Clontibret 0-15, Latton 0-14. A fantastic display to open up our senior league campaign with a victory, with great defending and fielding as well as some superb scores. This was a game in which everybody played their part and the performances of some of our younger players, many of whom were playing senior football for the first time, was notable. Team and scorers: Arthur Morgan, Colin Duffy, Colum Greenan, Martin Corey (0-1), Donal Carragher, Dessie Mone, Pauric Boyle (0-1), Conor McManus (0-3), Eoin Greenan (0-1), Fergal O’Dowd, Rodney Gorman (0-2), Ronan Murphy (0-1), Fergal Mone (0-2), Jonathan McKenna (0-4), Ryan McGuigan. Subs: David Savage, Kieran Greean. We played the Harps yesterday evening, result next week. Next up is Magheracloone on Saturday at 6pm in Clontibret. Please note change of date and time.
Reserve League Division 1
Clontibret 1-09, Magheracloone 1-11. A disappointing result despite a spirited second half performance in which a number of players played key roles. Team and scorers: Arthur Morgan, Donal Carragher, Padraig McGuigan, Kevin Ward, Christopher Tedore, Pauric Boyle, Philip Rooney, Padraig McShane, Daithi McKeown, Jonathan McKenna (0-2), Fergal O’Dowd (1-1), Kieran Greenan (0-1), Ryan McGuigan (0-2), Paul Winters (0-1), Ronan Murphy (0-1). Subs: Brian Morgan (0-1), Colin Duffy, Thomas Greenan, Darren Murphy.
The next game is fixed for next Wednesday, 27th April, a home tie against ‘Blayney.
Reserve League Division 3
We play Seans at home this Sunday at 12pm. Please note change of date and time.
Clontibret 3-09, Scotstown 3-09. A tight encounter which ended up all square at the finish. We played Emyvale on Tuesday gone by, result next week. Next Tuesday we have an away tie against Truagh at 7pm.
Clontibret 4-19, ‘Blayney 4-10. This was a good result in a high scoring game with some great scores taken. This evening, Thursday we have a home game against Donaghmoyne at 7pm.
Our u12 Division 2 and Division 5 teams suffered heavy defeats at the weekend, the nature of which raises the question of what purpose this type of unequal competition serves.
National League Forecasts
Last week’s winner was Barney Murtagh c/o James Winters with 53 points. Many thanks to Niall for superb work in organising and overseeing this very successful fundraising venture. Thanks also to all those who helped out in any way, especially the weekly sellers. Your help and input is much appreciated by all in the club.
The late John Murray
The death of John Murray, formerly of Lemgare, has broken another link with the great Clontibret team of the forties and fifties. John was there from the beginning, playing at full back in their first match against Cremartin in 1945 when the club was revived. His height and athleticism soon brought him to midfield and this was a position he made his own over the next fifteen seasons where he played with a variety of partners including Francie McNally, Tony Prunty, Francie McQuaid and Pat Murphy.
In that period he won seven senior championships, four senior leagues and the junior championship of 1947 which started the ball rolling. John was a natural leader on and off the field and he captained his team to most of their major successes. During these years he also played with distinction on the Monaghan Senior team. In his later years John assisted his work colleagues at St. Davnet’s to form a team and went on to win another Junior Championship with them in 1962. He also served as Vice chairman of the County Committee.
John Murray was a football icon for a whole generation of Clontibret and Monaghan supporters and this was demonstrated by the large and representative turn out at his funeral mass in St. Macartan’s Cathedral and burial in his beloved Clontibret.
Sympathy is extended to his dear wife Rita, daughters Evelyn and