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Monaghan Harps notes (April 17)

April 17th, 2012

Fixtures: Tuesday, April 17: MFL Division One v Clontibret (Home) at 7.15pm

Wednesday, April 18: RFL Division One v Latton (Away) at 7.15pm

Thursday, April 19: Development HL v Truagh (Away) at 7.15pm

Friday, April 20: RFL Division Four v Toome (Home) at 7.15pm

Saturday, April 21: SFL v Truagh (Away) at 7pm; Under-14 FL Division Five v Emyvale (Away) at 12pm; Under-14 FL Division Five v Emyvale (A) at 1.15pm; Táin Hurling League Division 3 Play-Offs: Lisnaskea v Warrenpoint at Gavan Duffy Park at 2pm

Sunday, April 22: MHL Truagh Harps v Castleblayney (Away) at 12pm

Monday, April 23: Under-14 HL v Castleblayney (Home) at 7pm

Tuesday, April 24: MFL Division One v Carrickmacross (Away) at 7.15pm

Wednesday, April 25: SFL v Currin (Home) at 7.30pm


Monaghan Harps Lotto: Numbers 11, 14, 19 and 26. Jackpot of €4,750 not won. Residual prizes: €100 Séamus Clinton c/o Paddy Donnelly; €40: Benny McAree c/o Hurling Club; €40: Majella McKenna c/o Monica Connolly; €40: Gussie Hughes c/o Philomena Hughes. Jackpot for Sunday, April 22 is €4,900 and Paudge and Monica Connolly are on duty. Lotto draw takes place in the clubhouse every Sunday night. All welcome.


Seniors: The senior footballers got off to a good start in the league with a 0-10 each draw away to Scotstown last Wednesday and a 0-12 to 1-5 win at home to Latton on Sunday. We made a bright start in Scotstown with two points from play by Shane Smyth and a free by Neil McAdam but Scotstown scored the next four points. Donal Hahessy replied from a free, but Scotstown led by 0-5 to 0-4 at half-time. The hosts added five of the first six points of the second half – our only reply coming from Donal – but the Harps got the last five points to turn the game. Donal kicked four of those scores – three from frees, including the equaliser – while Gary White got the other.

Team and scorers: Mark Hughes; Paddy Connolly, David Hughes, Paul Rushe; Shane Coyle, Conor Galligan, Gareth Treanor; Peter Coyle, Gary White (0-1); Emmett McArdle, Neil McAdam (Capt., 0-1f), Nicholas Scott; Nicholas Treanor, Shane Smyth (0-2), Donal Hahessy (0-6, 4f).

Subs: Liam Hahessy for N Treanor (inj.), David Loughran for Scott.

County champions Latton were the visitors for our first home league game of the year on Sunday. After falling behind for what would be the only time in the game, our lads came back with points from Gary White, Shane Smyth and Donal Hahessy (two) to lead by 0-4 to 0-2 at half-time. Shane Coyle, Paddy Connolly, Smyth and another brace from Donal kept the Harps on the front foot in the second half. Liam Hahessy, David Loughran and Neil McAdam all added their names to the scoresheet in the last ten minutes, meaning that a late Latton goal wasn’t enough to deny the Harps a deserved victory on a day when the lads defended very well.

Team and scorers: Conall McKenna; Paul Rushe, Stephen Driver, Niall Hahessy; Gareth Treanor, Conor Galligan, David Hughes; Peter Coyle, Neil McAdam (Capt., 0-1); Gary White (0-1), Donal Hahessy (0-4, 2f), Shane Coyle (0-1); David Loughran (0-1), Shane Smyth (0-2), Paul Kelly.

Subs: Liam Hahessy (0-1) for Kelly, Paddy Connolly (0-1) for Driver (inj.), Nicholas Scott for N Hahessy (inj.).

The seniors are away to Truagh on Saturday at 7pm and at home to Currin on Wednesday evening at 7.30.


Reserves: The Crawley Cup team fell to a 1-10 to 1-8 defeat in Truagh on Saturday evening. Donal Cuddy, Niall Greenan and goal-scorer Robbie Moyna hit some good scores, but we were made to pay for a slow start, some poor finishing and the concession of a soft goal.

Team: Jimmy Croarkin; Fionntán Cassidy, Niall Brannigan, Niall Greenan; Séamus Brannigan (Capt.), Johnny Sherry, Donal Cuddy; John McCoy, Robbie Moyna; Pat Murphy, Mark Mulhall, Colm Shalvey; Dermot Brannigan, Adam Cullen, Finnian McKenna.

The O’Duffy Cup team have an away game against Latton in the RFL Division One tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 7.15 and the Crawley Cup team are at home to Toome in the RFL Division Four on Friday. Both teams will start their championship campaigns in the next few weeks.


Minors: The minor footballers got their first win of the league campaign in Killanny last Tuesday and they host Clontibret this evening (Tuesday) at 7.15pm. Next week’s game is away to Carrickmacross.


U-16: The Under-16 footballers fell to a heavy defeat against a strong Killanny team in their first league game last Tuesday. The next game is at home to Scotstown on April 26.


U-14: Both Under-14 football teams have away games against Emyvale in the league this Saturday. The Division Five team’s first competitive game of the year throws in at 12pm, followed by the Division One match at 1.15.


U-12: Both of our Under-12 teams took on Scotstown in the second round of the spring leagues at Gavan Duffy Park last Saturday. The second team got the day off to a positive start with a good win. Hubert, Ógie Duffy and Josh Maguire led the scoring as the Harps kicked some impressive points. Team: Daniel, Andrew, Justas, Hubert, Luke C, Ógie, Ethan, Kelvin, David, Josh, Killian, Oisín, Ryan, Orin, Jamie, Tiernan, Luke.

The first team lost out despite a battling performance. Some good scores by Oisín Power, Conor McCrystal and Lorcan O’Rourke kept our lads in the game throughout, but Scotstown were always just that bit out of reach. Shane McCabe came on to kick some good scores. Team: Dáire, Colin, Killian C, Stephen, Dylan, Seán, Conor, Killian McA, Corey, Lorcan, Oisín, Shane, Adam, Nealis.


Good luck: To Colin McAree, Michael Galligan and the county minor footballers, who play Derry in the Ulster MFL semi-finals in Scotstown this Saturday at 12 noon.


Ladies Club celebrations: Best of luck to the Harps Ladies Club, who are celebrating their 21st birthday in the Hillgrove Hotel this Saturday night (April 21). Tickets cost €21 and are available from ladies committee members.


Pitches: We would like to ask all club members, managers and players to remember to take good care of the pitches now that they are in high demand. Team managers are asked to note that the floodlights should not be used between May 1 and September 1 to make use of the extra daylight and that pitch bookings must go through Jimmy Croarkin at 087 1249635.


Referees/Umpires: Anyone interested in helping our club referee Hugh McKenna by umpiring at club matches is asked to contact Hugh or any committee member.


Aido file: Congratulations to our Under-14 hurlers who won their first round of the championship on Monday past. Remy McKenna was inspirational in goals, making numerous saves in the first half to keep us in the game. Cathal Power and Ben Kearns-Flynn were outstanding in their contributions to our outfield efforts as our men pushed for the win! Best of luck in the next round lads.


Sympathy: At last Thursday’s club meeting, a vote of sympathy was passed to the family of the late Teresa McCrudden.


Talk Sport for Shauna: A sports talk night will take place in the Hillgrove Hotel on Sunday, May 6, featuring top personalities in various codes. This event is to raise badly-needed funds for the treatment of a Scotstown girl, Shauna McPhillips, who has Rett syndrome. For more information, contact Peadar McMahon at 086 0443300. We need stewards from the club on the night, so please contact any committee member if you are available.


Gaeltacht scholarships: Interviews for Gaeltacht Scholarships will take place in the Enterprise Centre, Castleblayney this Saturday, April 21, beginning at 10am. These are half scholarships and are available for students in the 14-to-17 age bracket. There is no need to book in advance, if you need further information email:


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