PROMOTION, SILVERWARE UP FOR GRABS IN IFL FINAL

21 November 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Colm Shalvey

Donaghmoyne and Corduff will contest this Sunday’s Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League Final, while Clontibret and Scotstown will battle it out for the right to play Castleblayney in the County Monaghan Group of Credit Unions Senior Football League decider.

Corduff held off a late charge from Clones last Sunday to qualify for this Sunday’s IFL Final, where they will play Donaghmoyne, who edged out Ulster Club IFC finalists Inniskeen in their league semi-final 11 days ago. Corduff, who lost to Inniskeen in the championship semi-finals, have now gone a step further in the league after they inched over the line on home soil, with Brendan McNally top-scoring on 0-5. Corduff led for almost the entire hour and they were five points up inside the final quarter, but Clones hit the last four scores – three from Fintan Kelly – to leave the hosts hanging on in the end.

It was honours even from these teams’ league clashes this year, with the away side coming out on top narrowly on both occasions. This game is the meeting of the teams with the two best defensive records in the IFL; despite scoring less than everyone except Rockcorry and Cremartin, Corduff’s solidity at the back saw them concede less than all other teams (Donaghmoyne conceded just three points more) to win a number of tight games and finish level on points with Inniskeen at the top. Donaghmoyne’s consistency has seen them reach two finals this year and although they just edged Emyvale out to claim fourth place in the table, they will go into Sunday with confidence after getting the better of their local rivals Inniskeen, who have since qualified for the Ulster IFC Final.

Donaghmoyne have threats up front in the likes of Rory Woods, Pádraig Donaghy, Jonathan McCrossan, Niall Garland and Darren Coleman, while midfielder Frank Markey and defenders Christopher Deery and Mikey Murnaghan are other key players. Pádraic Keenan, Keith McEnaney, Jason Hand and Brendan McNally will shoulder the scoring burden for Corduff, with Ciarán Brennan and Declan Larkin to anchor their miserly back-line.

This division was one of the most competitive around this year, with very little separating the top seven teams a…

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