County Seniors and Minors
What can be said more than has already been said. So proud of our county minor team, and in particular our men Michael & Conor. What a display from lads of 16 and seventeen years of age. The whole panel and backroom staff can be proud of their achievements this season. While the pain will bite for a time to come, that will fade and bigger sense of achievement will always be there in the years and decades ahead.
As for the seniors, the sense of devastation that walked out of the stadium along with the Monaghan fans can only be a drop in the ocean of that owned by the players. We can talk of refereeing but that’s best left to others. Pundits can have their say, but they too must remember that they have responsibilities to the players that give of their time to create a chance for them to earn their living. From a club point of view it was simply fantastic to see Kieran performing back at his brilliant best. As ever, the heart in Darren’s performance from box to box just reflects what we know he is willing to give to football, at all levels, from club to national team. Shane again set a standard of contribution that shows what it takes to hold down a county senior jersey. Conor’s footwork in the Tyrone square is the talk of the country and announces on the national stage the message that we have watched develop at club level. As for Rory… he floated one particular kickout into a colleagues chest, which landed there, as if he handed it to him on his way past rather than after a kick which had travelled 50 meters to get there. That just leaves me with the quiet patient man of the pack. Conor’s help in preparing Rory for games can’t be understated. I watched him stroke a Roryesk distance free over the Hill 16 bar and then run as a target for a Rory dart in the prematch warmup . Now the 6 lads will turn their attention to their club and make that their home until it is time for the county to call again.
Good to see ‘Jim Dunne’ making his return to the panel.
The seniors have an away game in Latton on Sunday in the Shoe City Senior league. Throw in 1pm.
The Juniors play their first round Universal Graphics Championship game against Cremartin in Monaghan @6pm on Sunday 19th. This bunch of lads have been preparing quietly and effectively over the summer.
The reserves on any other week would have gotten top billing in the notes for their achievement of winning the League title in only the second reserve Double in 25 years. Their performance against the other major player in the competition, Clontibret last Saturday in Tyholland. They took the game on a score line of 2-16 to 1-11. The most impressive aspect of the game was the spread of scorers. An early goal from Clontibret kept the game close into the second half but a fabulous team goal started and finished by Ryan O’Toole created clear air between the teams. Well Done lads
The ladies reserve team battled hard to overcome a young talented Blayney side that made the journey down to Scotstown last Friday for their Semi Final encounter. Playing with the wind in the first half the girls didn’t get the scores on the board and were made to battle to the end with the score line of 1-07 to 1-06.
The Lads have their Shield Final. Watch social media details of Venue and Time
The Ladies again play Castleblayney at home on Saturday 18th August @ 7pm
The U16’s didn’t manage to get to the final, just coming up short by 2 points. They trailed by 14 points after playing against the wind in the first half but manage to draw back level before slipping behind to the last 2 scores
The girls play Monaghan harps in the first round championship game. This is on Monday the 20th and is a home game
The girls play Eire Og on Friday
Huge thanks to all who helped out with the U12 Girls Ulster club blitz on Saturday. 30 teams from all over the Province number 450 players were easily catered for on the pitches in Kilmore. Thanks to the senior ladies for organising the refereeing and organising the shop, a strong earner on the day for the club.
Trevor McKenna & Hugh Sherlock