Derrygonnelly 3-10 Derrylin 1-06

DERRYGONNELLY returned to winning ways after three defeats on the trot with a comfortable 3-10 to 1-06 victory over Derrylin on Friday night.

Goals from Shane McGullion and Conor Burns helped the Harps into a 2-05 to 1-03 half time lead, Diarmuid Owens hitting the net for the O’Connells. And McGullion added a third goal for Derrygonnelly in the second half as they ran out commanding victors.

Derrygonnelly joint manager Mick Glynn was pleased to bring the run of losses to an end and hopes to push on when they take on St. Pat’s this Friday night as the Harps look to finish the league strongly.

“We are happy to get the win after a string of defeats, hopefully we can build on it for the St. Pat’s game this week,” he said.

The home side started the game on the front foot as they carved out an early lead.

Conor Burns registered the first point of the game before Connor McGovern converted a free and this was followed by the opening goal of the contest after only five minutes. A quick attack saw a high ball tossed towards the Derrylin goal and McGullion got to it ahead of Derrylin goalkeeper Barry Murray to palm the ball to the back of the net.

The Harps continued to dictate the play as Burns slotted over his second point while Aaron Jones broke forward from the full back line to tag on a further score as Derrygonnelly moved into a 1-04 to 0-00 lead.

Having been under pressure from the outset, Derrylin finally got off the mark when, against the run of play, they rattled the back of the Derrygonnelly net through Owens. He produced a strong run that took him through the Harps defence before planting a shot into the top corner to get the O’Connells back in contention.

The sides then traded points while both also missed further scoring chances but Derrygonnelly went on to restore their cushion when they swooped for their second goal of the night.

Stephen McGullion claimed possession in the middle of the park and played the ball into Burns who collected and fired to the net.

Danny Leonard and Connor McGovern did tag on points for their respective sides but at the interval Derrygonnelly held a five point advantage.

As they had in the first half, the home side made a bright opening to the second as scores from Garvan Jones and Connor McGovern extended their lead.

Jake Smith did reply with points for the away side but Jones answered for Derrygonnelly who went on to put the game to bed with their third goal.

Derrygonnelly worked the ball well to McGullion and he crashed a shot to the back of the net.

And with Jones, McGovern and Paul Ward on target the Harps ran out convincing winners to clinch their second win of the campaign