Scotstown leading the way in Monaghan

By Shaun Casey

SCOTSTOWN lead the way in the Monaghan Senior League with five wins from five outings, although Latton are right on their tails with an identical record with An Both just taking top spot due to a superior score difference.

The reigning Monaghan SFC winners, and last year’s Ulster Club finalists, are on the road this weekend as they travel to Cremartin on Sunday, who sit second from bottom with zero points to show for their efforts.

The likes of Rory Beggan and Jack McCarron were both playing from the start in Scotstown’s most recent victory over Ballybay, 1-12 to 1-5, with their goal coming late on to add some gloss to the scoreline.

Latton held the upper hand over Corduff the last day out as they picked up a fifth consecutive win. They held the 2022 Ulster Intermediate Club finalists at arm’s length throughout before a goal midway through the second half gave them some breathing space.

They face an away day trip to Inniskeen on Friday evening and John McEntee’s side, who reached the Senior Championship decider last season, are just two points behind David Lennon’s team in the table.

The only blot so far on Inniskeen’s record this season was their round four clash against Scotstown, which ended in a one-point defeat for McEntee’s men, but they bounced back with an impressive victory over Clontibret.

Clontibret and Ballybay, the two most recent winners of the Mick Duffy Cup outside of kingpins Scotstown, lock horns on Friday evening while Aughnamullen, who have lost all five of their games, travel to Corduff.

Outside of the top three in the league table sit Donaghmoyne and Killanny (the 2023 Monaghan Intermediate Championship winners) on six points and they face off on Friday evening.

Like the Senior table, there are two teams tied on ten points at the top of the Intermediate league table as both Carrickmacross and Truagh have a perfect record of five victories from their five encounters.

Both sides are on the road this weekend as Barry Dillon’s Truagh travel to Tyholland while Carrickmacross head to Monaghan Harps, and both teams will be eager to continue their fantastic run of form.

Magheracloone lead the chasing pack in third position, and they’ve only lost once during the campaign, against Carrickmacross in round two. They bounced back superbly well with three wins on the bounce including against Eamon McEneaney’s Castleblayney in round six.

Blackhill, who reached the Ulster Junior Club final last year but lost out to eventual All-Ireland champions Arva, have only won once this season and they take on Emyvale this weekend, who are currently two points above them while Doohamlet host Clones.

Aghabog Emmets are at the top of the Junior table following an unbeaten run of five games, although they did draw with Currin in round three.

They are off to Oram on Saturday while second placed team Toome travel to Sean McDermott’s.

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