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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