Fixtures: Saturday, March 26: Under-14 FL Division Five v Emyvale (Home) at 12pm
Under-14 Division One v Emyvale (Home) at 1.15pm
RFL Division Four v Castleblayney (Away) at 4pm
Sunday, March 27: SFL v Castleblayney (Away) at 2.30pm
Monday, March 28: Under-14 HL v Inniskeen (Away) at 6.30pm
Tuesday, March 29: MFL v Carrickmacross (Home) at 6.45pm
Monaghan Harps Lotto: Numbers 14, 23, 24 and 26. Jackpot of €1,300 not won. Residual prizes: €100 Ann McCarron c/o Paddy Donnelly; €40 Philip O’Connell c/o Ciarán Cuddy; €40 Ann Lawlor c/o Brian O’Sullivan (Hurling Club); €40 Declan Forde c/o Hurling Club. Jackpot for Sunday, March 27 is €1,450. Lotto draw takes place in the clubhouse every Sunday night. All welcome.
SFL: Good luck to Mick McCormack, Garrett Coyle and the senior team in their first game of the Senior Football League away to Castleblayney this Sunday at 2.30. All support welcome. The seniors had a useful run-out last Saturday when they beat Drumhowan in a challenge match.
RFL: The O’Duffy Cup team started their Reserve Football League Division One campaign with a 1-10 to 2-7 draw at home to Castleblayney last Sunday. We led by 0-5 to 0-4 after an evenly-matched first half, but Blayney scored two goals in the third quarter to take a four-point lead. We came back, though, with Nicky Treanor making an impact off the bench and Gary Murray getting our goal. Blayney edged ahead again late on, but a Gary White free ensured we took a point, which was the least we deserved.
Team and scorers: Daniel Duffy; Pat Murphy, Niall McKenna, Fionntán Cassidy; Gareth Treanor (0-2, 1f), Conn O’Hanlon (Capt.), Gary Trappe; Gary White (0-2f), Peter Coyle; Paul Kelly, Paul Rushe, Ciarán O’Connell; Liam Hahessy (0-3), John McCoy (0-1), Gary Murray (1-0).
Sub: Nicky Treanor (0-2, 1f) for O’Connell.
The Crawley Cup team play their first game of the season away to Blayney this Saturday at 4pm.
Quiz: The club’s fundraising table quiz last Wednesday was an enjoyable, successful night. Thanks to everyone who took part, to those who donated spot prizes, to quizmaster Séamus Gallagher, to the ladies who corrected the answers and to everyone who made sandwiches for the night. Well done also to Liadhan Treanor and everyone involved in organizing the night. Well done to the winning team of Peter and Niamh Coyle, Fergal Kierans and Garrett Coyle. A stewards’ enquiry was called about the alleged use of a phone and a fifth member in Harry Dwyer, but they got away with it! See the club website www.monaghanharps.gaa.ie for photos of the night.
St. Patrick’s Day: A great day’s craic was had by all who attended the clubhouse on St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks to those who provided wonderful music for the evening and the parents who brought in food. Well done to all the children and their parents and mentors who took part in the parade through Monaghan town.
U-14: The Under-14 Division One team had their first competitive match of the year last Saturday away to Seán McDermotts. After an end-to-end affair of four quarters, the Harps ran out narrow losers on a scoreline of 3-5 to 2-10. The boys competed admirably throughout and with a bit of luck could have got something from the game. Best for the Harps was Conor Flynn in goal, who pulled off a few miraculous saves. Aaron Woods and Cathal Power in the full-back line had their hands full throughout but constantly emerged with the ball under pressure. Reece Treanor and John Mulligan had solid games in the half back line and it was unfortunate that John had to retire early through illness. Dara Hannon and Shane McMahon battled hard throughout while up front Remy McKenna, David Lowry and Conor Duffy all showed well.
Team and scorers: C Flynn; A Woods, C Power; S McKenna, J Mulligan (0-1), R Treanor; D Hannon, S McMahon; P Peppard, R McKenna (3-2), D Lowry; C Fowler, C Duffy (0-2).
Subs: E Cudden, R Forde
The Division Five team had a good win away to Currin, ably led by captain Armands Kamkovkis from midfield with the help of Aidan Burns and Niall Ward, who covered every inch of the large pitch. The forward line of Kevin Hall, Marcus Meehan and Ethan Murphy all found the net. Goalkeeper Jack Deery brought off some fine saves and good accurate clearances while the defence, led by Jordan Clerkin and helped by Naoise Deeney and James Bourke, repelled a lot of Currin attacks. Keep up the training as there is a premium on fitness with the big pitch for nine-a-side matches.
Both Under-14 teams play Emyvale in a double-header at Gavan Duffy Park this Saturday, starting at 12 noon.
Membership: The deadline for paying registration fees for 2011 is fast approaching. All club supporters must be paid-up members by the end of this month to ensure they have voting rights. Membership fees of €20 can be paid to registrar Maurice Galligan c/o Cosy Bar or to Liadhan Treanor in the clubhouse. Please note that all players must be paid-up members of the club.
Minors: Good luck to the minor footballers in their first league game at home to Carrickmacross next Tuesday evening.
Good luck: Best wishes to Colin McAree, Ciarán Mulligan and Mattie McGleenan, who take charge of the county minor footballers in their first competitive match of the year against Down in Newry this Saturday. Good luck also to Ado McAnespie and the county Under-21s, who play either Tyrone or Down in the Ulster semi-finals next Wednesday.
Club merchandise: Club gear (hoodies and rain jackets) can be ordered by email from Lorcan McAdam at email@example.com.
Aido file: Congratulations to Harps hurlers Reece Treanor, Conor Flynn, Ciarán Cassidy, Remy McKenna, Mark Murphy and Cathal Power on making the county Under-14 squad. Well done lads. All players are reminded of senior training Friday at eight and underage training Sunday at 12. All helpers and players welcome to both! Keep your ears to the ground with another one of Robbie’s ‘table quizzes’ lined up for the next month! Finally, according to facebook updates, Patrick Meehan is currently in a relationship with ‘Louise from Dublin’. The club would like to throw its support behind this budding romance. Rumour has it the club’s ladies will be out looking for a hat soon!