Previews (September 8-10)

September 8th, 2017 | County News, Headline, IFC, IFL, JFL, Monaghan Club Games, News, Previews, SFL


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Castleblayney v Latton, Sunday, 3.30, Scotstown

Ballybay v Truagh, Sunday, 5.15, Scotstown


SFC semi-places are up for grabs in Sunday’s double-header in Scotstown.

First up is the meeting of Castleblayney and Latton. Blayney lost out to Ballybay in the first round, but they have bounced back with wins over Killanny and Monaghan Harps, while Latton beat Clontibret before falling to a one-point defeat against holders Scotstown. Latton are joint-third in the league, four points clear of Blayney, while their most recent meeting resulted in a draw.

Blayney will be looking to Dermot Malone, Ciarán and Barry Hanratty, Mark Treanor and John Beattie to lead the way, while Latton will hope to recall Owen Duffy alongside the likes of Kieran Duffy, Bernard O’Brien, Owen Coyle and Hugh McElroy.

The second game sees Ballybay face Truagh.

Ballybay edged past Castleblayney, before being pipped by Magheracloone, while Truagh have had wins over Donaghmoyne and Clontibret, either side of the north-Monaghan side also losing to Magheracloone. Like Blayney and Latton, these teams drew their only league clash to date this year.

Ballybay, who were missing Thomas Kerr last weekend, are backboned by the likes of Drew and Ryan Wylie, Dessie Ward, Paul Finlay and Christopher McGuinness, while Truagh will need Paudie and Christopher McKenna, John McCarron and Ryan Mohan on form.


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Emyvale v Toome, Saturday, 3.30, Clontibret

Inniskeen v Tyholland, Saturday, 5.15, Clontibret


The IFC semi-places are also to be played for on Saturday in Clontibret.

Emyvale beat Corduff, only to lose to Carrickmacross, while Toome have followed a narrow loss against Inniskeen by knocking out Corduff and Doohamlet. Toome are well clear of Emyvale in the league and they beat their struggling opponents in their last meeting.

Toome will be hoping for big performances from James and Gary Wilson, Frank Connolly, Jason Murphy and Seán McMahon, while Emyvale will need Ryan McAnespie back, with support from Daniel McMahon, Karl McQuaid, James O’Neill and Gregory Devlin.

Inniskeen and Tyholland clash in the IFC for the second year in a row.

Inniskeen knocked Tyholland out on their way to a semi-final appearance last year and they have beaten Toome and Cremartin in the current campaign, either side of a defeat against Carrickmacross. Tyholland also beat Cremartin, before Aughnamullen sent them into the qualifiers’ section. Inniskeen are two points clear of Tyholland in the IFL, having done the double over them.

Inniskeen will need Dónal, Paul and Ronan Meegan, Matthew McKenna and Gerard McArdle to show the way, while Karl O’Connell, Dermot Coyle, Ronan McNally, Brian McArdle and Pádraig Finnan are key to Tyholland’s chances.


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Clontibret v Corduff, Sunday, 4.00, Blackhill


Clontibret and Corduff meet in a reserve football final for the third time this year when they contest the RFL Division Three decider in Blackhill on Sunday.

It took a replay for Corduff to clinch the McKeown Cup Final earlier in the year and they are now one win away from a double after topping the Division Three table. Clontibret finished third, before winning away to Oram in the semi-final

contest the RFC McKeown Cup Final Replay in Blackhill on Sunday.

Corduff could be able to call on the likes of Seán Burns, Seán McEnaney, Fionn O’Callaghan and George McKitterick, while Clontibret will need big performances from Dean McDonnell, Eoin Greenan, Darragh Hughes and Kevin Ward.


County Monaghan Group of Credit Unions Senior Football League leaders Scotstown are away to Magheracloone on Saturday, while Monaghan Harps host Clontibret on Sunday.


Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League table-toppers Carrickmacross travel to Doohamlet on Sunday, while Aughnamullen take on Blackhill.


Clones host Scotstown in the Eurotech Junior Football League on Friday, while Seán McDermotts aim for a 14th straight JFL win when they travel to Drumhowan on Saturday, when the other game is a local derby between Aghabog and Rockcorry. Killeevan and Éire Óg go head to head on Sunday.


Saturday’s Silver Hill Farm Minor Hurling Championship semi-final pits holders Carrickmacross against Monaghan Harps, who won when these teams contested this year’s league final. Carrickmacross and Truagh contest the Silver Hill Farm U-16 Hurling Championship Final in Clontibret on Sunday. The juvenile football competitions also continue, including a Manor Farm Under-14 final in Drumhowan on Tuesday.



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