Patsy Kierans RIP: Our club was saddened by the death of our President, stalwart supporter and dear friend, Patsy Kierans, last weekend. Patsy will be greatly missed by us all. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Fixtures: Thursday, August 29: U-15 FC Division One/Two Q-F v Magheracloone in Carrickmacross at 7pm; U-11 v Rockcorry (Away) at 7pm
Friday, August 30: U-13 FC Division One/Two Q-F v Donaghmoyne (Home) at 7pm
Saturday, August 31: IFL v Magheracloone (Away) at 4pm
Tuesday, September 3: U-17 FC Division One/Two Q-F v Inniskeen (Home) at 7.15pm
Monaghan Harps Lotto: Numbers 12, 19, 20 and 28. Jackpot of €3,200 not won. Residual prizes: €100 Eoin Finlay c/o Joe Finlay (Hurling Club); €40 Alan Gillanders c/o Séamus Treanor; €40 Gareth James c/o Barry Sullivan; €40 Betty Harvey c/o Brian Harvey. Jackpot for Sunday, September 1 is €3,300 and Monica and Paudge Connolly are on duty. Lotto draw takes place in our clubhouse every Sunday night. All welcome. Thanks to everyone for their support for our Lotto, which has now played a critical role in our club’s funding for 25 years.
Summer Camp: The sixth year of our in-house Harps Summer Camp brought around 100 boys and girls to Gavan Duffy Park throughout last week. We enjoyed a busy week of football, hurling, handball and music at Gavan Duffy Park. Each participant received Harps goodie bags on Friday, while there was also a welcome return of the ice-cream van! We were delighted to be joined by our own Daragh Croarkin and Neil McAdam on the Friday, along with the Ulster MFC cup, which was in great demand for photos with the kids. Thanks to everyone who had the pitches and club grounds in great condition, to Úna Forde for her work in preparing for the camp and to Conn O’Hanlon and all the young coaches involved for a job well done.
Seniors: We lost to Magheracloone in the McElvaney’s Waste & Recycling Intermediate Football Championship Round 1A in Castleblayney last Friday. Éimhín Morahan, Liam Hahessy, Lochlainn Power and Dean Fanning were on target for our lads during the opening half, but a brace of quick goals just before half-time stretched Magheracloone’s lead to 3-7 to 0-7. Our lads chipped away in the second half, with Éimhín, Liam, Lochlainn Stephen Driver and Shane McMahon kicking points, but Magheracloone stayed well ahead on their way to a 4-12 to 0-14 win. We are due to face Magheracloone again this Saturday in the Monaghan Electrical IFL at Annaghminnon, Co Louth. Please check online to confirm fixture and venue. Our next IFC game is a qualifier against Killanny in Castleblayney on Saturday week (September 7).
Team and scorers: Darragh Hannon; Thomas Croarkin, Nicholas Scott, Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh; Conor Duffy, Conor Galligan, Dean Fanning (0-1); Stephen Driver (0-1), Aodhán Óg McAnespie (Capt.); Michael Galligan, Éimhín Morahan (0-5, 4f), Shane McMahon (0-1); Liam Hahessy (0-4, 3f), Neil McAdam, Lochlainn Power (0-2).
Subs: Kevin Loughran for Duffy (32 mins), John Mulligan for M Galligan (36), Dylan McKenna for Power (37), Dónal Hahessy for Morahan (49), Oisín Fagan for Fanning (54).
Minors: We lost out to Emyvale in the U-17 Football League Division One Final on Tuesday, August 20. Eoghan McGinnity, Dylan Ballantine, Tiarnán O’Rourke and Terence McDonald had us 0-7 to 0-5 up at half-time, but Emyvale gradually gained the upper hand as the game progressed. Eoghan added to his tally in the second half, while Shay Cooney got a point, before Dylan converted a late penalty to bring us back within two, only for Emyvale to kick the last score to secure a 0-16 to 1-10 win. Congratulations to Emyvale, who were worthy winners on the night.
Team and scorers: Daragh Croarkin; Cathal Nally, Nathan Lavery, James Curley; James McKenny, Tiarnán O’Rourke (0-1), Kevin Moran; Liam Conway, Dylan Ballantine (1-1, 1-0, pen); Eoghan McGinnity (0-6), Shay Cooney (0-1), Adam McGarry; Jake Power, Terence McDonald (0-1f), Dean Doherty (Capt.).
Subs used: Mark McManus, Jamie Coyle.
We started our championship against St. Pat’s on Tuesday (August 27). We host Inniskeen next Tuesday.
U-15: Our U-15 Division Four team continued their championship with a high-scoring win against Seán McDermotts last Thursday, setting up a quarter-final against Scotstown. Our Division One team have a championship quarter-final against Magheracloone in Carrickmacross this evening (Thursday) at 7pm. Good luck to our team and management.
U-13: Amid a busy championship schedule for our U-13s, our Division One team host Donaghmoyne in the quarter-finals tomorrow (Friday) at 7pm. Our Division Five side finished their group stage with a big win at home to Inniskeen on Tuesday (August 27).
U-11: Our U-11s had a very good day at last Saturday’s Tournament in Dromintee, Co Armagh. After recording great wins against Bellaghy (Derry), Naomh Bríd (Antrim) and Pearse Óg (Armagh), our lads eventually lost by the narrowest of margins in the quarter-finals. Attentions return to the Liam Stirrat Development League this evening (Thursday), away to Rockcorry at 7pm. Our own annual Mick Farrell Tournament will take place on Saturday week, September 7. More details next week.
Clubhouse: The Monaghan Harps clubhouse is available to book for functions. Please contact Paudge Connolly on 085 8589135 or Rose Donnelly on 086 0825782 for more information. Anyone looking to book the clubhouse for meetings, functions, etc. is asked to please give a week’s notice for convenience.
Coaching: Our Saturday-morning coaching for our youngest players is up and running for 2019. The club is very fortunate to have a pool of hardworking and dedicated individuals who look after and coach these “early learners”. Our Saturday-morning activities are fun-filled and enjoyed by the children and are an equally rewarding and enjoyable experience to those who help make it happen, so we encourage anyone with an interest to get involved.
Pitches: Training schedules for all teams are in place. Coaches are asked to please ensure that gates and dressing rooms are locked and to remove all equipment, bottles etc. from the pitch after training sessions.
Seniors: Hard luck to our senior ladies who lost their Reserve Division Three Final last Wednesday in Smithborough to Killeevan by one point.
U-16: Our U-16s lost out to Corduff last Monday in the quarter-final of the Division Three Championship.
U-12s: Our U-12s lost out to Truagh in the last round of the Division One Championship campaign.
U-10s and U-8s: Harps brought along three teams to the county GoGames blitz held in Cloghan last Saturday morning. A great morning’s football was had by all .
Monaghan Harps Ladies Club would like to pass on its condolences to the Trainor family on the death of Brenda’s brother Simon RIP.
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