31 October 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Carrickmacross 2-10
Monaghan Harps 3-04


CARRICKMACROSS completed the minor football Division One double when they held off a late charge from Monaghan Harps in the league final at Oram last Saturday.

Carrick, who were dominant at midfield in the first half, raced into a big lead early on, helped by goals by corner-forwards Kevin O’Hanlon and Jamie Gartlan. They were no less than 14 points up early in the second half, by which stage the Harps had scored just one point, but the switch of Kevin Loughran to midfield inspired a comeback, which saw the county-town team outscore the eventual winners by 3-3 to 0-1 from there until the final whistle, only to fall just short in an exciting finish.

Conor Duffy, Aaron Lynch, Kevin and Stephen O’Hanlon and Jamie Gartlan did most to bring another title to Carrick, while Loughran, Carl Foentjies and Evan Morahan led the Harps revival.

Carrick opened the scoring from a 30-metre free by Aaron Lynch after Carl Foentjies was penalised for over-carrying and they quickly doubled their lead with a well-taken point from Stephen O’Hanlon. Kevin O’Hanlon latched onto a Niall Loughman pass to drill home the opening goal in the fourth minute and he also kicked the next point, before Jamie Gartlan found the net to move Carrick nine clear with just 12 minutes gone. Another goal nearly followed a minute later after Lynch burst through the centre, but Gartlan’s effort hit the post, although Stephen O’Hanlon quickly notched another good point.

The Harps were starting to gain some possession at this stage, but some aimless passes hurt their cause, while their only decent effort on goal of the first quarter saw a Fearghal McMahon shot bravely blocked.

Lynch then converted a 30-metre free for a foul on Kevin O’Hanlon and Stephen O’Hanlon became the second Carrick player to rattle the woodwork at …

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