Our adult team added four more valuable points to their league tally last week when they accounted for visitors Oram on Sunday evening and had a goal to spare over neighbours Killeevan on Wednesday night in Newbliss. With their junior football championship game now rescheduled for Sunday 13th June they have little by way of competitive action until that important showdown. In a revised fixture schedule they do have an outing this week when they travel to Toome to take on their championship opponent on Wednesday (26th May) in the first round of star games of the season. These star game rule out county senior panellists playing with their clubs and with Toome’s Gavin Flanagan sitting this one out both set of management teams will not read too much into the result. They no doubt will be more interested in getting over that first round championship hurdle in two weeks time.
Both our reserve team were in action last week end on Saturday evening despite finding the net on four occasion our “C” squad found themselves piped by the minimum of margins by a useful Killanny second string Seans 4 -3 Killanny 2 – 10. The team on duty were Murt Cleere, James Murphy, Stephen Clerkin, Donal Mc Guigan, David Treanor, Conor Connolly, Adrian Mc Carron, John Paul Mc Entee, Eunan Mc Entee, Daire Freeman, Colin Murphy, Adrian Larkin, Fergal Mc Quillan, Gary Larkin, Mathew Mc Crudden, sub used Enda Murphy.
On Sunday evening our “B” squad fared a little better when the managed to hold out against an experienced Truagh outfit. Three first half goals from Stephen Mc Elvaney, James Murphy and Nigel Lynch helped propel our boys into a 3 -3 to 1- 4 interval lead, the points from play coming from Eamonn Mc Quillan, Nigel Lynch, and Shane O’ Neill.An early second half point from Eunan Mc Entee and a brace from Shane O Neill put more daylight between the sides but Truagh rallied and closed the gap to two point thanks to two well taken goals, that tally of green flags could have been more but for the alertness of Seans net minder Murt Cleere. An inspirational point from Stephen Mc Elvaney help Seans regain some composure from the visitors attacking onslaught, and although they did manage to tag on further points these were cancelled by similar scores from Damien Connolly (F) and Nigel Lynch to leave the final score Seans 2 – 9 Truagh 2 – 9. Star man Eamonn Mc Quillan, with the Mc Entee brother, J.P. and Eunan not far behind.
On Monday night next the combined forces of our reserves squads take on Killeevan in the first round of the reserve knock out competition for the Crawley Cup. Throw in is 8.00pm in Newbliss
U16 / Minor
As football take a back seat over the coming weeks our Under 16 and minor squad turn their attention to exams we wish them well in there endeavours. On Sunday last in a rearranged Division 2 minor game at TMH against Carrickmacross both teams playing without their county minor representative. Guilty of some inexcusable first half misses that were to prove very costly in the end, and setting the pace from the throw in our boys were never headed until the final two minutes as the visitor got their noses in front at the right time to clinch two very important league point and leave our boy ruing all the more those gilt edge scoring opportunities in that first half.
Our Under 10 brigade took part in a very enjoyable football blitz in Newbliss on Saturday last competing in their section with hosts Killeevan as well as Clones and Fergal O Hanlons The panel who travelled were Fergal Clerkin, James Clerkin, Oliver Mc Clave Shane Mc Clave, Sean Morgan, James Murphy, Killian Murphy, Luke Perkins and Zac Perkins, special mention to the third member of the Perkin brothers young Tim who made a guest appearance in the last game of the session against Clones and netted himself 1 – 1 in the process Pearse Murphy was in action again as a referee and was joint in that discipline in Newbliss by Conor Freeman,well done to both lads who are gaining valuable experienced in the art of refereeing at these football blitz organised on a regular basis by the coaching and games development committee.
The numbers drawn out 8,7,5,6,3,2,1,4 last Monday night for a jackpot prize of €6,100 were not correctly forecast. The lucky €20 prizewinners were Mary Clarke Gortmore, Declan Murphy Drumuck, Nora martin Newbliss, Aghabog GFC, Pauric Coyle, Ethel Scott Kiltubrid, Sinead Deery Balybay, Caoimhe & Aoibheann Mc Mahon Drumaclan, Lil Clerkin Corcaghan, Mags Creighan Roslea, Edel Linden Roskey. Next week jackpot is €6,200.
Promoters are again reminded that initial subscriptions from a number of supporters and participants are now exhausted, and due for renewal. To insure continued participation in this weekly social members draw and to avoid unnecessary work for club treasurer Cyril Kieran in updating his record every one is ask to make a special effort to reenlist the continuing support of those who find themselves in this situation. As mention last week plans are already well advanced to commence the first phase of construction; it’s vital that at least in our own local parish community we encourage and enlist the support of all parishioners.
Still on the trial of a couple of sets of our adult team’s jerseys Elco Oils white set, and Togan Transport set which have been misplaced. Can I appeal to anyone who may have had occasion to use these jerseys to check if they still have them or if the can offer any information at to there whereabouts, then Gerry Lynch or Cyril Kieranwould be anxious to here from them.
The VHI sponsored GAA Cul Camp 2010 comes to club headquarters from July 5th – 12th details are available on line and applications can also be submitted also on line. Camp co-ordinator is Ann Mc Kenna 087-7580150 who can provide additional information on request.
The Annual festival and sport will be held over weekend of Fri 5th to Mon 7th June this year, usual annual favourite will be available and on show. Because of Monaghan’s involvement in the Ulster Senior Football championship on Sun 6th June; sports day activities will take place on the bank holiday Monday commencing at 3.00pm
Good luck and best wishes to Noelle Clerkin in her quest to become Monaghan representative in the Rose of Tralee festival later in the year, daughter of Noel our adult teams medico, over the first selection hurdle we wish her well and hope she makes it through to the Dome.