute but two Close points from play brought it back to a one point game.

Derrygonnelly though were enjoying great successive down the right hand side and this is where their second goal came from. The impressive Stephen McGullion went on a strong run before getting a shot in at goal and although this was parried out by a defender, it broke into the path of Gavin McGovern who had the simple task of tapping it into the net from close range.

And with Garvan McGinley slotting over a point from play and Garvan Jones converting a free it made it 2-03 to 0-03.

The sides then traded points before the break as Jamie Gribbin knocked over for Cargin before McGovern replied for Derrygonnelly to leave six between the sides at half time.

Garvan Jones stretched the lead out to seven points as he clipped over a free early in the second half but Cargin responded with two Close frees.

Derrygonnelly though were content to sit deep and pack their defence and the Antrim side struggled to find a way to break down a disciplined Harps.

And they were able to chip away at scores at the other end to keep their lead intact.

Conall Jones notched a point from a free while Lee Jones drilled over a fine point from play to again leave seven points separating the sides with 20 minutes to go.

The introduction of Cargin captain Michael McCann, who was unable to start due to injury, did give Derrygonnelly something else to think about and three points in a row for Cargin, two frees from Tomas McCann and one from play from Paul McCann, closed the deficit to four as the tie entered the final ten minutes.

Again, Derrygonnelly were able to find a score when they needed one as Garvan Jones came up with two points either side of a Kevin McShane effort for Cargin.

Tomas McCann tagged on another point from a free but Cargin never looked like getting in for the goal they so badly needed and a super Neil Gallagher point in injury time ended their slight hopes.

McShane did tag on a point at the death but it was only a consolation score as the Harps finished up 2-10 to 0-12 victors.