Club Notes 19th April

Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League

After the disappointment of losing to Drumhowan, the previous round, we set out to recover some lost ground against Carrickmacross last Sunday 17th April, in the Monaghan Electrical Intermediate football league and after producing a stunning second half performance we secured the two league points on a score-line Carrickmacross 0-7  Rockcorry 1-14. The game was played in glorious conditions and Carrickmacross started brightly and completely dominated the opening exchanges and quickly established an early advantage leading by 0-6 to 0-1 after eleven minutes of play. At this stage we were finding it difficult to get into the game but to the lads credit they never gave up and when Mark McGuirk fired over a point on the 12th minute the fight back was started. Further scores from Noel Carroll and Mark Daly, on the 13th & 15th minutes respectively closed the deficit to 0-2 points. Carrickmacross added a point on the 18th minute which proved to be their last score of the game. Mark McGuirk pulled one back on the 22nd minute and Anthony Tate narrowed the gap to a single point on the 26th minute when he slotted between the uprights. With the first half nearly over Stephen McGuirk drew the side’s level when he converted a free-kick to leave both sides on 0-7 points apiece at the interval. When the second half resumed we upped our performance and totally outplayed the opposition and notched up an impressive 1-7 (Mark McGuirk 1-2, Mark Daly 0-3, Dwayne Rooney 0-1, Paul McKeown 0-1) while Carrickmacross failed to raise a white flag to leave the final score Carrickmacross 0-7 Rockcorry 1-14. Well done lads and keep up the good work.

Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League Fixtures

This Saturday 23rd April we have a home game against Currin at 6.00pm and on Friday 29th April we play Eire Og and I understand this game maybe at home. Watch this space.

Platinum Tanks Reserve League Fixtures

The next outing for our reserve team is this Sunday 24th April when we travel to play Killeevan at 12 noon. All players are requested to be in the dressingrooms no later than 11.30am.

GRM Minor Football League Division 2

Our amalgamated minor team, Rock Sarsfields, travelled to play Magheracloone, in the GRM minor football league division 2 competition, last Tuesday evening (12th April). Played in perfect conditions, both sides served up a good game of football but unfortunately Magheracloone emerged winners on a score-line 3-11 to 1-7. We opened the scoring on the 2nd minute when Mark McGuirk notched over a fine point but this was quickly cancelled out when Magheracloone converted a free-kick a minute later. Mark McGuirk added another point on the 6th minute and he had a great opportunity to extend our lead when he skipped past his opponent but his shoot at goals was well saved by their goal-keeper. Playing Magheracloone is always a tough and competitive game and when we conceded two goals on the 11th and 12th minutes respectively it made our task nearly impossible. They stretched their lead, on the 15th minute, when they slotted over a point from play to leave the score 2-2 to 0-2 midway through the first half. To the lads credit they fought back and were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty on the 18th minute after Mark McGuirk was hauled down in the large square and Christopher Kilpatrick made no mistake in finishing the ball to the back of the net to cut the deficit to 0-3 points. Both teams exchanged a number of scores during the next passage of play and at the break we trailed by 2-6 to 1-4. On the restart we set about closing the deficit however, we were guilty of wasting too much possession especially in the final third and only managed to add three more points. Magheracloone, in comparison, were a lot more economical in front of the posts and whenever a chance presented itself they were capable of raising a white or a green flag. The final score Magheracloone 3-11 Rock Sarsfields 1-7. On reflection, the game ebbed and flowed from the start and had patches of good quality football from both sides. Conceding the two goals within a minute of each other during the first half ultimately proved the difference between the two sides and left us chasing the game. They were scheduled to play Killanny last Tuesday evening (19th April). Please visit www.rockcorrygaa.ie for all updates. On Tuesday 19th April they have a home game against Killanny with a throw-in time of 7.00pm.

Charity Race Night – Irish Heart Foundation

Looks like I missed a hell of a game last Sunday against Carrickmacross but I was attending my first training walk over the Wicklow mountains. See photo below. The old slogan “a lot done, but more to do” seems very apt as it was tough going on occasions. Anyway, my upcoming Charity Race Night takes place on Friday 29th April in the Maple Bar, Rockcorry and I would greatly appreciate your support for this event in my aim to raise funds for the Irish Heart Foundation. Race sheets are now in circulation and any individual or company interested in sponsoring a race it costs €50 and to buy a horse it costs €10. You can contact me on mobile 086-1041165 or email rockcorrygaa@live.ie, michael_carroll@live.com. Once again it is for a good cause and I look forward to hearing from you.

Under 16 Team

Our under 16 team, Rock Emmett’s, were well beaten by a stronger Clones side last Thursday evening. Clones took complete control and remained in the driving seat over the course of the game and won easily. Their next outing is on Thursday 5th May when they play Eire Og at Pairc Naomh Mhuire at 7.00pm.

Under 14 Team

The next game for the under 14 team is tomorrow evening Friday 22nd April when they travel to play Drumhowan at 7.00pm

Under 12 Team

Well done to our under 12 team and their mentors last Saturday as they recorded another win, this time  against Currin, in the Spring football league competition. The ‘wee’ footballers displayed great team spirit over the course of this entertaining game and proved too strong to emerge with the win. Scores came from Cian Dillion, Kyle Brannigan, Gavin West, PauricO’Brien and Morgan Tate-McGeough. With the under 14’s in action this weekend the next game for the under 12’s is on Saturday 30th April when they travel to play Carrickmacross at 12 noon.

Under 8 Coaching

Under 8’s football training continues on Saturday mornings from 10.00am – 11.15am. All five, six, seven and eight year olds are welcome to attend.

Rock Country CD

If anybody is looking for a copy of the highly recommended CD “The Definitive Rock Country Collection 2011” please contact myself or Ollie McQuillan. CD ‘s cost €10 each.

Monaghan GAA “Take Me Out” Night

Club Monaghan in partnership with the Monaghan county players are holding a ‘Take Me Out’ fund raising event tonight, Thursday 21st April, in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan. Laura Doody is representing the club and she has a limited number of tickets number of tickets available for the event so if anybody is interested in going please contact her as soon as possible.

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn last Monday night were 3, 8, 13 and 14. There was no jackpot winner of €6,800.00. The following won €15 each :- Seamus Tate Rockcorry, Martin Carroll Rockcorry, Eugene Cleary Rockcorry (Yearly Ticket), Eileen Calvert Rockcorry, Bernie, Garry, Calum & Ella Rockcorry, Mae, Fintan & Brandon McDermott Rockcorry, Noel & Christina Rockcorry, Melissa McGorman Newbliss. Next week our jackpot will be €6,900.00 and the draw will take place in the Aghabog GAA Complex. Thank you for supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.