Club Notes 25th August 2015

Senior Team –Sunday saw the Seniors beaten by Monaghan Harps in the Senior Football Championship in Truagh. The Harps got to the pace of the game quicker than us and led by five points before Patrick Tavey scored a goal to bring us back into the game, but the Harps regained the initiative with four points before half time to lead by six. The second half saw the Harps continue to keep the scoreboard rolling over and eventually run out comfortable winners on a score line of Faughs 1-4 Harps 1-16. We have now been drawn to play Donaghmoyne in the back door next Sunday at 1.30pm in Clontibret. Can we ask that another large Blayney support travels to O’Neill Park to cheer on the boys.

Operation TransFAUGHSmation – We had a great crowd for registration of the firth year of Operation TransFAUGHSmation last Tuesday evening. The programme will start on Tuesday 8th of September when we have our information night, which will be in a different format from previous years, with each participant able to talk directly to each of the instructors on a one to one bases, at their individual information stand. We look forward to seeing a full crowd on the 8th and again at the Black Island for the walk on Friday 11th at 6.30pm for the first activity which will be a walk around the back island. Remember our motto…”a fun way to a healthier lifestyle”

Boys Under 10 – The boys travelled to Cloghan last Saturday morning to play in the All County Go Games. We entered two teams and both teams did really well. Training will continue this week, and we will text all the parents to keep them updated.

Girls Under 12 – Theses young ladies are worth coming out to watch as yet again this week they emerged with a one point victory over a very good Truagh team. The girls had to battle hard and when the Truagh girls scored a vital goal mid-way through the second half the Faughs Girls responded with a brilliant flowing move down the pitch, which was finished to the net in great style. In the nail biting final few minutes, these young girls showed what they were made off, with a very impressive display of defending, blocking, tackling and high fielding to keep their noses just in front to win. We are now away to Carrick next Sunday 30th of August with a throw in time of 11.30am followed by a game against O’Neill Shamrocks, the date and time to be confirmed.

Boys Under 14 – It was a good week for both under fourteen squads, with wins for both on Saturday. The development team were first up when they played Clontibret, this was the boys last game of the season and in fairness they put in a great performance with a good win. These young lads have had a difficult year with wins proving difficult to come by, but they are a group of young boys who can play and while they are small in size currently, they have a ton of skill and guts which will be nurtured over the next few years. Final Score, Faughs 2-14 Clontibret 0-08. Well done Boys. The Under 14 Senior team had a home game against Scotstown directly after the development team. This again was another must win game in order to progress to the Semi Final of the Mason Cup. Two goals late in the second half set us up for a win, but a big improvement will be required if we are to defeat Monaghan Harps in the Semi Final. Final Score Faughs 4-11 Scotstown 2-7. The date of the Semi Final is confirmed as Thursday 3rd of September with a throw in time of 18.45hrs.

Girls Under 14 – Our U14 Girls have their first Championship Match of the Season coming up. They travel to Tyholland this Friday night with a throw in time of 6p.m. Best of luck girls. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Boys Under 16 – The Under 16 team played their Championship Final last Thursday night when they faced Corduff in Drumhown. For alot of this team, they were playing in a Championship Final for the first time and as one would expect the first ten minutes or so players showed some nerves, then a Mark Hughes goal seemed to settle the Faughs. A further four points from Craig Callan and a great team goal finished off by Captain Joshua Walsh, saw the Faughs go into the break with a good lead of Faughs 3-8 Corduff 1-4. The second half was a more tense affair as the Faughs defended well against the breeze with some great work being done by Colin Merrick, Gavin Kelly and Ryan Mc Kieran. Keeping Corduff at bay was Joshua Walsh, and second half subs Joshua Mone and David Irwin. The Faughs scoreboard kept ticking over, then a Mone goal at the end sealed victory for the Faughs. Final Score Faughs 4-12 Corduff 1-9. On the night Cian O’Connor played well between the posts with great accuracy with his kick outs, the defenders of Ryan McKieran, Colin Merrick and Gavin Kelly were strong throughout and were ably supported by the introduction of Declan Hughes. The Faughs battled well in the middle with Stephen Beattie showing that he has potential to be a great future Faughs midfielder while Craig Callan put in a great shift with his free taking proving vital. Up front, team Captain Joshua Walsh showed great skill all night and was very effective throughout, he was well supported by the hard working Jack Callan, while Mark Hughes showed again his great potential with a personal tally of 1-3 during the game. Fresh legs up front are always a huge benefit when you are playing nine aside and the introduction of David Irwin and Joshua Mone added both speed and skill to make sure that we kept the scoreboard ticking over. The win was a panel effort with the following be part of the team on the journey, Kealan McKernan, Robbie Hanratty, Eoghan Casey, Niall Carville, Joseph Hughes, Francis Mc Geough, Niall Carville and Max Rodgers. Well done to the Management Team of Tom Miller, Eoghan Mc Tiernan and Mark Kelly. They have put in a great effort for the last few years and deserve a lot of credit for their work with these boys. Next up is a league Semi Final against Cremartin which takes place this Thursday in St Mary’s Park with a throw in time of 18.45hrs, extra time if required. Well Done lads

Girls Under 16 – Our U16 Girls played St. Bridget’s last Thursday night in a nerve wrecking semi-final. The girls started the first half brightly with some great scores and were two points ahead at half time. St. Bridget’s came out fighting in the second half and scored a goal in the early minutes, leaving them one point ahead. Our girls continued to work the ball patiently and never gave up and with the game entering the last few minutes the Faughs were down by two points. A determined Sally Maloney worked the ball tirelessly down the field and when ready to strike for a goal she was fouled and we were awarded a penalty. Up stepped Aoibhin Fitzsimmons to coolly slot home the kick giving the girl’s a great one point victory. These girls work seamlessly as a team from defence through to midfield and forwards and they all fought so hard right to the final whistle to deserve their win. This is a fantastic achievement for the girls in their first year as an established U16 team and they now meet Doohamlet in the Final. Date and time to be confirmed.

Minor Girls – Our Minor Girls travel to Inniskeen on Monday next the 31st August 2015 with a throw in time of 6.45p.m. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Well Done – This week’s well done goes to all our Juvenile Teams who all won this week, in particular our Under 16’s who won the Division Three Championship. Also well done this week to Sally Maloney from the Girls Under 14 team and Under 16 Team, who won the All Ireland Gymnastics Under 15 Title in the Community Games. The final well done goes to Brandon Rice who made a very welcome return to St. Mary’s Park this week to watch both the Girls and Boys Under 16 teams. Great to see Brandon out and about after his recent accident.

McMahons Centra Summer Camp August 2015

McMahons Centra Faughs Summer Camp proves a real winner for all the Children of Castleblayney.

Last week saw the Castleblayney Faughs hold the McMahons Centra Summer Camp which, yet again, proved to be another major success, with over 185 excited children taking part. The Clubs annual Summer Camp which caters for Children aged from 5 to 12 years, has developed over the last number of years into a brilliant event where children from all round the area come together to have fun, learn new skills and meet new friends. When the gates of St Mary’s Park opened shortly after 9.30am on Wednesday morning the air was quickly filled with the sound of laughter and noise as the children were divided into groups according to age. The Faughs had an impressive team of volunteers and coaches organising the camp, with over forty adults helping out each day in events ranging from an egg and spoon race to water slides with footballs, indeed all the games were designed to help children’s basic coordination and improve their basic football skills. One of the highlights of this year’s Camp was the huge obstacle course built with tunnels, tyre walls and balance beam walks making the course great fun for all the children. Saturday morning was an early start as the kids headed off to the Cinema while a small army of adults set about transforming St. Mary’s Park into a large Bar-B-Que venue. Speaking after the event, Faughs Juvenile Chairperson Brian Sherry said “The Summer Camp is the highlight of the year for the Juvenile Club, we invest a huge amount of time in getting the preparation right, our objective is simple, we want every child to have a fun experience and I think we have achieved that this week. The camp couldn’t happen without the support of everyone in the Club, the coaches and the support team who all take their own holidays to be here each day and to have over forty five people helping out every day shows the commitment they have to the Club. We also have a great sponsor in McMahon Centra who is always on hand to support the Club in as many ways as they can.” Overall sounds like a great week, well done to everyone concerned.

Club Notes 18th August 2015

Senior Team – It has been a tough week for our senior team, with two defeats on the spin. Last Wednesday night we travelled to Magheracloone and on a lovely sunny evening, we started the game brightly and opened up a two point gap at half time, with some lovely points from Dermot Malone, David McMahon and Ciaran Hanratty. The second half saw Magheracloone firstly draw level and then get their nose in front on the stoke of full time. Final Score Magheracloone 0-14 Faughs 0-13. On Sunday morning we travelled to Ballybay in round fifteen of the league, and again we started brightly but a goal and four point blitz by the Pearse Brothers in a five minute spell just before half time left the Faughs trailing by six points at the break. The second half saw Ballybay continue to find the range in front of goal and despite two Ronan McNamara goals, the Pearse Brothers ran out convincing winners on a score line of Ballybay 1-23 Faughs 2-10. We now need to get ready for the first round of the Monaghan Senior Championship this Sunday, when we travel to Truagh to play Monaghan Harps. Throw in time is 1.30pm, can we ask that as many supporters as possible travel to support the team.

Summer Camp – Last week saw the annual Juvenile invasion of St. Mary’s Park for the McMahon Centra Summer Camp. We had over 185 children ranging from 5 to 12 years of age. The camp, which is always a huge hit with the children, was no different this year, with lots of activities to keep the kids going right throughout the day. On Saturday the group travelled to the Cinema for the morning before they returned to St Mary’s Park for the Camp Bar-B-Que and award ceremony. Well done to all involved for a brilliant week a big thank you to McMahons Centra for yet again committing to be the sponsor.

Operation TransFAUGHSmation – Woohoo!!!!. We’re back. People of mid Monaghan be warned, Operation TransFAUGHSmation is coming again with a programme of fun filled and specially tailored events designed to get you to a fitter and happier place. This award winning programme which is a proven hit with participants, will kick off with the registration night on Tuesday 25th of August in Our Lady’s Secondary School Concert Hall from 6.30pm to 8pm, which will be followed by a new format of Information night on the 8th of September 2015. The Regsitration fee is only €65 this year and represents great value for this twelve week programme.

Boys Under 12 – Last Friday evening saw the Under 12 development team travel to Drumhowan to play Monaghan Harps in the final of the development league. The team, which is made up of eleven year olds, started brightly opening up a three point gap with points from Conor Ruddy and Thomas Hughes, before Monaghan Harps found the net to put them in front. The Harps goal seemed to spur on the young Faughs lads who responded with a Kevin Flanagan goal, which was followed by another goal before half time to leave the score at the break Faughs 2-6 Harps 1-1. The team talk at half time focused on working hard, moving the ball quickly and finishing the chances, the boys carried out the management instructions to the letter of the law, as they moved the ball quickly from defence to attack, kicking some great scores along the way. The defence was very well marshalled by Goal Keeper Brandon McCague, full backs Joe Carey and Ross Maguire who never give the Harps inside forward line any space, while the half backs of Martin Joyce, Caolin McMahon and Ultan McMahon used the ball superbly throughout the hour. A strong centre field pairing of Captain Thomas Hughes and Niall Rice insured that the Faughs won plenty of ball in the middle third. Upfront the main ball winner was Ben Mallon who set up a number of chances for the very quick and accurate forward line of Kevin Flanagan and Conor Ruddy. The introduction of Joshua Conlon, Daniel Mc Shane, Ryan Mullen and Jason Campbell added further fresh legs to a fast moving forward unit and the boys never stopped until the final whistle was sounded. A big well done to all the Players from both panels (Senior Under 12 and Development Under 12’s) who have put in a great effort all year and also to the coaches who have worked hard insuring that the boys were well prepared for every game during the year. Thanks you also to the large Faughs support who travelled out to the game, I have no doubt but you enjoyed a great Faughs win, played like a great Faughs team.

Girls Under 12 – The Girls had their game with O’Neill Shamrocks rescheduled so the next game for the girls will be at home versus Truagh on Friday 21st of August at 7pm.

Boys Under 14 – The Under 14 Senior team travelled to Latton last Thursday night in the league knowing that only a win would be good enough to keep them in the hunt for a semi-final place in the league. With this in mind they put in a very determined performance and collected the two valuable points. They now go into the last league game this Saturday against Scotstown, requiring the two points to make sure that they qualify for the Semi Finals. Throw in time will be 1.15pm in
St. Mary’s Park. The Development team also travelled to Monaghan last Thursday night to play the Harps and while they were defeated they played some great football running up a score of 1-14. The last league game for the boys will be against Clontibret in St. Mary’s Park on Saturday at 12pm.

Boys Under 16 – The Under 16 team play their Championship Final this Thursday the 20th of August in Drumhowan at 7.30pm versus Corduff. The best of luck to the team and management, they have worked hard all year and hopefully they can now deliver a performance on the night. Can we ask that all our patrons, members, players, coaches and committee members remember on the night that the players are still children, the coaches are volunteers, and the referees are only young people so like last Friday night, can we ask that any verbal contributions you make are positive and supportive.

Girls Under 16 – Our U16 Girls play St. Bridget’s on Thursday the 20th August 2015 in the semi final at 7p.m. in St. Mary’s Park. This is a fantastic achievement for the girls in their first year as an established U16 team. We wish all the Girls and their management the best of luck and hope that they make it through to the final.

Minor Girls –The Minor Girls are next out on Monday the 17th August 2015 at 7p.m. it is an away match against Killanny and all support would be greatly appreciated.

Well Done – This week’s well done goes to our Under 12 Development team who won their league on Friday evening, it was great to see these young lads move the ball like Faughs teams of old, also well done again to Joshua Walsh from the Under Sixteen team who captained the Monaghan County Under 16 team to retain the Buncrana Cup on Saturday. Let’s hope he is lifting another cup this Thursday night as we seek to win the Monaghan Under Sixteen Championship.

Respect Initiative –Just a reminder to all that we are asking that all club members engage in the respect initiative, we need to remember that when we are all involved in the competitiveness of the games that we also remember that the players are children, the coaches are volunteers and the referees are only young people, the future of our club depends on all of us developing the youth so we ask that any verbal contributions that you make are positive and supportive.