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Harps call the tune again in Fermanagh

Defending champions comfortable winners over Devenish

Derrygonnelly Harps 0-15 Devenish 0-8

Derrygonnelly Harps had far too much power and panache as they easily disposed of Devenish to win their third Fermanagh title on the trot.

The hot favourites were rarely troubled by the underdogs apart from the first quarter when Devenish marksman Terry O’Flanagan kicked them into an early 0-2 to 0-0 lead.

It took the Harps a while to settle, but they always looked dangerous on the attack against a vulnerable looking Devenish fullback line.

Lively wing forward Leigh Jones got the champions off the mark with a well struck effort and corner forward Gary McKenna levelled matters from a free.

Play was scrappy with planty of frees as Devenish edged clear again through the inevitable O’Flanagan in the 14th minute but it was score-for-score as Paul Ward hit back for Harps

The Harps owned the second quarter and created two clear goal chances that were saved by Thomas Treacy and Martin Doherty.

Conal Jones, meanwhile, was causing the Garrison men all sorts of problems in defence and with McKenna and Ward chipping in Harps led by 0-8 to 0-4 by the 27th minute.

Devenish corner forward Chris O’Brien then scored the point of the half when he danced through the centre of the Derrygonnelly defence.

Harps veteran Kevin Cassidy ended the half with a fine score to put the Harps ahead by 0-9 to 0-5 at the interval and they maintained their grip on proceedings in the second half.

Derrygonnelly Harps: J Kelly, K Cassidy (0-1), T Daly, M Jones: N Gallagher, E McHugh (0-1), G McGinley; R Jones (0-1) G Jones (0-1); Leigh Jones (0-2), P Ward (0-2, 1f), D Cassidy (0-2); G McKenna (0-3f) C Jones (0-2), S McGullion. Subs: D Greene for McHugh (black card, 33 mins), Lee Jones for Gallagher (45 mins) S McGullion for McKenna (54 mins) A Gallagher for Cassidy (57 mins) A Burke for Leigh Jones (60 mins)

Devenish: T Treacy; C McGowan, S McAloon, V O’Brien; R Doherty, A McGuinness, M Doherty; M O’Brien, J Love; J McNulty, T O’Flanagan (0-6, 6f), D Rasdale; G Gallagher, B Mulrone, C O’Brien (0-2). Subs: JJ O’Brien for McAloon, R Maguire for McNulty (both half-time), J O’Flanagan for Gallagher (40 mins) C Mulrone for Doherty (60 mins) S Jones for Cassidy (62 mins)

Referee: Gerard McLaughlin (Ederney)