24 September 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

This Sunday sees the first of the Monaghan football club championship finals when Blackhill and Rockcorry play for the Universal Graphics sponsored Junior Championship title at O’Neill Park, Clontibret. by JOHN GRAHAM

The big question going into Sunday’s Universal Graphics Junior Football Championship Final is will Blackhill be able to wipe away the bitter taste of defeat in the last two finals, three if you count their replay against Emyvale, and in the process take the club’s fifth Junior football championship title, or will it be Junior championship title number two for Rockcorry and a quick return to the higher flight, having been relegated from intermediate ranks at the end of last season.

Having been defeated in the finals of both 2014 and 2013 will be a huge motivation for Blackhill but it can be equally a mental barrier to winning this year’s championship and getting over that aspect of things is something that team manager David Lennon will have been working on. Given their experience over the last couple of years though Blackhill would have been regarded as one of the favourites for this year’s title and they have justified that rating by getting into the final with three straight victories although they did have patches in those games when they struggled to impose themselves.

Rockcorry were in intermediate ranks last season where they gave a very good account of themselves in the intermediate football championship, coming within an ace of winning promotion to senior ranks. Despite losing to Clones by a point in their opening game they then went on to record victories over Sean McDermotts, Tyholland and Cremartin before losing out in the semi-final to Donaghmoyne. That experience and playing in the higher flight has stood to Rockcorry this year and they are playing a good brand of football that has seen them reach the final with straight victories after a somewhat faltering start against Scotstown.

Blackhill captain Eamonn Byrne is looking forward to leading the team out on final day and said: “I’m very aware that this is our third year in the final and that it will be a big challenge, but I think we are strong enough this year to finish the job and take the cup home. I know we have learned from our experiences in the last two years and we have shown that in our games so far especially in the semi-final against Scotstown by taking our scores when the chances came.

We know Rockcorry are a strong side and they have some very experienced…


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