April 16th ‘13
Castleblayney 4 – 4
Truagh 4 – 4
Truagh held on by the skin of their teeth to earn themselves a draw in the second round of the Senior League against last years winners Castleblayney in what was a cracking first half performance from both teams in Concra pitch on Tuesday evening last.
Amber Lam wasted her chances when an early free went just wide of the post but within 4 minutes from throw in, Elaine Mc. Kernan settled the team when she popped one over the bar and dictate the play for the remainder of the first half when both teams served up an array of scores. Truagh responded with a goal from Nicola Mc. Kenna 3minutes later and in a tit for tat situation Castleblayney’s Emma Mc. Kenna got one past the Truagh keeper on the 8th minute.
Castleblayney went through a lean patch for the next while when a resultant line ball 10 minutes into the game was subsequently intercepted by Siobhan Mc. Kenna who wasted no time in adding another goal to the Truagh scoreboard she converted a free just a few minutes later. Mairead Mc. Carron connected with the back of the net in the 17th minute for Truagh when Emma Mc. Kenna gave away a free when she fouled big sister Eilish.
With Mc. Kenna cautioned a second time Truagh capitalized from the free when Yvonne Connell blasted the ball past the Castleblayney goal keeper 10 minutes before the break. Sharon Mc. Caffrey who was solid in defence delivered a long ball to her forwards which resulted in a ‘45 for her side which Orla Mc. Meel duly converted.
Castleblayney’s Eileen Mc. Elroy took the game by the scruff of the neck for the remaining period when she notched up 2 goals and 2 points in as many minutes and Mc. Meel completed the first half scores when she converted a free to leave the Castleblayney side trailing by just a goal at the break.
Half time score : Truagh 4 – 3
Castleblayney 3 -3
Things were tightened up somewhat in the second half with a shortage of scores to declare until what was to be Truagh’s final score of the evening Mc. Meel converted a freein the 7th. minute for a foul on Siobhan Mc. Kenna. Truagh wasted several scoring chances and were denied further scores when Louise O’Connell got a point from play and Amber Lam salvaged a goal to equalize when Castleblayney were awarded a free.
In the other pairing Inniskeen conceded when they were unable to field against Clontibret
Tuesday 23rd. April Clontibret v Castleblayney
Truagh v Inniskeen
Engagements are very popular among the Camogie fraternity these past few weeks and The Board wish Shauna Mc. Elvanney who is Minutes Secretary on the County Board and her finance Enda best wishes when they also announced their engagement last week.
The Irish News has teamed up with O’Neills to give lucky readers the chance to win 1 of 20 O’Neills Koolite Hurling/Camogie Helmets.
The competition started in the Irish News on Wednesday 17th April, and will run in paper until Saturday 20th April with 5 helmets to be won each day!
Castleblayney 5-6 Cullyhanna 2-3
Castleblayney played their first match of the Armagh League on Monday night and got off to a winning start against Cullyhanna. Louise O Connell scored the first goal for Blayney and scores followed from Emma Mc Kenna, Amber Lam and Elaine Mc Kernan. The Blayney girls went in at half time leading by a goal on a scoreline of 2-3 to 1-3.
In the second half Louise O Connell added two more points to her tally. Reegan Lynch, Amber Lam and Elaine Mc Kernan were the goal scorers. The back line stood strong with good performances from Karen Markey, Rebecca Treanor, Kelsey Lam, Emma Heavin and Orla Mc Carthy and only allowed Cullyhanna to score one goal in the second half.
The girls face Clontibret next Wedensday evening in the Mongahan League and Aghagallon on Thursday evening in the Armagh League. Both games are away.
Finally Birthday wishes to Mary Mc Elroy, Emma Mc Kenna and Donna Mc Kenna who all celebrate their birthday this week!
With the playing season in full swing it is a full-time job keeping ‘up to speed’ with all that is happening – much less writing about it!!
In terms of match results our seniors suffered defeat to Truagh in their first match in the Monaghan League and then on Monday evening last scored a good victory over Port Mór, in the Armagh League. It is noteworthy the important role played by newcomers to the panel such as Sinéad Mohan, Katie McNally, Clíona McDonald, Shauna McKeever and Nathalie Nahr. These young girls, all still U- 16, are not only contributing much and gaining valuable experience, but they enable our senior panel to field a full squad at a time of year when more senior players are unavailable through work/studies etc. Well done girls and keep up the good work!!
The Clontibret v Castleblayney match scheduled for Thursday last failed to materialise as the appointed referee didn’t show up while Inniskeen conceded their league fixture against Clontibret on Tuesday evening. Next Wednesday, April 24th, Clontibret hosts St. Brigid’s in the Armagh League.
Well done to a number of our senior players who attended county senior training on Saturday evening last in Cloghan. Training takes place again tomorrow, Wednesday, April 18th at 7.30 with Paul Monahan in charge. Club training also takes place on Wednesday for seniors and underage players at 8pm (please note change of time).
Our U-16 panel had a facile win over Aghagallon on Tuesday last. They play St. Kevin’s (Louth) on Monday evening (22nd) and Castleblayney on Fri. 26th. Both games are away fixtures. We wish the players continued success. County training for our U-16s takes place on Saturday morning at 11.00am in Cloghan. It is hoped as many of our girls as possible will attend.
Our U-14 panel suffered a defeat at the hands of Keady last evening. To be fair to the girls they never stopped trying and were a credit, but as they are definitely ‘boxing well above their weight’ in Division 1 this year, each game will be an opportunity to improve and develop their skills and sharpness. Many thanks to Marie, who refereed, and the parents who provided transport. Their next game is on April 30th when we host Madden in Clontibret.
Of course the ‘big news’ this past fortnight was the engagement of our esteemed Chairman, Shauna, to Enda McKenna!! This news generated much delight as Shauna is such a popular, diligent player and officer – not just at club level but at county level as well, where she is the recording secretary. Coupled with the fact that this is the first engagement among the current bunch of senior players, the best wishes of all the club members are extended to Shauna and Enda.
Speaking of engagements, the club also extends every good wish to county stalwarts Siobhan McKenna (Truagh) and Isobel Kieran (Inniskeen) both of whom got engaged recently to their respective beaux.
And what about the Walsh Family, Chapel Brae Court, who won the county final of the Monaghan Camogie Board Table Quiz held recently in Blackhill? They netted themselves a cool €300. Congratulations on bringing the first county title back to the club!
Also celebrating recently was Amy Gorman, and her twin brother, Shea, who became teenagers last weekend, and Sophie Silvester whose 11th birthday was celebrated on Friday.
Best wishes to Sinéad Mohan who will box in the Ulster final of the Ladies 53kg in Derry on Sunday next.
Best wishes also to Jennifer, Katie and Clíodhna and all the children in Sixth Class Scoil Mhuire, who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Friday evening in St Michael’s Church, Annayalla.
Finally the sympathy of the club is extended to U-12 player, Cliódhna Moran, and the Kennedy/Moran family on the recent death of Frank Kennedy, Clíodhna’s grandad, which took place in Dublin on Saturday week last. Also to Michael Duffy and the Duffy/McAdam family on the tragic death of Michael’s cousin, Gene, in Australia.