Monaghan Harps notes (May 3)
Fixtures: Tuesday, May 3: MFL Division One v Truagh (Home) at 7.45pm
Wednesday, May 4: RFL Division One v Magheracloone (Away) at 7.45pm
Thursday, May 5: Under-16 FL Division One v Truagh (Home) at 7pm
Friday, May 6: SFL v Truagh (Home) at 7.45pm
Saturday, May 7: Under-14 FL Division One v Killanny (Home) at 1.15pm
Under-14 FL Division Five v Aghabog (Home) at 12pm
Monday, May 9: Under-14 HL v Truagh (Away) at 7pm
Tuesday, May 10: MFL Division One v Castleblayney (Away) at 7.45pm
Wednesday, May 11: RFL Division Four v Currin (Home) at 7.45pm
Monaghan Harps Lotto: Numbers 3, 15, 16 and 26. Jackpot of €2,200 not won. Residual prizes: €100 Justin Higgins c/o Liz Brennan; €40 Delia Finnegan c/o Clubhouse; €40 Angela Treanor c/o Philomena Hughes; €40: Brian Finnegan c/o Clubhouse. Jackpot for Sunday, May 8 is €2,350. Lotto draw takes place in the clubhouse every Sunday night. All welcome.
Arch Club: Monaghan Arch Club have their monthly party in Gavan Duffy Park this Thursday (May 5). It is our second year to host the Arch Club and everyone is welcome to come along for an enjoyable night.
SFL: The senior footballers fell to their first defeat of the SFL campaign away to Magheracloone last Friday. Magheracloone raced into a 0-7 to 0-2 lead, but the Harps came back well with points from Donal Hahessy (two), Dean Fanning, Ashley White and Emmett McArdle to close the gap to two at half-time (0-9 to 0-7). Dean’s accurate free-taking kept our lads in contention throughout the second half and the gap was down to a point at one stage inside the last ten minutes, but Magheracloone pulled away again to win by 0-14 to 0-11. The seniors are at home to Truagh on Friday evening.
Team and scorers: Mark Hughes; Conor Galligan (Capt.), Stephen Driver, Niall McKenna; Niall Hahessy, Shane Smyth, Gareth Treanor; Peter Coyle, Gary White; Donal Hahessy (0-2, 1f), Ashley White (0-2), Nicholas Scott; Liam Hahessy, Dean Fanning (0-6f), Emmett McArdle (0-1).
Sub: Paul Kelly for L Hahessy.
Reserves: The O’Duffy Cup team got their first win in the RFL Division One at home to Latton last Wednesday. A dominant first-half performance, including a goal by Gary Murray and three points from Ashley White, had us ahead by 1-8 to 0-3 at half-time, but we were reduced to 14 men and Latton scored three goals to edge ahead midway through the second half. The Harps came back, though, to hit the last five points of the game for a hard-earned win.
Team and scorers: Conall McKenna; Fionntán Cassidy, Niall McKenna, Pat Murphy; Johnny Sherry, Gareth Treanor (0-2), Ashley White (0-4, 1 ’45); Philip Drohan (0-1), Gary White (0-3, 1f); Paul Kelly (0-1f), Paul Rushe, Conor Devlin (Capt.); Liam Hahessy (0-1f), John McCoy (0-1), Gary Murray (1-1).
Sub: Bernie Murphy for Rushe.
The O’Duffy Cup team are away to Magheracloone tomorrow night (Wednesday), while the Crawley Cup team have a home game against Currin next Wednesday.
Minors: The minors got their second win in a row in the GRM MFL Division One away to Emyvale last Tuesday. They are at home to Truagh tonight (Tuesday). Castleblayney are the opponents next week.
U-16: The Under-16 footballers are at home to Truagh on Thursday at 7pm.
U-14: Both Under-14 football teams have home games this Saturday. The Division Five team play Aghabog at 12 noon, followed by the Division One game against Killanny.
U-12: Both Under-12 teams played Scotstown last Saturday and it finished honours even with one win for each club. The next games are on Saturday week (May 14).
Thanks: Thank you to everyone who helped out at the fundraising car wash at the club last Saturday.
Aido File: Our Under-14 hurlers booked their place in Féile 2011 on Friday last with a convincing win over Inniskeen in the county final. In a spirited all-round team performance, every player contributed to the cause and left the field on cloud nine. After the game, team captain Seán Husband was presented with the trophy by Seán McKenna, who complimented the skill of the players and the drive to succeed. Seán also mentioned the good work put in by manager Jim Dalton and selectors Mickey and Tommy! The lads now must start preparations to represent Monaghan in Galway at Féile, so best of luck to all the lads and congratulations to all involved.
Handball: The County Handball Board is running an Under-11 championship this Saturday at the St. Mellan’s club in Truagh. Play begins at 10.30 and all interested players must register between 10 and 10.30. A number of our players are interested in taking part. There will be a one-wall competition in the near future and our outdoor courts will be used. This competition should be used to prepare for the National One-Wall competition to be held in Castlebar in June. Entries are being accepted now for the Juvenile County Doubles with entries restricted to players who did not represent Monaghan in the Ulster Championships. There are still some places left for the Residential Summer Camp in Gormanston College. Contact our club secretary, Conor, if interested.
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.