Round-up (July 1-7)
The two teams widely regarded as the leading contenders for the Universal Graphics Junior Football Championship, Emyvale and Cremartin, booked their places in the semi-finals with wins against Toome and Clones respectively on Sunday. Also on Sunday, Blackhill stayed in the championship with a comprehensive win over Fergal O’Hanlons, while Aghabog beat Killanny on Saturday to keep their hopes alive.
The Silver Hill Foods Senior Hurling Championship got underway on Sunday when Pat O’Connell’s personal tally of 1-10 led Truagh past Monaghan Harps, while Clontibret and Carrickmacross played out a draw. Castleblayney continued their unbeaten run in the SHL by beating Truagh on Thursday, while Inniskeen were comfortable winners away to Monaghan Harps.
Ballybay stayed top of the Drumlin Group of Credit Unions Senior Football League with a surprisingly easy win over Magheracloone on Friday. Clontibret beat neighbours Doohamlet to overtake Magheracloone in second place, while Latton stretched their unbeaten run to seven games with a comfortable win over Inniskeen. Castleblayney and Scotstown moved clear of the relegation zone with victories over Monaghan Harps and Truagh respectively. Magheracloone bounced back from their defeat to Ballybay with a two-point win over Inniskeen on Tuesday.
The top-of-the-table clash in the Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League was also surprisingly one-sided as Carrickmacross eased to victory against Corduff, while the other four games were all evenly-matched with two points or less separating the teams. Currin battled past Tyholland to move up to second, while Donaghmoyne squeezed out Drumhowan to take fourth, Seán McDermotts edged a high-scoring game against Rockcorry to move up to mid-table and Aughnamullen beat Éire Óg to lift themselves out of the bottom two.
Cremartin remained top of the Gerry’s Takeaway Junior Football League with a five-point win over Killanny on Wednesday. Oram are up to third after they ended Toome’s unbeaten run in the league, while Aghabog got the better of Blackhill.
Defending champions Castleblayney are through to another Platinum Tanks O’Duffy Cup semi-final after they won their rescheduled quarter-final away to Clontibret on Wednesday. There was one game in the Platinum Tanks Reserve Football League Division Three on Thursday, when Seán McDermotts and Aughnamullen played out a draw.
Monaghan Harps held off a strong comeback from Donaghmoyne to win their McQuillan Staircases Under-21 Football League Division One game by a point on Sunday. Aughnamullen beat Castleblayney by two points in Division One on Monday, while Latton were four-point winners away to Emyvale in Division Two and Oram hammered Clones in Division Three.
There is a three-way tie at the top of the GRM Minor Football League Division One after round ten, which was played on Tuesday. Two of the table-toppers, Castleblayney and Truagh, played out a draw, while they are now joined by Clontibret, who had a narrow win over Scotstown. There was also a draw between St. Pat’s and Monaghan Harps and a comprehensive win for Carrickmacross at the expense of Emyvale.
Rock Sarsfields are still a point ahead at the top of Division Two after they drew with their nearest challengers Magheracloone, while Na Fianna beat Latton to move two points clear in third place.
Division Three pace-setters Clones fell to a surprise defeat away to Blackhill, while Cremartin and Donaghmoyne ran up huge scores in defeating Corduff and Inniskeen respectively.