Round-up (June 1-8)
Monaghan’s senior footballers exited the Ulster championships when they lost to Tyrone on Sunday, but the ladies footballers had a comprehensive win over Armagh. The Under-21 hurlers fell away in the closing stages of their Ulster shield game against Donegal on Wednesday evening, eventually losing by 2-13 to 1-11, having led for much of the game.
The Drumlin Group of Credit Unions Senior Football League resumed on Wednesday, when Ballybay maintained their place at the top with a four-point win at home to Monaghan Harps. Second-placed Magheracloone stayed in touch when they had the same amount to spare against Castleblayney, while Clontibret rattled the net four times against Inniskeen to move up to third. Latton recovered from a slow start which saw them concede two early goals to edge past Truagh and stretch their unbeaten run to five games, while Scotstown moved out of the relegation zone with an away win in Doohamlet.
The Platinum Tanks O’Duffy Cup Reserve Football Championship quarter-finals will feature seven RFL Division One teams after last Wednesday’s first round. With Clontibret already safely through, Latton, Truagh, Magheracloone, Castleblayney, Cremartin and Monaghan Harps joined them with wins over Carrickmacross, Scotstown, Doohamlet, Inniskeen, Ballybay and Donaghmoyne respectively. Drumhowan are the only Division Two team still involved after they saw off Drumhowan.
The Crawley Cup first round was played on Friday. Aughnamullen, Clontibret, Blackhill, Emyvale, Rockcorry and Scotstown were too strong for Seán McDermotts, Currin, Killeevan, Oram, Fergal O’Hanlons and Monaghan Harps respectively, while Castleblayney and Truagh needed extra-time to battle past Killanny and Clones.
In last Thursday’s games in the Silver Hill Foods Senior Hurling League, Truagh got the better of Monaghan Harps, while Castleblayney beat Clontibret.