31 October 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

There is still plenty to be decided in the county’s football leagues, with the Eurotech Junior Football League up for grabs between Blackhill and Aughnamullen in Oram this Sunday. by COLM SHALVEY

Both of these teams were left down in the dumps after losing to eventual winners Drumhowan in the JFC, but they have managed to regroup to earn a second chance at promotion in this final. Aughnamullen were relegated last year after six consecutive campaigns in intermediate and they were always among the front-runners to bounce straight back, even though they suffered a hugely disappointing championship semi-final defeat in a game where they failed to perform.

Table-toppers Aughnamullen lost just one of their first 16 league games, with their wins including a comprehensive defeat of Sunday’s opponents back in May, meaning they already had a home semi-final secured by the time they lost their last two against Blackhill and Toome. The Sarsfields went on to turn the tables on Toome in their JFL semi-final, while Blackhill got the better of Killanny. Blackhill also reached the JFC Final for the second year in a row, only to let a winning position slip away against Drumhowan. That brought the number of finals – including last year’s JFC replay – that Blackhill had failed to win in 2013 and 2014 to five between their first team and reserves, but they did claim the RFL Division Three title three weeks ago and they will hope that is a turning point for their fortunes in deciders.

Aughnamullen will be looking for big performances from the likes of Pete and Sam Dooney, Colin Clerkin, Colm Flanagan and Shane Conlon, while Ryan, Dónal and Anthony Courtney, Michael Geehan, Colin Woods and Dermot Daly are among the main men for Blackhill, who may be without JFC Final goal-scorer Ciarán Courtney due to the injury he sustained in that match.

Going in the opposite direction to the winners of Sunday’s game are Seán McDermotts, who last weekend joined Rockcorry in being relegated from the Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League.

Rock, who went on a long losing run when hit by an injury crisis earlier in the year, had been consigned to a second demotion in a row with a few rounds still to play, at which stage the Seáns needed just one more positive result to secure their status. The Threemilehouse side lost their last four games, however, with last Sunday’s defeat away to Cremartin ending their brief stay in intermediate following last year ….

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