Scotstown (@1.2) vs Truagh (@4.5)
15-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Scotstown will win

Scotstown – Truagh Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 11:30

Suppose with the county team haven a break this week and not much too talk about why don't we talk about club championship will Scotstown be stop this year , Ballybay I feel might have a say , and then ya have carrick they will be stronger maybe truagh but am going for Scotstown senior champions 2019. Intermediate will be a exciting this , donaghmoyne margacloone monaghan harps and maybe seans Killanny aughnamullen it's a tough one to call donaghmoyne had there chance last year and they blew it but they will be hard to talk to this year too , monaghan harps will be the same but for me am going margacloone intermediate champions 2019 and junior , so here any one from blackhill toome clones drumhowan Eire og rockcorry oram could win a championship this one is hard too judge clones with mc bride on board should be interesting but I go with blackhill to win championship in 2019 .

Badly missed at county and by the looks of things club level also. Ud expect more from a team of their calibre, championship final and league final in the last 2 years plus some good young players tru in the last year or so.In junior good wins for toome and rock last night. Bring James Wilson back into that team and they have a big chance of a junior championship. Stephen lambe a major plus for toome having him back. Could be cut adrift by the 1st of May when the last 5pointers is played. Sean's need to pick up points soon. Hopefully hes back before then. Dictated the game last night. Same applies to aughnamullen.

In Round 3, the four teams are drawn in two matches, with the two winners progressing to the Semi-Final stage. As five teams are eligible for Round 1B, one team receives a bye to Round 2B, with the remaining four teams drawn in two matches. The two winners of the Round 1B games progress to Round 2B, and joining them in Round 2B is the loser of the Round 1A clash involving the Preliminary Round winners. The losers enter the 'back-door' route, with the two Preliminary Round losers, and three of the four Round 1A losers entering Round 1B. At this stage, again, the four teams are drawn in two matches with the two winners progressing to Round 3, where they face the losers of the Round 2A games.

Scotstown tightened their grip on the game in the third quarter with Kieran Hughes (3), Adrian Carbin & Brian McGinnity adding five points to the scoreboard. It really was a disastrous period for Inniskeen as they had to wait until the 46th minute of the game to get their first second half point. Scotstown travelled back north with a comfortable seven point victory and two valuable league points in the bag. For the final ten minutes of the game Scotstown closed things out well enough restricting Inniskeen to just a couple more scores while substitutes Sherry & Treanor kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Blues.

Monaghan Intermediate Football Championship

In 1995 the Intermediate Championship was won for the first time. Our U21s won the Kerley Cup (U21 Div 2) on three occasions, 1992, 1994 and 1997. In 1998 the Hackett Cup was won and again we were back again in senior football. The Club remained in intermediate football through the early part of the 90s. Senior status lasted 2 seasons before being relegated. The Reserve Div 3 League and Championship was also was won. After reaching the the Intermediate Championship Final In 1992 we were relegated the following year to Junior Football. However the Junior League was won in 1994.

This was by a long way Scotstowns best performance of the season so far, and with more players returning from injury things are looking more optimistic for the north Monaghan club. Conor Caulfield kept the scoreboard ticking with another Scotstown point. Scotstown travelled to south Monaghan for this league fixture against high-flying Magheracloone on what was a perfect evening for football. Magheracloone steady the ship a little by registering three unanswered points to leave them seven behind. With 13 minutes left, Scotstown brought Kieran Hughes on as a substitute for his first taste of the action this season after a lengthy lay off due to injury. Magheracloone equalised after 8 minutes, before James Ward finished to the net to give them a three point lead. Another goal followed from Orin Heaphey and the visitors were suddenly eight points up. Emmett Caulfield got the visitors off the mark with an early point from a free. Damien Freeman and James Turley swapped points to leave the half-time score at Scotstown 2-6 Magheracloone 1-2. The visitors excellent first half display continued into the opening minutes of the second period as David McCague coolly volleyed another goal for the Blues. The Mitchels were pushing hard for goals in the final quarter of the half - James Hand registered one and the home side came close on a number of occasions. On 21 minutes Scotstown hit a purple patch with Conor Caulfield scoring a goal, which was quickly followed by points from David McCague and Brian McGinnity. Scotstown were playing the better football at this stage though, with Emmett Caulfield grabbing his second point of the match and Darren Hughes coming through from centre half back to pick off another point to leave them just one behind. There was one more point for Magheracloone before substitutes James Hamill and Kieran Hughes pointed to put the result beyond any doubt.

Emmett & Conor Caulfield got a point apiece before the break to leave the score at 3-7 to 0-6 as the sides went in. Conor Caulfield and Mark McDevitt got a point each for Scotstown to start chipping away at the lead. They gave away a penalty which was converted by Dermot Malone, and another couple of points left Castleblayney leading by 12. However, the Faughs were already finding gaps in the Blues defence and punished them with a brace of points. It was a much changed Scotstown lineup due to a variety of reasons, with many regulars absent. With Castleblayney now looking like scoring with every attack, the Blues defence were under some serious pressure. Castleblayney started the game well and notched two points in the opening ten minutes. Emmett Caulfield got the visitors off the mark soon after with a well taken left footed point. It was Emmett Caulfield again who led the way for the Scotstown attack to make it 0-4 to 0-2, but Blayney really took control with two goals and a point Ciaran Hanratty in particular was causing no end of problems at this stage. Scotstown faced Castleblayney at Toome for league this fixture as work continues upgrading Blayneys home ground Saint Marys Park.

Brendan McElroy duly obliged to cut the gap down to four points with just a matter of minutes remaining. Paul Grant got his second point of the game with his trusty left boot. One more point was all Blayney could muster, and Scotstown held on for a famous victory over the auld enemy on a score line of Scotstown 2-11 Castleblayney 1-11. Ballybay match in the next round. Midway through the half they created a great chance for a goal, but Ciaran Hanratty knocked it over the bar for a point. If Scotstown felt hard done by in not being further ahead at the break, they wasted no time putting that right in the third quarter of the game. Dermot Malone responded with the first Blayney point of the second half, but this was quickly cancelled out when his defence gave up a cheap free under pressure which Emmet Caulfield knocked over the bar. Scotstown now await the winners of the Truagh v. He replaced the tiring Kieran Hughes, and it wasnt long before the former County player was in the heart of the action. As the referee indicated two minutes of added time, Castleblayney piled on the pressure. The Faughs needed to up their performance as the match seemed to be slipping away from them. Keith Hill registered another point from a free to bring them back to within five points. Corrigan used all of his experience to position himself goal-side of his marker as a high ball came in. Shane Carey went up the field and pointed for the Blues, Blayney went down the other end for another of their own, then Paul Grant struck another for Scotstown. With ten minutes left, there were six points in it. Scotstown management duo Dermot Maguire and Gerard Caulfield chose to make their second substitution of the game at this stage. Desperate measures were now required for the Faughs and a goal was urgently needed. James Turley became the second Blues player to enter the referees notebook shortly after, but it was mostly positives for Scotstown in this period as forwards Shane Carey and David McCague weighed in with points. They were unlucky on two separate occasions as one effort went narrowly wide with Blues goalkeeper Maguire beaten, while another effort rattled the woodwork before the Scotstown defence managed to smuggle the ball out of the danger zone. They were able to call on the experience of Nicholas Corrigan who has only recently re-joined the squad after taking a break from the game. He quickly gained possession, showed the Blayney man a clean pair of heels before fisting the ball over the bar to announce his return to Senior action in style. It really was end to end action now, with the sizable crowd really getting their moneys worth. Scotstown were now firmly in the driving seat with a seven point advantage. Minutes later Kieran Hughes again gave his marker the slip and made no mistake in finishing to the net for his second goal of the evening.

David McCague levelled matters with his first point of the evening, then Kieran Hughes knocked over two more points as he became a very effective focal point of the Scotstown attack. Inniskeen pulled one back on 25 minutes, but the momentum was firmly with Scotstown now and Emmett Caulfield got his second score in reply. The home side started well and got the first point of the game in the opening minutes. A sun-drenched Grattan Park greeted the teams for this Senior League Division One basement battle. Scotstown were bolstered by the return of some familiar faces to the starting lineup, and it was one of those, Kieran Hughes, who got Scotstown off the mark with an equalising point. They registered a further three scores in this period to put themselves 0-4 to 0-1 ahead, giving the visitors some cause for concern. Scotstown didnt panic though, and with an Emmett Caulfield point and a converted Kieran Hughes free they began to play themselves into the game. Inniskeen continued their good start to the game, belying their lowly status propping up the division. Inniskeen were hoping to drag Scotstown back into the battle at the foot of the table after the Blues loss to Castleblayney in their last outing a team the south Monaghan side got a point against recently. Kieran Hughes & Brian McGinnity added further points with one in reply from the home team to leave the half-time score at Inniskeen 0-6 Scotstown 0-9.

Round 2[edit]

The game was barely three minutes old when Scotstown were forced into an early change when Mark Duffy came off injured to be replaced by Brian McGinnity. Hughes the younger was starting to cause the Castleblayney back line some problems, and in the fourteenth minute he found himself with a goal chance, but knocked it over the bar instead to bring his side level. The Faughs even managed to sneak over another point before the break through Keith Hill, leaving the bare minimum between the sides at the half time whistle Scotstown 1-4 Castleblayney 0-6. It broke for Hughes in an awkward position, but he made light of that and managed to lash the ball left footed into the net for a goal. Scotstown tails were up at this stage, and Paul Grant got off the mark with a well taken left footed point which was quickly followed by another from captain Francis Caulfield. Hanratty in particular was giving his marker Donal Morgan plenty to think about and he split the posts again as the game went into injury time at the end of the first half. Castleblayney responded well to the challenge and began to find some rhythm to their own game with points from Ciaran Hanratty and Dermot Malone. Scotstown played against whatever breeze there was as the first half got under way. Thankfully it was long before there was some scoring to get the crowd going, with the Faughs registering the opening two points before full-forward Kieran Hughes replied with one for Scotstown. With scores hard to come by in the opening ten minutes, it was referee Martin McNally who was putting his stamp on the game as he showed yellow cards to Paul Grant of Scotstown and Dermot McArdle of Castleblayney. It was an almost perfect summers evening in Clontibret as the Old Firm of Monaghan club football faced each other on Sunday evening. Within minutes another high ball caused consternation in the Blayney defence. Castleblayney were probably slight favourites for this one they had done the double over the Blues in the League this season, albeit against a much weakened Scotstown team in their last encounter.

The magnificent surroundings of Croke Park where victory was achieved was a far cry from our humble beginnings in March 1958. As Monaghan Intermediate Champions we were now involved in the Ulster series. Drumgath (Down) and Foreglen (Derry) were beaten to reach the Ulster Final where we faced a strong Eskra(Tyrone) side. The lads in red and black prevailed on a wet night in Armagh and we were now in an All-Ireland Semi-Final. In the league final we didnt perform on the day and lost to Currin. In 2013 optimism was high that a that a good year was in store and our intermediate squad didnt disappoint. First we defeated Tyholland to win the (Intermediate Championship) for a third time. We were now going in to the unknown but our players responded magnificently. We faced Geraldines (Louth) in Crossmaglen and in an entertaining game Truagh emerged victorious by 3 points. This victory was a credit to the players and management team, but also was a testament to the hard work and perseverance of past players, committee members and supporters many of whom have reached their eternal reward. On February 9th 2014 Gaeil Triucha faced Kiltane of Mayo for the All-Ireland Intermediate Title. On an emotionally charged day Truagh secured victory on a score of 2-21 to 2-13. We reached both the league final and the championship final.

There is no relegation from the IFC, with the two lowest finishing teams in the IFL are relegated to the Junior ranks for the following year. The Monaghan Intermediate Football Championship (often referred to as the Monaghan IFC for short or the McElvaney's Waste & Recycling Intermediate Football Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the second-tier championship organised by Monaghan GAA. Each year, the winner of the Championship is promoted, along with the Monaghan Intermediate Football League (IFL) winners, to the Senior ranks and compete in the following year's Monaghan Senior Football Championship.

Cups (U-15) were won and other finals were reached. These were our first juvenile successes since the 1970. In the early 80s the McGrane (U-13) and Lee Bros. We remained in senior football until 1988 where again relegation was our fate. Land was acquired in 1979 in the townland of Lisseagh and all energies were geared towards completion of our present grounds and clubhouse. Seamus Sherry then lead the juvenile charge in the latter part of the 80s winning 5 more juvenile titles and reaching a minor championship final. On Sunday 3rd June 1984 (Centenary Year) St. A very important feature of this decade was the work done at juvenile level by a hard working committee lead by Dermot Treanor and others. If the 1970s could be described as a decade of success on the field, the 1980s was the era of success for the club off the field. Our Seniors were relegated to intermediate football in 1981 but bounced back to the senior football ranks the following year. Mellans Park was officially opened. This was a great testament to the Club and the people of Truagh far and wide who worked tirelessly to fundraise and to give generously. At adult level our only success was in the Junior B League (Hugh Brady Cup).