Club Notes 21st June

Monaghan Electrical Intermediate League

No doubt the topic of discussion among supporters this past week was the performance of our senior team last Wednesday evening when we returned pointless after the trip to play Donaghmoyne in the Monaghan Electrical intermediate league campaign. One would have thought that this encounter was the perfect opportunity for the team to restore some pride in themselves and the green jersey and produce a grittier performance after the poor display against Currin in the preliminary round of the intermediate championship, three days earlier. Unfortunately, we were treated to another uninspired, uninterested display as the team lacked the determination and confidence to make any impression on the game as we simply failed to compete and proved no match against a stronger, speedier, and a more co-ordinated Donaghmoyne team who powered their way to a comfortable 1-11 to 1-8 victory. While the final score-line only reflects a three point win for Donaghmoyne in reality the winning margin should have been a lot more because they were the better side and dominated this contest apart from the last five minutes where we had a brief flurry and managed to score 1-3 to put some respectability on the final score-line. Having watched the team being outplayed and physically brushed aside our team selector, David McGregor was finding it difficult to come to terms with the team’s performance. Speaking after the game, he said “it was very difficult to look at that to be honest. Donaghmoyne were far superior on the day and they were physically stronger in some key positions and had a greater movement off the ball. They really punished us every time they got forward and in the first half they kicked six or seven wide’s along with scoring 1-7 to our 0-4, which shows they totally dominated the game”. When asked, what was the next step? David responded, “well, the first thing we have to do is get the lads back and get them playing football the way we all know they can. We were poor tonight and the lads know this more than anyone and they should realise that we will have to work extremely hard in the coming weeks in order to improve our football ability and keep things moving forward. It was deeply disappointing and bitterly frustrating to watch the lads tonight because we all know they have plenty of talent, ability and skill and when they lose in this manner it makes it very hard to accept because we all know they are capable of producing much, much better”.  I am 100% behind you on that point David and I just hope that moving forward everyone can focus on the positives and build on these for our next game which takes place on Friday 1st July against Sean McDermotts.

Team & Scorers: Jamie Smith, Colin Reilly, Damien Matthews, Owen Fitzpatrick, Keith Daly, Niall McKeown, Stephen McGuirk 0-2, Mark Daly 0-1, Martin Carroll, Fergal McGeough 0-1, Garry Calvert 0-1, Noel Carroll, Colin Quinn, Paul McKeown and Mark McGuirk 1-1. Subs: Dwayne Rooney 0-2 for Garry Calvert, Pauric Reilly for Colin Quinn, Conor McGeough for Niall McKeown, Ryan Sharkey for Mark Daly.

Monaghan Electrical Intermediate League Fixtures

Our senior team will be back in action in the league campaign on Friday 1st July when they play host to Sean McDermott’s at 8pm.

McGuigan Builders Intermediate Championship

We have been drawn against Drumhowan in the first round of the championship qualifiers. At the time of going to press the date, venue and time was unknown.

Platinum Tanks Reserve Football Championship

The old adage ‘goals win games’ was strikingly illustrated last Friday evening when Blackhill produced four goals in a seven minute blitzkrieg during the first half of our Platinum Tanks reserve football championship encounter to record a 0-12 to 4-12 victory.  Despite a good start by the lads our defence was cruelly exposed during the 12th and 19th minutes when BANG, BANG, BANG and yes you guessed it BANG we conceded four goals as Blackhill established a commanding 4-6 to 0-7 lead at the end of the first half. At this stage, it was game, set and match (excuse the Wimbledon pun!) as a contest but when play resumed the lads showed a lot of character and spirit as they worked tirelessly during the second half to try and reduce the deficit but the task was an almighty uphill battle and proved a bridge to far and Blackhill emerged victorious on a score-line 0-12 to 4-12.

Team & Scorers: Anthony Tate, Cathal Sheridan, Owen Fitzpatrick, Ryan Sharkey, Kyle Rooney, Felix Granaghan, Keelan Clerkin, Barry Patterson, Liam Connolly, John Greenan, Dwayne Rooney (0-4 play & 0-8 free-kicks) Colin Quinn, Shane Wynne, Stephen Lynch, Seamus Carroll: Subs Finbar McDermott for Anthony Tate.

 Traditional Hay Festival

A day of family fun will take place on Sunday 24th July at Dartrey sports field, when our traditional hay festival gets underway featuring an array of entertainment to suit everyone’s interests. Those of you that attended last year’s event will agree that it was a fantastic day and this year’s lineup promises to be even bigger and better than before with an action packed itinerary of events including working horses, vintage tractors & machinery, live traditional music, Irish dancing, dog shows, per corner, sheep shearing, tossing the sheaf, penalty competitions, tug-of-war, kids races, bouncing castles and loads more. For another great day’s entertainment make sure you keep Sunday 24th July free for a day of fun for all the family at Rockcorry Traditional Hay Festival. Please visit www.rockcorrygaa.ie for some video footage and a selection of photographs of last year’s event. Enjoy!!!

Offaly v Monaghan

On behalf on the club may I extend our best wishes to the Monaghan senior team who take on Offaly this Saturday (25th June) in the first round of the championship qualifiers. Throw-in time is 7pm and tickets are NOT required for this game.

GRM Minor Football League Division 2

With the exams now over for another year the minor competition recommences on Tuesday 28th June when we travel to Doohamlet to play Cuchulains at 8.00pm.

Under 16 Team

The next outing for our under 16 team is tonight Thursday 23rd June when they take on Doohamlet at Pairc Naomh Mhuire at 7.00pm

Under 14 Team

The next outing for our under 14 team is this Saturday 25th June when they travel to play Tyholland.

Under 12 Team

The next game for our under 12 team is on Saturday 2nd July when they play Carrickmacross at Pairc Naomh Mhuire 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.

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn last Monday night were 3, 6, 16 and 23. There was no jackpot winner of €7,700.00. The following won €15 each :- Pauric Sherry c/o Maple Bar, Anthony Clerkin Rockcorry, Bill Coffey Cootehill, Geraldine Tibby Scotstown, Melissa McGorman Newbliss, Tony McGorman Aghabog, Tony & Teresa Swans Cross, Raymond Treanor c/o Maple Bar. Next week our jackpot will be €7,800.00 and the draw will take place in Fitzpatrick’s. Thank you for supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.

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