Castleblayney completed a Monaghan Senior Hurling double when they beat Truagh by 3-12 to 1-10 in the Silver Hill Foods SHL Final on Saturday – a perfect warm-up for next Sunday’s Ulster IHC decider.
Killanny came out on top in a low-scoring Maguire Transport Minor Football Championship Division Two Final against Magheracloone on Saturday. Having lost the league final to Rock Sarsfields, Killanny made no mistake this time, restricting Magheracloone to just a point in the second half of a 0-8 to 0-5 win.
Latton are now just one win away from a first-ever senior double after they edged past hosts Ballybay by (you’ve guessed it) one point in the Drumlin Group of Credit Unions Senior Football League on Sunday. Having led by six points at half-time, Latton were almost caught out down the home straight, but Kieran Duffy kicked the winner in the last minute to make it 0-10 to 0-9.
The semi-final pairings have been decided in the Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League after the final round was played on Saturday, with Carrickmacross set to host Rockcorry and Currin having home advantage against Corduff in the last four. Carrick and Currin both lost on Saturday – against Tyholland and Éire Óg respectively – but they were already guaranteed to finish in the top four. Third-placed Corduff had a comprehensive win away to Drumhowan, while Rockcorry beat Donaghmoyne to secure fourth place. Aughnamullen’s intermediate status is now safe after they battled their way to the narrowest of wins away to Seán McDermotts, confirming Éire Óg’s relegation along with Drumhowan. There is still a game between Éire Óg and Aughnamullen to be refixed, but it no longer has any effect on the battle to avoid the drop.
JFC finalists Cremartin and Clones will do battle once again in the Gerry’s Takeaway Junior Football League Final after they both won by narrow margins away from home in Sunday’s semi-finals. Cremartin held off a late comeback from Emyvale to battle through by 0-12 to 1-8, while Clones hit six unanswered points with the wind at their backs in the second half to win by 0-8 to 0-6 against Toome, who will still be promoted if Cremartin complete the double as they finished top of the league.
Aughnamullen and Killeevan drew in the Platinum Tanks Reserve Football League Division Three Final on Sunday. Truagh will have the opportunity to make up for their O’Duffy Cup Final defeat by winning the RFL Division One after they saw off Clontibret in the first semi-final on Sunday. They will play either championship winners Castleblayney or Scotstown in the final. Tyholland squeezed past Corduff to book their place in the RFL Division Two Final against Ballybay, while Castleblayney will play neighbours Blackhill in the RFL Division Four decider after the Faughs defeated Aghabog in extra-time in Sunday’s semi-final.
Two Monaghan ladies clubs qualified for Ulster finals this weekend. Inniskeen had a comfortable 3-10 to 1-3 win at home to Cloughaneely of Donegal in the junior semi-final on Saturday, while Donaghmoyne advancaed to another senior decider at the expense of Armagh side Clann Éireann on Sunday, when they recovered from a slow start to win by 1-14 to 1-4.
Latton and Carrickmacross now know their opponents in the men’s Ulster Club championships. Latton will face Donegal champions Glenswilly, who stole a dramatic win against Cavan Gaels in the SFC preliminary-round on Sunday, while Kildress won the Tyrone IFC Final to set up an Ulster first-round meeting with Carrick.