Fixtures: Tuesday, May 24: Under-14 FL Division One v Carrickmacross & Under-14 FL Division Five v Carrickmacross (both Home) at 7pm
Wednesday, May 25: RFL Division Four v Emyvale (Away) at 7.45pm
Thursday, May 26: RHL v Truagh (Home) at 7.45pm
Saturday, May 28: Under-12 League Finals in Cloghan at 11am, 12pm and 2pm
Sunday, May 29: RFL Division One v Clontibret (Home) at 12pm
Monday, May 30: Under-14 HL v Castleblayney (Home) at 7pm
Wednesday, June 1: O’Duffy Cup v Donaghmoyne (Home) at 7.45pm
Monaghan Harps Lotto: Numbers 13, 14, 20 and 28. Jackpot of €2,650 not won. Residual prizes: €100 Maria McKenna c/o herself; €40 Mary McElvaney c/o Eileen McElvaney (Ladies Club); €40 Shae Treanor c/o Cosy Bar; €40 Anthony Lynch c/o Paul Connolly. Jackpot for Sunday, May 29 is €2,800. Lotto draw takes place in the clubhouse every Sunday night. All welcome.
Club Harps: Our new fundraising scheme is ‘Club Harps’, which presents a unique opportunity to invest in Monaghan Harps to maintain our central place in the community. It is targeted at past, present and future members of the club, seeking a €100 investment in the maintenance and development of our facilities. Contact any committee member for more information. We very much appreciate all support for this fundraiser.
SFL: The senior footballers played twice in the Credit Union SFL last week. First up, they lost to Castleblayney by 0-11 to 0-9 last Wednesday. Our lads trailed by 0-9 to 0-3 at half-time, with Donal Hahessy (two) and Neil McAdam on target. Three points from Donal, two by Neil and one by Gareth Treanor led a strong second-half comeback, but Blayney hung on for a narrow win.
Team and scorers: Mark Hughes; Mark McCaughey, Stephen Driver (Capt.), Niall McKenna; Gareth Treanor (0-1), Shane Smyth, David Hughes; Peter Coyle, Gary White; Nicholas Scott, Neil McAdam (0-3, 1f), Niall Hahessy; Donal Hahessy (0-5, 3f), Emmett McArdle, Dean Fanning.
Subs: Ashley White for D Hughes (inj.), Stephen McAleer for Fanning (inj.).
Scotstown were the visitors to Gavan Duffy Park on Sunday, when the Harps ran out four-point winners. A brace of frees by Donal Hahessy and a point each by Stephen McAleer and Shane Coyle had the Harps ahead by 0-4 to 0-2 at half-time and although Scotstown drew level early in the second half, our lads regained control with points from Donal, Neil McAdam and Shane Coyle. Late scores by Conor Galligan and Donal sealed the points for our lads on a scoreline of 0-9 to 0-5. The next senior game is away to Ballybay on June 8.
Team and scorers: Mark Hughes; Mark McCaughey, Stephen Driver, Niall McKenna; Niall Hahessy, Conor Galligan (0-1), Shane Coyle (0-2); Stephen McAleer (0-1), Peter Coyle; Pat Murphy, Neil McAdam (Capt., 0-1 ’45), Paul Kelly; Donal Hahessy (0-4, 3f), Emmett McArdle, Liam Hahessy.
Subs: Paul Rushe for Kelly (inj.), Conn O’Hanlon for Murphy, Conor Devlin for P Coyle (inj.).
We wish David Hughes, Dean Fanning, Shane Smyth, Paul Kelly and Peter Coyle speedy recoveries from their injuries.
Reserves: The Crawley Cup team had a comprehensive win at home to Killanny in the Platinum Tanks RFL Division Four last Saturday. Goals by Shane Scott and Mark Mulhall helped us lead by 2-7 to 0-3 at half-time, with David Loughran (two) and Paul Kelly finding the net in the second half as we won by 5-16 to 0-6.
Team and scorers: Conall McKenna; Fionntán Cassidy (Capt.), Lorcan McAdam, Jonny Flynn; Séamus Brannigan, Johnny Sherry, Pat Murphy; Conn O’Hanlon, Niall McKenna; Paul Kelly, Mark Mulhall, Mickey Buckley; David Loughran, Shane Scott, Pauric Redden.
Subs used: Colm Shalvey, Darren Smyth, Charlie McDonald, Dermot Brannigan, Finnian McKenna.
The Crawley Cup team are away to Emyvale tomorrow (Wednesday), while the O’Duffy Cup team are at home to Clontibret in the RFL Division One this Sunday, followed by a championship game at home to Donaghmoyne next Wednesday.
Minors/U-16: The minors had a 1-9 to 0-10 win away to Carrickmacross in their last game before the exam break, while the Under-16s lost away to Emyvale. Both management teams wish all the players the best of luck in their upcoming exams.
Under-12: The Under-12 league finals take place in Cloghan this Saturday, with three Harps teams involved. The ‘A’ football team are up against Carrickmacross at 11am, the ‘B’ football team play Currin at 12 noon and the hurlers take on Carrick at 2pm. Best of luck to all involved.
U-14: Both Under-14 football teams are at home to Carrickmacross this evening (Thursday).
Under-10 Blitz: The club’s Under-10s competed in a blitz at a rain-soaked Gavan Duffy Park last Saturday morning, where they took on Clontibret and Truagh in entertaining games. Well done to the players and Finbarr Conlon, Chris Conway and Tommy McCabe. Thanks to everyone who turned out to help in terrible conditions, especially Conor Forde, Colm Galligan and Pauric Coyle for refereeing the games.
Good luck: To Colin McAree, Mattie McGleenan, Michael Galligan, Niall Greenan, Evan Doherty and the Monaghan minors in their Ulster MFC game against Tyrone in Enniskillen on Sunday. Hard luck to Paddy Donnelly, Brian Phelan and Monaghan’s senior hurlers on their Nicky Rackard Cup semi-final defeat and good luck in this Sunday’s Ulster SHC game against Armagh. Best of luck also to our representatives on the Monaghan Town team in this weekend’s Ulster Junior Cup Final.
Tickets: The Ulster SFC game against Tyrone in Omagh on Sunday week is not all-ticket, but tickets are needed for the covered stand. Stand tickets must be ordered from club secretary Lorcan McAdam by phone or email by 6pm this Saturday.
Congratulations: To all our juveniles who made their Confirmation last week and all those who are making their First Communion in the coming weeks.
Handball: Ryan Mooney and James McKenna captured another county title for the Harps club when they won the Under-12 Doubles in magnificent fashion last week. They defeated Cillian Sherry and Mark Mohan of Tydavnet over two games. The result was really never in doubt such was the strength of Ryan’s serves. James played his part also with good back-wall returns. This completed a remarkable tally of Monaghan and Ulster titles won this year. Caileán Myles won the county and Ulster Under-12 Singles. Simonas Seskevicius won the county and Ulster Under-14 Singles. Ramunas and Mantas won the Under-15 Doubles county and Ulster titles. Terry McElvaney won a Minor Doubles Ulster title. Conor McCrystal won the County Under-11 Singles. Added to this, our Community Games team reached the Ulster final and, Caileán Myles and Ryan Mooney were undefeated in the Cumann na mBunscol competition. In fact, Caileán defeated the best players from the other three provinces without losing a game.