Club Notes 02/10/20

Lotto: This weeks Lotto numbers were 1, 17,21 & 26. There was no winner. Lucky dip this week went to Sean McCabe, Drumillard. Next weeks jackpot is worth €7100. Keep playing and supporting your club on lotto.castleblayneyfaughs.com 

Bingo: Bingo continues Saturday at 2.30pm at the pitch. Drive in or seated. This weeks jackpot is an impressive €4300. So come along and join the fun. Everybody welcome. Could be your lucky week. All the usual cash prizes. All funds raised towards the cost of our new development.

Senior Reserves O’Duffy Cup. It was an action packed O’Duffy Cup Senior Reserve clash between Blayney and Monaghan Harps at St Mary’s Park last Saturday afternoon. For Blayney this was one that got away. Leading by six points going into the last five minutes Blayney couldn’t contain the Harps who came thundering back to snatch a last-kick-of-the-game draw. Blayney will look back with some regret as they missed a number of goal chances, had a goal disallowed and then, in the final minutes, were reduced to fourteen men when Aidan McElroy was black carded. Added to that, they also lost a key defender Craig Callan to a straight red, though Monaghan also lost a player in the same altercation.  Though Blayney dominated play in the opening quarter they were just a point ahead at the first water break 0-3 to 0-2 with Blayney’s scores coming from Robbie Hanratty (2) and David McMahon. Going into the second quarter Monaghan upped their performance and equalised with three points to Blayney’s  two, with Blayney’s points coming from David McMahon and Ronan McNamara.  Then in the 23rd minute David McMahon hit the Harps net to send Blayney into the lead. Monaghan quickly responded in like fashion leaving the sides level with seven minutes from the interval. A purple patch by Blayney in these last minutes of the first half, saw them strike 1-2, a second gaol from David McMahon and points from Brandon Rice and Kevin Macken, to open up a five point lead at the break, Blayney 2-7 Monaghan 1-5.  As the game went into the third quarter, Monaghan came back strongly to score four points to Blayney’s one with Blayney’s points coming from the very impressive David McMahon narrowing the Faughs lead to two points. Then in the final quarter Blayney dominated play and sent over four points on the trot through David McMahon, Patrick Tavey and Aidan McElroy (2) giving Blayney a six point lead and they looked to be home and dry. But that lead was up-ended in the last five minute when Monaghan scores 1-3 without reply to leave the sides level at full time at 2-12 each. Blayney:  Padraig McBennett, Mark McMahon, Rory McGlynn, Senan O’Brien, Ethan McCann, Craig Callan, Brian Flanagan, Patrick Tavey (0-1), Gavin Kelly, David McMahon (2-4), Robbie Hanratty (0-2), Kian O’Connor, Ronan McNamara (0-1), Kevin Macken (0-1), Brandon Rice (0-1). Subs used: Conor Mulligan, Aidan McElroy (0-2), Jason Walshe. 

 Faughs C Game: The Faughs C team suffered defeat at the hands of Rockcorry in their home tie at St Mary’s Park Castleblayney last Sunday afternoon. It was a tough and competitive game right up to the end but goals made the difference and Rockcorry got them. Blayney were, for the most part, playing catch up in this encounter. By the first quarter they were trailing by one point  0-4 to 0-5. That same gap stood between the sides at the interval Blayney 0-8 Rockcorry 1-6 with Aidan McElroy scoring seven of those points and Conor Mulligan the other one. Nonetheless Blayney launched  a strong recovery in the opening minutes of the second half hitting three points in quick succession  through   Aidan McElroy, Ray McArdle and Colm Bishop, to open up a two points lead. Rockcorry quickly equalised and then hit their second goal and followed by a point to put them four in front. Undeterred Blayney came back strongly and responded with four points to put the sides on level pegging once more as the game went into added on time. Three of these points came from Blayney’s top scoring forward Aidan McElroy and the other score came from a beautifully struck 45 by goalkeeper Jason Walshe.  But it was in this added on time that Rockcorry broke loose again, sending over three unanswered points to run out winners on a score line of Rockcorry 2-12 Blayney 0-15. Blayney Team : Jason Walshe (0-1), Senan O’Brien, Mark Hughes, Chris Cronin, Celab McArdle, Colm Bishop, Mark McMahon, Ultan Brady, Rory McGlynn, Cillian Hanratty, Conor Mulligan (0-1), Odhran McArdle, Brandon Rice, Aidan McElroy (0-11), Liam McElroy. Sub used Ray McArdle (0-1).

Under 15 Semi Final: The Castleblayney Under 15 side made it to the championship final last Saturday when they defeated Carrick in this home venue semi final. The edges of the seats in St Mary’s Park stand were well and truly worn in this cliffhanger with just two points between the sides as both teams battled for a slot in the final. In the end it took a mighty save from Blayney keeper John Flanagan to deny Carrick a last minute victory. Carrick had opened well and had clocked up a four point lead at the water break, 1-4 to 0-3. They stretched this lead to six point before Blayney got the act together. But when this youthful Blayney side came back, it was in spectacular style. Three goals, one from a Max McGinnity penalty, was the way they did it to put the home side in front at half time with the score standing  Blayney  3-3 Carrick 1-7. Blayney continued their winning way in the second half hitting four points in a row to open up a six point lead.  But Carrick reduced that to two points as they struck for 1-1. Blayney added a point before the second half water break to leave them a goal ahead going into the last quarter. This last quarter saw them add three more points opening up a six point lead with just five minutes on the clock. But it was in this final period that Carrick mounted a mighty recovery and laid siege to the Blayney defence. In their all out onslaught Carrick scored 1-1 narrowing the gap to two points. But Blayney tenaciously hung on in there and that last minute save, ensured victory. It was a good all round performance by Blayney with eye catching displays from goalkeeper John Flanagan, Charlie McQuillan, Shay Casey and Max McGinnity. Blayney, under the management of Paul Carey, Kevin Macken and Barry Hanratty now play Scotstown in the final. Blayney team: John Flanagan, David Lambe, Tom Carey, Daniel Kerr, Cian Malone, Jake McDonald, Nathan McArdle, Charlie McQuillan, Canice Murphy, Cormac Conlon, Shay Casey, Bríon Sherry, Cian Cooke, Max McGinnity, Sean Bishop. Sub used: Dylan Mallie.

Fixtures: Sat 3rd U15 Div1 Final V Scotstown in Clontibret @ 11am. Sat 3rd Reserve Champioship O’Duffy Cup Home V Latton @ 5pm

Congrats: Congratulations to Bernard and Sinead Mc Donald on the birth of their twin girls.

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