Monaghan’s county teams had mixed fortunes over the weekend, as the senior men’s football side fell to a disappointing defeat in Derry in the Allianz NFL Division Two on Saturday evening, but the ladies continued their good form in the Bord Gáis NFL Division One with a comprehensive win away to Donegal on Sunday. Cathriona McConnell and Ciara McAnespie scored two goals each and Caoimhe Mohan also found the net once again as Monaghan cruised to a 5-16 to 1-5 victory which leaves them nicely poised with three wins to their name. The Under-21 footballers had been beaten by Tyrone by 3-11 to 1-11 in the Shamrock Cup Final last Wednesday.
Castleblayney are through to the semi-finals of the Quinn’s Corner Ulster Club Senior Football League after they completed their Group C campaign unbeaten thanks to a win over Tyrone side Moortown on Saturday. They will travel to Killybegs next Saturday (March 10).
Carrickmacross got the weekend off to a good start for Monaghan sides in the Táin Club Hurling League when they beat Leitrim’s Ballinamore on Friday night in Division 5A, but Castleblayney lost to Ballybofey outfit Seán Mac Cumhaills in Division 3B on Saturday and Truagh were also beaten by Carryduff from Down in Division 5B.
Domestic action for 2012 started over the weekend and it was the reserves of county champions Latton who were the first team to take points as they had a narrow win away to Magheracloone in the Platinum Tanks Reserve Football League Division One on Saturday. Scotstown and Clontibret got the better of Monaghan Harps and Tyholland respectively on Sunday.
There were wins for Corduff and Doohamlet at the expense of Ballybay and Donaghmoyne respectively in Division Two, while there were also draws between Cremartin and Drumhowan as well as Carrickmacross and Killeevan. Castleblayney and Oram won away to Rockcorry and Truagh in Division Three, while Clones and Toome made home advantage count against Blackhill and Emyvale respectively in Division Four.