Less than a month after a huge sinkhole forced the closure of the club's pitch, Magheracloone have been relegated from the Monaghan SFC.
The Mitchells' demotion to the intermediate grade was sealed following the final round of SFL Division 1 games at the weekend. The 2004 Monaghan SFC winners received a walkover from Carrickmacross yesterday but their fate was already confirmed after fellow strugglers Clontibret beat Castleblayney by 2-12 to 0-6 on Friday evening.
A walkover given by already-relegated Monaghan Harps was enough for beaten Monaghan SFC finalists Ballybay to avoid the drop zone.
It's another big blow for Magheracloone who were Monaghan SFC runners-up in 2017 before reaching this year's semi-finals where they were beaten by four-in-a-row champions Scotstown, a day before a mine collapse caused a sinkhole to split its club pitch in two.