DONAGHMOYNE MEET CLONES OR CORDUFF IN FINAL

14 November 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Colm Shalvey

Donaghmoyne await the winners of Sunday’s rescheduled game between Corduff and Clones in the Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League, after they gained a small measure of revenge on their rivals Inniskeen last Sunday. Donaghmoyne had lost to their neighbours by a single point in the IFC Final last month, but they turned the tables in this one to keep their promotion hopes alive.

The lead changed hands several times in a topsy-turvy game, where a strong Donaghmoyne start fell away before half-time, with Paul and Ronan Meegan helping hosts Inniskeen lead by 0-8 to 0-6 at the interval. Paul Meegan added the first point of the second half, but the Grattans only managed one point – again from their top scorer, who hit 0-6 on this occasion – in the final 25 minutes, while Donaghmoyne added five points to their tally to claim a one-point win and go through to what is their seventh final between intermediate, reserve, Under-21 and minor football this year.

The small margins between these fierce rivals can be shown by the results from their four meetings in 2014, with Inniskeen’s two wins giving them a very narrow edge (2-40 to 3-35) overall. Donaghmoyne have to wait until this Sunday to find out who they will face in the IFL Final on Sunday week, after the Corduff v Clones semi-final was postponed due to the death of Jane Kelly, grandmother of Clones players Fintan, Eoin and Ciarán.

Another close encounter in this hugely competitive division can be expected this weekend. Corduff will be looking for big performances from Pádraic Keenan, Keith McEnaney, Ciarán Brennan, Jason Hand and Brendan McNally, while Clones will need Fintan Kelly, Adrian Alford, Darragh Holland and David and Darren Freeman on top form if they are to become the first away team to win at the south-Monaghan venue since May.

Scotstown complete the semi-final line-up for the County Monaghan Group of Credit Unions Senior Football League after Clontibret conceded their scheduled fixture last week. With Clontibret having already secured a home semi-final and with this Sunday’s Ulster Club SFC semi-final dominating their schedule, they conceded the points, which ended any remaining issues about the top four.

Despite not playing a competitive match since losing the championship final last month, Scotstown have gained another six league points to finish third in the table, ahead of Castleblayney on head-to-head records. Scotstown are due to travel to Clontibret on Sunday week, but before that, the first semi-final sees Ballybay host Castleblayney this Sunday.

Both of these teams suffered defeat in the championship semi-finals, Ballybay have lost just three of their 18 SFL games to date, seeing them top the table, while Blayney finished strongly in their final-round game against Monaghan Harps to grab the draw they needed to advance.

Ciarán Hanratty came off the bench to inspire Blayney to that late comeback at St. Mary’s Park and if fit to start on Sunday, he could play a key role for the Faughs, along with the likes of Martin and Brendan McElroy, Dermot and Fergal Malone and Cormac Brady.

Ballybay can call on five senior county players in Paul Finlay, Drew and Ryan Wylie, Christopher McGuinness and Thomas Kerr, however, and others such as …

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