LOCAL CLUB SCENE TAKES CENTRE STAGE

21 July 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

In the wake of Monaghan’s exit from the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the club scene moves up through the gears in the next few weeks. by COLM SHALVEY

The tenth game of the 2016 Universal Graphics Junior Football Championship was a predictably easy win for Clones against Corduff last Saturday. Clones, who have seen a run of seven league games unbeaten lift them to third in the table, had goals by James Mealiff, Colm Connolly and Cian O’Connor and a string of points from Adrian Alford to thank for a straightforward win over basement side Corduff. Clones join Aghabog, Toome and Scotstown in the draw for Round 2B.

Aghabog’s win over Oram just under a fortnight ago was a fourth on the trot in league and championship for them, while Toome needed county minor Frank Connolly to come off the bench and score the decisive goal as they laboured to get past Killeevan two days later. There are interesting Round 2A ties in the offing in a local derby between Seán McDermotts and Éire Óg and the battle of JFC specialists Drumhowan and perennial challengers Blackhill, but for now, attention returns to the Eurotech Junior Football League this Sunday.

The league will split after this round, with the top six going into the Cup competition and the other five playing for the Shield. Only Blackhill, Seán McDermotts and Clones have secured their places in the top six with a bit to spare, with just a single point separating the next six teams.

Two of the three sides currently sharing fourth place go head to head when Aghabog and Oram repeat their recent championship clash, while the other, Toome, have home advantage in their JFC repeat against Killeevan, who are the only team apart from Corduff to be out of contention. Drumhowan’s need is greater in their championship dress rehearsal against Blackhill, as is Scotstown’s when they host Clones, while Éire Óg should progress as they host Corduff.

Round 1A of the McElvaney Waste & Recycling Intermediate Football Championship is set for the first Sunday in August, with the pick of the ties being the meeting of preliminary-round winners Donaghmoyne and Inniskeen. The neighbouring sides, who were both relegated from senior last year after gaining promotion in 2014, saw off fellow south-Monaghan rivals in their …
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