Round-up (April 4-10)
There was no joy for Monaghan’s county teams last weekend. The senior footballers lost out to Dublin in Clones on Sunday, but still qualified for a rematch with the holders in this Sunday’s Allianz National Football League Division One semi-final. A Stephen Lambe goal wasn’t enough for Trevor Hilliard’s side to win Saturday’s Allianz National Hurling League Division 3A Final in Keady on Saturday, while the minor footballers finished the Ulster MFL Group A without a point after they lost to Cavan.
Killanny made a winning start to the Eurotech Junior Football League with six points to spare away to Toome on Wednesday, while Oram and Blackhill won by the narrowest of margins against Killeevan and Aghabog respectively. There was another game decided by the mimimum on Friday, when Éire Óg edged out their neighbours Scotstown.
There are four teams tied at the top of the Platinum Tanks Reserve Football League Division 1A after round four last Saturday. Scotstown and Latton joined Clontibret and Truagh at the top with convincing wins over Truagh and Cremartin respectively, while Magheracloone got off the mark by edging a high-scoring game against Clontibret. Castleblayney and Ballybay defeated Aughnamullen and Tyholland respectively to draw level with Monaghan Harps at the top of Division 1B. Doohamlet lost their Division 2A unbeaten record to Seán McDermotts, so they are now tied with Donaghmoyne, who got a walkover from Éire Óg. Rockcorry had a comfortable win in their rescheduled game against Drumhowan on Thursday. Blackhill are three points clear at the top of Division 2B after they eased to victory in Killanny on Saturday. Clones beat Monaghan Harps to overtake Killeevan at the top of Division Three, while Emyvale won the battle of the bottom two with Toome.
The Silver Hill Foods Senior Hurling League got underway on Thursday evening, when Inniskeen eased past Carrickmacross, Truagh saw off Clontibret and Mullahoran conceded to defending champions Castleblayney. Inniskeen started the Silver Hill Foods Minor Hurling League with a big win over Truagh last Sunday,
Donaghmoyne and St. Patrick’s both still have 100% records in the Minor Football League Division One after their convincing wins over Seán McDermotts and Carrickmacross respectively on Tuesday evening, while Magheracloone edged out Monaghan Harps and Clontibret did likewise to Truagh. Na Mullaí Sarsfields are the only team to have won twice in Division Two after they were on the right side of a high-scoring game against Clones, while Toome and Cremartin both made winning starts at the expense of Inniskeen and Emyvale respectively. There were one-sided wins for Patrick Emmets, Tyholland, Killanny and Doohamlet over Latton, Rockcorry, Castleblayney and Emerald Sarsfields respectively in Division Three.