Fixtures: Thursday, August 15: U-13 FC Division One/Two v Carrickmacross (Home) at 7.30pm
Friday, August 16: U-13 FC Division Five/Six v Truagh (Home) at 7.30pm
Saturday, August 17: U-11 v Drumhowan (Away) at 11am
Sunday, August 18: IFC v Seán McDermotts in Scotstown at 5pm
Tuesday, August 20: U-17 FL Division One Final v Emyvale at 7.15pm
Monaghan Harps Lotto: Numbers 4, 10, 17 and 20. Jackpot of €3,000 not won. Residual prizes: €100 Niall Rice c/o Barry Sullivan; €40 Maureen O’Donoghue c/o Mickey O’Donoghue; €40 Shea & Anna Corrigan c/o Ann Treanor; €40 Hannah McKenna c/o Barry Sullivan. Jackpot for Sunday, August 18 is €3,100 and Dermot Brannigan is 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.
Seniors: We had two wins in the Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League last week. The first of those came away to Corduff on Wednesday night. Liam Hahessy, Éimhín Morahan, Shane Smyth, Conor McCrystal and Nicholas Scott got the scores as we got the upper hand in the closing stages to win by 0-17 to 2-7.
Team and scorers: Darragh Hannon; Thomas Croarkin, Aodhán Óg McAnespie (Capt.), Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh; Conor Duffy, Nicholas Scott (0-1), Oisín Fagan; Stephen Driver, Kevin Loughran; Michael Galligan, Éimhín Morahan (0-5, 1f), Shane McMahon; Liam Hahessy (0-6), Shane Smyth (0-3), Conor McCrystal (0-2).
Subs: Lochlainn Power for Galligan, Neil McAdam for Loughran, Niall Greenan for McMahon, Nathan O’Donoghue for McCrystal.
We then hosted Aughnamullen on Sunday, when a slow start saw us fall five points behind early on. Our lads eventually worked their way into the game, with points from Michael Galligan, Éimhín Morahan, Conor McCrystal and Shane Smyth helping us get level at 0-9 to 1-6 by half-time. Shane Smyth got our all-important goal during the second half and with Nicholas Scott, Shane McMahon and Lochlainn Power adding their names to the scoresheet, we earned a win in the first of the final four ‘five-point’ fixtures.
Team and scorers: Darragh Hannon; Thomas Croarkin, Aodhán Óg McAnespie (Capt.), Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh; Conor Duffy, Nicholas Scott (0-1), Oisín Fagan; Stephen Driver, Kevin Loughran; Michael Galligan (0-5, 4f), Éimhín Morahan (0-4f), Shane McMahon (0-1); Conor McCrystal (0-1), Shane Smyth (1-3), Neil McAdam.
Subs: Dean Fanning for Loughran, Conor Galligan for M Galligan, John Mulligan for Ó Dufaigh, Lochlainn Power (0-1) for McAdam, Niall Greenan for Morahan, Nathan O’Donoghue for McCrystal.
We enter the McElvaney’s Waste & Recycling Intermediate Football Championship this Sunday with a preliminary-round tie against Seán McDermotts in Scotstown at 5pm. Please support!
Race night: We hosted our rescheduled fundraising ‘race night’ in our clubhouse last Friday. Thanks to all individuals and businesses for supporting this fundraiser, to our senior players for their efforts in the run-up and to Brian Armitage and Dermot Coyle, our MCs on an enjoyable night. Thanks in particular to all our race sponsors for their support: Albany Home Décor; Dolan’s Pharmacy and Health Foods; Moneycare; McElvaney Motors; Jim McQuaid and Associates Accountants; idesignworx; Mono Furniture; Tommy Martin Fuels; Boyle For Men; Treanor Security Systems; Consite Ltd.; FJ Coyle & Associates; Anthony Croarkin; Dermot McCrystal; McConnon’s Londis; Wineways Off-Licence; J.G. Kelly Supplies; James Creighan; Terry’s Bar; Tír na nÓg Bar; Michael Duffy; Magill Jewellers; Richie’s Barber Shop; Séamus Treanor; Call-A-Car; Connolly’s Chemist.
JFC: Thanks to everyone who helped us host our first championship games of the year with last Saturday’s JFC double-header.
Minors: We have qualified for the U-17 Football League Division One Final after a hard-earned win away to Latton. The final against Emyvale will take place on Tuesday, August 20 at 7.15pm. Venue TBC.
U-15: Our U-15 Division One team lost out at home to Castleblayney last Thursday. Blayney’s goal-scoring touch either side of half-time earned them a commanding lead and despite all six Harps forwards getting on the scoresheet and Jake McConnon getting forward to fire over a couple of points, there was no way back into the game for our lads.
Team and scorers: Oisín Reilly; Jordan Crampton, Jake McConnon (0-2), Mark Clerkin; Michael McMorrow, Gary Devlin, Shane Moran; Karol Parszywka, Luke McManus; Eoin O’Hanlon (0-2, 1f), Seán Callan (0-1), Cian Bradley (0-1); Josh Kelly (0-1f), Fionán Ó Gallchóir (0-1), Shay Kelly (0-1).
Subs used: Ali Galligan, Max Mallen, Gregory O’Connell, Eoin McCleary.
Our Division Four team lost out at home to Clann na nGael on Friday. Their next game is against Seán McDermotts next Thursday.
U-13: Amid a busy schedule for our U-13s, our Division One team started the championship with a good win away to Oram on Saturday. They host Carrickmacross this evening (Thursday) at 7.30. Our Division Five lads followed that up with another free-scoring win at home to Castleblayney on Monday evening. A blitz of early scores from the likes of Rohann McKenna-Malocca, Julian Coyle, Shane McGarry, Luke Swift and John Sherry gave our lads a commanding lead. With Alex Kearns-Flynn, Josh Cassidy, Oisín Brannigan and Joe Gunn driving forward in the second half, the Harps stayed well clear. Next up is a home game against Truagh tomorrow evening (Friday).
Panel: Robert Uskan, Dáire McKenna, John Sherry, Alex Kearns-Flynn Josh Cassidy, Daithí Devlin, Diarmuid McGinnity, Ryan Grant, Luke Swift, Oisín Brannigan, Joe Gunn, Rohann McKenna-Malocca, Shay Lambe, Adam Richardson, Shane McGarry, Julian Coyle, Rhys McCaffrey.
U-11: Our U-11s resumed their Liam Stirrat Development League campaign with a home game against Tyholland last Thursday. This Saturday’s game is away to Drumhowan at 11am. Our annual Mick Farrell Tournament will take place on Saturday, September 7. More details later.
Summer Camp: Our in-house Summer Camp takes place next week (August 19-23, 10am to 2pm each day) for children aged between five and 12. Please contact Úna Forde on 087 6107329 if you wish to book one of the last few remaining places.
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.
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.
Pitches: Training schedules for all teams are in place. Coaches are asked to please ensure that gates and dressing rooms are locked and to remove all equipment, bottles etc. from the pitch after training sessions.
Notes: Anyone who has news for inclusion in the club notes can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday morning.
U-16: Good luck to our U-16s who play Corduff next Monday in the Division Three Championship quarter-final. Venue TBC.
U-12: Hard luck to our U-12s who lost to Killanny in round three of the Division One Championship last Friday evening.
All-Ireland Minor Final: Hard luck to Monaghan who were defeated by Cork in the recent Minor ‘A’ Final. A special mention to our club players Emma Corrigan and Sarah Warman who were part of the squad.