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Monaghan Harps notes (April 24)

April 24th, 2012

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

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

Thursday, April 26: Under-16 FL Division One v Scotstown (Home) at 7pm; Development HL v Clontibret (Home) at 7.30pm

Friday, April 27: Crawley Cup v Éire Óg (Home) at 7.15pm

Saturday, April 28: Under-12 Spring League Zone A v Truagh (Away) at 12pm; Zone B v Tyholland (A) at 12pm

Sunday, April 29: SFL v Ballybay (Away) at 2pm; MHL Truagh Harps v Emmet Grattans at 12pm

Monday, April 20: Under-14 HC v Truagh (Away) at 7pm

Tuesday, May 1: MFL Division One v Scotstown (Away) at 7.30pm

Wednesday, May 2: SFL v Carrickmacross (Home) at 7.30pm


Monaghan Harps Lotto: Numbers 4, 17, 26 and 27. Jackpot of €4,900 not won. Residual prizes: €100 Harry McAree c/o Paddy Donnelly; €40 Kathleen Boyle c/o Seán Boyle; €40 Allison Treanor c/o Ladies Club; €40 Brendan Brogan c/o Mick Farrell. Jackpot for Sunday, April 29 is €5,050 and Noel Hennessy and Rose Hughes are on duty. Lotto draw takes place in the clubhouse every Sunday night. All welcome. Our next date to sell Lotto tickets in the shopping centre is this Saturday, so contact Maria McKenna at 086 1057725 if you are available to help.


Seniors: The seniors fell to their first league defeat of the year away to Truagh last Saturday. A slow start allowed Truagh to move into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead, with Neil McAdam getting our only score of the first 20 minutes. A Gareth Treanor point was closely followed by a goal for Truagh, but Liam Hahessy fired home at the end of a superb solo run to get our first goal of the league. Our only score in the rest of the first half was a Donal Hahessy free and Truagh moved into a 2-7 to 1-3 by half-time. Points by Liam Hahessy and Shane Smyth kept us in touch early in the second half and Emmett McArdle cracked in our second goal to close the gap. Further points from Shane Smyth (two), Neil McAdam (’45) and Donal Hahessy (free) took our lads to within two, but Truagh did enough to win it by 2-12 to 2-9.

Team and scorers: Mark Hughes; Niall Hahessy, Conor Galligan, Paul Rushe; Gareth Treanor (0-1), Neil McAdam (Capt., 0-2, 1f, 1 ’45), Shane Coyle; Gary White, Peter Coyle; Paddy Connolly, Donal Hahessy (0-2f), Nicholas Scott; David Loughran, Shane Smyth (0-3), Liam Hahessy (1-1).

Subs: Emmett McArdle (1-0) for Loughran (34 mins), Nicholas Treanor for Scott (58).

The seniors host Currin tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 7.30, before travelling to Ballybay on Sunday at 2pm and hosting Carrickmacross next Wednesday at 7.30.


Reserves: The O’Duffy Cup team drew away to Latton last Wednesday (1-9 to 0-12). We made a good start with points from Gary White and Liam Hahessy, but we lost our way and ended up trailing by 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time. Our deficit increased to five at one stage in the second half, but scores by David Loughran, Gary and Liam kept us in touch. Gary White sent a perfectly-placed shot into the bottom corner of the net to put us a point up inside injury-time, but Latton equalised with almost the last kick of the ball, so we had to settle for a share of the spoils. We are one of four teams sharing the lead in the RFL Division One. Our next game is away to Doohamlet in the O’Duffy Cup championship on Friday, May 4.

Team and scorers: Conall McKenna; Niall Greenan, Niall McKenna, Conor Devlin; Paddy Kelly, Gareth Treanor, Pat Murphy; Gary White (Capt., 1-4, 0-3f), Robbie Moyna; Gary Murray, Paul Rushe, Donal Cuddy; David Loughran (0-1), Paul Kelly, Liam Hahessy (0-4, 3f).

Subs: Mark Mulhall for Cuddy, Fionntán Cassidy for Murphy (inj.), John McCoy for Murray.

The Crawley Cup team got off the mark in the RFL Division Four with a much-improved performance at home to Toome last Friday. A brace of goals by Mark Mulhall and some good points from Colm Reilly and Lorcan McAdam (who were both making their first appearances of the season) and Niall Greenan helped us to a 2-9 to 1-7 win.

Team: Jimmy Croarkin; Fionntán Cassidy, Niall Brannigan, Donal Cuddy; Gary Murray, Johnny Sherry, Séamus Brannigan (Capt.); John McCoy, Robbie Moyna; Thomas Keelaghan, Mark Mulhall, Finnian McKenna; Dessie McGarry, Adam Cullen, Colm Shalvey.

Subs: Niall Greenan for McKenna, Colm Reilly for Keelaghan, Bernard Murphy for Cullen, Lorcan McAdam for McGarry.

The Crawley Cup team host Éire Óg in the first round of the championship this Friday at 7.15. All support welcome.


Minors: The minor footballers had a good win over Clontibret last Tuesday on a scoreline of 2-7 to 0-8. They are away to Carrickmacross tonight (Tuesday) – check back to for result. The second round of fixtures starts next Tuesday, when our lads are away to Scotstown.


U-16: The Under-16 footballers have their first home league game of the year against Scotstown this Thursday at 7pm.


U-14: Both Harps Under-14 football teams travelled to Emyvale last Saturday for a double-header. First up was the Division Five team, who were playing their league opener. They put up a good show, but unfortunately were beaten by a very strong Emyvale side. After a low-scoring first quarter in the Division One game, the teams were level at a point apiece, before Emyvale moved ahead by 1-2 to 0-3. With a stronger breeze at the Harps boys’ backs in the third quarter, they dominated and opened up a 4-8 to 1-3 lead. That quarter surely sealed the game for Harps and by full-time, it was 5-9 to 1-9. Two great games of football were seen on the day from both teams. The Division Five team’s next game is at home to Scotstown on Saturday week (May 5), but the Division One team don’t play again until May 19.


U-12: Our Under-12 football teams have away games in the Spring Leagues this Saturday, when the first team are in Truagh and the second team make the short spin to Tyholland. Both games throw in at 12 noon.


Ladies Club celebrations: Congratulations to the Harps Ladies Club, who celebrated their 21st birthday with an enjoyable night in the Hillgrove Hotel last Saturday.


Pitches: We would like to ask all club members, mentors 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. Also, we encourage anyone who wants to follow in Hugh’s footsteps by taking up the whistle to get in touch.


Old Gavan Duffy photos: If anyone has any photos of the last senior men’s game at the old Gavan Duffy Park in Latlurcan against Burren, please contact any committee member.


Aido file: Congratulations to the Under-14 hurlers who won the first round of the championship last week and kept their winning run going by beating Castleblayney in the league this Monday. The lads are a step closer to defending their county title and competing in Féile for a second year running. Best of luck in the next round, which is away to Truagh on Monday at 7pm. Any players who have not yet paid full membership please contact Jack or Ross immediately. Thank you to all who helped and donated toward the club’s flag day last Saturday.


Handball: Congratulations to Conor McDonnell, who won the Irish Nationals Golden B Singles title last Sunday in Kingscourt. He defeated Denis Phelan of Galway 21-12, 21-16. This was sweet revenge for Conor, who lost to Phelan in an All-Ireland semi-final earlier this year. Conor had wins over Conor McMahon (Armagh) and Peter McSherry (Down) on Saturday in Armagh. Martin McEntee had to retire injured in his semi-final against Antrim’s Tony Caddell in the Emerald Master A section. Martin had clawed back to win the first game and was 12-5 ahead in the second game when he tore his calf muscle and had to pull out. Caddell went on to win the title, which should have came to Monaghan Harps, but for the untimely injury to Martin. We hope he gets well soon. There was no luck either for Ramunas in the Boys 17 and Under Section. He lost to Michael Hedigan, Cork 21-10, 21-10. Michael Hedigan has been around for some time and is a fine player. No doubt Ramunas will bounce back from this defeat and capture a national title in the near future.


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. Get in touch with Lorcan McAdam if you want to buy a ticket or help out on the night



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