Club Notes 18/09/20

Lotto: This weeks Lotto numbers were 1, 10, 16 & 22. No winner. Lucky dip this week was won by Sadie Brennan Clontibret. Next weeks draw is worth €6900. Keep playing and supporting your club on lotto.castleblayneyfaughs.com

Bingo: Bingo continues Saturday @ 2.30pm with our drive in or seated option. Jackpot remains and this Saturday is worth a massive €4100. With work commenced on the new pitch, your continued support much appreciated as the new development is coming at a huge expense.

Congrats: Congrats to Kealan and Aimee Duffy on the birth of their baby daughter.

Best Wishes: Best wishes to Cormac Brady and Jennifer Laide on their upcoming wedding. Enjoy your day.

Well done: Well done to Castleblayney Hurlers on their championship victory at the weekend over Truagh to claim another title.

History Making Minor Double Championship  for The FaughsLast Sunday saw another piece of history made with the boys Minor team and the ladies Minor team both winning Division One senior championship titles.

Boys U17 Championship Final: For the boys it was a life-saving  penalty-shot-save by  youthful goalkeeper Brandon McCague  in the dying seconds of a thrilling final at Inniskeen, that effectively clinched it for the Faughs. On only one occasion did this talented Donaghmoyne side take the lead and that was seven minutes into the game when they hit two quick points  just five minutes after Niall Rice gave Blayney their opening 2nd minute score.  But it was in the first quarter that this energetic and fleet-footed Blayney side  stamped their authority on the game  when they scored a goal and two points on the trot  with the goal, coming from the impressive Thomas Hughes  and the points from Leo Moloney and Niall Rice. But the second quarter saw Donaghmoyne rise to the occasion striking a goal and two points to Blayney two scores leaving only a single point between the sides at the break and the game now seesawing in both directions. The Blayney scores came from Joe Carey and Thomas Hughes and the half time score was Blayney 1-5 Donaghmoyne 1-4. Recognising the danger signs from previous encounters between these two sides it was all hands to the pump for Blayney as they set about putting distance between themselves  and the Fontenoys and in the process served up a feast of entertaining football  with some lovely  fast and free flowing moves with passes finding  their target and shots doing likewise as Blayney delivered  four unanswered points through Shay Casey, Nathan McArdle and ace free taker Niall Rice (2)  to open up a five point lead as the game went into the last five minutes of normal time.  The Faughs were now coasting into added on time. It looked as if victory was just around the corner and earlier chances missed were dispensed to the lost memory bank.  Though the sides exchanged points on two occasions in this last period, with Blayney’s scores coming from substitutes   Max McGinnity and Shay Casey, it seemed to be  a case of no needed to panic for Blayney.  But that was to be a false impression.  It was in these last minutes that Donaghmoyne showed how dangerous they were and they were not accepting the second best tag without a mighty struggle. When they rattled the Blayney net in the 33rd minute to narrow the gap to two points, it was soul searching time for this young Blayney outfit and they dug deep as they battled for survival.  With most Blayney players back defending their slim lead, disaster struck when they conceded a penalty in the 36th minute and Blayney went from expected ecstasy to painful agony in the blink of an eye.  Time had run out for a recovery and their title hinged on the outcome of this one kick. Cometh the hour cometh the youngster and in hushed silence Blayney keeper Brandon McCague saved, the ball was cleared and the final whistle blown. It was joy unbounded. The eight year rule prevailed with Blayney winning the minor championships in ’96, 2004, 2012 and now 2020.  It was all round top drawer performances from this young side with a stand-out display by their half back line of Charlie McQuillan, Ultan McMahon and Ciaran McEneaney that anchored this impressive Blayney showing under the management of Declan Loughman, Damien Hughes, Aidan Tavey and Aaron McNamara. Castleblayney Team: Brandon McCague, Paudie Heaven, Joe Carey (0-1), Zach McArdle, Charlie McQuillan, Ultan McMahon, Ciaran McEneaney, Ben Mallon, Keelan McMahon,  Conor Ruddy, Thomas Hughes (1-1), Martin Joyce, Leo Moloney (0-1), Niall Rice (0-4), Nathan McArdle (0-1). Subs used: Shay Casey (0-2), Max McGinnity (0-1).

Ladies Minor Championship Final Castleblayney Ladies Minor team  pulled off a memorable victory when they defeated Emmet Óg in the Minor Division One championship final at Inniskeen last Sunday afternoon and they did it the hard way. Having conceded three goals in the first half they were trailing by seven points at the interval  with the score standing Emmett Óg 3-4 Castleblayney 0-6.  Top scorer Jodie McQuillan opened Blayney’s account but a goal by Emmet Óg gave them a two point lead.  Blayney replied with two points from Jodie McQuillan and by the 13thminute Grace  Hanratty put Blayney back in front. But spurred on by a second goal, Emmett Óg added two more points to give them a four point lead. Though Jodie McQuillan pulled back a point for Blayney,  Emmet Óg continued on their scoring spree hitting a third gaol and two points to open up a seven point margin. Jodie McQuillan pointed on the edge of the break but there was still a mountain for the Blayney girls to climb as the game went into the second half. But six minutes into the second period that mountain got higher with two more Emmett Óg points to open up a nine point gap that few felt could be bridged. Nonetheless that’s what Blayney did with a resurrectional  second half comeback  that saw them throw aside the odds that were stacked against them and tigerishly  set about their recovery task with power and panache to force the game into extra time. Their comeback started with an inspirational goal by Caitlin McGeough followed by six unanswered points through Jodie McQuillan (4), Grace Hanratty and Aoife McGeough  to finish their magnificent second half and leave the score at full time Castleblayney 1-12  Emmet Óg  3-6.  Blayney continued their upward trajectory in the first period of extra time to open up a four point lead and it looked as if they were about to pull off a momentous and memorable victory when they extended that lead to five points. The Blayney scores came through a Sarah Wilson goal and two points from Hazel Hughes leaving the score  2-14 to 3-6.  Then it all started to fall apart.  A comeback goal by Emmett Óg dramatically reduced the margin to two points and Blayney momentarily looked rocked by this dramatic Emmett Óg turnaround.  But a two point response by Shona Brady looked to have steadied the Blayney ship as they opened up a four point lead and the game went into the last five minutes. Then it was in these last five minutes that Emmett Óg  came back with a resurgent spirit when they dramatically hit their fifth goal and narrowed the margin to a single point and the game now rested on the proverbial knife edge. Emmet Óg pressed home their new found impetus and rapturously sent over the equaliser leaving the score at full time Castleblayney 2-16 Emmett Óg 5-7. The outcome now had to be decided by 30 metre frees. Each sidewas given five shots. It didn’t go the distance. Send overs from Jodie McQuillan, Aoibheann McCooey, Melissa Carr and Hazel Hughes was sufficient to clinch the title. Castleblayney Team: Molly Harte, Aine McGlynn, Ella Broderick, Bronagh Malone, Hazel (0-2), Hughes, Melissa Carr, Eimear McKenna,  Shona Brady (0-2), Caitlin McGeough (1-0), Emer Ruddin, Jodie McQuillan (0-9), Grace Hanratty (0-2), Aoibheann McCooey, Sarah Wilson (1-0) Aoife McGeough (0-1). Subs used : Tori McGeough Erin Keenan, Katie Daly. 30m Free scorers: Jodie McQuillan, Aoibheann McCooey, Melissa Carr, Hazel Hughes.  Management : Paddy Conlon, Mickey Conlon,  Grainne Miller, Estelle Conlon.

Thanks: Huge thanks to Joe Hanratty for providing me with the match reports over the last number of weeks. Excellent reporting and much appreciated.

U13 Boys: Hard luck to our U13 boys who lost out to Truagh in the semi final if their championship at the weekend.

U14 Girls. Hard luck to the girls who lost to a strong Maghercloone team in the semi final of the championship on Monday night. Thd girls worked extremely hard all year and we are sure will come back bigger and better next season

Fixtures: Sat 19th 5pm Reserve championship O’Duffy Cup Away V Killanny. Sun 20th 12.30pm Reserve Championship McKeown Cup Away V Truagh.

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Club Notes 13/09/20

Lotto: Lotto numbers this week were 12, 17, 27 & 30. No winner. Lucky dip winner was Charlene McMahon Coill Darach. Next weeks jackpot is €6800. Keep playing and supporting your club on lotto.castleblayneyfaughs.com

Bingo: Another great turnout for our bingo last Saturday. The jackpot remains for another week and this weeks jackpot is now a lovely €4000. This week 2.30pm seated or drive in. See you all there. This weeks book winners are Mary Mulligan Doohamlet and Eilish McConnell.

Senior Championship – Out But Not Down. When the going gets tough, the tough get going and Blayney certainly earned that appellation last Saturday evening in Inniskeen when they fought tooth and nail against a gallant Donaghmoyne side to retain their senior status for 2021. It was a pressurised cauldron of  drive and determination  for this  Blayney side  who carried the added burden of history on their shoulders as they battled hard to avoid the drop to the  intermediate ranks for their first time in the club’s long history.  They proved themselves up to the task. They may be out but not down. The opening quarter was for Blayney a period of jitters and nerves while Donaghmoyne relished the challenge and played with more edge to their game, going ahead by two points in the opening five minutes. The sides then swapped points twice with Joey Hughes and Dermot Malone tapping over for Blayney. Another Dermot Malone free and only a point divided the sides as the game went into the last seven minutes of the first half. But things began to buzz for Blayney a minute later when a Robbie Hanratty long ball found Dermot Malone and Ciaran Hanratty came bursting off his shoulder to take the pass and rocket the ball to the net to spring Blayney into a two point lead.  Undeterred by this set back Donaghmoyne quickly regrouped and  responded with three quick points to put them back in front at the break 0-7 to Blayney’s 1-3. But it was in the third quarter that things really came alight for Blayney, hitting seven points to Donaghmoyne’s two over this period to open up a four point lead and set the Faughs on the high road to victory. The Blayney points come through Robbie Hanratty, Dermot Malone (3), Brendan McElroy (2) and Fergal Malone.    The final quarter was a battle royal with four points dividing the sides as Donaghmoyne fought to regain the initiative and it took at times, herculean defensive action to contain a determined and threatening Donaghmoyne side. It was point for point as both sides exchanged scores on two occasions and Donaghmoyne went goal hunting to pull this game out of the fire. In the end Blayney held firm with a very good all round display which saw the defence hunting and harrying everything that came their way while the midfield   were competitive and combative and neutralised a central plank of this energetic Donaghmoyne side and maintained a steady supply of ball up front to a forward line who were up for the challenge and came close on a couple of occasions in the second half, to rattling the Donaghmoyne net. Indeed in this second period both goalkeepers played their part in denying their respective oppositions goal chances. In the end Blayney held firm and held their lead to finish their season on a high, if a somewhat low bar note.  Final score Blayney 1-12 Donaghmoyne 0-11. Blayney team: Ciaran Duffy, Fergal Malone (0-1), Kealan Duffy, Mark Kelly, Craig Callan, Josh Walsh, Brian Flanagan, Mark Treanor, Barry Hanratty, Joey Hughes (0-1), Martin McElroy (0-1),  Robbie Hanratty (0-1), Ciaran Hanratty (1-0), Darren Daly, Dermot Malone (0-5). Subs used: Brendan McElroy (0-3), Patrick Tavey, Ethan McCann, Gavin Kelly, Aidan McElroy.

Results: A lot of big stake games played over the last week and what a week of great results and excitement. Our U17 boys scored a last minute goal to defeat Cremartin and qualified for division 1 final in what was a cracker of a game. U15 Div1 boys defeated Monaghan Harps to qualify for their semi final. U13 Div1 won their match to qualify for their semi final and the U13b team defeated Truagh to earn their semi final spot. U16 Div 1 girls defeated Truagh in their final round robin game and in doing so qualified for the Div 1 final. Our U14 Div1 girls defeated Aghabog and now face Magheracloone in their semi final. And finally our minor girls Div 1 defeated Emmet Óg to earn the right to play the same opposition in the final. What a week it was and truly magnificent results all round. Congratulations to all the teams and coaches and best of luck in their respective semi finals/finals. If I have missed any, I do apologise. Been a crazy week. Just let me know and I will enter them into next weeks notes.

Fixtures: See social media for fixture updates as not all venues and times have been confirmed to me.

New Pitch: Exciting times ahead as the diggers moved in to begin work on the new training pitch. We look forward to the work been completed. Obviously this comes at a huge cost and we ask everyone to support our lotto and our bingo to help cover this expense. This pitch is for our future stars.

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Club Notes 04/09/20

Lotto: This weeks Lotto numbers were 9, 11, 12 & 26. No winner. Lucky dip winner was Ruairí Farrell. This weeks jackpot is €6700. Keep playing and supporting your club on lotto.castleblayneyfaughs.com

Bingo: Bingo continues this Saturday @ 2.30pm. Jackpot remains and this week is worth €3900. Thank you all for your continued support and remember we have introduced a drive in as well as seated option which has proven to be a success. All monies raised going to our new field development.

Senior Championship: It’s all down to the wire for the Faughs now as they prepare for their final game of the season against Donaghmoyne with a lot riding on it. Indeed it also came down to the wire last Saturday as  Blayney met reigning county champion Clontibret in a ding dong battle as both sides fought tenaciously to  the end, in this high stakes clash at Cremartin, with Clontibret edging it by two points at the finish. Tough and uncompromising was the feast of football that was served up last weekend with both sides creating great goal chances and at the end of the hour it was all square  forcing the game into extra time and it lost none of its fervour during the extra period.  In the opening hour it was a drawn game on five occasions and in the extra twenty minutes, the sides were all square four times with no one calling the outcome. Clontibret opened the more brightly with Blayney managing only a single Dermot Malone point to Clontibret’s three. Then a Martin McElroy goal, as the game went into the second quarter gave Blayney the lead and impetus to set their game alight. Conor McManus levelled for Clontibret and over the remainder of the quarter Clontibret hit three points to Blayney’s two,  through Mark Treanor and Martin McElroy to the leave the score at the 1-4 Clontibret 0-7 at half time. The Faughs momentarily went back in front with a Ciaran Hanratty point but this third quarter saw Clontibret pull away hitting four points in a row to open up a three point by the end of the third period. Then Blayney came thundering back in this last quarter hitting four points from Dermot Malone  (2), Martin McElroy and Craig Callan to leave the score at full time Blayney 1-9 Clontibret 0-12 and forcing the game into extra time. Clontibret opened  the first half of extra time very strongly   scoring three points to Blayney one  and that one came from Brendan McElroy. The sides then swapped points twice before the break with Blayney’s scores coming from  Ciaran Hanratty and Darren Daly leaving it  1-12 to 0-16 at the interval. But it was nip and tuck for the final period of this intense game as the sides went full out for victory. Brendan McElroy quickly  equalised for Blayney  then the sides exchanged points twice with Dermot Malone scoring both Blayney points  leaving the game on level terms and on the proverbial knife edge going into final minutes.  But Clontibret once more found the edge and broke again to take a two point lead. Try as Blayney might, with every man giving it his all in all quarters, they could not bridge that final gap. They came close as Mark Treanor’s shot from the right corner bobbed around the Clontibret goalmouth for a possible dramatic finish but was eventually cleared leaving the score at the end of this herculean battle Clontibret  0-20 Blayney 1-15. Blayney team: Kieran Duffy, Kealan Duffy, Mark Kelly, Fergal Malone Brian Flanagan, Josh Walshe, Mark Hanratty, Barry Hanratty, Mark Treanor (0-1), Robbie Hanratty, Dermot Malone (0-5), Joey Hughes, Ciaran Hanratty (0-2), Darren Daly (0-1), Marty McElroy (1-3). Subs used: Brendan McElroy (0-2), Craig Callan (0-1), Dermot McArdle, Josh Mone, Ethan McCann.

Speedy recovery: We wish Darren McDonnell and Cillian Lavelle of Clontibret Club speedy recoveries after picking up serious injuries in the senior Championship encounter at the weekend.

Results: Minor girls Div1: Our minor girls faced Emmet Óg in their final game on Sunday last needing a win to qualify for the final. A solid all round performance seen the girls come out victorious and now qualify to the meet the same opposition on Sunday the 13th. We’ll done girls and best of luck in the final. U14 girls Div1: Our U14 girls also played their final group game on Monday evening needing a win to secure a semi final spot. After a slow start the girls rallied and secured the victory required against a strong Aghabog side.

Fixtures: U17 boys Div1 have a play off against Monaghan Harps on Tuesday 01/09 to qualify for the semi final in a tightly contested division with the top 5 teams all separated by just a single point. Result next week. Good luck lads. Mon/Tue U16 girls Div 1 Home V Truagh. 05/09/20 U13 boys Div1 Home V Donaghmoyne at 12pm. 05/09/20 U13 boys Div5 Home V Donaghmoyne at 1.15pm. 05/09/20 U13 boys Div6 Away V Killeevan at 3pm. 03/09/20 U15 boys Div1 Away V Harps. 04/09/20 U15 boys Div5 Home V Donaghmoyne. Again as stated weekly these are the fixtures supplied at the beginning of the season and may have changed so keep checking social media for any changes.

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Club Notes 27/08/20

Lotto: Lotto numbers this week were 11, 13, 21 & 25. No winner this week. Lucky dip winner was Noelle Woods, Bree Rd. Next weeks jackpot is worth €6600. Keep playing and supporting your club on lotto.castleblayneyfaughs.com

Bingo: Last Saturday seen the launch of our drive in or seated option bingo. With the late green light on whether our Bingo could go ahead, we were delighted with the crowd with the new drive in option going down a treat. We continue this Saturday again @ 2.30pm with again your choice of sitting in our covered stand or drive in. Jackpot remains and this week is worth €3800. Hope to see you all there. Well done to Kathleen Finnegan and M Boyle of Roslea who are this weeks winners of a free book for this Saturday.

Results: U13 Boys Div6 beat Killanny. Senior Ladies lost to Seans.

Fixtures: Men: 29/08Senior men V Clontibret in cremartin @ 2.30pm. 29/08 U13 boys Div1 Home V Donaghmoyne @ 12pm. 29/08 U13 boys Div5 Home V Donaghmoyne @ 1.15pm. 29/08 U13 Boys Div6 Away V Killeevan @ 3pm. Ladies: 30/08 Minors Div1 Away V Emmet Óg in Éire Óg @ 12.30pm. 31/08 U14 Div1 Home V Aghabog @ 6.45pm. Keep check for any changes to the above fixtures.

Senior Men: On Sunday last our seniors were due to play Truagh in their final round robin game. Unfortunately due to health & safety concerns and a lack of clarity our senior executive made the difficult decision not to travel and to concede the game. This was an extremely tough choice to make and after a lengthy meeting on the issue the executive decided that the health, safety and wellbeing of our our players is our number one priority and will remain to be so down the line. We understand that this decision may have disappointed some, but we feel the correct decision was made. We would also like to wish the Truagh club well going forward through the remainder of the year ahead.

Senior Ladies: It wasn’t to be for our senior ladies this year as defeat to Seans in another intense and tight battle knocked them out of this year’s championship. We are sure ladies, you will bounce back from this and come back bigger and stronger next year. We would like to wish Nicole Maguire a speedy recovery from an injury sustained the previous week and her sharp shooting skills were a miss at the weekend. Finally a big thanks to Tom, Maire, Mickey, Gráinne and of course the players for all their hard work and commitment throughout what has been a very strange year.

Congrats: Congratulations to Kealan and Aimee Duffy on the birth of their baby daughter.

Covid-19: As you are all aware at this stage, the government tightened restrictions meaning spectators are not allowed to attend games. Strictly one parent/guardian is permitted to accompany a juvenile to games and we ask if you could kindly adhere to this. Its not what we would have wished for at this stage but we must follow the strict guidelines. Thanking you in advance for your cooperation.

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Club Notes 20/08/20

Lotto: No winner of this weeks jackpot. Numbers drawn were 9, 21, 25 & 29. Lucky dip winner was Ray McArdle. Next weeks jackpot is worth €6500. Keep playing and supporting the club on lotto.castleblayneyfaughs.com. Monies raised towards new field development.

Bingo: Bingo continued last Saturday on what was a beautiful sunny afternoon. Once again more new faces from the wider area and thank you goes out to them for their support. Jackpot remains so still all to play for and now worth €3700. Continues this Saturday 2.30pm with drive in or seated option. Free book winners for this week are Sarah Mackin and Marie McNally. See you there ladies.

Senior Champioship: Blayney went down fighting last Sunday when Scotstown pipped them by a goal in the senior Championship at St Mary’s Park.  Though defeated they restored a lot of pride in their jersey as they opted for a fast moving, attacking game . They quickly got the ball rolling with two points from free taker Robbie Hanratty. Then Scotstown hit a ten minute purple patch which saw them hit 1-4 on the trot, with Blayney getting caught on the overlap for Scotstown’s Francie Maguire to find the Blayney net and this effectively cushioned them  against the Faughs resurgence . That Blayney revival started ten minutes from the end of the first half when Blayney sent over five points to Scotstown two  with Ciaran Hanratty winning three marks  from which he sent over and the other two points came from Marty McElroy  and Mark Treanor leaving the score at half time Scotstown  1-6 Blayney 0-7. Two second half opening points by Scotstown saw them extend their lead to four points. Then Blayney and Scotstown exchanged points on four occasions with Blayney’s four points coming from Darren Daly, Robbie Hanratty (2)  and Mark Hanratty leaving that solitary goal dividing the sides as the game moved into the last ten minutes. It was tough , tenacious and uncompromising as both sides battled to the last, fighting for every score. Scotstown then hit two points to stretch their lead to five points. But the Faughs were undeterred.  From defence, midfield and attack they drove at everything and when they got the ball they  broke forward with passion and conviction  pulling back two points  from to narrow Scotstown’s lead once again to a goal and that was how it finished with the final score Scotstown 1-13 Blayney 0-13. Blayney are now away to Truagh on Sunday in their final game of their group. Blayney Team.  Kieran Duffy, Fergal Malone, Mark Kelly, Kealan Duffy, Josh Walsh, Mark Hanratty (0-1), Brian Flanagan, Barry Hanratty, Mark Treanor (0-1), Robbie Hanratty (0-5), Dermot Malone, Marty McElroy (0-1), Ciaran Hanratty (0-4), Darren Daly (0-1), Brendan McElroy. Subs used. Gavan Kelly, Josh Moen, Ethan McCann, Dermot McArdle.

Results: Senior men lost to Scotstown. U17 Div1 lost to Donaghmoyne. U15 Div1 beat Truagh. U13 Div1 beat Carrick. U13 Div5 beat Carrick. Ladies: Senior ladies beat Tyholland. U16 Div1 girls beat Carrick. U14 Div1 beat Monaghan Harps

Fixtures: 23/8/20 Snr Championship Round 4 Senior men away to Truagh @ 2pm 20/08/20 U15 Div1 Away to Carrick @ 7.15pm. 21/08/20 U15 Div5 Away to Truagh @ 7.15pm. Posponed 22/08/20 U13 Div1 Away to Truagh @ 12pm posponed 22/08/20 U13 Div5 Away to Truagh @ 1.15pm. Postponed 22/08/20 U13 Div6 Home to Killanny @ 3pm Ladies: Mon/Tue U16 Div1 Home to Aghabog 23/08/20 Senior Ladies away to Seans @ 12.30pm. Good Luck to all teams this coming week as we hit business end of the season.

Congrats: Congratulations goes out to Sean McDonald on his recent engagement.

Covid-19: Reminder must go out to everyone to stay safe and follow all the public health guidelines. The recent rise in cases reminds us that this pandemic is not gone away.

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