15 June 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard


MONAGHAN Harps kicked off the Gormley uPVC Senior Football Championship with a five-point win over Truagh in the preliminary round at Emyvale last Saturday.
Truagh settled much quicker and they led by 0-6 to 0-1 after 20 minutes, but the Harps outscored them by 1-11 to 0-4 from that point on.
A goal by Neil McAdam gave the Harps a foothold in the game and they produced a much-improved second-half performance to run out deserving winners.
The Harps were grateful to goalkeeper Conall McKenna for making a couple of vital saves in the first half, although they missed a couple of goal chances themselves in the second half.
Conor Galligan, Niall Hahessy, Nicholas Scott, David Hughes, Dean Fanning and McAdam, who overcame a hand injury to play most of the game after Gary White went off with a serious leg injury, were central to the Harps comeback. Niall Feely, Damian McRory and substitute Adam Treanor (on his SFC debut) were best for Truagh.
Truagh got off to a flying start with well-taken points from play by Daniel and Christopher McKenna in the first three minutes.
Dean Fanning got Monaghan Harps off the mark with a fine score off his left foot at the end of a move involving Gary White, Conor Galligan and Niall Hahessy, but Pádraig McKenna linked up with Barry Cuddy to land a good point for Truagh.
The Harps went close to finding the net when …

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