Round-up (November 2)
Clontibret are through to the AIB Ulster Club Senior Football Championship after their third consecutive one-point win in Clones on Sunday. The Monaghan champions fell six points down to St. Gall’s after a nightmare start, but they gradually came back into it and a seventh point from Conor McManus late on proved to be the winner.
Inniskeen booked their Ulster Club Intermediate Football Championship semi-final place with a similarly narrow win over Cootehill. The Grattans were under the cosh for much of the first half, but Paul Meegan’s accuracy kept them in touch and a booming point from their captain Matthew McKenna saw them grab victory at the death.
There was no luck, however, for Drumhowan, who exited the Ulster Club Junior Football Championship with a defeat against Keady. The teams shared six goals evenly, but the Armagh side held the edge throughout and ran out winners with four points to spare.
In the Ulster Ladies Club Finals in Enniskillen, Donaghmoyne relinquished their senior title when they lost out to a Termon side inspired by Geraldine McLaughlin (who scored 4-4) in a high-scoring match. There was controversy in the intermediate decider, where most observers, including the scoreboard operator in Brewster Park, had Monaghan Harps a point up on Four Masters, only to be told by the referee that the Donegal Town team had won. The game was later declared a draw, with the Ulster Ladies Council to meet later to clarify a decision on the outcome.
Aughnamullen won the Eurotech Junior Football League Final against Blackhill in Oram on Sunday. Pete Dooney hit 1-3 in the first 17 minutes as Aughnamullen took the game by the scruff of the neck, but 1-2 from Colin Woods kept Blackhill in touch and it was nip and tuck throughout the second half. Blackhill had the gap down to a point late on and momentum favoured them, but a fine point from Mark McArdle helped see Aughnamullen over the line.
Castleblayney are through to the County Monaghan Group of Credit Unions Senior Football League semi-finals after they came from behind late on to draw with Monaghan Harps. Blayney led by a point at half-time and found the net through Brendan McElroy, but a Liam Hahessy goal gave the Harps the initiative until late points from substitutes Niall Duffy and Ciarán Hanratty earned the Faughs the draw they needed to advance.