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Scotstown Notes

September 27th, 2011

Seniors: The seniors beat  Magheracloone in the semi-final of the championship last Friday  in Inniskeen under lights on a score line 2-6 to 0-12 to reach only our second county final in the last 19 years. Scotstown played with the wind but were forced to play second fiddle to a determined Magheracloone side who dictated terms for the most part and were unlucky not to be ahead at the short whistle. After Shane Duffy’s early point the blues took the lead with a Darren Hughes penalty and two further points is all they had to show for their first half’s effort’s and the dismissal of David Mc Cague before half time left blues supporters wondering if it was going to be a case of so near but yet so far once again. But Scotstown regrouped and with the arrival of Darren to the middle of the field gradually reduced Magheracloone’s influence. They still continued to lead however but each time the deficit was reduced or wiped out before Kieran Hughes struck for the decisive score to put Scotstown ahead entering the final ten minutes. Magheracloone reduced the deficit to the minimum once more before two points by substitute Stephen Sherry kept us in front and in the end a one point victory keeps us on target for the Holy Grail where Latton now await on the 9th of October. But before that the seniors play Latton (yes I didn’t believe it either) in the last round of the league on Saturday away at 5-30pm. Don’t expect any fireworks though as the match is totally irrelevant and has no bearing on anything or to anyone except the fixtures committee. No doubt both sets of management will treat the fixture with the respect it deserves.
U14s: Our U 14 Division one side booked a spot in the league final when they eased past a strong and well-fancied Sean McDermott’s team in Threemilehouse last Saturday morning. Playing against a strong breeze in the 1st quarter, Scotstown took the fight to the hosts from the start, but it was 6 mins before Ruairi McKenna rose highest in a crowded goalmouth to punch over the bar. Seans came back strongly and 3 unanswered points saw them end Q1 leading by 03-01. Scotstown introduced Leonard McDermott at the start of the 2nd in place of Brian Treanor with immediate effect. 2 points in the first 3 minutes from Lenny, followed by a goal from the same player on 5 mins, and Seans were reeling; they were forced to bring Aiden Ward to midfield so Niall Kierans could pick up Lenny. However, Scotstown scored their 2nd goal on 6 mins when Ruairi McKenna finished to the net after great work from Oisin Sherlock. The Seans switches couldn’t stem the tide however, and further points from Shane McMahon, Jamie McCarey, Adrian Grew and Leonard again saw Scotstown end the first half leading by 2-7 to 0-3. The 3rd quarter was always going to be the vital one, and so it proved. Seans pegged back 3 points in the first 6 mins, and when they added a goal after 8 mins you sensed that a comeback was on the cards. However, points from Jamie McCarey in the 9th min and a pointed 45 from Shane McMahon in the 10th min reasserted the Scotstown lads’ belief in themselves. Although Seans added 2 further points before the end of the quarter, you could sense that it was going to be Scotstown’s day. In fact these turned out to be the last Seans scores, to leave the score 2-9 to 1-8 for Scotstown.Q4 saw Scotstown come out with all guns blazing again, and Ruairi McKenna had a simple tap in for a goal after a great save by keeper Dylan McNally. 2 further points from Lenny, then great tackling from Adrian Grew forced McNally to over carry the ball. Jamie McCarey stroked over the free, and Adrian wrapped up the scoring in the 11th min.This was a fine display of team work and unselfish running and movement off the ball, against a very strong Seans team which included 5 or 6 members of the current Development squad. Keeper Fintan Sherlock pulled off 2 great saves, was calm under the high ball and found his own team with almost every kick out. In front of him, Ben McDevitt and Rory McCarthy both had their hands full with Ward and Adam O’Driscoll, but both eventually came out on top and won their own battles. The half back line of Lorcan Murray, James Sherry and Caolan McKenna were immensely effective, both in defence and attack. The midfield pair of Killian Murphy and Shane McMahon started slowly but finished very strongly, so much so that McDermott’s tried several different pairings to try to get a foothold in the middle. In the forward line, Brian Treanor had a good first quarter, and was a little unlucky to make way for Leonard; Adrian Grew had probably his best game of the season so far, while Jamie McCarey popped up everywhere to try and get on the ball or help out in defence. His 40 yard weak foot pass to Lenny for his last point was probably the pass of the game. Oisin Sherlock and Ruairi McKenna ran themselves into the ground, either to get on the ball themselves or make space for others, even though Oisin didn’t score his contribution was enormous. Leonard McDermott caused panic in Seans’ defence every time he got on the ball and won numerous frees for his team. One measure of the work rate and tackling right through the team is the fact that Seans didn’t manage to score at all in the 2nd and 4th quarters when playing against the breeze, another is the fact that you could pick out at least 10 man-of-the-match displays, and nobody could argue with any of the choices. The final of this competition is next Saturday, 1st October versus Donaghmoyne, in Clontibret at 2:45. Please do your best to come along and support these boys, the football they are playing at the moment is wonderful to see.

U14 Div 3: The Div 3 team have also reached the final of their competition and play Currin in Clontibret on Saturday at 12 noon.

UPCOMING BLITZES:On Friday 7th October @ 7:30 pm in Cloghan the U13 Friday Night Football  Under Lights will take place. On Friday 14th October @ 7:30 pm in Cloghan the U15 Friday Night Football Under Lights will take place.
UPCOMING COACHING COURSES: Coaching Workshop targeting U-6 to U-10 coaches. 11th October 7-30 – 9pm. Venue: Our Lady’s Secondary School Blayney
Delivered by Terence Mac Williams
Foundation Course: Friday 21st 7-10pm & Saturday 22nd October 9-30am – 3pm. Venue: T.B.C. (To be confirmed)
Level 1 Children: Fri 14th, Sat 15th &  Fri 21st, Sat 22nd October. Venue: T.B.C.
Level 1 Youth and Adult: 4th & 5th October, 7-10pm and 11th &12th October. Venue T.B.C.
Anyone interested in these can contact John Meehan 087-9081867 or Paul O’Connor 086-8374827
Goalkeeping course: There is a goalkeeping course running from 22nd October to February every 2nd Saturday in Clontibret for U12s and U14s at 11am to 12md and U15s to minor at 12-30 to 1-30 pm. Anyone interested contact John Meehan.

Boot camp: The Bell Brothers Boot camp continues in Kilmore Football Field Scotstown every Wednesday @ 7.30pm .A great outdoor group exercise class that mixes bodyweight exercises with Interval Training and Strength Training. Six week course €35 or €7 per Class. For Details contact Michael 0863271173 or Seamus 0870970517
September Ciste:

€700 Brigid Corr, Derryarritt, Scotstown

€300 Ben Mc Crudden, Tydavnet.

€100 Yvonne Mc Cague, Kilymarron.

€100 Bary Cassidy, c/o Michael Caulfield.

€100 Kevin Clerkin, Clones Road, Monaghan.

€100 Paul Deery, Killycarnan.

€100 Noel Harraghy, Miltown, Monaghan.

€100 Ann Kerley, Scotstown.

Sellers Prize

€30 Brendan Mohan

€30 Peader Sherry

Next Draw Saturday 29th October 2011

Co Final Programme: Anyone wishing to take out an ad in the Co Final programme please contact any committee member by this weekend.  Also if anyone wants to make a contribution or be associated with the team on co final day you are most welcome to do so and all contributions will be acknowledged in the programme.

Get well soon: Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Daniel Mc Nally who had his appendix removed at the weekend.

Complex Booking: The Sports Complex is now available for any type of events. The Gym is available for any sporting activity. It is important that you book the complex in advance or check that the facilities are available. Authur King is our contact person to arrange to arrange booking of the facilities and his mobile number is (086) 8516944
Bar Rota: Frank Mc Kenna and Matt  Mc Crudden.
Shop: Kilmore shop is open on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 pm. With a county final on the horizon this is your chance to get your club merchandise and support your team.
Ladies

Senior League: Training continues every Tuesday and Saturday mornings. As we are sitting nicely at the top of the league a final spot is in sight. We need to keep up the effort at training as our last league match against Aghabog is coming this will be good in preparing us for the final.

U16: Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday it is important that everyone puts in the effort to attend. Replay of final against Donaghmoyne is fixed provisionally this Sunday the 2nd of October in Cremartin. See official fixtures for confirmation, good luck and best wishes to Sean, Martin, Lisa and the girls.

U14: Will play the U14 Championship Final in the next two weeks, full attendance at training is vital prior to this match.


Hard luck: To Edel Corrigan and the rest of the Monaghan Team  on their narrow defeat to Cork in the ALL Ireland Final.

Wishing a speedy recovery: To Casey Treanor who picked up a serious knee injury last week.

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