Derrygonnelly forward, Gavin McGovern, admits this season has been a frustrating one personally.

Numerous hamstring injuries have seen him miss out on parts of the season, but he knows that there is a bigger picture, and that is the success of the club as a whole.

Having come back for the Fermanagh Championship Final and Ulster quarter-final against Enniskillen and Dromore respectively, McGovern missed the semi-final against Clann Eireann. But he is back again pushing and he hopes to play some part in Sunday's final against Kilcoo and he is "buzzing for it".

"It’s kind of surreal to be honest. You dream of this when you are younger and you can't really believe it but we can't really wait for it and it would be lovely to go and make a bit of history," he said.

Having turned 22 on January 10, it would be a nice late birthday present for McGovern as well.

But he knows the challenge that lies ahead.

In his fourth season with the Harps, McGovern has seen and been part of the evolution of this team and their impact in Ulster.

"There is definitely more belief. I feel we are all a lot more confident. The first few years we were going out [in Ulster] I don’t think we believed as much as this year.

"We believe we are the best team in it and we can win it, the confidence is there for is. We are not just going there to take part we want to go and win."

In 2019, Derrygonnelly came close to reaching the Ulster Final only to be pipped by Sunday's opponents, Kilcoo, who in turn went on to lift their first ever Ulster title.

So McGovern and his teammates know the challenge that lies ahead: "We played them before in 2019 and they are a serious team and we are just preparing the best we can.

"We are confident we can go and show them what we can do and hopefully come away with the win but it is going to be a serious hard game.

"We played that well that day too. They got a goal near the end that set them up to win it. But they are a very good team and it is going to take a big performance to beat them."

In recent years, the Harps club has been struck with tragedy, with Gavin and his family losing their father Damian.


Much has been said of the impact Damian had on the club's development and some of the players now playing senior football, none more so than his three sons, Gavin, Ronan and Rian.

He made the bold prediction in 2012, after Rian and Ronan won an Under-10 competition, that they were future county champions in 2022. However, they went a year early and the three of the brothers were champions this year.

Remembering the likes of his father and Peter Jones is a huge driver for the squad said McGovern: "It is definitely driving people on and giving people an extra bit of motivation we would like to go and do it for them."

McGovern recalls how his father had high hopes for his boys and the club as they were moving up through underage: "He used always go on about whenever we were playing underage football about winning championships and I remember he used to always say he would love to see us make an impact in Ulster. So it motivates us and we want to do it for him."

On Sunday, there is the chance of history for the club and for Fermanagh. McGovern is determined to do everything he can to help the Harps and alongside his brothers, Ronan and Rian it would be even more special.

"It would be brilliant. It would be a dream come true. I couldn’t even put it into words," McGovern concluded.