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November 2nd, 2021

Lotto: There was no winner of this weeks Lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 6, 12, 13 & 20 . Our four lucky dip winners of €25 each were Donna McDonnell, Dundalk Rd, Michelle Rafter, The Willows, Una Deasy, The Cresent & Christine Collins, Drumillard. Next weeks draw is worth €6500. Keep playing and supporting your club on lotto.castleblayneyfaughs.com

Bingo: Bingo continues every Wednesday night in Our Lady’s Secondary School concert hall at 8pm. The jackpot now at €1100 with all the usual cash prizes. See you all Wednesday evening and thank you all for your continued support.

Christmas Draw:  €, Christmas. We are giving away 5 x €1,000 Vouchers in an online Draw. Tickets are €10 each to purchase and you can buy as many as you like. The prizes are – 2 x €1,000 Smyths Toys Vouchers, 2 x €1,000 Dunnes Stores Vouchers and 1 x €1,000 SuperValu Voucher or if you like, you can take the cash equivalent of your prize. The draw is running from 1st of November to 30th of November with a maximum 2500 Tickets Available, so don’t delay as these will go. Tickets can be purchased on https://winachristmasvoucher.com

Blayney Win Under 17 Championships Back To Back: For the first time in over thirty years Blayney won Division One Minor Championships  (now under 17) back to back, when they decisively defeated Scotstown at Cremartin last Sunday afternoon.  Not since 1988 and ’89 did Blayney pull off such a feat and only four times in the past has the club achieved this rare accolade. Coming into this final as 2020 minor champions the young Blayney side,  once again under the  tutelage  of Declan Loughman, Aidan Tavey, Aaran McNamara, Damien Hughes and Raymond Tavey,  overwhelmed  the Blues with a rampaging first half that saw them score 0-8 to 0-1 and lay the solid foundations for this very impressive victory. When  Ben Mallon and Max McGinnity  hit the Scotstown net in the opening minutes of the second half the game was effectively over.Blayney got off to a very positive start when in the opening minute Niall Rice sent over the first of his seven point tally in what to be a free-taking exhibition by this young player. His skill and delivery of superb frees was a stunning feature of this impressive display. Max McGinnity sent over Blayney’s second score and before the  first water break Niall Rice added  three more points to leave the score Blayney 0-5 Scotstown nil. At the restart  Scotstown  opened their scoring but this was to be their only score of the first half while Blayney went on to add three more points through Niall Rice, Thomas Hughes and Ultan McMahon to leave the score at half time Blayney 0-8 Scotstown 0-1. On the throw in for the second half Blayney broke the ball and Ben Mallon was on hand to cut through the Scotstown defence to rattle the Blue’s net. Two minutes later Max McGinnity  did likewise and when Nathan McArdle pointed in the 7th minute there was no way back for Scotstown. But in spite of the odds now being stacked against them this gallant young Scotstown side tossed aside any notion of a done-deal finish and tenaciously set about driving at Blayney. They pushed up hard and limited Blayney’s kick out options  as they lifted their game to find a real purple patch  which saw them hit three points in a row  going into the second water break. They then picked up o where they left off with another good point and Blayney for the first time were pressed into their shell. Had Scotstown put away more of the chances they created they well have come much closer to the winners.  But a Shay Casey point in the 22nd minute momentarily lifted the siege.  Though Scotstown came back with two more points, Blayney’s Canice Murphy with a brilliant piece of ball play manoeuvred his way around the Scotstown defence to hit his side’s third goal and that was it. Before the finish Niall Rice and Max McGinnity added two more  points  with Scotstown having the final say

with a good point to leave the score at the finish  Blayney 3-13 to 0-8. In this high scoring game full credit must also go to the very impressive Blayney defence in which great displays came from goalkeeper John Flanagan. Charlie McQuillan at full back was a tower of strength and key man in this Blayney rearguard  while Callum Campbell and Jake McDonald played their part and tightly marshalled their men. Ultan McMahon locked down the centre back spot with some impressive score getting driving runs while his brother Keelan gave an eye catching a tour de force display at wing back ably supported by winger Nathan McArdle another score getting defender. Ben Mallon and Joe Carey covering acres of ground for most part controlled the centre field area while up front at centre forward  another rising Blayney star, team captain Thomas Hughes gave a conspicuous performance. Wing half forwards Canice Murphy and Conor Ruddy showed their talent with impressive displays. Consistent score getter Max McGinnity was well to the fore as was Shea Casey while full forward Niall Rice once again showed his full range of talent. Martin Joyce played an impressive part when he entered the fray while Ross Maguire and Josh Conlon played their part in this noted victory.  Team; John Flanagan, Callam Campbell, Charlie McQuillan, Jake McDonald, Nathan McArdle (0-1), Ultan McMahon (0-1), Keelan McMahon, Ben Mallon (1-0), Joe Carey, Conor Ruddy, Thomas Hughes (0-1), Canice Murphy (1-0), Max McGinnity (1-2), Niall Rice )-7), Shea Casey (0-1). Subs used: Martin Joyce, Ross Maguire, Josh Conlon.

AGM: Reminder that our AGM is on 12th November, 7.00pm in Iontas. The AGM is an important meeting for you to express your views on how the club is doing and the direction you would like to see the club take.

Winter Athletics Training: Well done to all the kids and coaches who took part in our first week of athletics training. Over 90 kids turned out over the two sessions and they sure did enjoy themselves. Athletics Training continues on Monday and Wednesday from 5.45pm to 6.45pm for all U7’s, 8’s, 9’s. Training at 7pm to 8pm for U10’s, 11’s &12’s. All new kids welcome, reminder €2 per child to cover the lights, wear your runners and bring water.

Fixture: Senior men V Monaghan Harps in Emyvale at 8.15pm on Fri 5th.

If there are any notes/events you wish to have published as part of our notes please don’t hesitate in contacting Brendan Carr on 0872926456 or by emailing pro.castleblayney.monaghan@gaa.ie

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