MONAGHAN U16 GIRLS HOPING TO BRING HOME FIRST UNDERAGE ULSTER TITLE FOR 2011
2011 hasn’t been a successful year for the county underage teams with both our U14 and minor teams failing to take home silverware. However our U16 team are hoping to change that this Saturday when they play hot favourites Tyrone in the Ulster final in Donagh. This team has been preparing away quietly under the guidance of team manager Seamus Murray. Seamus has brought silverware back to Monaghan when he managed the successful U14 team last year. A lot of this years U16 team have played under Seamus at U14 level and they will know what is required to win that title. Equally Seamus knows the qualities the girls possess and having worked with them for a number of years, they all have a great mutual respect for each other.
Monaghan met Tyrone earlier in the league in Emyvale and were beaten quite well on the night, but as Seamus stated when I talked to him earlier in the week, Monaghan will have learnt a lot from that defeat. He felt it gave them a chance to work on their deficiences and after having a few challenge games, he believes the girls have stepped up their game and are well ready for the task in hand. I asked him did he feel the long break would be a problem for the girls as it has been quite some time since their last competitive match. He felt that the girls are probably more prepared now and are more focused on what they need to do. That defeat against Tyrone made them ask some questions of themselves, and to be fair to the girls, they have responded in a very positive way. Martin Woods the coach has put in a great effort at training with the girls and the girls have responded in a similar way. They have been working very hard and the training has been very intense. Seamus stated that he wanted to thank the girls for their great effort and hopes that that effort will be rewarded on Saturday. Going back to the game in Emyvale, Seamus pointed out that the Tyrone forwards caused Monaghan a lot of problems, but over the past number of weeks Seamus and his management team have worked on their defence and how to contain the Tyrone forwards . He is confident that the girls can put in a performance capable of beating Tryone. They have worked really hard and no stone has been left unturned in their preparations for Saturday.
Monaghan Senior lades captured the Ulster title against Tyrone a few weeks back and let’s hope our U16 girls can do likewise this Saturday. They have been putting in the same effort as our senior girls and we hope that that effort is awarded this Saturday.
On behalf of the county board we wish Seamus and his management team and players the very best of luck this Saturday. We ask that you come out in your numbers to give these girls your support. I have personally seen at first hand the effort they are putting in, so I would encourage everyone to come out on Saturday.
The venue for Saturday’s game is Donagh in Fermanagh. Throw in 3.00pm
Senior League Division 1
Donaghmoyne 0-12 Emyvale 0-12
Scotstown 1-15 Monaghan Harps 2-5
Latton 4-4 Aughnamullen 4-16
Inniskeen 2-21 Truagh 0-6
Killanny 1-12 Carrick 5-8
U16 semi finals
Magheracloone 7-25 Killanny 2-3
Seans 10- 17 Corduff 6-6
Eire Og 4-13 St Brigids 2-2
Donaghmoyne1-3 Emyvale 1-5
Killanny 6-4 St Brigids 6-3
Corduff 0-3 Aughnamullen 10-10
Latton 2-5 Inniskeen 4-6
U16 ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
Monaghan V Tyrone – Saturday 30th July @3pm in Donagh Fermanagh
JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINAL
Inniskeen V Emyvale B – Wednesday 3rd August @ 7.30pm
Division 1 League
Donaghmoyne A V Truagh A – Saturday 30th July @7pm
Division 2 League
Donaghmoyne B V Aghabog – Thursday 28th July
Scotstown V Donaghmoyne B – Sunday 31st July @12.30pm
Monaghan Harps V Magheracloone – Saturday 30th July @ 7pm
Corduff V Aughnamullen – Friday 29th July @ 7.30pm
Latton V Seans – Friday 29th July @ 7.30pm
Emyvale B V Truagh B – Friday 29th July @ 7.30pm
U16 Division 3 11 a side Final
Seans V Eire Og – Thursday 4th August
U12 Division 2 13 a side Final
Carrickmacross V Truagh – Saturday 6th August
Division 3 – Saturday 30th July @ 12.30pm
Killevan V Tyholland
Aghabog V Seans
Eire Og V Doohamlet
St Brigids V Corduff
Aughnamullen V Latton
Inniskeen V Killanny
RONAN LEONARD U16 TOURNAMENT
Next Monday 1st August the Aghabog club are running the annual Ronan Leonard Tournament. This is a 7 a side U16 competition. Each team allowed a panel of 10 players. Any club interested in entering a team please contact
Ciara McPhillip s
Aghabog Ladies GFC
Aghabog Ladies GFC
for further information.
GLORIA CORRIGAN MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
Glorious sunshine and excellent football marked the 6th anniversary of the Gloria Corrigan Memorial Tournament. This tournament has gone from strength to strength over the past few years and last Saturday was no different. The standard of football was exceptional with St Laurences from Kildare retaining the cup and Killanny winning the shield.
There were 16 teams taking part, with Donaghmoyne, Tyholland, St Laurences, St Macartans, St Brides. St Brigids, Monaghan Harps and Emyvale coming out of the group stages to enter the cup competition, and Corduff, Killanny, Aghaloo, Seans, Eire Og, Magheracloone, Truagh amd Wee Macs team all going into the shield competition.
In the quarter final of the cup, St Laurences had the narrowest of victories over home team Emyvale . Donaghmoyne beat St Brigids, St Brides beat St Macartans and Monaghan Harps beat Tyholland.
In the sheild Truagh beat Corduff, Magheracloone beat Wee Macs team. Sesans beat Eire Og by a single point and Killanny beat Aghaloo.
Next up was the semi finals where in the cup, St Laurences proved too strong for Donaghmoyne and Monaghan Harps likewise against St Brides.
In the shield Truagh had a single point victory over last year’s shield winners Magheracloone and Killanny beat Seans.
The scene was set now for the two finals. First up was the shield final between Truagh and Killanny and what a game this was. At half time Truagh had a 3 point advantage but in the second half Killanny fought back and at the end of full time, it was 12 points a piece. This meant 2 minutes extra time. In the first half of extra time both teams registered a point but in the second half of extra time Killanny scored that vital point to secure a hard earned victory. Final score after extra time – Killanny 14 Truagh 13. Both teams were excellent but Killanny with just 8 players throughout the day battled and kept their nerve to run out winners.
In the cup final St Laurences last year’s winners came up against Monaghan Harps who were very impressive all day. St laurences started off the strongest and at half time were leading by 3 points. They continued to push forward in the second half. Monaghan Harps battled throughout, but in the end St Laurences held out with the final score
St Laurences 0-13 Monaghan Harps 0-7.
Plaques and medals sponsored by Tiernan Cuddy, were made to the runners up and winners of both competitions. The player of the tournament was then announced. This was picked by the referees. After every game the referees nominated their player of the match. After the conclusion of the competition, the player with the most nominations was awarded with the trophy. There was great celebrations when Ellen O Brien from the Emyvale club was announced as the winner. Ellen was excellent all day for Emyvale and a truly deserving winner.
For the first time, there was an award for the most improved player. Each club was asked to name their most improved player at the beginnning of the tournament and the winner of this trophy was Evelyn Clinton from the Corduff club.
Once again this tournament proved to be a great success and was a fitting tribute to the memory of Gloria Corrigan who gave so much of her time to the Emyvale club and in particular to the underage teams, many who are now key players on our senior county teams. A big thank you from the Emyvale club to all who helped make the day the success it was.