I am so glad our boys hung in: McBride

By Michael McMullan FOUR Masters head into this weekend’s Ulster Minor semi-final against Castleblayney (Sunday, St Paul’sm 1pm) with a sense of relief. With seconds left in Saturday’s quarter-final against Magherafelt they needed a disputed penalty, bagged by Kevin Muldoon, to give them a lifeline before Tiarnan McBride flicked in the winning goal late on. […]

No sight-seeing mission for ‘Blayney

By Oisín Duddy CASTLEBLAYNEY hurler Niall Garland says that hurling is the only thing on their minds as they prepare for this weekend’s Twinning final against Sean Treacy’s in London. The Monaghan side qualified for the Twinning Cup game (effectively an All-Ireland quarter-final) with victory over St Eunan’s, Letterkenny in the Ulster Junior final a […]

‘Blayney’s latest Ulster triumph tastes just as sweet

By Niall Gartland CASTLEBLAYNEY have won their fourth ever Ulster Junior Championship after kicking for home in the final ten minutes of their final joust with St Eunan’s last Sunday. It was a gripping battle with the Monaghan side coming out on top on a scoreline of 2-16 to 1-15, and their manager Kevin Moloney […]

Castleblayney back in familiar territory

By Niall Gartland CASTLEBLAYNEY are bidding to stretch their lead at the top of the roll of honour list when they take on St Eunan’s in Sunday’s Ulster Junior Championship final. The Monaghan side are the only team to have won the provincial title at this level on three separate occasions (2005, 2014 and 2018), […]

Cootehill enjoying their first ever provincial run

By Niall Gartland COOTEHILL boss Michéal Boyle says his side are in bonus territory ahead of Sunday’s Ulster Junior Championship semi-final against Castleblayney. Before this season, they’d never so much as won a game in Ulster but now they’ve won two on the bounce with a preliminary round win over Killeavy backed up with a comprehensive […]

Molonoy hails commitment of ‘Blayney hurlers

By Niall Gartland CASTLEBLAYNEY hurlers are firmly back on the wagon having slipped to a surprise defeat in the Monaghan Senior Hurling Championship final. They lost their first final in seven years when they fell narrowly short to Inniskeen, meaning that they’re in a sense demoted to the Ulster Junior Championship. But they boast a […]

Steelstown ladies hoping to wipe the slate clean

By Niall Gartland STEELSTOWN ladies will be hoping to lay a few ghosts to rest in this Saturday’s Ulster Intermediate Championship semi-final against Castleblayney (Castleblayney, 2pm). This time last year there was a major controversy surrounding their semi-final encounter against Denn-Castlerahan that unfortunately painted the provincial ladies scene in a bad light. Their semi-final clash […]

Blayney braced for tough championship campaign

By Shaun Casey NO one has won the Monaghan Senior Football Championship more times than Castleblayney, who top the roll of honour with 37 titles, but this summer, they’re hoping for intermediate success. ‘Blayney were relegated from the top tier last season but with a league decider to look forward to and the upcoming Intermediate […]

JACK MADDEN: Different horses for different courses

WHEN Sétanta was crowned Cú Chulainn, surely even he himself didn’t know what he had let himself in for. His trusty camán and sliotar, enough to defeat the mighty hound of Culann. Let the magic begin, the self-proclaimed greatest game on Earth, and all the rest of it. Lovely hurling. They say he was born […]