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Monaghan Harps notes (September 20)

September 20th, 2011

Harps Under-16 championship finalists


Friday, September 23: Under-14 FL Division Five Semi-Final v Emyvale (Away) at 7.30pm

Saturday, September 24: MFL Division Three Final: Clones v Donaghmoyne at Gavan Duffy Park at 2pm

SHL Semi-Final v Castleblayney (Away) at 5pm

Monaghan Harps Lotto: Numbers 4, 10, 18 and 27. Jackpot of €2,650 not won. Residual prizes: €100 Mark McCaughey c/o Ladies Club; €40 Aoife Finlay c/o Joe Finlay (Hurling Club); €40 Gráinne McKenna c/o Maria McKenna; €40 Patricia O’Sullivan c/o Brian O’Sullivan (HC). Jackpot for Sunday, September 25 is €2,800. Lotto draw takes place in the clubhouse every Sunday night. All welcome.


U-16: Our Under-16s went so close to winning the championship, but fell just short against Scotstown in the final last Saturday after beating Truagh in the semi-finals last Tuesday. The semi-final in Emyvale saw our lads start well with a goal by Fearghal McMahon and points from Kevin Loughran and Evan Morahan, only to fall six points down with half-time approaching. They showed great character, however, to take the lead (3-4 to 2-5) with a late burst of 2-2 – the goals from Jason McHugh and Kevin and both points by Fearghal. Points by Fearghal (three), Jason and Kevin kept the Harps in control throughout the second half, before Jason completed his hat-trick with a brace of goals in the last eight minutes to make the final score 5-9 to 2-9.

Team and scorers: Christopher McGonnell; Conor Burns, Donal McCarthy, Ciarán McQuaid; Jamie Cassidy, Niall Treanor, Tiarnán Bramley; Turlough Clerkin, Kevin Loughran (1-2); Francis Lynch (Capt.), Jason McHugh (3-1), Mustafa Gamal; Mark Hetherington, Fearghal McMahon (1-5, 0-1f), Evan Morahan (0-1).

Subs: Ahmed Gamal for Hetherington, James McKenna for Clerkin (inj.), Pauric Coyle for Bramley.

The final in Smithborough was a nip-and-tuck affair, with neither side ever able to put any distance between themselves and the opposition on the scoreboard. Our lads twice led by two in the first half, thanks to three points by Fearghal McMahon and one from Francis Lynch, but just a point separated the teams at the interval: 0-4 to 0-3. Another brace of frees by Fearghal kept us ahead and even after Scotstown had drawn level, Jason McHugh regained our lead, but a goal from a penalty proved to be the difference. Fearghal hot his sixth point of the game in injury-time, but Scotstown held on to win by 1-8 to 0-8. We wish our own Conor Burns and the two injured Scotstown players speedy recoveries. Well done and thanks to our panel and their management team of Brian Lenehan, Michael Buckley, Seán Morahan and Frank Cassidy for a great effort all year.

Christopher McGonnell; Conor Burns, Niall Treanor, Ciarán McQuaid; Jamie Cassidy, Mustafa Gamal, Tiarnán Bramley; Turlough Clerkin, Kevin Loughran; Donal McCarthy, Jason McHugh (0-1), Francis Lynch (Capt., 0-1); Mark Hetherington, Fearghal McMahon (0-6f), Evan Morahan.

Subs: Ahmed Gamal for Hetherington.

SFL: The seniors had a comfortable win at home to an understrength Ballybay team last Saturday. Our lads hit the first eight points through Donal Hahessy (three), two each from Emmett McArdle and Conor Galligan and one from Liam Hahessy, who then added two goals in the space of a minute. Further points by Neil McAdam and Liam made it 2-10 to 1-1 at half-time and Donal hit the first point of the second half before cracking home our third goal. Late points by Liam and Stephen Driver made the final score 3-13 to 1-3. Our last SFL game is away to Inniskeen on October 1.

Team and scorers: Mark Hughes; Niall Hahessy, Stephen Driver (0-1), Conn O’Hanlon; Fionntán Cassidy, Conor Galligan (0-2), Gareth Treanor; Neil McAdam (Capt., 0-1, ’45), Philip Drohan; Gary White, Nicholas Treanor, Paul Kelly; Donal Hahessy (1-4, 0-2f), Emmett McArdle (0-2), Liam Hahessy (2-3).

Subs: Ronan McGann for Drohan.


U-14: The Under-14 Division One team lost their play-off against Carrickmacross in Clontibret last Saturday on a scoreline of 4-14 to 1-10. Carrick won an evenly-matched first quarter by 0-4 to 0-2, with Reece Treanor and Shane McMahon on target for our lads. The second quarter was when the damage was done, as Carrick hit a succession of scores, including two goals, to pull well clear. We fell further adrift in the third quarter despite points from John Mulligan and Shane McMahon, although the Harps did finish well by scoring 1-6 in the final quarter to put a better look on the score. The goal came from Remy McKenna, while the points were scored by Shane (three), Reece (two) and Dylan McKenna. The Division One team now go into the shield.

Team and scorers: Jack Deery; Aaron Woods, Aiden Burns; Shane McKenna, Ruairí Forde, Adam Treanor; John Mulligan (0-1f), Darragh Hannon; David Lowry, Shane McMahon (0-5, 2f), Remy McKenna (1-0); Reece Treanor (0-3, 1 ’45), Conor Duffy.

Subs used: Dylan McKenna (0-1), Paul Peppard, Evan Cudden, James Owens, Conan Fowler.

The Division Five team play their league semi-final away to Emyvale this Friday evening under lights at 7.30 – please note change of date. Good luck to Brendan Burns and co.


SHL: The senior hurlers are away to Castleblayney in the league semi-finals this Saturday for a 5pm throw-in.


MFL Final: We host the Minor Football League Division Three Final between Clones and Donaghmoyne this Saturday at 2pm. All help with stewarding is very welcome and we ask that stewards be at Gavan Duffy Park from 1pm.


Sponsored walk: The Saturday-morning coaching finishes up with the traditional sponsored walk this Saturday. Hugh Coyle will wave off the participants at 11.30am sharp, so be there on time! Good luck to all involved.

RFL: We were due to play Latton in our final RFL Division One game this Sunday, but it will now be played on Sunday week (October 2).


O-35: The Truagh recreational tournament shield final against Keady was postponed again last Sunday, so watch out on our website and twitter page for details of the re-fixture.


Good luck: To the Monaghan senior ladies in Sunday’s All-Ireland final against Cork at Croke Park. Tickets for the game are on sale in the Hillgrove Hotel tonight (Tuesday) from 7.30-9.30.

Poker Classic: The countdown is on to the club’s fundraising Poker Classic, which takes place in the clubhouse at Gavan Duffy Park on Friday, October 7. Our poker classic is always a good night and there will be a substantial prize-fund of €2,000. Tickets are on sale now – contact any senior player or committee member. The club will also be hosting a ‘Mr. and Mrs.’ night on November 12. Please keep an eye on the club notes and website for more information in the run-up to both events.

Meeting: There will be a fundraising meeting in the clubhouse tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8pm.

All-Ireland: The All-Ireland final ticket draw was won by Donal Sherry.

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