U16S TAKE ON KERRY IN ALL IRELAND SEMI FINAL
Monaghan’s U16 team travel to Birr this Sunday to take on Kerry in the All Ireland semi final. This group of girls showed great character when they beat a hotly fancied Tyrone team in the Ulster final 2 weeks ago. They will have to repeat and even improve on that performance if they are to beat this Kerry team, who beat Cork in the Munster final. They have been putting in a tremendous effort over this past number of weeks and to get to an All Ireland final would be no more than they deserve. Throw in for this game is Sunday 14th @ 3pm. On behalf of the county board we wish the management team and players the very best of luck. .
The semi final of the U16 A shield will take place before the Monaghan/Kerry game. This is between Cork and Tyrone.
SENIORS GET MEATH IN ALL IRELAND QUARTER FINALS.
There was great interest in the live championship draws on Saturday last as the draw was made for the ladies quarter finals. Monaghan were first out of the pot and next out was Tyrone. As Monaghan had already played Tyrone in the Ulster final, they were not allowed to meet. Next name out was to meet Tyrone and Laois were picked out. Next out was Monaghan’s opponents. And what an interesting pairing this proved to be, as Meath were picked out. Meath are managed by 3 well known Monaghan people. Paula Cunningham from Clones is the manager with Dwaine Mc Carey, Tyholland and Anthony Murphy Clones part of her management team. This management team brought Fermanagh to an All Ireland final and have done great work with Meath this year.Meath have been in great form all year reaching the Div 2 final where they were beaten by All Ireland champions Dublin. In the championship they had that fantastic win over Dublin and in the Leinster final against Laois, they had victory snatched from them in injury time after leading by 4 points with just 2 minutes of full time remaining.
In the qualifying round on Saturday last, Meath had a convincing win over Sligo. They are brimming with confidence this year under their new management, and Monaghan will have to be on top of their game if they are to gain a semi final spot. The Meath management will also know the Monaghan players inside out having been involved with a number of the players over the years. There will be a lot of interest in this game and it could go right down to the wire. The full draw is as follows
Tyrone V Laois
Kerry V Mayo – These 2 games are to be played this Saturday August 13th.
Monaghan V Meath
Cork V Dublin – These 2 games are scheduled for Saturday August 20th in Birr Offaly, with the Monaghan/ Meath game at 4pm followed by the Cork/Dublin game at 6.
Last weekend saw the remaining semi finals of the club championships take place.
Junior championship Inniskeen V Emyvale B
Inniskeen 5-17 Emyvale 2-6
Inniskeen booked their place in the Junior championship final with an impressive win over Emyvale B. The scoreline might suggest this game was an easy one for Inniskeen, but that’s not entirely the case. The first half saw Inniskeen storm ahead with Voreen Quigley hitting some fine scores. Emyvale battled hard but scores were hard to come by and at half time Inniskeen were in a commanding lead.The second half saw Emyvale up their performance and to their credit they really took the game to Inniskeen and were unlucky not to close the gap further. Howvever in the end, Inniskeen’s strength and experience was evident and judging by their performance, they will take some beating.
Latton V Donaghmoyne B
Latton booked their place in the final with a hard fought victory over Donaghmoyne B.
It was Donaghmoyne who opened the scoring with 2 points in succession from Sandra Mc Connell. Maria Lavelle responded for Latton with a point after 5 minutes and then a goal from Diane Dempsey put Latton in the lead for the first time. Maria Lavelle added another point for Latton before Sandra Mc Connell pulled one back for Donaghmoyne. Two points in succession by the very impressive Lisa Dempsey and a point from a free from Diane Dempsey stretched Latton’s lead further. However Donaghmoyne finished the stronger in the half with 4 quick points in the final 5 minutes of the half, 2 from Megan Mc Geough and one each from Karen Hall and Sandra Mc Connell put just a point between the teams , but a free from Diane Dempsey right on the stroke of half time put Latton in the lead by 2 points at the break.
Half time score Latton 1-6 Donaghmoyne 0-7
The second half was a very close and tough encounter with both teams serving up some great football. Siobhan and Bernie Duffy were excellent for Latton. There were 13 minutes of the half gone before the first score was registered and once again it was the accuracy of Diane Dempsey in converting a free that got Latton off the mark. This was quickly followed by a point by the hard working Lavina Connolly. Breda Finnegan pulled one back for Donaghmoyne but that was all they could manage in what was a low scoring second half. Diane Dempsey added 2 more points for Latton in the final few minutes to ensure victory for the Latton girls.
Final score Latton 1-10 Donaghmoyne 0-8
Latton now meet Inniskeen in the junior championship final. Unfortunately for them Aisling Mc Cabe had to come off due to an injury and looks doubtful for the final but we wish her a speedy recovery. Donaghmoyne had a very good campaign in the junior and with their seniors already in the final it will now be full concentration on the senior final for them.
Aghabog 4-11 Magheracloone 3-10
Aghabog booked their place in the Intermediate final with an impressive win over Magheracloone in what was an excellent game of football by both teams. The first half was a very closely fought contest with Ellen Mc Carron having an excellent game scoring 1-2 in the opening half. On the Magheracloone side Niamh Kindlon showed her experience scoring 4 points and Leanne Kirke was posing a big threat up front scoring 2 goals. Fabiana O Callaghan was causing problems on the other end scoring 1-1 for Aghabog. At the end of the half both sides were all square with the scoreline
Aghabog 2-6 Magheracloone 2-6.
It was all to play for in the second half with Magheracloone’s Aine Mc Grane opening the scoring. Niamh Kindlon increased Magheracloones lead with a point from a free. Flavia O Callaghan and Laura hit one a piece to square matters up once again . Then came the first goal of the second half. Excellent defending by Aghabog’s Aoife Leonard saw Aghabog break away with Ellen Mc Carron finding the back of the net. Fabianna O Callaghan added what was an excellent point to put Aghabog 2 in front. Magheracloone were quick to respond with the dangerous Leanne Kirk scoring a great goal . It was end to end action now. A free kick for Aghabog rebounded off the crossbar. Rachel Boylan was quickest to react and fired to the back of the net to increase Aghabog’s lead once again to 4 points. Christine Reilly was pushing forward but Great defending from Aghabog denied Magheracloone that all important goal . A point from Niamh Kindlon left just a goal between the teams with just a few minutes on the clock remaining. 2 excellent points from Rachel Boylan and Flavia O Callaghan sealed the victory for Aghabog before the Christine Reilly scored the final score of the evening for Magheracloone.
Final Score Aghabog 4-11 Magheracloone 3-10
Monaghan Harps 3-11 Corduff 2-5
Monaghan Harps join Aghabog in the Intermediate final after beating Corduff. The first half was a very closely contested game with only a point separating both teams at half time.
Half time score Monaghan Harps 1-5 Corduff 2-1
The second half saw Monaghan Harps take control and in the end they went on to win with the final scoreline Monaghan Harps 3-13 Corduff 2-5
Muireann O Rourke 1-1
Eimear O Rourke 1-1
Stephanie keenan 1-0
Sinead Maguire 0-4
Orla Callan 0-4
Niamh Maguire 0-1
Una Rooney 0-1
Emer O Connell 0-1
Emma Byrne 2-1
Laura Mc Eneaney 0-3
Colleen Callan 0-1
All finalists have now been decided. Finals are scheduled to be played on the first weekend of September. This however will depend on the progress of the Senior county girls if they reach the All Ireland semi finals. If county team reach the All Ireland semi finals and their game is on the first weekend of September, the finals will then be played on 22nd, 23rd or 24th August.
Senior Donaghmoyne V Emyvale
Intermediate Aghabog V Monaghan Harps
Junior Inniskeen V Latton
All Ireland U15 A semi final
Monaghan V Kerry – Sunday 14th August in Birr Co Offaly @ 3.00pm
All Ireland U16 A shield semi final
Cork V Tyrone – Sunday 14th August in Birr Co Offaly @ 1.30pm
MINOR – Thursday 18th August @ 7.30pm
Truagh V Donaghmoyne
Scotstown V O Neills
Monaghan Harps bye
Aghabog V Carrickmacross
Seans V Magheracloone
Latton V Emyvale
Inniskeen V St Brigids
Aughnamullen V Eire Og
Senior championship final
Donaghmoyne V Emyvale – Sunday 4th September or Tuesday 23rd August
Intermediate championship final
Aghabog V Monaghan Harps – Saturday 3rd September or Wednesday 24th August
Junior Championship final
Inniskeen V Latton – Friday 2nd September or Thursday 25th August
Rd 1 Carrickmacross V Killanny – Friday 19th August
Rd 2 Doohamlet V losers of the above – Friday 26th August
Development championship final
Winners of Round 1 V Winners Round 2 – Sunday 4th September – curtain raiser to senior county final if being played on 4th.
Summer Reserve League Section 1
Aghabog V Monaghan Harps – Saturday 13th August @ 7pm
Emyvale V Donaghmoyne – Sunday 14th August @ 12.30pm
Magheracloone V Truagh – Sunday 14th August @ 12.30pm
Magheracloone V Monaghan Harps – Sunday 21st August @12.30pm
Emyvale V Aghabog – Sunday 21st August @12.30pm
Donaghmoyne V Truagh – Sunday 21st August @12.30pm
If championship finals are being played on 23rd/24th/25th these games on 21st will not go ahead
Summer league Section 2 – Sunday 14th August @ 12.30pm
Seans v Aughnamullen
Doohamlet V Carrickmacross
Corduff V Killanny
Section 2 – Sunday 21st August @ 3pm
Aughnamullen V Doohamlet –
Carrickmacross V Killanny
Seans V Corduff
Senior League Division 1
Truagh A V Emyvale A – Friday 9th September @7pm
Monaghan Harps V Donaghmoyne B – 9th/10th/11th September
Aghabog V Magheracloone – 9th/10th.11th September
Emyvale B V Corduff – Saturday September 10th
Saturday 13th August @ 12.30pm
Tyholland V Seans
Killevan V Eire Og
Aghabog V Doohamlet
Killanny V Corduff
St Brigids V Latton
Just to congratulate our own referee Paul Swift who has been selected to referee at the North American championships in San Francisco. He heads out on the 31st August and returns on 6th September. Michael John O Keefe from Cork is also going. This weekend Paul is also refereeing the All Ireland U16 semi final between Rosscommon and Kildare. On behalf of the county board we congratulate Paul and wish him the very best of luck.