Round-up (March 17-24)
Monaghan are through to the Allianz National Hurling League Division 3A Final after Sunday’s comfortable win over Fermanagh in Enniskillen ensured that they finished the group stage with an unbeaten record. A fairly even first half was followed by a one-sided second, where goals by Mark Treanor (two) and Stephen Lambe saw Monaghan pull away for a third win, which qualifies them for a final against neighbours Tyrone on April 4.
Monaghan started their Ulster Minor Football League Group A campaign with a narrow defeat away to Down in a low-scoring tussle on Saturday, while the Ulster Minor Hurling League Division Two game in Cavan was postponed.
This all came after the county’s Under-21s overcame Derry in Inniskeen on Wednesday night to book an Eirgrid Ulster U-21 Football Championship semi-final against Donegal.
Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney lost out in their All-Ireland Colleges Football Championship B Play-Off in Dromore on Saturday. Markey Cup winners Coláiste na Carraige from Donegal found the net four times through Conor and Philip Doherty, Páraic O’Neill and Christopher Byrne as they got the better of the MacLarnon Cup winners, despite the best efforts of the likes of Barry McGinn, Micheál Bannigan and Jamie Walshe, who managed 1-7 between of them for Our Lady’s. That trio had all found the net, along with James Wilson, in the Blayney school’s MacLarnon Final against fellow Monaghan side, Patrician High School, Carrickmacross on St. Patrick’s Day.
Scotstown began their bid for a third consecutive County Monaghan Group of Credit Unions Senior Football League title with a narrow win away to neighbours Truagh on Sunday. Kieran and Darren Hughes and Shane Carey contributed 0-10 of Scotstown’s tally, meaning that a goal from a penalty from their fellow county player Daniel McKenna wasn’t enough for Truagh in an at times fiery derby. Ballybay and Monaghan Harps had comfortable wins over Clontibret and Donaghmoyne respectively. Latton v Magheracloone was postponed due to a bereavement.
2014 junior title winners Drumhowan and Aughnamullen made winning returns to the Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League on Sunday, at the expense of Clones and Tyholland respectively. Drumhowan’s predecessors as JFC winners, Emyvale, had a good win over newly-relegated Emyvale, while the games between Cremartin and Corduff and Carrickmacross and Currin were postponed due to the death of Maureen McEnaney, Corduff.
Rockcorry returned to the Eurotech Junior Football League with a narrow win over Scotstown on Saturday, while Seán McDermotts won their local derby against Éire Óg on Sunday.
Truagh defeated winless Inniskeen in the Platinum Tanks Reserve Football League Division 2B on Sunday, while Emyvale conceded their Division Three fixture against Monaghan Harps on Saturday. This followed the St. Patrick’s Day games, where Monaghan Harps defeated Tyholland in Division 1B, Éire Óg saw off Drumhowan in Division 2A and Clones hit eight goals in a rout of Emyvale in Division Three.
There were three games in the Minor Football League Division One on Tuesday, March 24. Donaghmoyne started their title defence with a good win over Clontibret, who had drawn with Monaghan Harps a week earlier, while Truagh got the better of the Harps and Magheracloone won their south-Monaghan derby in Carrickmacross.