Fixtures: Tuesday, April 26: MFL Division One v Emyvale (Away) at 7.15pm
Wednesday, April 27: RFL Division One v Latton (Home) at 7.15pm
Friday, April 29: SFL v Magheracloone (Away) at 7.30pm
Under-14 HC Final v Inniskeen in Blackhill at 7pm
Saturday, April 30: Under-12 Football Zone One v Scotstown (Home) at 1.15pm
Under-12 Zone Two v Scotstown (Home) at 12pm
Tuesday, May 3: MFL Division One v Truagh (Home) at 7.45pm
Wednesday, May 4: RFL Division One v Magheracloone (Away) at 7.45pm
EGM: Arising from the club’s monthly meeting held for April, there has been a Club EGM called, which will take place in the clubhouse tomorrow (Wednesday, April 27) at 8.30pm after the RFL game. All club members and interested parties are asked to attend.
Monaghan Harps Lotto: Numbers 12, 15, 16 and 28. Jackpot of €2,050 not won. Residual prizes: €100 Rose Donnelly c/o Paddy Donnelly; €40 Noel Clerkin c/o Philomena Hughes; €40 Séamus McGlone c/o Séamus Treanor; €40 Helen Murphy c/o Paddy Donnelly. Jackpot for Sunday, May 1 is €2,200. Lotto draw takes place in the clubhouse every Sunday night. Please continue to support our club lotto.
SFL: The senior footballers played two SFL games last week, starting with a 0-17 to 0-12 win at home to Clontibret last Wednesday evening. After taking a while to get going, the Harps trailed by 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time, despite some good scores from Donal Hahessy, Neil McAdam, Dean Fanning and Nicholas Treanor. Our lads were much-improved in the second half, though, with Fanning, Nicholas Treanor, Gary White and Liam Hahessy among the scorers. Two late points by McAdam sealed a second win in a row.
Team and scorers: Mark Hughes; Mark McCaughey, Stephen Driver, Conor Galligan; David Hughes, Shane Smyth, Gareth Treanor; Peter Coyle, Neil McAdam (0-3, 1 ’45); Gary White (0-1), Nicholas Treanor (0-4, 1f), Nicholas Scott; Donal Hahessy (0-4, 2f), Emmett McArdle, Dean Fanning (Capt., 0-4, 1f).
Subs: Niall Hahessy for Hughes (inj.), Liam Hahessy (0-1) for Scott, Ashley White for N Treanor (inj.).
On Saturday, the seniors played out a draw at home to Latton. The Harps led by 0-9 to 0-4 after an impressive first half, with Dean Fanning (five), Emmett McArdle (two), Neil McAdam and Liam Hahessy on the scoresheet. Latton came back strongly, however, and although our lads moved four clear with points from Emmett, Nicholas Scott and Donal Hahessy, it finished all-square (0-12 to 1-9).
Team and scorers: Mark Hughes; Mark McCaughey, Stephen Driver, Conor Galligan (Capt.); Gareth Treanor, Shane Smyth, Niall Hahessy; Peter Coyle, Neil McAdam (0-1); Gary White, Donal Hahessy (0-1f), Nicholas Scott (0-1); Liam Hahessy (0-1), Emmett McArdle (0-3), Dean Fanning (0-5, 2f).
Sub: Ashley White for Coyle.
The seniors are away to Magheracloone on Friday at 7.30pm. We wish David Hughes and Nicholas Treanor speedy recoveries from their injuries sustained in the Clontibret game.
Reserves: The Crawley Cup team won away to Fergal O’Hanlons in the Platinum Tanks RFL Division Four last Sunday. Goals from Adam Cullen and John McCoy helped us take a 2-6 to 0-1 lead at half-time and we went on to win comfortably by 2-11 to 2-2. The O’Duffy Cup team have a home game against Latton tomorrow night (Wednesday), while they travel to Magheracloone next Wednesday.
Team: Mickey Buckley; Fionntán Cassidy (Capt.), Lorcan McAdam, Ado Connell; Gary Trappe, Niall McKenna, Séamus Brannigan; Ciarán O’Connell, Philip Drohan; Adam Cullen, Colin McAree, Gary Murray; Liam Hahessy, John McCoy, Colm Shalvey.
Subs used: Paul Sherry for A Connell (inj.), Finnian McKenna for Hahessy (inj.), Johnny Flynn for C O’Connell, Francis McGarry for Cullen.
Minors: The minors got their first win in this year’s GRM MFL Division One when they beat Scotstown by 1-12 to 0-8 last Tuesday at Gavan Duffy Park. The lads gave an excellent team performance, with Fearghal McMahon stealing the show. The minors were away to Emyvale on Tuesday and are at home to Truagh next Tuesday.
U-16: The Under-16s fell to a heavy defeat at home to Scotstown last Thursday in their second game in Division One. Despite the best efforts of Fearghal McMahon, Kevin Loughran and Jason McHugh, who scored two goals, the Harps were never able to match a very strong Scotstown team on the evening.
U-14: The club’s Under-14 teams were both involved in high-scoring thrillers last Saturday away to Scotstown. The Division One game finished level (4-11 each), while the Division Five team won by 8-12 to 8-10.
U-12: Both Under-12 football teams are at home to Scotstown this Saturday, with the games getting underway at 12 noon and 1.15pm.
Upcoming events: There will be music in the clubhouse this Saturday night (April 30), so why not come down and make the most of the bank holiday weekend. We host Monaghan Arch Club next Thursday (May 4).
Congratulations: Congrats to Alison Coyle, who got engaged to Dick Clerkin recently.
Aido File: Our Under-14 hurlers represent the club tomorrow night (Friday, April 29) in the U-14 championship final at 7 in Blackhill. This could hopefully be a big day for the club with the winners going on to represent Monaghan at this years hurling Féile. All supporters, club members and players are asked to come along and cheer on the lads. Players are asked to meet at 5.45 in Rooskey. The club also have a fundraiser table quiz for the Under-14s in the clubhouse. Throw-in for table quiz is 7.30 with four per team and €5 per head. Also this weekend we have our flag day and all help appreciated.
Handball: The Minor Doubles All-Ireland title for 2011 was won by favourites Cork in Kingscourt on Saturday last. However, Killian Carroll and Patrick Herlihy were pushed hard by Terry McElvaney and Christopher McKenna. An error-ridden first game went easily to the Munster men. However a major shock looked on the cards when the Monaghan players led 20-16 in the second game with one ace needed to tie the match. It was not to be, alas, as the Singles champion Carroll produced an outstanding spell of spin serves and unbelievable kill-shots to win by the slimmest of margins 21-20.
Gaeltacht Scholarship: Coiste Chontae Mhuineacháin CLG is this year again sponsoring a number of scholarships to Coláiste Bhríde, Rann na Féirste, Co Dún na nGall. The scheme is open to boys and girls from County Monaghan who are attending secondary school and are aged between 13 and 15. Interviews for the scholarships will be held in the Castleblayney Community Enterprise Centre on Saturday, May 7, starting at 10am. Applications in writing to: Oifigeach Cultúra agus Gaeilge: JP Graham, Drumacoon, Newbliss, Co Monaghan or by email to email@example.com.