It was a good weekend for Monaghan minor teams in the Ulster leagues. The hurlers are through to the final of the Ulster Minor Hurling League Division Two after they battled their way to a second win in a row by beating Donegal on a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-6, while their football counterparts started their Ulster Minor Football League Group A campaign with a 0-10 to 1-6 win away to Down, despite playing much of the game with 14 men.
The senior hurlers’ relegation from Division 3B of the Allianz National Hurling League was confirmed on Sunday when they lost at home to Roscommon in Inniskeen. The team put up a spirited performance, with Stephen Lambe scoring nine points and Ronan Meegan finding the net to help Monaghan to lead at half-time, but Roscommon rattled in two goals in quick succession at the start of the second half to set themselves up for a 3-14 to 1-17 win. The ladies footballers maintained their 100% record in the NFL Division One with a narrow win away to Laois.
In Sunday’s games in the Drumlin Group of Credit Unions Senior Football League, Truagh saw off Scotstown by 3-9 to 2-6, while Ballybay edged a high-scoring game away to Magheracloone by 4-6 to 2-11.
In the Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League, Corduff had a big win over Éire Óg on Friday, while on Sunday, Currin eased past Donaghmoyne, Drumhowan and Carrickmacross had narrow wins away to Rockcorry and Seán McDermotts respectively and Aughnamullen and Tyholland played out a draw.
There were also games in the Platinum Tanks Reserve Football Leagues, including one game in Division One, where Latton beat Cremartin. There were wins for Aughnamullen, Oram, Emyvale, Seán McDermotts and Truagh in Division Three, while Castleblayney, Blackhill, Aghabog and Toome made winning starts in Division Four.
Monaghan finally know their opponents for their Cadbury’s Ulster Under-21 Football Championship semi-final after Tyrone beat Down by 1-15 to 1-10 in Wednesday night’s second replay. The game will take place next Wednesday (April 6).