Fixtures: Thursday, June 27: U-15 FL Division One v Magheracloone (Home) at 7.30pm
Friday, June 28: RFL Division 1B v Ballybay (Home) at 8pm
Saturday, June 29: U-13 FL Division Five S-F v Scotstown (Home) at 2.30pm
Sunday, June 30: U-17 FL Division One v Emyvale (Away) at 8pm
Monday, July 1: U-13 HL v Carrickmacross (Away) at 7.30pm
Tuesday, July 2: U-15 FL Division Four v Carrickmacross (Away) at 7.30pm
Wednesday, July 3: IFL v Tyholland (Home) at 8pm
Monaghan Harps Lotto: Numbers 8, 18, 19 and 21. Jackpot of €2,300 not won. Residual prizes: €100 Noreen Corbett c/o Aodhán Óg McAnespie (senior footballers); €40 Marian O’Brien c/o Mairéad White; €40 Lucy Kelly c/o Séamus Treanor; €40 Maria McKenna c/o herself. Jackpot for Sunday, June 30 is €2,400 and Rose Hughes and Noel Hennessy are on duty. Lotto draw takes place in our clubhouse every Sunday night. All welcome. Thanks to everyone for their support for our Lotto, which has now played a critical role in our club’s funding for 25 years.
Street collection: Our annual street collection took place throughout town last Friday and Saturday. This is a very important fundraiser for our club and we are grateful to everyone who supported it, all club members who volunteered their time over the weekend and to the juvenile committee, led by Úna Forde, Noreen McMorrow and Adrian Gunn, for their work in organising it.
Seniors: We host Tyholland in the Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League next Wednesday at 8pm. Please support! Last Sunday’s game against Corduff was postponed due to the death of Frank McAree, grandfather of Dylan McKenna and grand-uncle of Neil McAdam. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Reserves: We fell just short in a high-scoring RFL Division 2B game away to Aghabog last Wednesday night. An understrength team put in a good effort, with Niall Greenan leading our scoring, but we lost out on a scoreline of 8-7 to 4-16.
Team and scorers: Dessie McGarry; Rory Sleator, Conor Devlin; Conor Campbell, Niall Treanor, Oisín Fagan; Carl Foentjies, Conor Callan; Nathan O’Donoghue (0-2), Niall Greenan (Capt., 2-9, 0-3f), Colm Shalvey (1-4); Corey McArdle (0-1), Dylan McAree.
We are due to host Ballybay in the RFL Division 1B tomorrow night (Friday) at 8pm.
Minors: We are due to resume our U-17 Football League Division One campaign away to Emyvale this Sunday at 11am. Please check online to confirm fixture.
U-15: Our U-15 Division One team are back in action after the exam break this evening (Thursday) with a home game against Magheracloone at 7.30pm. Our Division Four team were edged out in a thriller away to Patrick Sarsfields last Thursday, with their next game being in Carrickmacross on Tuesday evening.
U-13: Our U-13 teams were involved in another high-scoring double-header against Donaghmoyne last Tuesday. Our Division One side lost out, but they are now preparing for next month’s Coyle Cup Final. After a 7-12 to 6-10 win last week, our Division Five team have a home semi-final against Scotstown this Saturday at 2.30pm. Good luck to all involved.
U-11: Our U-11s have begun the Liam Stirrat Development League, which started with a good contest against Aghabog last Saturday. Next up is an away game against Emyvale on Saturday week (July 6).
Cúl Camp: The Kellogg’s Cúl Camp returns to Gavan Duffy Park from July 8-12.
County: Well done to Daragh Croarkin and the Monaghan minor footballers on qualifying for the Ulster MFC Final. Well done also to Daragh, Liam, Tiarnán, Nathan and the Monaghan U-16 team on their win over Westmeath on Saturday and good luck in the remainder of the Gerry Reilly Cup. Best wishes to Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh and the county U-20s in their championship quarter-final against Cavan this Sunday. Finally, hard luck to Neil McAdam and the county seniors, who exited the All-Ireland SFC last Saturday. This team has given great enjoyment to county supporters over the last seven years.
Coaching: Our Saturday-morning coaching for our youngest players is up and running for 2019. The club is very fortunate to have a pool of hardworking and dedicated individuals who look after and coach these “early learners”. Our Saturday-morning activities are fun-filled and enjoyed by the children and are an equally rewarding and enjoyable experience to those who help make it happen, so we encourage anyone with an interest to get involved. We host a blitz this Saturday from 10am.
Clubhouse: The Monaghan Harps clubhouse is available to book for functions. Please contact Paudge Connolly on 085 8589135 or Rose Donnelly on 086 0825782 for more information. Anyone looking to book the clubhouse for meetings, functions, etc. is asked to please give a week’s notice for convenience.
Pitches: Training schedules for all teams are in place. Coaches are asked to please ensure that gates and dressing rooms are locked and all equipment, bottles etc. is removed from the pitch after training sessions.
Hurling: Senior: On Thursday last our senior team travelled to Carrickmacross to take on Mattock Rangers in the Development League Shield Final. The squad aimed to follow up recent great performances in the hope of finishing the season with some silverware. Mattock Rangers opened the scoring on two minutes and a particularly slow start from the Harps saw them go four points down before registering their first score through Cathal Power in the ninth minute. A 12th-minute goal for Mattock could easily have broken Harps spirits, however they would keep the opposition to only one further score for the remainder of the half and work their way back into the game. Some great scoring from Brendan McQuaid, Mark Murphy and Cathal Power saw the Harps two points in arrears at the half-time whistle: 1-5 to 0-6. Cathal Power added a point in the 37th minute and what followed was a trading of scores before the Harps took the lead for the first time in the 51st minute. However, three unanswered scores from Mattock Rangers saw them regain the lead. Another fine score from Brendan McQuaid pulled it back to a single point with two minutes to play before Mattock’s fifth converted free sealed the game for them in the final minute, with the game finishing on a 1-12 to 0-13 scoreline. Mattock Rangers were deserved winners on the day, while the Harps were left to rue an uncharacteristic performance. Well done to the squad and management on a great campaign that brought joy and pride back to senior hurling in Monaghan Harps.
Squad: Séamus McLoughlin; Anthony Greenan, Dylan McAree, John Lowry; John Treanor, Niall McManus, Lee Treanor; Brendan McQuaid (0-5), Ciarán McQuaid; Mark Murphy (0-2), Maurice McKenna, Thomas Croarkin; Cónall McKenna, Cathal Power (0-5, 3f, 1 ’65), Ruairí Forde.
Subs: Cillian Sherry (0-1) for L Treanor, Luke Mulligan for Forde, Conor O’Neill for C McKenna. Andrew Mooney, Phelan Murphy, Conor Devlin.
U-13: Our U-13s travel to face Carrickmacross in the first round of the league next Monday evening. Throw in at 7.30pm.
U-15: The U-15s took on North Meath in Cloghan on Monday evening. The Harps team gave an excellent account of themselves but were unlucky to lose out on a scoreline of 5-10 to 4-6. Stand-out performances on the night from Aidan Cunningham, Rylan McCooey, Gary Treanor, Cian Bradley and Gary Devlin. Shane Griffin displayed exceptional accuracy from frees while James Brady stood firm in defence during the first half and he also showed attacking power in the second half with a goal direct from a ‘65. Oisín McGeough contributed two goals from play in what was a great all-round performance.
Team: Aidan Cunningham, James Brady, Enda Brady, Oisín Connolly, Odhrán Connolly, Tiernan Connolly, Cian Bradley, Gary Treanor, Gary Devlin, Oisín McGeough, Aidan McGeough, Matthew McGuinness, Declan McKenna, Daniel Alexis, Shane Griffin, Rylan McCooey.
Minors: Hard luck to our understrength minor squad who were defeated away to Killanny last Sunday evening in the first round of the Division Two League.
U-16s: Hard luck to our U-16s who were narrowly defeated by Inniskeen last Thursday in round five of the league .
U-14: Our U-14s had a great win away to Emyvale on Monday night. A win v Truagh next Monday will guarantee a them a semi-final place in the Division Two League.
U-12: Our U-12s were in action at home to Seán McDermotts yesterday evening. Details next week and on our Facebook page.
County: Hard luck to our U-14 County Development Squad who lost out to Tyrone last Saturday in their All-Ireland Final.
Amhrán na bhFiann: Well done to our U-12 member Isabelle Burke who sang brilliantly at last Saturday’s Monaghan v Armagh qualifier.
Website: Our new club website is now live. See www.monaghanharps.gaa.ie to keep up to date with our latest club news and fixtures.
O’Neills: A range of Harps gear can now be bought online from O’Neills website. See the club’s social-media pages for the link.
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