Club Notes 24th May

Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League

Our senior team bounced back from their disappointing defeat against Tyholland to secure a hard fought but richly deserved one point victory over league leaders Corduff in the Monaghan Electrical Intermediate league encounter played at Pairc Naomh Mhuire last Sunday (22nd May) afternoon. While Corduff started the better team in the first half they met a Rock solid wall in the second half where the entire team worked tirelessly to block and pressurise their opponents denying them any route to goals to emerge with the spoils on a score-line Rockcorry 0-13 Corduff 1-9. A strong breeze favoured Corduff during the first half and they began the game with all guns blazing and opened the scoring after just fifteen seconds when they converted a free-kick. Two minutes later Mark Daly was brought down and he notched over the free-kick himself but shortly afterwards Corduff regained the lead after Keelan Clerkin was harshly penalised for touching the ball on the ground. After six minutes of the contest Liam Connolly was fouled and again Mark Daly fired between the uprights to draw the sides level. Corduff continued their waves of attacks with great authority and slotted over points on the 8th, 13th and 17th minutes to open up a three point gap. Within a minute our third point arrived when midfielder Mark Daly was on the end of a great move when he receive a pass from Garry Calvert and he tapped over a sweet point. On the 20th minute Noel Carroll made a blistering run through the Corduff defence and when he was dragged to the ground Mark Daly stepped up and converted the free-kick to leave one point separating the sides 0-4 to 0-5. Corduff once again began to get to grips with the game and produced another fine point on the 23rd minute and two minutes later they broke through our defence to score their goal and they added another point on the 27th minute to open up a six point advantage 0-4 to 1-7. We responded immediately with a well worked move and when Garry Calvert was hauled down approximately thirty metres from goals Mark Daly once again showed his accuracy and converted the free-kick. Both teams exchanged points just before the interval to leave the half time score Rockcorry 0-6 Corduff 1-8. Those of us that watched the rugby final over the weekend witnessed the Leinster team make a miraculous comeback to win the Heineken Cup. In a similar fashion our lads started the second half full of determination and were like players possessed as all of them worked tigerishly to deny the Corduff players time and room on the ball. As a result of this much improved work-rate we limited Corduff to just a single point in the second half which ultimately came from a pointed free-kick on the 29th minute. When play resumed Noel Carroll registered our first score a minute after the throw-up to instigate our fight-back. As the half progressed we continued to assert our dominance and a flurry of scores then arrived from Stephen McGuirk 0-3 and Mark Daly 0-1 when they converted free-kicks during the 11th and 16th minutes to draw the sides level 0-11 to 1-8. Then two minutes later the crucial breakthrough came when Conor McGeough slipped past his opponent he was fouled in the process and Stephen McGuirk sailed over a fabulous free-kick to take the lead for the first time of the game. We doubled our lead on the 25th minute when Colin Quinn belted over a point, from approximately thirty metres, with a lovely curling strike. That score left two points between the sides and we were in for a very tense finale as we all know how dangerous a two point lead is! With a minute of normal time remaining Corduff’s only reply was through a converted free-kick on the 29th minute which left just a point separating the sides but a couple of minutes later we heard the sweet sound of angels singing when the final whistle sounded to emerge victorious on a final score-line Rockcorry 0-13 Corduff 1-9.

Platinum Tanks Reserve League Division 3

Our reserve team  were in action last Wednesday 18th May,  in the Platinum Tanks, reserve football league and lost out to Clontibret on a score-line 0-6 to 1-12. The first half was evenly contested with both sides picking off some nice scores and by the break Clontibret had a marginal lead 0-4 to 0-5. However, our performance during the second half left a lot to be desired and we had no answer to an impressive Clontibret side that played the better football throughout. Our passing was pitiable, over-elaboration at times and poor shooting conspired to keep the scoring low as we only managed to register two points during the second half. Clontibret on the other hand notched up an impressive 1-7 to leave the final score Rockcorry 0-6 Clontibret 1-12.

Platinum Tanks Reserve Football Championship

The next game for our reserve team is against Fergal O’Hanlon’s in the Platinum Tanks reserve football divisions 3 & 4 championship. The game is fixed for Friday 3rd June at Pairc Naomh Mhuire.

 GRM Minor Football League Division 2

On Tuesday 17th May, our minor team played Sean McDermotts in the GRM minor football league division 2 and despite our best efforts we unfortunately lost out on a score-line Rock Sarsfields 3-10 Sean McDermotts 3-12. Sean McDermotts started brightly and quickly established a 0-3 point lead within the first six minutes. Lorcan Smyth pulled one back from a free-kick on the 11th minute but Sean McDermotts dominated the following ten minutes and stretched their lead scoring 1-4 without reply to open up a commanding nine point advantage. Mark McGuirk added a point when he converted a free-kick on the 22nd minute but five minutes later Sean McDermotts hit again when they scored their second goal of the match. A point from play by Mark McGuirk just before the break left the half time score Rock Sarsfields 0-3 Sean McDermotts 2-7. I imagine there was quite a strong pep talk during the interval as the lads took the field determined to reduce the deficit and we got the second half off to an ideal start when Fergal McGeough scored a goal after thirty seconds of play. Sean McDermotts rallied and quickly cancelled this out when they fired over points on the 2nd, 3rd and 7th minutes to maintain a ten point lead 1-3 to 2-10. A minute later Mark McGuirk blasted in our second goal and Christopher Kilpatrick notched over a fine point to close the gap back to six points. However, Sean McDermotts response was instant as thirty or so seconds later we were taking the ball out of our nets as they struck their third goal to keep a healthy lead, leading 2-4 to 3-10. Both teams converted free-kicks on the 14th and 15th minutes respectively and further scores from Christopher Kilpatrick on the 18th minute and Mark McGuirk on the 20th minute left the scoreboard reading 2-7 to 3-11.  Moments later Sean McDermotts extended their lead when they slotted over a fine point from play, which happened to be their last score of the game. The remaining ten minutes we dominated possession and scores from Gavin Farrelly 0-1, Mark McGuirk 0-1, Christopher Kilpatrick 0-1 and a goal on the 30th minute we managed to close the gap back to a couple of points. During the closing stages the lads continued to look for that crucial goal but despite their best efforts they were unable to penetrate the Sean McDermotts defence and as the final whistle blew the final score-line was Rock Sarsfields 3-10 Sean McDermotts 3-12. Football will now take a back seat as players get ready to sit their exams so the next game for the minor team is on Tuesday 28th June when they travel to play Cuchulains.

USFC Tyrone v Monaghan

The Ulster senior football championship game between Tyrone v Monaghan on Sunday 5th June is NOT an all ticket game. However, tickets are required for the covered stand. There are a limited number of tickets available so if you would like to order a ticket for the covered stand then please contact Martina McKeown before Sunday 29th May at 4.00pm. When ordering family tickets please state number of adults and children. Tickets cost are covered stand €27, covered stand (senior citizen) €15, covered stand (child) €5, terrace €15, terrace (senior citizen / student) €10, terrace (under 16) FOC.

Monaghan Minors

Best wishes to Mark McGuirk, Fergal McGeough and the entire Monaghan minor team as they take on Tyrone this Sunday in the Ulster Championship. Hopefully a good crowd will travel to Brewtser Park, Enniskillen to shout the team on.

Under 16 Team

Our amalgamated under 16 team, Rock Emmett’s, played Toome last Thursday evening (19th May and unfortunately they lost the game as Toome proved too strong and were always in control and had plenty to spare by the final whistle. With the league taking a break for the examinations their next outing is on Thursday 23rd June when they play Doohamlet at Pairc Naomh Mhuire at 7.00pm

Under 14 Team

Our under 14 team were in action last Saturday when they travelled to play Blackhill. This was a repeat of the championship final in which we unfortunately lost by a couple of points but on this occasion the team stepped up to the mark and put in a determined performance to secure the win by the narrowest of margins Blackhill 2-10 Rockcorry 4-5. Played in difficult and slippery underfoot conditions this was a tough and competitive game of football and certainly provided plenty of excitement throughout as very little separated the teams at any one stage. Blackhill enjoyed a slight advantage going into the final quarter leading by a single point but our young warriors never gave up as they battled bravely putting in a tremendous effort to be worthy winners. Overall this was a great team performance starting with Aaron McGorman in goals who made a number of important saves and always found his players with the kick-outs. The backs Mark Duffy, Vincent O’Brien, Laurence McCarthy and Gareth Smith grew into the game and put in a commanding work rate to deny the Blackhill forwards any simple scoring opportunities. The midfield pairing of Andrew McPhillips and Patrick James won plenty of possession and supported their team mates to great effect by using their strength and power to stamp their authority on the game. Up front Padraig O’Brien, James Doody, Morgan Tate-McGeough, Kyle Brannigan and Caolin McPhillips received ample supply and kept their defenders busy with some excellent movement and score taking. I imagine the team management will be very proud of the teams work rate and will be very pleased with their efforts shown during the game. The lads played some wonderful football and no doubt will be delighted to get a win under their belts and let’s hope they can continue this form in their next outing when they travel to take on Tyholland on Saturday 25th June. So well done lads and remember continue to work hard at training and believe that you are as good as any team in the competition. Believe in your own ability, trust in your team mates ability and continue to work hard for each other and one last thing always, listen to your team management.

Under 12 Finals Day

This Saturday 28th May the Under 12 finals day takes place at the county training grounds located at  Cloghan. The theme of the finals day is RESPECT. There will be twenty-one finals played on the day with the first starting at 10.00am and our encounter against Scotstown B team is scheduled to take place at 2.00pm. All teams must be in Cloghan thirty minutes before the throw-in time. Please note that there will be a €5 charge on the day for all adults, not including team mentors and all proceeds will go towards covering the cost of the day and to the coaching fund. My I take this opportunity to wish Conor, Anthony, Karen, Sean and all the players the very best of luck in their final. 

Go Games Blitz – Under 10’s

Last Saturday our under 10’s took part in the Go Games Blitzes which was held in Blackhill. There was a great turnout and well done to all the kids involved as they provided plenty of entertainment for the spectators and many thanks to all who travelled and supported the kids on the day.

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.

Best Wishes

The club extends their best wishes to Peter Phillips (Swans Cross) who is competing in the European Powerlifting Championship on the 2nd June which is being held in Limerick. Peter won the All Ireland title in deadlifting back in March 2011 and ranked highly in the benching category.

Monaghan VHI GAA Cul Camps 2011

A list of the forthcoming VHI GAA Cul camps can be viewed on our website All camps cater for 6-13 year old boys and girls. If parents need further information or require any clarification please contact Paul O’Connor, Games Development Manager on 086-8374827 or email:

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn last Monday night were 1, 5, 7 and 22. There was no jackpot winner of €7,300.00. The following won €15 each :- Aiden Sheridan Aghabog, John Quinn Rockcorry, Joseph, Peadar & Anthony Rockcorry, Cillian Carroll Clontibret, Michael Greenan Aghabog, Patricia Royce Threemilehouse, Brian Cassidy Smithboro, Rachel & Niamh c/o Mullen’s Pub. Next week our jackpot will be €7,400.00 and the draw will take place in Fitzpatrick’s. Thank you for supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.

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