MONAGHAN’S AIM IS TO REACH ANOTHER ULSTER FINAL, BUT FIRST THEY MUST OVERCOME DOWN
This Saturday sees the county girls take on Down in the Ulster semi final, the winner meeting either Donegal or Tyrone in the Ulster final. Monaghan had a convincing win over Armagh in the preliminary round but a win over Down is a must, if they are to go that one step further in retaining their Ulster title. I spoke to Gregory Mc Gonigle earlier in the week to see what his thoughts were not just about this weekend’s Down game, but on his thoughts on how the team performed against Armagh.
Gregory was very happy with the teams performance against Armagh stating that they scored 4-16, had numerous different scorers and only conceded 4 points. The team’s workrate over the 60mins was very good and they tried to play a simple
style of football and there were some very good individual performances
Overall it was a good team performance. He felt that there were a few things that they could improve on ,in particular their one on one goal chances and maybe some of their shot selections
I pointed out that once again they would be going into Saturday’s game as hot favourtites and how did he feel about that.
Gregory accepted that this would be the case but that he had no real issue having to carry the favourite’s tag, as Monaghan are a division 1 league team whereas Down are in div 3. In saying this, he was quick to point out that all teams must be treated with respect no matter what division they are playing in. Monaghan must prepare properly for the game and he went on to say that they have been training hard since beating Armagh and their focus is firmly fixed on the Down game.
With regards to any possible changes, Gregory accepted that there would be some personnel changes from the Armagh game, but they wouldn’t be wholesale changes. With Catriona Mc Connell away to America for a few months, it gives a chance for other players to step up to the plate. Also, he was waiting to see how Caoimhe Mohan and Laura Mc Eneaney, both starters the last day, have got on with their exams. There are no injury concerns which means a full panel is available. Gregory also pointed out that Down seem to be in a period of transition with some older players having left the panel, but they still have a few very good quality footballers with the likes of Orla Fegan, Sinead Fegan, Clara
Fitzpatrick, Aileen Pyers, Kyla Trainor and Niamh McGowan. They had a mixed league campaign but just lost out to Fermanagh in the semi final and on promotion to div 2 and as he stated earlier no team can be taken for granted.
Summing up, he said that despite training being tough, the girls are enjoying it and
putting in a great effort. The team and management are very focused going into the game and are hoping to use the team’s pace and fitness levels along with a high workrate to secure a win. He is hopeful that they can reach another Ulster final and he hopes Saturday will give him and the rest of the management a chance to look at new players. Indeed a couple of the younger players may make their Championship Debut at some stage on Saturday evening.
On behalf of the county board we wish the team and management the very best of luck and ask your support on Saturday evening.
Venue for Saturday’s game is The Morgan Athletic Grounds Armagh. Throw in 7.30pm
With only 3 or 4 weeks to go to Monaghan’s final game against Antrim, the u16 management are now trying to strengthen up their panel. Exams are nearing completion so there should be no excuses from now on. A win over Antrim will secure the Monaghan girls a place in the Ulster final. Training will take place this Sunday morning in Cloghan at 10 o clock and the management are asking the following players to come along, along with those already on the panel.
Derbhla Sherry, Laura Carey, Casey Treanor, Orla Smyth, Laura Byrne (Scotstown)
Holly Mc Kenna, Aoife Treanor, Rebecca Hughes (Emyvale)
Anita Mc Mahon (Seans)
Grainne Mc Cluskey (Eire Og)
Muireann Atkinson (ONeills)
Niamh Mc Bennett (Doohamlet)
Aideann Treanor, Niamh Mc Quaid(Truagh)
Aoife Duffy (Aughnamullen)
Aodeann O Callaghan (Inniskeen)
Aine and Alana Mc Elroy, Niamh Callan (Donaghmoyne)
The management also want to point out that as it is impossible for them to know every player, if there are any players who club mentors/managers feel should be giving a trial, and are not listed above or already on panel, please encourage them to come along on Sunday.
Once again, Training at 10 o clock in Cloghan on Sunday morning, and please make an effort to be there on time.
Abbey Fanning Sevens Tournament
Sponsored by the Squealing Pig Bar and Restaurant
Donaghamoyne claimed their seventh Abbey Fanning Cup title with an emphatic 7-12 to 0-2 win over Scotstown at Monaghan Harps Ground on Saturday. In the Shield final Knockbride from Cavan beat Magheracloone 5-9 to 1-13.
Abbey was surely looking down from heaven as the promised rain never materialised and the 13 sides who signed up at 9-30am served up some wonderful football throughout the day.
After the round robin stages and quarter finals the last four standing in the cup competition were Donaghamoyne, Clontarf, Monaghan Harps and Scotstown. In the first semi Donaghmoyne seen of the challenge of Dublin outfit Clontarf 0-11 to 0-3 while in the second decider the host club fell to Scotstown by a single point 2-5 to 1-7.
In the final a young Scotstown side had no answer to a powerful Donaghmoyne outfit. The south Monaghan side hit 1-4, the goal from Joanne Geoghgan before Scotstown registered their only score of the half, a point from Orla Mc Carville. Donaghmoyne continued to press and a couple of goals from Niamh Mc Carthy and Sharon Courtney along with a duo of points from Michelle Grimes left the half time score 3-6 to 0-1 in their favour.
Younster Niamh Callan had a dream start to the second half netting twice in the first minute. Niamh Mc Carthy and Edel Corrigan then traded points but from here on it was all Donaghmoyne. A further 2-5 followed to give them a 7-12 to 0-2 victory. Player of the tournament Cora Courtney was the top scorer with 2-2 while midfielder Amanda Casey scored five fisted points.
In the shield semi final Magheracloone beat Aghabog 3-12 to 4-5 and Knockbride defeated Truagh B 6-4 to 4-8. In the final Cavans Knockbride proved too strong for Magheracloone winning by eight points 5-9 to 1-13. Daena Clerkin from Knockbride was named shield player of the tournament.
Afterwards the winners and runners up received their awards from Abbeys father Kieran Fanning and event sponsor Raymond Aughey.
EMYVALE LADIES LAUNCH THEIR NEW SPONSOR (photo sent to Patrick)
CNI Data/Electrical Specialists are Emyvale ladies new sponsor for the coming year. On Thursday evening last Adrian and Kelly Corrigan presented a new set jerserys to club chairperson Paudge Colleran . A number of players were also present. On behalf of the Emyvale club we would like to say a sincere thanks to Adrian and Kelly for their sponsorship. And we hope that we can do them and our club proud in the year ahead. Pictured in the photo are from left to right: Sinead Mohan, Brenda Mc Anespie, Leona Hughes, Adrian Corrigan, Paudge Colleran, Kelly Corrigan , Hannah Hughes,Caroline Mc Aree, Catriona Mc Kenna.
Senior Ulster Championship semi finals – Saturday 18th June
Monaghan V Down – Morgan Athletic Grounds Armagh 7.30 pm
Final U14 Division 4 11 a side – Monday 20th June
St Brigids V Magheracloone – Latton venue to be confirmed
U12s – Friday 17th June- 7pm throw in
Division 3 South
Latton V Aughnamullen
Division 3 North
Doohamlet V Eire Og
U12s – Saturday 18th June – 12.30pm throw in
Donaghmoyne V Monaghan Harps
Truagh V O Neills
Division 3 North
Tyholland V Killevan
Seans V Aghabog
Division 3 South
Corduff V St Brigids
Killanny v Inniskeen
In just over a weeks time the club championship games get underway. In the senior championship there are 3 teams, Donaghmoyne, Emyvale and Truagh. Each team play each other once with the top 2 teams going into the final.
Senior Championship Fixtures
Truagh V Donaghmoyne Sunday 26th June
Emyvale V Truagh Wednesday 29th June
Donaghmoyne V Emyvale Sunday 17th July
Q/F Scotstown V Aghabog Friday 15th July
Semi Finals – 5th/6th/7th August or 12/13th/14th August depending on county
Corduff V Monaghan Harps
Scotstown/Aghabog V Magheracloone
The junior championship is also being playied on a league basis. There are 2 groups, one with 4, the other with 3 ,with the top 2 teams in each group going into the semi finals.
Aughnamulllen V Seans Saturday 25th June
Inniskeen V Donaghmoyne B Friday 24th June
Seans V Inniskeen Tuesday 28th June
Donaghmoyne B V Aughnamullen Thursday 30th June
Latton V Emyvale B and Truagh B V Latton ( Sunday 26th June and Saturday 16th July). Games on these dates have to be confirmed
Emyvale B V Truagh B Tuesday 28th June
KILLANNY WIN U14 DIVISION 2 TITLE ( Photos forwarded to Patrick)
Killanny 4-14 Inniskeen 5-2
Killanny were crowned the U14 Division 2 champions on Monday evening last when they beat Inniskeen. Killanny were narrowly beaten by Emyvale in this same final last year so it is a great achievement for them to come back this year and bring the title back to Killanny.
U14 Division 1
Emyvale beat Carrickmacross
Scotstown 4-4 Carrickmacross 2-2
Division 4 11 a side Play off
St Brigids 5-14 Corduff 5-12
Emyvale 6-6 Monaghan Harps 3-4
Division 3 South
Aughnamullen 7-14 Corduff 0-3
Inniskeen 4-7 Latton 2-6
Division 3 North
Eire Og 9-19 Seans 1-0
Delegates Meeting will take place next Monday night in Old Coach Inn Castleblayney at 9 o clock. All clubs requested to attend
Ulster Ladies Fixtures
Saturday 18 th June – 2.30pm in Brewster Park
Ulster Senior Championship Semi Final
Tyrone v Donegal
Sat 18 th June in Athletic Grounds, Armagh
Ulster Intermediate Championship Second Round – 5.30pm
Fermanagh v Antrim