Derrygonnelly 1-12 Irvinestown 1-9

Derrygonnelly picked up their second win from three games in Group 1A of the Club Players’ Competition as they saw off Irvinestown at Canon Maguire Park on Friday evening.

Conor McGovern helped himself to a goal and four points as Derrygonnelly came back from an early Irvinestown lead to eventually run out winners by three points.

Derrygonnelly manager, Sean Flanagan, was pleased to see his side come out with a win.

“It was a game of two halves. Irvinestown were the better team in the first half, and they deserved their five-point lead.

“We were able to up our work rate in the second half and squeezed out the result in the end.”

Irvinestown got the scoring started with points from Caolan Ward and Ronan Ormsby as the away side started brightly in the final third.

Derrygonnelly answered with scores from Conor Burns and a free kick from Conor McGovern. Declan Cassidy also added two points while Gary Maguire hit back with a couple of well-worked points.

Irvinestown’s goal came from Conor O’Hanlon as a long kick-out resulted in a through ball for O’Hanlon to run onto and he stayed calm firing the ball into the bottom corner to give his side a deserved five-point lead going into the half time break.

The home side picked up the pace in the second half and early scores from Stephen Gilroy, Burns and two free kicks from McGovern brought the game closer.

Kevin McDonnell added a point for Irvinestown as well as Gary Maguire, however, a well-placed finish into the bottom corner from McGovern after a fleeting Harps attack would push the home side into the lead.

Further scores from Daniel Ward, Ronan McGovern and two free kicks from both Conor McGovern and Gary McKenna were enough to see Derrygonnelly pick up the win which sees them move onto four points in the group, level at the top with Belnaleck having played an extra game.

Irvinestown will be hoping to pick up their first points in the group as they face a home tie against group leaders Belnaleck while Derrygonnelly will host St. Pat’s, Donagh next Friday night with Flanagan adding:

“We are expecting a good competitive game.

“We have lots of injuries at the minute and we have plenty of young lads coming in and having good games for us but it will be another tough test against St. Pat’s in the next game.”