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Castleblayney Club Notes 05.10.2023

October 4th, 2023

Our senior men made the short trip to Carrick on Sunday past to take on Killanny in the Q/F of the McElvaney Waste & Recycling Intermediate Football Championship.  With a chance to play the Harps waiting in the semi-final there was everything to play for.
In perfect conditions, Killanny got the inital upper hand and by the 3rd minute were 3 up.  It wasn’t until the sixth minute that we registered our first score, a point.  We did fight back and midway through the first half it was a draw game, although Killanny would kick on and by half time were 4 up, 0-08 to 0-04.
The second half was much like the first with Killanny looking the more hungry and in the 15th minute they raised the green flag.  Despite some possible goal opportunities in the second half, we never really got going and in the end we bowed out of the championship on a scoreline 1-10 to 0-10.
We can now look forward to a league final meeting with Cremartin, which is not due to be played until after the championship finishes.
On Friday the 29th of September 2023, the Faughs Senior Ladies created history when they won their first ever Intermediate title and earned the right to compete at senior level in 2024.
The scene was perfectly set with a lovely fine evening, a huge crowd, two great teams and a pitch in excellent condition, leaving everyone expecting another feast of football, and they were not to be disappointed. The Faughs Ladies started strong with some great scores but Brigid O Neills always kept the Faughs ladies within reach and at half time the Faughs ladies led by 8 points to 4.
A goal immediately after halftime really put the Blayney team in the driving seat and over the next ten minutes they hit a purple patch, racing into a ten points lead.  But their neighbouring rivals weren’t for giving in and the began a great comeback, eventually placing themselves within a point as the game ticked into injury time.
This Blayney team though have developed a never give up mentality and they got possession of the ball and retained it for over 2 minutes as they saw out the game with very controlled and disciplined finish. There were some excellent scores throughout the game which was played to a very high standard and in an admirable sporting manner. This Faughs Ladies team and Management did the club proud in the manner in which they represented themselves, their families, their town and their club. Even when faced with adversity over the two finals and throughout the past two years, they always dug deep and met each new challenge with renewed determination.
They now go on to represent Monaghan in Ulster and on the weekend of the 28th of October, they travel to Granemore to take on the Armagh Intermediate Champions in what will be a tough task, but one not beyond this bunch. Well done ladies and Faughs Abu.
Our minor boys are in championship action this coming Sunday.  They travel to Scotstown to play the semi-final, throw-in at 12.00.

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