Monaghan United Under-17s triumph in Costa Brava Cup

Monaghan United completed their perfect Iberian adventure as their sixth win out of six secured victory in the Costa Brava Cup.

It was another German double for the Mons on Thursday. First up, Monaghan defeated SC Borussia Kaster-Königshoven-2 1-0. Then, this evening they completed their flawless tournament with a 3-0 win over TuS Holzen Sommerberg in the final.

In total, United won six matches from six – and scored 12 goals and conceded none.

The team are sponsored by Squealing Pig and McKenna’s Bar. Massive congratulations to Gerard ( Bunty ) McCabe, Jim McCarron and the whole squad for representing their club, county and country spectacular fashion.

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United into final four in Spain

Monaghan United under-17’s, fresh from four wins out of four in their group matches, return to action in the Costa Brava Cup today in the overall Under-17s semi-finals.

After defeating two German sides yesterday, United face another Teutonic tussle when they face SC Borussia Kaster-Königshoven-2.


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United reign in Spain


Monaghan United under-17s made it four wins from four games in the group stage if the Costa Brava Cup in Spain this week.

United followed up Tuesday’s double over Danish opposition with two wins against German teams on Thursday. United overcame SC Borussia Kaster-Königshoven 1-0 in the afternoon before completing their clean sweep with a  2-0 win over TuS Sausenheim.




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Monaghan United Under-17s sizzle in Costa Brava Cup

Monaghan Utd’s U-17 team are currently participating in the Costa Brava Cup in Spain.under17sn

The team flew out in the early hours of Sunday morning in an effort to acclimatise to the heat and it has proven very beneficial as they have begun the tournament in excellent style beating Danish side Midtals IF 4-0 on Tuesday afternoon.

Later that same evening they beat another Danish side Team Ostvensyssel 1-0.

Today (Wednesday) the boys take on two German sides, firstly SC Borussia Kaster – Konigshoven in the afternoon and Tus Sausenheim this evening.

Full details of United’s schedule and results can be found here


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U15’s & 16’s Secure League Titles

2013/14 CMUL U16 Champions!!!! Well done lads, up against it, it seemed from the off with the quality of opposition and losing players to rivals but stayed strong throughout and showed the character of the team. Onto the League Cup now.



CMUL U15 League

Clones Town 0-2 Monaghan United


The Mons knew a win would secure them the title, this seemed to have an adverse affect on them as nerves clearly showed. Not to take away from Clones who put in a superb performance and had a few great chances themselves only Abraham to pull off two great saves. The second save from Cameron Dowd who was through on goal was world class safe to say as he had to shift his feet quickly and save at his near post when it looked like the shot would go across the goal.

For the first 10 minutes Monaghan passed well around the back and looked comfortable. They always looked to play out from the back even when under pressure but they seemed to hit a wall when trying to cross the halfway line. Conor Doyle wasn’t getting his usual service and he was well marked by Clones’ two centre-halves. Eli Ward managed to pick out a few passes feeding Conor and Darren Geoghegan in but no clear-cut chances came from these plays. Besorah Moba came off midway through the half and was replaced by Niall Crawley who played left back allowing Soky John to push up into the midfield. Mathew McQuaid had a very good game at centre-half for Monaghan, Ethan O’Leary beside him made some great cross field passes and was excellent at distributing the ball. Lubula Kwima held the midfield well winning the ball constantly in the middle while Lewis Gibson combined well with the backline keeping the ball. Half-time came with it tense at 0-0.

The second half nearly started with a goal, Eli played Conor through but as the ‘keeper rushed out he poked the ball just wide of the post. The extra pace and bite up front started to show with Soki, Eli and Conor combining to make the first goal which was a huge relief to the away side. Soki and Eli combined well to get into the box before Soky placed his shot under the ‘keeper into the net. United’s joy was clear to see, they pressed on to try and finish the game but it didn’t come easy. Eli played Conor through with a well weighted pass but he shot just wide again. Eli then had a chance to score, Conor flicked the ball through but Eli’s outside of the foot effort curled wide. Finally after a long ball Darren, Conor wrestled his way past his markers and side footed the ball into the corner from the edge of the box, it was a very cool finish under pressure.

At the final whistle the Monaghan players seemed delighted with the win as it had been hard fought, though I don’t think the fact that they are now LEAGUE CHAMPS has sunk in yet. A big match like this one needed a few big performances, the biggest performance came from ‘keeper Abraham Dixon who showed why he is so highly rated and one of the best ‘keepers in the country at this time, Man of the Match no doubt.

Monaghan United Squad: Abraham Dixon, Thomas Croarkin, Niall Crawley, Mathew McQuaid, Ethan O’Leary, Lewis Gibson, Lubula Kwima, Eli Ward, Conor Doyle, Darren Geoghegan, Besorah Moba, Marc Treanor, Alan McMahon, Abdullah Sabri, Soky John.

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U16s So Close Now

Lavey United 3-10 Monaghan United

CMUL U16 League

Monaghan United U 16

It was an early start for the young lads and it wasn’t helped as they were late leaving Gortakeegan with the bus only leaving at 9:30am. Though this didn’t deter the Mons and even with some tired heads they emulated their first half performance against Ballyhaise, putting Lavey to the sword ruthlessly with great passing football and finishing.

Alvaro Morales was the first on the scoresheet, Tyler O’Hanlon provided the through ball and Alvaro slotted it home early on for 1-0. Jason McBride quickly added a second as he finished well at the back post from a Dillon Kelly corner. Alvaro again was slipped through on goal, this time by Jason McBride and the Spaniard coolly finished again with ease. Tyler added his name to the scoresheet with a marvelous strike from just outside the box after Alvaro had a shot parried away by the Lavey ‘keeper. Remy McKenna had some great play on the right wing, he set up Conor Doyle with a good cross, Conor had a simple tap in at the back post. Alvaro then completed his hat-trick as he rounded the ‘keeper and passed into the empty net, again he was assisted by Tyler O’Hanlon. It was 6-0 at half-time, United looking very good for their money.

It was expected Monaghan would pull their foot off the gas slightly in the second half, though they still managed to score four more goals. Lavey scored 3 as the Monaghan players were all forward trying to get in on the scoring leaving few back. Lavey also scored from a corner with a good header. Remy McKenna had two great chances to score, the second time around his shot was parried into the path of Shane McMahon who won’t get an easier finish in his career. He had moved into midfield with Jason dropping to centre-back as wasn’t fully fit coming into the game. No matter where he played though his passing was immaculate. Conor Gaffney and Lewis Gibson both got on for the second half, Conor got his first goal for the club as he was assisted by Conor. Doyler also completed his hat-trick with two more clinical finishes.

Tyler pulled the strings in midfield today, his passing and dribbling was excellent as he set up 5 goals in total. Conghal Treanor and Dillon gave United great width and attacking threat down the left flank. Colm Lennon and Stephen Corrigan were superb at the back snuffing out the talented Eoin Cooney on many occasions. The Man of the Match award goes to Alvaro Morales for his great first-half hat-trick and overall slick play from the Spaniard.

Monaghan United Squad: Abraham Dixon, Stephen Corrigan, Dillon Kelly, Shane McMahon, Colm, Lennon, Conghal Treanor, Remy McKenna, Tyler O’Hanlon, Jason McBride, Conor Doyle, Alvaro Morales, Conor Gaffney, Lewis Gibson. 

This team is sponsored by McKenna’s of Dublin Street.

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Juvenile Weekend Report

Monaghan United 0-1 Cavan Shamrocks

CMUL U16 League

United played their title rivals in a crucial game at Gortakeegan on Saturday last. It was a real 6-pointer with a win for Cavan the only thing that would keep them in the race for the league. It was a well contested game of football between two groups of players who had great respect for each other’s ability.

The action was box to box in the first half, a Keelan O’Reilly cross deflected off Conor Doyle’s shoulder into Alvaro Morale’s path inside the box but his shot was saved by the ‘keeper from close range. Jason McBride then crossed for Keelan who knicked the ball from under the ‘keeper but his off balanced shot towards goal was cleared off the line by a Cavan defender. Keelan then crossed for Conor who’s powerful header was well saved by the Cavan goalkeeper. Cavan had plenty of good opportunities themselves, Stephen Smith crossed for Mathis who’s header was tipped over the bar by Abraham Dixon showing excellent reflexes. Cavan then took the lead from a freekick taken by Thomas Donohue, a attacking header at the back post was tipped onto the bar by Abraham but the ball kindly fell to another Cavan attacker who headed home into an empty net. Alvaro had the chance who set Conor up who was free on the edge of the box but was caught in possession after one too many touches. This concluded an exciting first half.

The second had less clear cut chances for United, Conor Doyle had a run inside the box but lost his balance attempting to cross, Keelan O’Reilly had to be replaced at half-time after his collision with the ‘keeper left him with a dead-leg. Shane McMahon moved into midfield with Stephen Corrigan stepping over the centre-back, Lewis Gibson came on at right back. Shane, Tyler O’Hanlon and Jason McBride were overrunning the Shamrocks’ midfield at times but their defense done well to clear nay threats. Jason’s vision and wide range of passing was on show as he made some terrific attempts at playing his attackers through, though they were thwarted each time by excellent defending or a poor final touch. Stephen and Colm Lennon done excellently at centre-back together while Dillon Kelly largely contained the threat of Conor Smith on the right wing. He later moved up to attacking midfield with Conghal Treanor replacing Alvaro and moving to left-back. Dillon and Tyler got up the pitch well getting the ball in the final third but again the final pass was missing. Shamrocks had a goal disallowed and Abraham got down well to save a one-on-one from a Cavan striker.

Monaghan hadn’t played at their best but had still moved the ball around well as well as pressing high forcing Cavan to play long much of the time. The game finished 1-0 with the hosts unfortunate to come out with nothing, but the visitors defended very well with Tiernan O’Reilly and Adam Quirke both having good games.

Monaghan’s Man of the Match goes to Jason McBride for his great range of passing through the game.

Monaghan United Squad: Abraham Dixon, Stephen Corrigan, Shane McMahon(C), Colm Lennon, Dillon Kelly, Lewis Gibson, Tyler O’Hanlon, Jason McBride, Conor Doyle, Alvaro Morales, Keelan O’Reilly, Remy McKenna, Conghal Treanor, Conor Gaffney.

Monaghan United 6-2 Ballyjamesduff JFC

CMUL U15 League

Monaghan started the game in a slow fashion, very similar to their start against Carrick last week. Though they had the better of possession and chances they couldn’t capitalize on them early on as Conor and Soki went close. Ethan O’Leary and Cormac McKenna held the midfield with Eli Ward playing his normal 10 role behind Conor up front. Soky John and Alvaro Soriano started on the flanks but Soky had to be moved to left back to contain the threat of Aaron Reilly who was menacing throughout.

Defensive frailties again showed as Monaghan conceded a soft goal , but Conor Doyle pulled it level as he was played through by Abraham Dixon with a long kick-out and he passed it by the ‘keeper who was injured in the process. United then went ahead as Ethan chipped the ball through to Conor who finished with his left foot this time placing the ball in the bottom corner, out of reach of the goalkeeper. Though Bally’duff were gifted another soft goal as United gave away possession on the edge of their own box and the Cavan outfit capitalized with a close range finish. This concluded the first half with the Mons not playing at their best.

Ethan O’Leary’s corners had been causing Bally’duff huge problems and another of his curling crosses led to Monaghan’s 3rd, after some ricochets Conor got a touch on the ball and it crossed the line before the ‘keeper had cleared it making it 3-2. From here United became comfortable and their passing improvement substantially. Conor went on the rampage scoring the next 3 goals to bring his tally in the game to 6. Thomas Croarkin, who had moved to right midfield set-up Conor’s 4th, Eli Ward played Conor through to round the ‘keeper and score his 5th. He finished up the scoring with another good finish from a pass from Niall Crawley playing on the left wing. Alan McMahon and James Bourke both had cameo’s at the end, Alan made several quality passes to Tommy on the right wing while James linked up well with Eli on the left wing.

The last 15 minutes were exhibition stuff from Monaghan, the passing was slick and confidence seemed high again. Conor Doyle was no doubt Man of the Match as he managed to score all 6 of Monaghan’s goals.

Monaghan United Squad:Abraham Dixon, Thomas Croarkin, Niall Crawley, Mathew McQuaid, Ethan O’Leary, Cormac McKenna, Martynas Pilvinis, Lewis Gibson, Soky John, Conor Doyle, Alan McMahon, James Bourke, Alvaro Soriano.

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Schoolboys Weekend Report

U-13 CMUL League

Monaghan United 4-1 Ballyjamesduff 

Ballyamesduff were the visitors to Gortakeegan, last weekend in what proved to be an entertaining match. Both teams have met several times this season and the Cavan side really put United under pressure on those occasions.

Both teams began strongly and Ballyjamesduff were first to score early in the first half with a well taken free kick just outside box. But the Monaghan lads just shook it off and kept the pressure on playing fast flowing passing football. United were winning every ball and kept the Ballyjamesduff keeper very busy and were justly rewarded with the equaliser with some fine passing between Aaron Mulligan, Harry Mallon , Terence McDonald and eventually to Leon McCabe who then rifled the ball home. Both sets of supporters were very impressed with the passing movement of the Monaghan lads.
Annan Connors made some really strong creative runs up the left wing and the Cavan team just could not handle him and he bagged himself a very well taken and deserved goal to make it 2-1 to United.
Elijah Dixon returned for his first game in nearly 5 months and was a constant thorn in the side to Ballyjamesduff on the right wing.
Leon McCabe and Terence McDonald played the striker’s role to perfection and set each other up time after time and kept the Ballyjamesduff keeper very busy. Terence McDonald and Aaron Mulligan showed their natural ability and ball control today with flicks ,trickery and one touch passing. Harry Mallon and Jakob Frizelwich dominated midfield and were at the heart of everything. Jakob also made some great clearences and assisted the defence several times. The United backline of Joseph Duffy, Dylan Ballentine and Steven McCloskey were rock solid and encouraged and helped each other superbly throughout and showed exactly what team work is all about. The next United goal came from a long pass from Steven McCloskey which fell to Leon McCabe who made a fine solo run and rewarded himself with his second of the game with a fine shot.
Caolain Woods came off the bench for Terence McDonald who had worked tirelessly throughout the game and young Woods made a few fine runs and was unlucky not to find the net himself. Conor McGuire also came on and used his speed to its full potential as Ballyjamesduff found it difficult to contain. He put in cross after cross to give the visitor’s defence all kinds of trouble. Harry Mallon put the game to bed with his first goal of the season, with a fierce shot that the keeper could not handle.

Final score: Monaghan United 4-1 Ballyjamesduff

Monaghan United 5-2 Carrick Rovers

CMUL U15 League

In what can only be described as “Typical Sunday evening weather” two top teams played out a top of the table clash. It never stopped raining throughout the game but Monaghan had a full compliment of players including Cormac McKenna from the U14 team. Ethan O’Leary stepped back into his centre-half role alongside Mattie McQuaid. Lewis Gibson and Besorah Moba anchored the midfield with Eli Ward being given license to support Conor Doyle up front. Monaghan reverted to having two wingers, Soky John and Darren Geoghegan.

United were very slow to start giving away possession and sitting too deep allowing Carrick to press them high up the field. Indeed it was sloppy defending and this deep line that lead to Rovers’ first goal, Jerome played Lorcan Murnaghan through with a lovely pass, Abraham saved his shot but Sean Burns finished the rebounder. After 20 mins Besorah was replaced by Cormac in midfield who had an outstanding game. His introduction seemed to be the game changer as United were now winning the ball in the middle and pressing Carrick into their own half. Monaghan hit Carrick on the counter, Conor Doyle’s pace and acceleration was too much for the Carrick defender, he took it by him and finished coolly from close range to level the game. A smart set-piece move from the training ground led to the Mons second. A clever 1-2 between Eli and Darren running from the near post led to Eli laying the ball to Cormac inside the box, however he miss hit his shot. Luckily it landed straight to Soky’s feet and from close range he couldn’t miss for 2-1. Eli came very close with a well hit free-kick from the right side of the box brushing the side netting.

United certainly seemed on top but had another slow start to the second half. Jerome got by Thomas Croarkin on the right flank and crossed the ball in, Abraham parried it but it fell kindly to Lorcan who smashed home their equalizer. The impetus then went back to Monaghan who had taken Soky off due to injury and replaced him with an impressive Jordan Murray. Jordan had some excellent plays on the left wing, with clever turns and a burst of pace he beat his marker but seemed to take one touch too many at the end. From another set-piece which Darren took Monaghan went ahead. After some ricochets around the box Cormac volleyed the ball into the roof of the net, no less than he deserved for his performance.

The game took another twist as Carrick had a man sent off for a handball on the goal-line preventing a certain goal. Conor stepped up and calmly placed the ball into the bottom corner to widen the gap between the sides. Rovers’ didn’t give up and had some good play with 10 men but left a lot of space behind their defence. On the break Abraham played the ball long down the field to Conor who took an excellent first touch and played to Eli, Eli played the ball through first time to Conor who rounded the ‘keeper and tapped in for his hat-trick. The game finished 5-2 with both teams having given excellent account’s for themselves. The football was intense and the passing was superb for the most on both sides, a good advertisement for schoolboy football in the county.

Man of the Match goes to Cormac McKenna, who despite playing a year above himself dominated the midfield. He tackled and incepted many Carrick moves but his passing was also slick and accurate. Many of United’s good plays came from him winning the ball back for his team.

Monaghan United Squad: Abraham Dixon, Thomas Croarkin, Mathew McQuaid, Cormac McKenna, Besorah Moba, Lewis Gibson, Eli Ward, Conor Doyle, Darren Geoghegan, Soky John, Alan McMahon, James Bourke, Martynas Pilvinis, Jordan Murray, Niall Crawley, Ethan O’Leary.

Ballyhaise Celtic 1-5 Monaghan United

CMUL U16 League

Monaghan played perhaps their best football all season in the first 20 minutes and subsequently went 5-0 doing so. They played with pace and at an intensity the Cavan side could not match. The passing was slick and accurate all the way from Abraham Dixon in goals to Conor Doyle upfront. Stephen Corrigan replaced ill Colm Lennon at centre-halve and was perhaps United’s Man of the Match tackling and intercepting nearly anything Ballyhaise threw at them. Shane McMahon played alongside and also put in a solid performance getting forward to join in on the attacks which he does so well.

Monaghan’s first goal was set-up by Spanish playmaker Alvaro Morales, he cleverly chipped the ball over the centre back to Keelan O’Reilly who lobbed the ‘keeper from close range. Jason McBride then got on the scoresheet with an impressive long range shot, the ‘keeper with the sun in his eyes couldn’t see the shot coming until it was too late. Conor Doyle was next in line to score, Keelan O’Reilly’s cross from the left was cleared but dropped to Conor just inside the box to fire home into the bottom corner for 3-0.

Alvaro added to his assist with a well taken goal, a superb volley from the penalty spot driven into the top corner. Conor then made it 5 with another excellent goal. Tyler O’Hanlon had a shot which deflected into Conor’s path, he shifted the ball across the defender with his right foot before placing the ball in the corner with his left. It was some great footwork from the big forward.

Half-time came and Monaghan were comfortable and clear. The second half was another dominant display though without the clinical finishing seen in the first. Alvaro, Jason, Conor and Tyler all had chances but the Ballyhaise ‘keeper made some fine saves. Ballyhaise then got a consolation goal, Alpha their best player on the day hit a free-kick from 40 yards out, it was meant as a cross but nobody ended up getting anything on it and it surprising bounced into the bottom corner. Abraham was disappointed in goal but was in better spirits shortly afterwards with a fine save from close range. Conor Gaffney and Conghal Treanor got good spells on the pitch and both put in good displays. Dillon Kelly pushed into the no.10 role and prospered their always looking dangerous on the ball. Despite the chances the Mons didn’t manage to score in the second half and it finished 5-1. Another player who had a great game was Remy McKenna on the right wing. He showed great energy and beat his marker numerous times getting several good crosses into the attackers in the box.

Our Man of the Match today was Stephen Corrigan who was excellent in an unfamiliar position of centre-half. He read the game brilliantly and always found a pass in the tight spaces.

Monaghan United Squad:Abraham Dixon, Stephen Corrigan, Dillon Kelly, Shane McMahon(C), Lewis Gibson, Keelan O’Reilly, Remy McKenna, Jason McBride, Tyler O’Hanlon, Conor Doyle, Alvaro Morales, Conghal Treanor, Conor Gaffney.

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