MASSIVE WEEKEND OF EXCITING FIXTURES IN MONAGHAN FOOTBALL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

11 September 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

There are two games each in the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Football Championships this weekend, with the Junior Football Championship semi-finals down for decision on Sunday. by COLM SHALVEY

Scotstown are the only team through to the Greenfield Foods Senior Football Championship semi-finals after last weekend’s games. Goals by Darren Hughes and Brian McGinnity helped in-form Scotstown see off Monaghan Harps on Sunday evening, while the other Round 2A game in Castleblayney produced one of two draws on Saturday.

Clontibret gambled on the fitness of Conor McManus (starting the Ulster Footballer of the Year, having named the team without him just minutes earlier) and that looked set to pay off for long spells of this game. A goal in either half from Vincent Corey had the holders in a commanding position, but a second yellow card opened the door for Dessie Mone opened the door to Ballybay, who hit the last four points – three from Paul Finlay and a late equaliser by the impressive Christopher McGuinness – to set up a replay in Scotstown this Saturday. Once again, much will depend on McManus, who kicked seven points in the drawn game, but didn’t score from play after the tenth minute as he appeared to be still short of full fitness.

There was another draw later that evening in Inniskeen in the latest instalment of the Latton v Magheracloone rivalry. Magheracloone hit 1-8 in the first half, with Alan McCahey to the fore and Pádraig McMahon getting the goal, but they managed just two points in the second 30 minutes, which let Latton come back into it, helped by a goal from Aidan Farmer. Owen Duffy’s fifth point late on forced extra-time, but wasteful finishing cost Latton the chance to push on in extra-time, during which the teams could only hit a point apiece. Tommy Freeman’s …

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