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Monaghan Harps notes

July 11th, 2019

Fixtures: Thursday, July 11: U-15 FL Division One v Castleblayney (Away) at 7pm

Friday, July 12: IFL v Donaghmoyne (Home) at 8pm; U-15 FL Division Four Shield S-F v Truagh (Home) at 6.30pm

Saturday, July 13: U-13 FL Division Five Final v Castleblayney in Drumhowan at 12.45pm; U-13 FL Division One Final v Scotstown in Tyholland at 7pm

Sunday, July 14: U-17 HL v Cootehill (Away) at 11am

Tuesday, July 16: U-17 FL Division One v Carrickmacross (Home) at 7.30pm

Wednesday, July 17: RFL Division 1B v Killanny (Home) at 8pm


Monaghan Harps Lotto: Numbers 2, 17, 19 and 20. Jackpot of €2,500 not won. Residual prizes: €100 Neil McAdam c/o Séamus Treanor; €40 Mick Lynam c/o Jim Dalton (Hurling Club); €40 Hugh Doherty c/o Jim Dalton (Hurling Club); €40 Madge Coyle c/o Dermot Coyle. Jackpot for Sunday, July 14 is €2,600 and Ann and Adrian Trappe 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.


U-13: Our U-13 teams are both in league final action this Saturday. First up is the Division Five decider against Castleblayney in Drumhowan at 12.45pm. That is followed by the Division One Final against Scotstown in Tyholland at 7pm. Good luck to all involved; please support!


Meetings: The club’s monthly meeting for July takes placethis evening (Thursday) in the clubhouse at 8pm.


Seniors: We had a hard-earned win at home to Tyholland in the Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League last Wednesday. A Liam Hahessy goal and points from Conor Duffy, James McKenna, Shane Smyth, Dean Fanning and Nicholas Scott handed us a strong half-time lead at 1-6 to 0-2. Tyholland rallied at the start of the second half, but further scores from Liam, Dean, Michael Galligan and Stephen Driver secured a 1-11 to 1-6 win.

Team and scorers: Darragh Hannon; Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh, Conn O’Hanlon, Thomas Croarkin; Conor Duffy (0-1), Aodhán Óg McAnespie (Capt.), John Mulligan; James McKenna (0-1), Kevin Loughran; Shane McMahon, Shane Smyth (0-1), Dean Fanning (0-2, 1f); Nicholas Scott (0-1), Éimhín Morahan, Liam Hahessy (1-3).

Subs: Michael Galligan (0-1) for Morahan (H-T), Gary White for Scott (black card, 32 mins), Oisín Fagan for Mulligan (40), Dylan McKenna for McMahon (43), Neil McAdam for Smyth (51), Stephen Driver (0-1) for McAnespie (inj., 54).

The IFL continues with a home game against Donaghmoyne tomorrow night (Friday) at 8pm.


Gavan Duffy Park: Thanks to the club members, led out by Éamonn Keelaghan, who did a great job cleaning up our facilities by power-washing the patio and stand recently. Thanks also to everyone who helped us host last Saturday’s U-13 Division Four Final and last night’s All-Ireland Ladies Football U-16 semi-final.


Reserves: We lost out away to Latton in the RFL Division 1B last Friday. Latton started with an early goal, but it remained tight throughout the rest of the first half, with Gary White leading our scoring and Dylan McKenna, Lochlainn Power, Shane McMahon, Evan Doherty and Conor McCrystal also on target to leave just a point in it at 1-7 to 0-9. A Francis Lynch penalty and a few more pointed frees from Gary kept us in touch and the gap remained at just two points inside the last five minutes, but Latton pulled away in the end to win by 1-18 to 1-13.

Team and scorers: Dylan McAree; Jamie Shields, Conn O’Hanlon, Conor Duffy; Kevin Lyden, James McKenna, Thomas Croarkin; Gary White (0-8, 7f), Dylan McKenna (0-1); Lochlainn Power (0-1), Shane McMahon (0-1f), Oisín Fagan; John Mulligan, Evan Doherty (0-1, ’45), Francis Lynch (Capt., 1-0, pen).

Subs: Conor McCrystal (0-1) for J McKenna, Conor Callan for Doherty, Nathan O’Donoghue for White.

We now face a must-win game at home to Killanny next Wednesday at 8pm, with a semi-final place at stake. All support welcome.


Minors: We host Carrickmacross in the U-17 Football League Division One next Tuesday evening. Last Sunday’s scheduled U-19 game was conceded by Killanny.


U-15: Our U-15 Division One team played out an entertaining draw away to Scotstown last Thursday. Scotstown started off on the front foot and although a Harps panel stretched to its limit got on the scoresheet with 1-1 from Luke McManus and a Seán Callan point, the hosts led by 1-7 to 1-2 at half-time. Our lads were much improved after the restart, with goals from Shay Kelly and Seán turning the momentum. Luke, Cian Bradley, Senan Cudden, Josh Kelly and Shea Swift as our lads recovered from going down to 14 to gain a commanding lead. Scotstown rallied in the closing stages, however, and our lads had to battle in the closing minutes to claim a draw on a scoreline of 2-12 to 3-9. The final round of the Division One league sees our U-15s travel to Castleblayney this evening (Thursday). Please note change of throw-in time to 7pm.

Team and scorers: Oisín Reilly; Gregory O’Connell, Jordan Crampton, Ali Galligan; Michael McMorrow, Seán Callan (1-1, 1-0 pen), Karol Parszywka; Gary Devlin, Shea Swift (0-1); Luke McManus (1-3), Cian Bradley (0-2), Oisín Treanor; Shay Kelly (1-0), Senan Cudden (0-1f), Josh Kelly (0-1).

Our Division Four team lost out in Carrickmacross last Tuesday evening. Next up for this team is a Shield semi-final at home to Truagh tomorrow (Friday) at 6.30pm.


U-11: Our U-11s continued the Liam Stirrat Development League with an away game against Emyvale last Saturday.


County: Good luck to Daragh Croarkin and the Monaghan minor footballers in their Ulster MFC Final against Tyrone in Armagh on Sunday.


Cúl Camp: The Kellogg’s Cúl Camp is at Gavan Duffy Park this week, finishing tomorrow (Friday).


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.


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.



U-15: Our U-15 team travelled to Carrickmacross for round one of the league on Monday evening. Strong performances from Gary Traynor and Enda Brady laid a strong foundation for our attacks, while Oisín Connolly and James Brady put in hard-working displays, contesting every ball that came into them. Goals from Shane Griffin and Ethan Ballantine had us in a strong position, but Carrick struck for two majors of their own. James Brady and Shane Griffin raised white flags for the Harps which eventually saw the game finish in a draw. A fair result between two evenly-matched teams.

The U-15s continue what is a massive week of fixtures with the Táin Óg league final on Saturday in Breffni Park. Keep an eye on our Twitter and FB pages for further details regarding this fixture.


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.


Notes: Anyone who has news for inclusion in the club notes can send an email to pro.monaghanharps.monaghan@gaa.ie by Tuesday morning.


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