RED-LETTER DAY FOR MAGHERACLOONE AND BLACKHILL

9 January 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

COLM SHALVEY REPORTS

Saturday is a red-letter day for Monaghan clubs in the AIB All-Ireland series, with both Magheracloone and Blackhill bidding for a place at Croke Park later this month. Magheracloone are seeking to follow in the footsteps of two previous All-Ireland IFC winners from Monaghan – Inniskeen in 2006 and Truagh in 2014 – and at least make it through to the final by getting through a local derby of sorts against Mattock Rangers in Crossmaglen.

The Mitchells’ turbulent end to 2018 has been well documented – with the mine collapse on their facilities leaving them without their pitch ever since – but they managed to put that behind them to enjoy a successful 2019 on the playing fields of Monaghan and beyond. Wins over Tyholland, Monaghan Harps, Corduff and Emyvale saw the 2017 county SFC runnersup (who were within touching distance of another final 12 months later) through to an IFC decider against Donaghmoyne, where they had eight points to spare. James Kieran’s side then saw off Foreglen (Derry) in a high-scoring Ulster…

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