- By Niall McCoy
- CASTLEBLAYNEY are chasing a fantastic five in-a-row when they face Carrickmacross in the Monaghan Senior Hurling final in Clontibret on Sunday (4pm).
- ‘Blayney have long been the dominating force in Oriel hurling and have won 18 of the last 22 titles. They are red-hot favourites to add to their haul this weekend.
- The sides already met in the opening group match and in what was a competitive fare, Castleblayney recorded a 1-17 to 1-12 win.
- They followed that up with a comfortable win over Truagh – with a number of young players given their opportunity – to book their place in yet another final.
- A 1-31 to 1-6 round three win over Clontibret showed their standing in the competition.
- From the outset it always looked like it would be a county final between Castleblayney and the winners of the group match between Truagh and Carrick.
- The Gaels have reached the last two finals, but it was Carrick who prevailed on a 1-16 to 1-10 win to book a first final spot since 2005.
- It will take something extraordinary if they can add a first Senior Hurling Championship title since 1975.
Mark Treanor the Monaghan and Castleblayney hurler
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Posted: 6:00 pm September 10, 2021