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Intermediate semi finals this weekend.
Doohamlet v Donaghmoyne,
Donaghmoyne were far from convincing against Blackhill last weekend.
In truth if Philip Donnelly had a bit more support upfront. the Hill could have snatched it.
Doohamlet to win, but only just.

Aughnamullen v Emyvale,
Aughnamullen were comfortable winners over Tyholland last week.
Having already beaten Emyvale in the group stage , the Lough Eglish men will have nothing to fear.
again not much between the team, it could take extra time or a replay to separate these two.

The junior final between Toome and Seans Saturday week should be a clinker.
Toome's ability to get goals seen them over the line against Drumhowan.
Unbeaten this year in senior and reserve they won't lack confidence going into the final.
Woods, Wilson, Connolly , Lamb and the McMahons are all moving well.

Sean's have had a very stop/start campaign so far, they can count themselves lucky in the semi final against Oram who had a player sent off in the first half. Their records in past finals has been poor to say the least.
Keogh's reintroduction to goals has seen their form pick up, his kickouts will be key to any hope of success.
McGuirk, Kieran and Kearns will need to be at their best. O'Driscoll's return has bolstered their attack .

Verdict , Toome's attacking power should be too much for the sean's Backs.

latefortraining (Monaghan) - Posts: 79 - 28/10/2021 12:23:32    2387708

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Replying To latefortraining:  "Intermediate semi finals this weekend.
Doohamlet v Donaghmoyne,
Donaghmoyne were far from convincing against Blackhill last weekend.
In truth if Philip Donnelly had a bit more support upfront. the Hill could have snatched it.
Doohamlet to win, but only just.

Aughnamullen v Emyvale,
Aughnamullen were comfortable winners over Tyholland last week.
Having already beaten Emyvale in the group stage , the Lough Eglish men will have nothing to fear.
again not much between the team, it could take extra time or a replay to separate these two.

The junior final between Toome and Seans Saturday week should be a clinker.
Toome's ability to get goals seen them over the line against Drumhowan.
Unbeaten this year in senior and reserve they won't lack confidence going into the final.
Woods, Wilson, Connolly , Lamb and the McMahons are all moving well.

Sean's have had a very stop/start campaign so far, they can count themselves lucky in the semi final against Oram who had a player sent off in the first half. Their records in past finals has been poor to say the least.
Keogh's reintroduction to goals has seen their form pick up, his kickouts will be key to any hope of success.
McGuirk, Kieran and Kearns will need to be at their best. O'Driscoll's return has bolstered their attack .

Verdict , Toome's attacking power should be too much for the sean's Backs."
Donaghmoyne v Doohamlet should be a tight match, Doohamlet have had the edge on Donaghmoyne in big games in recent year but this young Donaghmoyne team has to

Aughnamullen v Emyvale could go either way both teams forward lines are scoring very well, i just think Emyvale will edge it, just!!

Toome v Seans should be a close affair this Toome side have been the front runners all year long but Sean's are coming good at the right time and have the experience of the big games behind them, this 1 could go either way but if Wilson hits top form he could be the difference

CTC6 (Monaghan) - Posts: 19 - 30/10/2021 08:38:56    2387865

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Was at the Aughnamullen and Emyvale game yesterday. What a exciting game as a neutral. Both teams were brave and went for it. Conditions were tough with a lot of rain the night before but both teams got on with it.

Very noticeable how both teams took on their men when they got the ball. This doesn't be saw as much at Senior football in my opinion. Was very little backwards passing. Loads of shooting and good defending on show. Draw was probably a fair result on the day. Glad it wasn't decided on penalties as I feel Emyvale would of walked the penalties due to their goalie being a brilliant shot stopper.

Both teams seem to be very young which is a positive as they have a big future ahead. Players I thought were brilliant on the day were Bannigan, 2x McAlisters, Pete Dooney, Karl McQuaid, Hamaill and Sheridans. MOTM was Emyvale goalie, Forde is a massive addition to Emyvale, his kick outs were all perfect, his free taking ability is second to none and his confidence on the ball during play is also admirable. Leaving Scotstown was probably the best thing he done. Got him loads more game time and his talent is as good as Beggan. So having that wasted is a sin. (No fault of Scotstown).
Replay probably be next Saturday somewhere with lights (Blayney, Inniskeen). Prediction: Aughnamullen

Credit to Clontibret. Facilities are in immaculate condition with plenty of parking and stewards around too.

Hopefully the Junior final next week is as exciting in Ballybay. Toome be strong favorites with the run of form they have had. Wilson, Woods, McMahon will all need watching. On the other hand Kearns, O Driscoll and McQuirk are a handful also. Hopefully both teams just go for it and let the shackles off. It's what we need at club football. Prediction: Toome

countymonaghan (Monaghan) - Posts: 189 - 01/11/2021 10:24:31    2388040

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Was at the intermediate semi final in clontibret also. Was a great game. End to end stuff. Aughnamullen will probably feel they were almost home when 4 point ahead midway through the second half and then a point up again in injury time but emyvale hung on. Then in extra time I suppose Emyvale had a chance to go 2 up but got overturned and Aughnamullen didn't panic to work the leveller. Fair result and hopefully the replay is just as entertaining (but they seldom are)

Tim_NicebutDim (Monaghan) - Posts: 340 - 01/11/2021 12:03:37    2388053

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Looks like Blayney have done enough to secure senior status once more but the magheracloone and Carrick game could be fantastic. Blayney also need to beat the harps to ensure they finish top and avoid the scenario of being relegated due to Mcloone winning the league.
What is the situation with promotion in junior and intermediate if Toome and Donaghmoyne do the double? Is it league or championship finalists that join them? You'd imagine it would have to be championship finalists considering the league was run off majorly without county players. Another one interesting element could develop in the intermediate league if killany lose this weekend they are still able to win the league so could be playing junior or senior next season

updafaughs (Monaghan) - Posts: 40 - 02/11/2021 13:57:05    2388166

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Replying To Tim_NicebutDim:  "Was at the intermediate semi final in clontibret also. Was a great game. End to end stuff. Aughnamullen will probably feel they were almost home when 4 point ahead midway through the second half and then a point up again in injury time but emyvale hung on. Then in extra time I suppose Emyvale had a chance to go 2 up but got overturned and Aughnamullen didn't panic to work the leveller. Fair result and hopefully the replay is just as entertaining (but they seldom are)"
Would any of those Emyvale lads add to the county set up like Ryan? Lot of good work going on there at underage

TheBong1 (Meath) - Posts: 17 - 02/11/2021 15:32:47    2388182

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Replying To TheBong1:  "Would any of those Emyvale lads add to the county set up like Ryan? Lot of good work going on there at underage"
Karl Gallagher was in the squad last year but picked up a horrible injury, required surgery. Similar to Sean jones. Now look at the two of them, very poor Club campaigns due to very little football, a lot to be said for allowing these lads player at their age codes i.e u20s instead of dragging them to a senior panel to get injured!

Blueblood4life (Monaghan) - Posts: 35 - 02/11/2021 17:24:07    2388204

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Replying To Blueblood4life:  "Karl Gallagher was in the squad last year but picked up a horrible injury, required surgery. Similar to Sean jones. Now look at the two of them, very poor Club campaigns due to very little football, a lot to be said for allowing these lads player at their age codes i.e u20s instead of dragging them to a senior panel to get injured!"
Now that the U20's are over Jones needs to take a year out and get himself sorted. Otherwise he's going to be niggled with these injuries fir his career.

FootblockREF (Monaghan) - Posts: 513 - 04/11/2021 20:53:10    2388436

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Who do we reckon will win Carrick magheracloone game?

GAA89 (Monaghan) - Posts: 5 - 05/11/2021 09:56:13    2388444

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Replying To GAA89:  "Who do we reckon will win Carrick magheracloone game?"
Both teams are in a bad place. Magheracloone have gone back a good bit in quality while Carrick by all accounts have just imploded this year. Its hard to call as a result.

But, if there's one team Magheracloone would love to be facing in this situation it's Carrick, and if there's one team Carrick would hate to be playing in this situation its definitely Magheracloone.

Guts over talent keeps the Mitchels in senior tonight.

Eddie the Exile (Monaghan) - Posts: 861 - 05/11/2021 12:10:51    2388463

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Replying To Eddie the Exile:  "Both teams are in a bad place. Magheracloone have gone back a good bit in quality while Carrick by all accounts have just imploded this year. Its hard to call as a result.

But, if there's one team Magheracloone would love to be facing in this situation it's Carrick, and if there's one team Carrick would hate to be playing in this situation its definitely Magheracloone.

Guts over talent keeps the Mitchels in senior tonight."
Well Eddie. Not for the first time on this platform you've completely and utterly imploded, as you would say.

Frost (Cavan) - Posts: 56 - 07/11/2021 10:48:16    2388611

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A shock but deserved win for seans yesterday
What happened toome, alot on here said it was a formality for them through the season.

222 (UK) - Posts: 564 - 07/11/2021 11:00:07    2388613

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Replying To 222:  "A shock but deserved win for seans yesterday
What happened toome, alot on here said it was a formality for them through the season."
Yesterday's result wasn't a big shock.. Sean's have been improving week on week while toome believed there own hype and that's a dangerous place to be in..people who watch junior games would know that Sean's have a good all round side who are strong and athletic in all areas..if you picked a combined Sean's and toome team you would find that 8/9 from Sean's would make the team sheet..Sean's have a much better defence and midfield than toome so rather than the lazy predictions on here of a toome formality from people who probably haven't watched a junior game all year it wasn't a shock..

mick2007 (Monaghan) - Posts: 299 - 07/11/2021 12:28:36    2388619

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Replying To Frost:  "Well Eddie. Not for the first time on this platform you've completely and utterly imploded, as you would say."
Ah here Frosty, no need for that (!)
I think I was accurate enough on both teams before the game and many supporters of both would have agreed I'd have thought.
It was a great tussle under the lights on Friday night in front of a big crowd with plenty of neutral interest. The pattern of the game played out as I'd expected until the injury time goal for Carrickmacross.
They had threatened to pull away a few times through the game, especially after the first 2 goals, but Magheracloone doggedly reeled them back in each time. With a couple minutes to go Carrick were desperately hanging on to a 2 point lead and couldn't get out past midfield. I thought they were going to fold but Magheracloone missed some great chances to level it. The last point and goal came against the tide but that in fairness showed grit in the Carrick team when it mattered.

Eddie the Exile (Monaghan) - Posts: 861 - 07/11/2021 12:42:55    2388621

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Truagh put up a good fight yesterday but unfortunately ran out of steam in the second half. All neutrals including myself were hoping for a Truagh win to add some life to our senior championship but hats off to Scotstown. They are the undisputed best team in the county, the challenge for others now is to get up to that level but that won't be easy because the gap is the width of a runway at the minute.

Carrick got out of jail and deservedly so on Friday night, think they will want to put this year behind them and regroup. Talking to some of the Carrick players that work for me and watching a few trainings myself from the ditch I can tell the men involved need shaking up.

Have to say I was one of those who thought it was a formality for Toome to win JFC. Spoke to Toome men last week and they told me they would do no drinking after the game as they would have ulster in two weeks. Always a dangerous mindset to have going into a final, hope they aren't holding off on the hot toddies now.

Shoutout to Malachy O'Rourke who delivered first ever Derry SFC for Glen yesterday. A true gentleman and a class manager regardless of some of the stick he got on this platform.

Monaghansclown (Monaghan) - Posts: 118 - 08/11/2021 15:20:54    2388788

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Scotstown are some outfit!

Truagh in fairness to them gave it a right go and asked questions Scotstown weren't asked all year…but… they had the answers!

Quality scores from both teams but Scotstowns physical conditioning was the difference, they just kept going and going. Stown's bench used really well, pace and legs coming of the bench at club level is a great option to have. Credit to the players and management team, I hope they get the run of the green they've missed in ulster.

Blueblood4life (Monaghan) - Posts: 35 - 08/11/2021 18:24:24    2388811

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Scotstown always seemed in control even when they were points down. How many times have we saw over the years Scotstown trailing by 3/4/5 points in the last minutes of normal time and them still coming out on top. They keep calm and play football which has to be admired. Who do Scotstown play now in Ulster?

Aughnamullen got over Emyvale in the replay which sets up a cracker of a final with Donaghmoyne next weekend. Wasn't at the replay, any one here at it with any report from it??
Aughnamullen will be underdogs but that shouldn't phase them too much. Hopefully its a good sporting game. Wouldn't be surprised if we saw an Aughnamullen win here.

I thought Toome would of brought more to the table in Ballybay Saturday. Expected a lot from them. They looked very flat, conditions on the day were awful but that was the same for both teams. Seans played well. They defended like dogs, were cute and fouled in difficult positions leaving Toome free kicker under pressure and they cleaned Toome out of it at midfield (Kearns and McGuirk). Kearns was on a lot of ball and set the pace of the game along with McGuirk. Keough was brilliant in goals I thought. Defence was brilliant for Seans, gave Wilson, Woods, Connolly very little easy ball and caused a lot of turn overs. Up front Paddy Kierans, McKenna and O'Driscoll were very good running at the Toome defence which lead to easy frees and a few goals.
Toome will get it hard to motivate themselves for a league semi this week but with two more decent games (wins) they could find themselves in Intermediate which they would of aimed for at the beginning of the year. So still all to play for for them.

Senior league semis- Scotstown will have their eyes on Ulster now I feel (rightly so) so this could give Maghercloone a crack at a final. If Maghercloone did happen to win a league now what would happen with regards to relegation??

Latton v Clontibret could go any way I'd imagine. Two teams are well matched with Latton coming out on top recently. '

countymonaghan (Monaghan) - Posts: 189 - 09/11/2021 10:15:42    2388859

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If Magheracloone win the league then Carrick will go down. Ridiculous really considering majority of the league was played without county men

updafaughs (Monaghan) - Posts: 40 - 09/11/2021 12:04:28    2388884

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Replying To updafaughs:  "If Magheracloone win the league then Carrick will go down. Ridiculous really considering majority of the league was played without county men"
Yeah totally agree. Some more careful consideration must be given to this format. The championship is a good format but the promotion and relegation needs more thought.

countymonaghan (Monaghan) - Posts: 189 - 09/11/2021 14:22:28    2388909

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Replying To countymonaghan:  "Yeah totally agree. Some more careful consideration must be given to this format. The championship is a good format but the promotion and relegation needs more thought."
Keep league separate from championship. Its that simple.. top your league you go up in league only and have it finished before championship starts.. ridiculous certain clubs in the county waiting four plus weeks to play a league semi.

Farney1990 (Monaghan) - Posts: 8 - 09/11/2021 17:43:00    2388948

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