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Monaghan Harps notes

August 4th, 2020

Fixtures: Tuesday, August 4: U-17 FC Division One v Carrickmacross (Home) at 7.30pm; U-13 HC v Castleblayney (Away) at 7.30pm

Wednesday, August 5: JHC v Latton (Away) at 7.30pm

Thursday, August 6: Ladies’ MFC v Tyholland (Away) at 7pm

Saturday, August 8: IFC v Tyholland (Home) at 7pm; U-13 FC Division One v Scotstown (Home) at 12pm; U-13 FC Division Five v Scotstown (Home) at 1.15pm

Sunday, August 9: Ladies’ IFC v Inniskeen (Home) at 12.30pm

Monday, August 10: Ladies’ U-16 FC v Seán McDermotts (Home) at 7pm

Tuesday, August 11: U-17 FC Division One v Clones (Away) at 7.15pm; JHC v Castleblayney (Away) at 7.30pm; U-13 HC v Truagh (Home) at 7.15pm


Monaghan Harps Lotto: We are delighted to have resumed our club lotto, using the ClubZap platform. The numbers for last Sunday’s draw were 1, 15, 18 and 26. Jackpot not won. The four €40 lucky-dip prize winners were Carol Bradley c/o Paddy Donnelly; Bernie McGinnity c/o Rose Hughes; Patricia McCann c/o Paddy Donnelly; Seán Baxter c/o Jim Dalton (Hurling Club). The sellers’ prize of €20 was won by Rose Hughes. Jackpot for Sunday, August 9 is €6,000. The club is asking members willing and financially able to contribute through our lotto towards club maintenance and running expenses. This can be done by two options: set up a standing order to our club lotto via quarterly or annual payments or using our new club app by downloading ‘ClubZap’ on your phone, registering as a Monaghan Harps GAA Club member and buying club lotto in bulk or on a weekly basis. Anyone interested can contact either Rose Donnelly (086 0825782); Maria McKenna (086 1057725) or Adrian Dalton (087 7859582). Thanks to everyone for their support. Please note that the cut-off point for ClubZap each week is 6pm on Sunday, while physical tickets should be with the lotto committee by 9pm.


Seniors: We got off the mark in the McElvaney Recycling Intermediate Football Championship with a hard-earned 0-14 to 0-9 win away to Killanny last Sunday. Points from Neil McAdam, Dean Fanning and Shane McMahon helped us lead by 0-8 to 0-6 at half-time and we maintained a narrow lead throughout the second half, with Dean Fanning adding to his tally and Dean Doherty marking his first senior start with a point. It remained a three-point game until the closing minutes, when Dean Fanning’s eighth of the game and Neil’s third secured the win. We are at home to Tyholland this Saturday for a 7pm throw-in. Good luck to Paddy, Ryan, Steven and the panel.

Team and scorers: Conor Callan; Thomas Croarkin, Conn O’Hanlon, Jamie Shields; Nicholas Scott, Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh, Kevin Loughran; Aodhán Óg McAnespie (Capt.), Neil McAdam (0-3, 1f); Dean Doherty (0-1), Dean Fanning (0-8, 6f), Shane McMahon (0-2, 1f); Dónal Hahessy, Shane Smyth, Conor McCrystal.

Subs: Éimhín Morahan for McCrystal (52 mins), Stephen Driver for Smyth (56), Michael Galligan for Doherty (58), Gary White for McMahon, Niall Greenan for Fanning (60).


IFC tickets: Entry to this Saturday’s IFC game between Monaghan Harps and Tyholland game is by ticket ONLY. Like the previous two weekends each club will be issued with 55 supporter tickets (unless NHSC guidelines change before Saturday). Applications for these tickets will be open to all paid-up members of Cláirsigh Mhuineacháin CLG. Non-members that apply will be considered if the allocation has not been used by members. If we have more than 55 requests, we will hold a draw on Thursday and those who receive a ticket will be contacted with arrangements to collect their ticket. Please note if you do not collect your ticket it will become available to the next person on the standby list. All tickets are non-transferable and unclaimed tickets will be reallocated to names on a standby list. Please note that juvenile members will also need a ticket to gain entry to the game and will be included in the 55 allocation. ALL tickets are priced at €10 and tickets must be paid for on collection. If you wish to apply for a ticket, please text Nicola on 086 4040161 before 2pm on Thursday giving the names of the members you are applying for. Please bring this information to the attention of any club members who may not follow our social media pages. Go raibh maith agaibh.


Minors: Our U-17s were away to Cremartin last Tuesday. After a bright start, we fell behind to a quick brace of goals and although we rallied to briefly reclaim the lead midway through the second half, Cremartin finished strongly to win by 4-13 to 1-14. We are at home to Carrickmacross on Tuesday.

Team and scorers: Daragh Croarkin; Michael McMorrow, Nathan Lavery, James Curley; Mark McManus, Liam Conway (0-1), Gary Devlin; Tiarnán O’Rourke (0-1), Kevin Moran (0-1); Jamie Coyle, Shea Swift (0-2), Jake Power; Luke McManus (0-3), Jake McConnon (0-1), Shay Cooney (1-5, 0-3f).

Subs used: Finn Sleator, Gregory O’Connell.


U-15: Our U-15s came from behind to win a good contest at home to Clones last Thursday. Clones raced into an early lead, although scores from Cian Bradley, John McCrystal and Jack Lynch kept the Harps in touch, before a goal from Ali Galligan closed the gap at the end of the first half. A much-improved second-half performance saw the likes of Eoin O’Hanlon and Jack Lynch drive our lads forward, with goals from Cian and Jack helping to secure a hard-earned win on a scoreline of 3-9 to 1-8.

Team and scorers: Oisín Reilly; Max Mallen, Dáire Conlon, Kyle Cooney; Ethan McCaffrey, Seán Callan, Shane Moran; Senan Cudden, Eoin O’Hanlon (0-1); Mark Clerkin, Cian Bradley (1-3), Ali Galligan (1-0); John McCrystal (0-2, 1f), Jack Lynch (1-3), James Gunn.

Subs used: Diarmuid McGinnity, Oisín Treanor.

Our Division Five team also claimed a win at home to Castleblayney on Friday. With no games this week, the schedule for our U-15s resumes next Thursday.


U-13: Our U-13 teams were away to Castleblayney for a double-header last Saturday. Our Division One side claimed a good result to continue their winning start to the championship, while the Faughs emerged on top in the Division Five game. Scotstown are the visitors to Gavan Duffy Park for this Saturday’s U-13 double-header: Division One at 12 noon, Division Five at 1.15pm.


Juveniles: Our Saturday-morning coaching for our youngest juveniles has resumed in recent weeks with good numbers taking part. We would like to thank all parents for their co-operation with the return-to-play protocol.


Pitches: Thanks to all the club members who have volunteered their time to keep our pitches in such good condition. We ask everyone to respect these efforts and to follow the guidelines in place. With competitive fixtures underway, we have altered the training schedules and have communicated changes to all coaches.


GAA return: We are grateful to our ever-willing volunteers and our Covid supervisors for their efforts throughout the return to play. Dressing rooms will remain closed until further notice, while there will also be restrictions in place regarding crowds at games in the coming weeks. We would like to encourage our players and everyone involved to continue to follow the relevant advice and guidance. Please see our social media for guidelines around attending games.


Club app: As well as offering an option to support our lotto, our new club app also has a function to pay your annual membership, make financial donations to the club, as well as a communication suite for all that goes on at the club. You can get involved by downloading ‘ClubZap’ on your phone and registering as a Monaghan Harps GAA Club member.


Membership: Please note that any outstanding membership fees for this year should be paid as soon as possible, especially for players at all levels who are back at training. Registration can be paid to club registrar Kevin Treanor or using ClubZap. Fees are as follows: U-11s €20; juveniles/seniors €30; family membership €60.


Cúl Camp: The 2020 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp at Gavan Duffy Park took place last week. Thanks to everyone involved, particularly to our club members who helped out during the week.



Junior Hurling championship: Our senior team played Clontibret in the first round of the championship last Wednesday. It was a much improved display from the previous match, with Remy McKenna continued his goal scoring form, Alan Lee proving to be a thorn in the Clontibret defence, Gavin Baxter returning to the fold to produce a strong display at midfield and Conor Flynn produced a solid display from centre back. Notable mentions to Seán Conway, Dermot McMahon, Cathal Power and Conor O’Neill. Monaghan Harps 5-8 Clontibret 2-9. The senior team continued their campaign on Wednesday evening with a trip to Latton. Please check the ClubZap app for result.

U-13s: The U-13s fell short against a strong Latton side last Tuesday evening. They face Castleblayney on Tuesday evening: please check the ClubZap app for result. Next Tuesday they welcome Truagh to Gavan Duffy Park, with throw-in at 7.15pm.

Juvenile Training: Training continues on Sunday morning from 11.30 to 12.30.



Intermediate: Our intermediate team play Inniskeen this Sunday at 12.30 at Gavan Duffy Park in round two of the championship.

Minors: Our minors lost to Corduff in round two of the minor championship last Sunday. Final score Corduff 6-12 Harps 4-9. Next up is round three away to Tyholland this Thursday at 7pm.

U-16s: Our U-16s won away to Inniskeen last week in the Division Three Championship on a scoreline of 4-6 to 1-8. Next up is a home game next Monday v Seán McDermotts at 7pm.

U-14s: Our U-14s lost to Aughnamullen away last Monday in round two of the Division One Championship. Final score 3-10 to 2-9.

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