Juvenile Weekend Report

Swilly Rovers 2-2 Monaghan United FC 4-2 AET

SFAI National Cup Ulster Section Final

United made the long jouney to Ramelton just outside Letterkenny to play Swilly missing several key players including Conor Doyle up front, Martynas Pilvinis, Niall Crawley and Cormac McKenna who played a big role in their victory over Illistrin a few weeks earlier. This is not to take anything away from the game or the opposition who were of the highest quality. The Mons did seem lost without they target man Conor with Alvaro Soriano, Besorah Moba, Soki John and Jordan Murray all having a stint up front during the game. United took time to get used to the surface and Swilly pressed them well during the opening half. Shane McNamee and Conor Gormley were Rovers’ main threats going forward. Shane with his skill and Conor with his power and pace. Shane got the first receiving the ball on the edge of the box, turning he curled the ball into the far top corner to make it 1-0. United were rattled and being overrun in midfield time and time again with Conor Gormley showing why there is so much interest in him. The second came just before the half and was a killer blow to Monaghan. From a kick-out the ball was headed back towards goal between goalie and centre back. Unfortunately for both Shane nipped in between them and slotted home his second.

In the second half United looked a changed team full of optimism that they could close the deficit. Besorah and Eli played a more influential role in the game while Soki played up front and reveled in the role. Tommy Croarkin also had an excellent second half at right back bombing up and down the line. Abraham Dixon also did his job superbly making some great punches from Swilly corners. Monaghan pressed and had both Jordan and Soki playing forward with Finbar McGinn now playing at left back. United gained several set-pieces in dangerous positions with James Bourke always a threat now on the pitch. Soki played excellently as striker using his pace to great effect. For United’s first he dribbled into the box srrounded by defenders he still managed to play in Eli who fired home with his unfavoured left foot. This gave United hope and in the dying embers of the game Soki got a free-kick on the edge of the box to the left hand side.

James stepped up and with the referee looking at his watch James pinged the ball straight into the top of the net Ronaldo esq and the players went mad. The referee blew for full time and with light failing Extra Time loomed. Just a few minutes in though, disaster for Monaghan as a defensive mistake led to a third Swilly goal which broke United’s resistance to an extent. They soon grabbed a fourth as a dejected Monaghan side wondered what they had to do to get a place in the last 32 of the SFAI Cup. Abraham made a very good save near the end and the boys can be proud of their performance. Darren Geoghegan also had another very good game playing a year above himself he put in a great shift in midfield. Mattie pushed up into midfield in the later stages of the game and led the team well. Well done to Swilly who were excellent on the day.

Man of the Match goes to Soki John who revitalized United’s game in the second half especially on the attack.

Monaghan United Squad:Abraham Dixon, Thomas Croarkin, Finbar McGinn, Ethan O’Leary, Soki John, Mathew McQuaid(C), Lewis Gibson, Marc Treanor, Eli Ward, Besorah Moba, Alavaro Soriano, James Bourke, Darren Geoghegan, Jordan Murray.



No Joy For Monaghan

Monaghan United   0

Ballyjamesduff       3

Monaghan United U – 12’s suffered their third defeat of the season on Saturday last against a strong Ballyjamesduff side in Gortakeegan. United started well controlling much of the play with new signing Josh Hagan linking up well with Terry McDonald upfront. The midfield four of Kevin Fitzpatrick, Dylan Ballantine, Joshua Clerkin and Josh Deeney held their own and were ably supported by James McKenny, Tiarnan O’Rourke, Tiarnan Kierans, Dean Doherty at the back with Nathan Lavery in goal. Monaghan were unlucky not to go ahead and were thwarted only by the brillance of the Ballyjamesduff keeper. The first half ended in stalemate with neither side holding the advantage.

Monaghan introduced Adam McBride and Adam McGarry at the start of the second half and continued to press forward. A costly defensive error in the 10th minute allowed the Ballyjamesduff winger to score with a speculative left footed shot. The goal rocked the home side and within 5 minutes they conceded another. Monaghan introduced Riaghan Gallagher, Shay Cooney, Dylan Reilly and Jake Power to add impetus to the attack but to no avail. The home sides inability to hold onto the ball and some poor decision making allowed Ballyjamesduff to score another goal in the dying minutes to leave the final score at 0-3.

Monaghan United: Nathan Lavery, Dean Doherty, Tiarnan Kierans, Tiarnan O’Rourke, James Mc Kenny, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Dylan Ballantine, Joshua Clerkin, Josh Deeney, Terry Mc Donald, Josh Hagan, Dylan Reilly, Adam Mc Bride, Adam McGarry, Jake Power, Riaghan Gallagher, Shay Cooney.

This team is sponsored by The Hillgrove Hotel and Monaghan Electrical.


Six Of The Best For United

Monaghan United   6

Cootehill Harps    2    

Cootehill where the visitors to Gortakegan on Sunday last  and United put in another excellent performance.

Monaghan began the game with venom and were firing in attack after attack and kept the pressure on the backline of Cooethill for long periods and were playing some very impressive football. Leon McCabe and Aaron Mulligan totally owned the two wings and where superb, taking on players and crossing some sublime balls  into the Cootehill box Shea Treanor and Terence McDonald the two mons strikers were unlucky not to have both scored in the first 5 mins.

The deadlock was broken when a perfectly timed pass from Jakob Frizelwich to Joseph Duffy who in turn flicked on a lovely header to the oncoming Shea Treanor who calmly chipped the keeper,1 nil.

Cootehill created a fair few chances and broke away a few times but their attacks were easily dealt with by the backline of Annan Connors, Dylan Ballintine, Steven McClusky and Lorcan O’Rourke, who were all brilliant throughout the game. Dylan Ballintine made a great run up the right wing and set Aaron Mulligan on his way to cross in a perfect ball for Terence McDonald to slot home, 2 nil.

Cooethill were awarded a free kick just outside the mons 18 yard box which beat the mons keeper, who was having a pretty good game up to that point 2-1.

The young mons kept pressing and attacking and after some great work from Leon McCabe got their third goal from a sweet cross from leon to  Terence McDonald who sloted home. Terence has proved to be a nuisance to all defences in every game and then came off to let Caomihn Woods into the action and the young player got stuck in straight away and showed great skill, ability and strength.  Conor McGuire came on also and fought hard and won some great tackles and like Caomhin Woods he showed strength and ability

Jakob and Joseph also came off to allow subs Jack McKenna and Harry Mallon to come on. They also got straight into the game and dominated the centre of the park. Ryan Leonard also came on and played great for Shea Treanor and took annan’s left back position to allow Annan a more attacking role. Annan tore Cootehill apart and was unstoppable. He could have went through a few times but set up goals instead of going himself which has to be praised. Aaron Mulligan once again took on player after player and got on the score sheet himself 4-1. Annan made a another powerful run and in  turn set up Leon McCabe for United’s 5th goal and quickly afterwards Leon made a solo run and powered his way into the box and scored United’s 6th of the game. Leon always works hard and totally deserved his two goals. 6-1.

Cootehill got another free kick closer than the last one and made it count by getting their 2nd goal as a consolation.  united dominated most of the play for most of the game. But credit has to go to Coothill who kept plugging away and their keeper pulled off some pretty great saves. Well done to both teams. Man of the match Annan Connors.

This team is sponsored by Kieran McMahon Tyres, Plantation and The Four Seasons Hotel.

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Juvenile Weekend Report

Ballyjamesduff 2-5 Monaghan United 

CMUL U15 League 

Monaghan’s longest away trip of the season is always a difficult one, Ballyjamesduff had a strong team and were hungry for revenge after the National Cup 6-1 loss earlier this season. United were missing some key individuals for this one, mainly Ethan O’Leary and Martynas Pilvinis who were both out with injury/illness. The Mons were also missing forwards Jordan Murray and Finbar McGinn who have been in good form recently.

With the bad weather in, the pitch was heavy and wet making passing a little more challenging but both teams played good football nonetheless. Marc Treanor joined Mathew McQuaid in a makeshift centre-half parntership with usual full-backs Soki John and Tommy Croarkin in place. Indeed it was probably Tommy’s best game so far this season as he constantly got in behind the Bally’duff defense after some clever overlaps with Darren Geoghegan. Soki had the job of marking talisman Aaron O’Reilly on the right wing and so had to be more reserved than usual. Lewis Gibson and Besorah Moba held the midfield anchor with Eli having spells on the pitch after he took a knock in yesterdays U14 win against the same opponents. Conor Doyle got the ball rolling scoring a clicker of a goal after only 10 minutes on the clock. From the ‘keeper’s kick-out he controlled the ball on his chest before letting in bounce and striking it on the volley into the top corner, perfect technique from a man in form. Soki John was the next man to threaten when Alvaro Soriano played him through on goals but a last heavy touch was too far ahead and despite his best efforts the ‘keeper got down to smother the ball.

Conor had several more good chances before the interval, all 3 from corners kicks delivered by Darren Geoghegan. Two were cleared off the line by a defender and the third parried away by the goalkeeper. Mattie McQuaid struck a great free-kick from 35 yards out but the ‘keeper made a good save tipping the ball over the crossbar. Alvaro had a great chance and came close with a right-footed effort grazing the side netting. It wasn’t all one way traffic as Abraham Dixon was called into action with a brilliant double save off Aaron Reilly from close range. James Bourke had the Mon’s last effort of the half with a free-kick which almost wriggled over the line but was stopped on the line by the goalkeeper.

After the second half the Mons turned up the heat with some excellent attacking play. Conor Doyle and Alvaro became much more active and they combined well for the second goal. Alvaro dribbled past a BJD defender before unleashing a powerful shot which the goalkeeper could only parry into the path of Conor who fired home his second of the afternoon. Soon after it was Conor who played an inch perfect through ball into Alvaro who coolly slid the ball under the ‘keeper for his second in two games. Alvaro grabbed his second goal with another excellent finish into the corner, this time set up by Eli Ward who has been United’s ‘assist king’ this season.

Monaghan’s build up play continued to threaten the opponents goal but Bally’duff pulled their way back into the game. Two poor passes in the middle led to Aaron Reilly scoring two quick goals, the second in particular a fine volleyed shot. United then took control again with Conor Doyle forcing a fine save from the BJD ‘keeper once again before he wrapped up the game with his third. Again it was the combination of Alvaro and Conor that created the goal, Alvaro played a great through ball into Conor who dinked the ball past the onrushing ‘keeper with his left foot to finish the scoring.

Tommy Croarkin, Conor Doyle and Alvaro Soriano all had stand our games with the later providing two goals and two assists to his team getting the Man of the Match award on this occasion. Well done Alvaro!!

Monaghan United Squad: Abraham Dixon, Tommy Croarkin, Niall Crawley, Mathew McQuaid, Marc Treanor, Lewis Gibson, Besorah Moba, Eli Ward, Conor Doyle, Alvaro Soriano, James Bourke, Darren Geoghegan.

Monaghan United 2-0 Drumkill Rovers

CMUL U16 League

A nice evening under lights for once and not too cold as the Mons took on Drumkill, a local derby which both teams were desparate to win the bragging rights in school. Monaghan dominated possession with the trio of Jason McBride, Tyler O’Hanlon and Alvaro Morales proving too much for their opponents at times. Jason and Alvaro’s passing was superb and when Tyler got on the ball he was direct and dangerous with his dribbling.

Jason had the first attempt on goal with a free-kick which he curled towards the back post only for the ball to smack the crossbar and land in the penalty area. Though nobody could convert the chance and the ball was cleared. Dillon Kelly then went close as his pile-driver of an effort on the half-volley from the edge of the box again cracked against the woodwork. Monaghan were banging on the door and it wasn’t long until they took advantage of their good play. Jason McBride swung the corner into the middle of the box where Remy McKenna caught the ball perfectly on the volley and it flew past everyone into the back of the net. An unstoppable strike of the highest callibre from young McKenna. Alvaro played a beautifully weighted pass into Mantas but the Drumkill ‘keeper Ryan Connolly came out quickly to clear the ball. Drumkill’s biggest threat came from another Spaniard, no not another Alvaro, but Dani diMarco who was menacing up front with his pace and skill.

For the second half Monaghan improved their passing and began to spread the ball much better, they used their width well exploiting the space out wide. Tyler came into the game more as his stamina showed with some excellent runs and link up play with Conor Doyle who replaced Mantas up front. Shane McMahon and Colm Lennon kept Rovers’ forwards quite in the second half with the opposition only salvaging a few chances which required the excellent keeping of Abraham Dixon to maintain the confidence in his own team. Stephen Corrigan put in a great shift at right back, not much got by him and he attacked well on the break. It was Jason once again who was the provider of the second goal. He controlled the ball well on the bounce before chipping the ball into Conor Doyle’s path, 1 on 1 with the ‘keeper Conor lobbed the ball into the net with finesse. A show of a confident striker on top of his game. Lewis Gibson replaced Alvaro midway through the second half and showed his class touch always keeping things simple. Conghal Treanor, Conor Gaffney and Nils Ziegert also came on as subs and all put in solid performances.

Man of the Match on this occasion was a decision between 3 players, Shane at the back, with Tyler and Jason in the midfield. Jason gets the nod with his excellent display of passing and two good assists.

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

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Juvenile Weekend Round-Up


Ballyhaise Celtic 1
Monaghan United 2

An early start to Sunday morning for a young Monaghan United team who had to travel to Cavan to play ballyhaise Celtic,
All praise has to go to players and parents for having lads up and ready for 8.30 on such a cold frosty morning,
The lads all arrived in great spirit and were up for the game,and boy what a game it was.
A few changes were made to the Monaghan line up, and it paid off, as young Jakob Frizelwich and Annan Connors dominated the midfield along with Harry Mallon. They were for the most part in complete control in the centre of the pitch, played their roles to perfection, winning every ball that came out and setting up some great play.
Early in the game Terence Mcdonald made a darting run through the heart of the Ballyhaise defence and was just about to shoot only to be ruled offside. Soon after Leon McCabe made a powerful run up the left wing and won a corner, which he took and delivered a super ball straight to the head of Annan Connors, who thumped it into top corner, 1 nil to Utd.
Ballyhaise had several chances, but the day belonged to Daniel Reilly in the Monaghan goal as the young keeper was superb and pulled off save after save and this was to be his best ever game as the Utd shot stopper. Both teams had several chances and both keepers were kept very busy.
Ballyhaise broke through from the left and a misunderstanding between keeper and defender led to the equalizer for Ballyhaise,each thought the other had it covered and the ball spilled past them both, it was just one of those goals!! 1-1.
Monaghan United showed great grit and determination and kept the pressure on pushing forward constantly. Connor McGuire came on for the injured Leon McCabe and almost made an immediate impact with some great skilful runs and by playing in some super passes.
Terence McDonald tore the Ballyhaise defence apart a few times and was unlucky not to have bagged a few goals, but he kept working hard and never stopped trying.
Dylan Ballentine and Joseph Duffy were rock solid in defence and caused the ballyhaise strikers all kinds of trouble, both made some great clearances and showed great strength and confidence in their roles.
Aaron Mulligan made some speedy and skilful runs up the left wing and crossed in some amazing balls, and was unlucky also not to have scored a few. It was an Aaron Mulligan cross that was flicked on by Annan Connors which led to Shea Treanor volleying to the net for the goal of the day past the ballyhaise keeper. A stunning goal !!!! 1-2 to United.
Caomhan Woods came on for Terence McDonald and showed that he has a great first touch and awareness.
Steven McCloskey who was playing as sweeper came out of no-where with the ball and made a run from the United defence and with some amazing skill took on half the Ballyhaise team by himself, going around and passing player after player and got right up to the box only to shoot narrowly wide. It could have been a goal of the season contender had it went in. Ballyhaise had one girl on their team that deserves a mention as she was by far one of the best on the day. She was very strong and showed the girls can match the boys. Pity more girls weren’t, involved as she showed great heart and determination at right back, “well done Rachael”.
The final whistle went, with the hard working Monaghan Utd taking the well deserved spoils, well done to each and every player on the day. Themanagement team Of Noel and David were very proud of the entire team.
This team is sponsored by Kieran McMahon Tyres, Plantation and The Four Seasons Hotel.

Monaghan United 6-2 Lavey Utd

CMUL U16 League

Monaghan’s first half wasn’t the improvement manager Packie Cooney wanted to see as Lavey went ahead after 10 minutes, a long free-kick was latched onto and flicked over the ‘keeper by a cool Eoghan Cooney. After much pressure and guilt edged chances for Mantis and Conor Doyle, the later tapped in from a corner taken by Jason McBride and knocked down by Tyler O’Hanlon. United were missing their captain Shane McMahon due to a calf injury who had been their best player up to this game. Tyler had to slot into centre half but midway during the first half he moved up his natural position of central midfield with Stephen Corrigan going to centre back and Lewis Gibson coming on for Mantis at right back.

At half time it was still 1-1 despite the Mons pressure and the chances they had let slip. One move, Jason McBride played an excellent 1-2 with Alvaro Morales, on the edge of the box Jason shot but was denied by a good save by Lavey’s ‘keeper.

Tyler’s move into midfield turned the tide of the game with his pace and energy causing big problems as he constantly ran at the Lavey defenders. He scored a brilliant individual goal dribbling past at least 3/4 Lavey players before rounding the ‘keeper and slotting the ball into the empty net. Mantis was put back on this time Conor Doyle made way. Mantis seemed a changed player, full of confidence and was making all the right moves. He drove down Lavey’s right flank to the byline and crossed deep to the back post for Keelan O’Reilly to volley home for 3-1. However, Lavey pulled a goal back and nothing seemed certain for United despite the domination of possession.

Monaghan brought the gap back to 2 goals when Dillon Kelly released Jason with a great pass down the left wing. This came straight from a Lavey corner so there were only 3 defenders back and Mantis running ahead. Jason dribbled at the first defender using a step-over cut infield and layed the ball to Mantis to finish in style. A fine display on how to counter-attack effectively. Jason then set-up Tyler’s second with a fine delivery from a corner, Tyler, the smallest player on the pitch, rose highest and fired his header into the net. Alvaro then turned provider for Mantis as he played a great 1-2 inside the centre back for Mantis to bag his second of the afternoon.  It was a fine second half display from Mantis and the whole team who turned on the style emphatically from the break.

Man of the Match for me goes to Tyler O’Hanlon with 2 excellent goals and 2 assists also, though Jason McBride, Alvaro and Mantis also put on great performances. It certainly wasn’t a one man show by any means.

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

Cavan Town 3-3 Monaghan United

CMUL U15 League

On what can only described as being an “Irish” winters night United traveled to Cavan to play the Town under lights. In was very windy and the rain started coming down in the second half. United had a horrendous first 10 minutes, some still seemed to be on the bus as 2 goals went in in quick succession. The first from a corner kick, the front post wasn’t well covered and the ball slipped in after a defenders deflection. The second came with a long ball over the top which Dylan McMullen ran onto and finished ahead of United’s centre backs who were caught square.

After this however Monaghan began to dominate possession and played some of the great football. Though they were always shakey at the back and this showed when the ball bounced over the defenders and again Dylan ran on and with a great shot beat Abraham in goals.

For the defensive display Monaghan deserved to have conceded, but with the passes they were stringing together they definitely deserved to still be in contention although even a point was looking unlikely. The rest of the first half was a joy to watch, although the one thing lacking was the finish with Jordan Murray and Conor Doyle getting in great positions but failing to convert their chances. Lewis Gibson and Marc Treanor moved the ball well with Besorah Moba and playmaker Eli Ward playing some lovely penetrating passes to the front three. Mathew McQuaid and Martynas Pilvinis were excellent on the ball, both calm and composed, rarely losing the ball. Soki John had an up and down first half, making some great dribbles but then losing possession after his hard work. Thomas Croarkin worked hard down the right flank at full back, he posed a threat to the Town down the right hand side with Besorah tucking in letting Tommy overlap successfully on many occasions. United’s ability to play the ball out of defence normally under significant pressure was impressive.

With half-time United retreated to the dressing room for a pep talk and a breather. They returned to the pitch focused on their jobs, remembering the previous games they had been down and out, only to salvage a great result. They stayed resolute and played more as a unit in the second half. Though Cavan did hit the woodwork with a long shot in the second half Monaghan’s defense was much more solid. Niall Crawley replaced Tommy at right back and played very well. The half remained scoreless with Monaghan camped in the opponents half, the decision was made to play 3 at the back and push Soki upfield which seemed to make the difference.

The Mons pressure began to have venom, Eli jinxed his way past 3 Cavan defenders as he does so often and burried his shot in the bottom corner from 25 yards out, a fantastic finish. He was again involved as he set Conor away who poked the ball past the onrushing Gary O’Rourke to bring it back to 3-2. It now seemed only a matter of time for the equalizer and Finbar McGinn played Alvaro Soriano through on goal after some scrappy play in the box to slot the ball into the corner making it 3-3! Both players had come on in the second half and performed really well. The Mons could have won it, Jordan with some great dribbling shot inches wide, for all his great play he was very unlucky not to score. James Bourke hit a long range freekick in yet another nail biting moment. However it finished at 3-3, Cavan were clinical with their chances but Monaghan deserved the comeback playing some great football. Mattie and Martynas were very solid in the second half, both were difficult to beat and cleared well when needed.

The stand out performers in this game were definately Monaghan’s creative passers, mainly Lewis Gibson, Eli Ward and Besorah Moba. All three did their jobs in keeping the ball and creating chances for the forwards. Besorah gets the nod narrowly, his passing was excellent, even when pushed out wide he had a big input in the game.

Monaghan United Squad: Abraham Dixon, Thomas Croarkin, Soki John(C), Mathew McQuaid, Martynas Pilvinis, Lewis Gibson, Marc Treanor, Niall Crawley, Eli Ward, Besorah Moba, Conor Doyle, Jordan Murray, Finbar McGinn, James Bourke.

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SFAI Cup Weekend Report

Monaghan United 2-0 Illistrin

SFAI U15 National Cup 3rd Round

Monaghan recorded a great win over the Donegal champions who bettered them narrowly last season through an injury time winner from Shane Blayney. This time, Monaghan were at full strength with players like Eli Ward, Darren Geoghegan and Conor Doyle on top form coming into the game. 

Monaghan played some very good flowing football in the early stages of the game putting pressure on the Illistrin backline from the off. They gained several corners in early proceedings, for the first goal the corner was cleared but only as far as Marc Treanor who layed it back to Conor Doyle. Conor headed down to Eli who on his left foot volleyed into the top right corner, a big goal in a big game. Eli was the best player on the pitch in the first half, although slight compared to the big Illistrin players, his technical ability was unmatched and he always found space to threaten the Donegal goal. On one occasion he dribbled past his marker and slipped Conor through on goal, however he tried to shift the ball to his right foot instead of striking with his left and the defender got back to make a good tackle.

Ethan O’Leary came close with a free-kick from 35 yards out, with the sun in the ‘keepers eyes Ethan aimed high and was only inches away from scoring. Lewis Gibson and Marc Treanor held the line excellently making triangles around their opponents when passing from their own half. Martynas Pilvinis and Soki John started as full back, both getting forward at every opportunity with Soki’s dribbling causing the Illistrin midfielders real problems a long with his under-lapping runs. Martynas made several good runs down the right linking well with Darren Geoghegan who was a class act throughout the whole game. Conor led the line brilliantly running the centre backs across the pitch making pacey runs into the channels keeping both men occupied. Thomas Croarkin replaced Alvaro Soriano near the end of the half slotting in a right back allowing Soki to push up the pitch.

The second half saw Illistrin come into the game much more. They were especially dangerous from long balls in behind the Mons defence and set-pieces, mainly corner kicks. Monaghan however, defending very well clearing the ball at every avenue and Abraham Dixon made some excellent catches when called upon. He also had to save well to his left after one effort on goal from outside the area. Niall Crawley and Besorah Moba replaced Martynas and Lewis both came off due to injury. Niall had a tough job marking Jordan Ryan at right midfield, he made several good runs through Monaghan’s defence only to be stopped when he entered the box. United had another great chance when Jordan Murray who had come on shortly beforehand made an excellent run through the heart of Illistrin’s defence shot just wide from a very tight angle. Besorah had his best game in a Monaghan jersey in central midfield. He bossed the midfield, set up numerous counter attacks through some great cross field passes. He was always so assured on the ball and didn’t once give it away. In the dying moments of the game, United countered after an Illistrin corner, Conor was fouled just outside the area by the big no.4. Eli stepped up and curled the ball beautifully in the top left corner to seal the win as the whistle blew to call time. 

Calling a Man of the Match is very tricky in this situation as the whole team put in a massive performance. Eli getting the two crucial goals and playing a great game, Darren for his combination play and passing, Mathew at the back for staying resolute and Besorah for his late cameo. Eli will have to take it due to his goals but I’m sure everyone who attended the game would find it as hard picking one individual out of that team today.

Monaghan United Squad: Abraham Dixon, Martynas Pilvinis, Soki John(C), Mathew McQuaid, Ethan O’Leary, Lewis Gibson, Marc Treanor, Cormac McKenna, Conor Doyle, Besorah Moba, Jordan Murray, Thomas Croarkin, Niall Crawley, Finbar McGinn, Alvaro Soriano.

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Schoolboys Weekend Report

Monaghan United 8 – 1 Cavan Celtic

CMUL U15 League

United maintained their momentum from the previous weeks big win against Carrick Rovers’ Lions with another good win against the Cavan outfit. The Mons had a new face on the bench in the shape of another Spaniard, another Alvaro but the Soriano half of the Alvaro duo. Monaghan dominated possession from the off, this season they have seen a real improvement in their ability to keep the ball. Lewis Gibson and James Bourke sat in midfield giving Eli Ward the usual licence to bomb forward. Conor Doyles’ goals have ensured he keeps his position up front with Darren Geoghegan and Finbar McGinn starting on the flanks.

All Monaghan’s good play came down the right hand side with Eli, Darren and Tommy Croarkin at right back all combining very well. This combination led to their first goal, Tommy passed down the line to Eli who flicked the ball with the outside of his foot to Darren, he played Conor through to hammer home Monaghan’s first goal. It was some great one touch football and a similar combination lent a hand in Conor’s second. But before this Cavan grabbed an equalizer slightly against the run of play, their no.10 ran past several Monaghan defenders before shooting. His shot was parried by Abraham but finished off by no. 12. For United’s second Darren this time passed to Eli who played Conor through on goal, he shifted the ball onto his left foot and roled in under the oncoming ‘keeper.

Martynas Pilvinis replaced Niall Crawley at left back for the second half. Besorah Moba had also earlier come on for Finbar on the wing. Martynas was straight away involved in the action as he played long to Besorah who in turn played the ball to Eli in the box. Still having work to do facing away from goal he flicked the ball past the defender and slotted the ball beyond the ‘keeper into the corner. Jordan Murray took Conor’s place up front and made an immediate impact from a slightly bizarre incident. A ball in behind the Cavan defence was chased all the way by Jordan, the Cavan ‘keeper came off his line to clear the ball only for hit to deflect off Jordan’s chest and run all the way back into the goal. Eli was heavily involved in the next few goals as first he scored his second with a brilliant half volley over the ‘keeper. Then after a dazzling run he played Jordan through on goal who without hesitation struck home with his left foot. He then assisted the last goal of the afternoon when he passed to Marc Treanor who spectacularly chipped the ball up and volleyed the ball over the ‘keeper into the goal. Another bonus from the game was the display of Alvaro Soriano. He came on with 20 minutes to go and made a big impression on his teammates. He made several excellent solo runs and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.

Darren Geoghegan and Eli Ward were at the centre of everything United did throughout the match, their combination play seemed telepathic at times. Eli edges Darren for the Man of the Match award due to his 2 goals and 3 assists, an impressive tally for the youngster.

Monaghan United Squad: Abraham Dixon, Thomas Croarkin, Niall Crawley, Mathew McQuaid, Ethan O’Leary, Marc Treanor, Lewis Gibson, James Bourke, Finbar McGinn, Conor Doyle, Jordan Murray, Besorah Moba, Eli Ward, Darren Geoghegan, Alvaro Soriano.

Monaghan United 1 – 0 Ballyhaise Celtic

CMUL U16 League

United got back to winning ways but in more of a nerve wrecking fashion than they had hoped for. Ballyhaise who had been beaten 7-0 the previous week were probably expecting a lot of goals past them, but they stayed strong at the back the whole way through the game. The team lined up similarly to last seasons strong line-up which won the league, except for one notable absentee Michael Bannigan who is a big loss with his goal scoring record. Dillon Kelly came back in at left-back where he had been so good last season.

Monaghan had the better of possession and most of it was in the Ballyhaise half, though they failed to convert the few chances they had fashioned. Mantis had several excellent opportunities to put his side ahead and some rushed shots were off target as he tried to get back on top form. When he did get a shot on target the Cavan goalkeeper got down excellently with his feet to clear the ball for a corner. Keelan O’Reilly also had a good chance go begging when Remy McKenna crossed from the right hand side but he only hit the side netting. Conor Doyle played in a slightly deeper role than Mantis, he made some clever passes to teammates but nothing came from these plays. Jason McBride and Tyler O’Hanlon were in and out of the game in the midfield, off the ball they pressed well but there were always a lack of players looking for the ball when a teammate had it.

Monaghan missed the creative spark of Alvaro Morales who had returned home for a week, his sleek dribbling and vision surely would have opened the game for United. The Mons rigidness hampered their search for a goal with a lack of movement in all departments.

The start of the second half started very promising as Dillon Kelly had pushed into the no.10 role behind Conor Doyle with Mantis making way, Robert Golding filled in at left back. The triangles started appearing again in Monaghan’s midfield and their attacking play improvement and became more fluid. Dillon caused the Ballyhaise defence no end of problems as the backs didn’t know whether to close him down or drop deeper, he played Keelan through on a few occasions but there was no end product. Tyler and Jason both had efforts from free-kicks go over and they had over a dozen corners to no avail despite some good deliveries from Jason, Dillon and Keelan. Stephen who had pushed up to the wing made a good cross to Remy, but receiving the ball just behind him he could only scoop the ball over the net.

Conor Doyle had two opportunities to add to his tally this season. Shane McMahon first played him through but just as he struck the ball a Ballyhaise defender made a great last ditch tackle to prevent the goal. Then he beat the same defender 1v1 and dribbled the ball towards the near post, from a tight angle he tried for goal but the ‘keeper thwarted his effort. A defensive header was cleared off their own line by the Cavan teams full back in bizarre fashion and Shane McMahon had a good header cleared away from goal. The break through eventually came when Stephen Corrigan was fouled 30 yards out from goal. Shane stepped up and drilled the ball low into the bottom corner beating the unfortunate ‘keeper for the first time. The captain coming to his teams rescue and not for the first time. The game ended a few minutes later with Monaghan having dominated the chances but could have easily came away with just a point.

Shane McMahon gets the Man of the Match award by a distance this week, not only for his goal but another leading performance from the captain.

Monaghan United Squad: Abraham Dixon, Stephen Corrigan, Dillon Kelly, Colm Lennon, Shane McMahon(C), Keelan O’Reilly, Mantis, Conor Doyle, Conor Gaffney, Robert Golding, Nils Ziegert, Jason McBride, Tyler O’Hanlon, Conghal Treanor, Remy McKenna.


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Schoolboys’ Match Reports

Blayney Rovers 6 – 4 Monaghan United

CMUL U16 League

Blayney ran out winners in this tie as United lost their first league fixture in nearly 2 years. They started off very poorly conceding 3 soft goals through a mix of defensive errors and lapses of concentration. They had two chances to go ahead before this period as both Conor Doyle and Mantis both shot narrowly wide.

Mantis then pulled one back with a well taken strike assisted by Jason McBride. But before they could pull the game back further Rovers’ played a long ball down the middle splitting the Mons defence and their striker nipped the ball past the onrushing Dixon in goals. United did grab another back before half time, Keelan O’Reilly made his first good run down the left flank and crossed to Conor Doyle who rose above the ‘keeper to head home.

Monaghan dragged themselves back into the game more so for the first part of the second half. Alvaro Morales entered proceedings and it didn’t take long for him to have an impact on the game. He received the ball in the centre circle, turned his man and played a chipped pass Xavi would be proud of over the centre backs to Conor Doyle who finished well again. Doyle was again involved in the action as he was brought down for a penalty which Shane McMahon converted. At 4-4 United had a great chance to go ahead, unfortunately Conor could not capitalize on a great 1v1 chance against the Blayney ‘keeper. In the midst of this come back Abraham Dixon in goals pulled off 2 or 3 world class saves, parrying one shot onto the crossbar and blocking a powerful close range strike by Rovers’ striker.

After this the tracks came off yet again for the travelling team, Blayney scored twice in quick succession through more clumsy play and United could find no way back after that.

Monaghan United Squad: Abraham Dixon, Stephen Corrigan, Shane McMahon, Robert Golding, Conghal Treanor, Keelan O’Reilly, Jason McBride, Tyler O’Hanlon, Remy McKenna, Mantis, Nílis, Conor Doyle, Conor Gaffney, Mathew McQuaid.

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Schoolboys Street Collection

On October 31st and November 2nd, there will be a collection in town to raise funds for our schoolboys teams this season.

As of this season we have 8 teams and over 120 players playing each week so events like this are important to keep the ball rolling. Any sort of contribution would be greatly appreciated on the day. Our schoolboys and managers will be out on the Thursday and Saturday so you can put some names on faces you have seen on our match reports be it the hat-trick hero from the weekend previous or the “super ‘keeper” who saved the injury time peno’.

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Schoolboy Match Reports

CMUL U12 League

Monaghan United 6-1 Carrick Rovers

Monaghan Utd U – 12’s ran out 6 – 1 winners over a determined Carrick Rovers team in Gortakeegan on Sat last. Monaghan started brightly with Tiarnan O’Rourke and James Mc Kenny forming a formidable centre – back pairing flanked by the outstanding Adam Mc Bride at right back and the dynamic Dean Doherty at left back. Jaeden Lees played as a defensive midfielder and used his silken skills to link the defence with the midfield duo of Tiernan Kierans and Josh Deeney. Adam Mc Garry on the left popped up all over the field while the strong running Kevin Fitzpatrick on the right proved the main provider for the classy Terry Mc Donald upfront.

Monaghan started strongly and Adam Mc Garry opened the scoring on 9 mins firing into the bottom right of the Carrick net. Monaghan made it 2 – 0 five mins later when Terry Mc Donald beat 2 defenders and left the Carrick keeper with no chance. Carrick rallied well however and scored an excellent goal on the 20th min after some slack defending by the home team. The remainder of the half belonged to Carrick and were unlucky not to draw level by half time.
Monaghan introduced Joshua Clerkin and Riaghan Gallagher and this seemed to spark the Monahan Utd side into action. Tiernan Kierans scored with a superb strike after 3 mins of play. Terry Mc Donald grabbed his second shortly after beating the Carrick off-side trap with a strong run down the left. Nathan Lavery was called into action in the 10 min with an excellent double save from a penalty and the rebound to lift the home sides spirits. Monaghan brought on Cathal Nally and Dean Mc Cann to bolster the defence as Carrick threatened a comeback.

With 10 mins remaining Josh Deeney picked up the ball outside the penalty area and goasted by 4 defenders before stroking the ball into the corner of the Carrick net. Joshua Clerkin completed the scoring with 2 mins left on the clock with an expertly taken free – kick that sailed over the Carrick keepers head. Team managers Seamus Deeney and Paddy Reilly were satisfied with the result but cautioned that the team requires a lot of work and skill development yet.
Squad: Nathan Lavery, Dean Doherty, Cathal Nally, Dean Mc Cann, Jaeden Lees, Tiarnan O’ Rourke, James Mc Kenny, Adam Mc Bride, Kevin Fitzpatrick,, Riaghan Gallagher, Tiarnan Kierans, Adam Mc Garry, Josh Deeney, Terry McDonald, Joshua Clerkin, Dylan Reilly ( inj ).


Monaghan United 5
Blayney Rovers 0

Monaghan Utd U-14’s kicked off their league campaign with a comfortable 5-0 win at home to Blayney Rovers on Saturday afternoon last. Utd made 4 changes from the previous week’s cup win in Donegal and the new debutants have given the management team a major headache for next week’s team selection as they all played exceptionally well. Cillian Woods and Corey McArdle caused endless problems for the Blayney defence.

The first half was a tough battle with neither side able to break the deadlock. Shane Duffy had a busy time in goals but he dealt comfortably with anything that came his way. Jack O’Hanlon and Fergal Kierans worked well with the central defence partnership of Cormac McKenna and Martynas Pilvinis as a unit and they will be hard to break down this season. The Utd midfield of Gary Myers, Patrick McCarron, Aaron Mulligan and Lubula Kwima also worked well as a unit linking up with the strikers at every opportunity.
H-T 0-0.
Utd made 4 changes at half time with Ryan Aughey, Colin Peppard, Leon McCabe and Oisin Clerkin coming on and it paid off straight away with 2 quick goals from Oisin Clerkin and Leon McCabe. Shortly after that Gary Myers wrapped the game up when he grabbed Utds third.

Oisin Clerkin grabbed his first hat trick of the season when he scored another two goals in the latter part of the game and gave Utd their first 3 points of the season. It was a great overall performance with each squad player showing why they should be in the starting eleven on match days so the management team of Gerard McCabe and Jim Mc Carron have a major headache ahead of them.

CMUL U16 League

Clones Town 0 – 5 Monaghan United

Shane McMahon got the Mons going early in the first half when he fired in a half volley,  which had first been deflected away from goal after a powerful header from Jason McBride. Keelan O’Reilly had curled a great corner in and Shane McMahon managed to lose his marker in the chaos leading up to the goal. The second goal was a great individual effort from Mantis who sped past his marker and shot passed the Clones ‘keeper to make it 2-0 assisted by Tyler O’Hanlon. As the game went on it became more ferocious and challenges started flying in on the Monaghan players in particular. However they weren’t going to be intimidated and went into half time well in control.

Clones had some early pressure in the second half with Abraham Dixon having to pull off an excellent save with his feet from a Cameron Dowd free-kick. He also made some important catches from Clones’ corners which kept pressure off Monaghan’s defenders. Shane McMahon and Colm Lennon were comfortable in central defense, both technically good they began many of United’s attacks from the back. Shane in particular picked our some excellent cross field passes to the wingers.

The third goal was another individual effort, this time by Stephen Corrigan who had moved up to midfield with Conor Gaffney going to right back. He dribbled the ball from the middle of the park to the left hand side of Clones’ box before cutting in and curling the ball into the top corner beyond the ‘keepers reaches. This was the goal of the game but they were two more goals to come before the final whistle. First Tyler added another assist when he crossed from the right hand side to the back post. Keelan O’Reilly had timed his run perfectly and tapped the ball into the back of the net. Tyler performed well in the no.10 role, a position he prefers to holding midfield, he certainly showed he could perform further up the pitch.

The last goal came from another set-piece, this time Jason McBride the architect, his free-kick was knocked down by Tyler into Remy McKenna’s path and he finished a simple tap in. Clones were tough opponents but United came through in the end with the 3 points. A good team performance to start off the league campaign. Man of the Match goes this time to Tyler who assisted 3 of the 5 Monaghan goals.

Monaghan United Squad: Abraham Dixon, Stephen Corrigan, Shane McMahon, Colm Lennon, Robert Golding, Conor Gaffney, Jason McBride, Tyler O’Hanlon, Conghal Treanor, Remy McKenna, Mantis, Keelan O’Reilly.

CMUL U15 League

Killylough FC 1 – 7 Monaghan United

The U15’s kept up United’s record as they won comfortably making it 5 wins on the first league weekend for Monaghans’ schoolboys teams. A usual back 4 lined up with Mathew McQuaid and Ethan O’Leary at centre back with Niall Crawley and Thomas Croarkin at full back. Eli Ward dropped deeper in midfield partnering Marc Treanor in the holding roles. Besorah Moba moved up into the no. 10 position with a front 3 of Jordan, Conor and the in form Soki.

United started off the better side moving the ball about quickly in between the opponents lines, Eli Ward always instrumental in United’s early plays. Their first goal came when Soki and Eli linked up to play Conor Doyle down the right flank, he beat his man before delivering a good cross which was cleared but only to Besorah who fired home from the edge of the box. Both players were then both involved in the second as Besorah this time played Soki through on the right, his cross was excellently converted by Conor Doyle with a cushioned header into the corner of the net.

The third came shortly afterwards as Eli played in Soki centrally this time and he was taken down in the area for a penalty. Conor Doyle calmly slotted home his second of the match. Killylough replied however when Ronan King took advantage of some sloppy defending to make it 3-1. Though the 3 goal gap was restored when Conor headed the ball down from an Eli cross for Soki centrally again who struck the crossbar but then headed in the rebound.This brought an end to proceedings in the first half.

James Bourke, Cormac McKenna and Finbar McGinn came on for the second half. Eli played in a slightly more advanced role sensing more goals. Lewis Gibson replaced the impressive Besorah in centre midfield and made some slick passes. Eli had two great chances to score as he made two outstanding individual runs, the first ended with a scuffed left foot shot going high and wide, the second ending with a good save from the Killylough ‘keeper. He then played Conor through, beating the offside trap he slipped the ball past the onrushing Killylough ‘keeper to complete his hat-trick. Jordan set up Soki for his second with some great wing play and pass to Soki which finished with a goal.

Conor was replaced late on by Thomas Croarkin and Besorah replaced the injured Soki. Eli made another tricky run forward dribbling by 2/3 defenders before slipping the ball to Thomas who cut the ball back and fired into the far corner.

Man of the Match goes to Eli Ward for playing a big part in nearly all of Monaghan’s goals with a wide range of passing and some lovely dribbling throughout the game.

Monaghan United Squad: Abraham Dixon, Mathew McQuaid, Ethan O’Leary, Thomas Croarkin, Niall Crawley, Lewis Gibson, Marc Treanor, Eli Ward, Jordan Murray, Soki John, Conor Doyle, Cormac McKenna, Finbar McGinn, James Bourke.


Monaghan United 9
Killylough FC 3
Monaghan United welcomed Killylough FC to Gortakeegan for their first league game of the new season. Both teams began very defensively and alot of the play was in midfield, until Monaghan were awarded the first corner of the game, which Leon McCabe hit the inside of the back post and Steven McCluskey pounced to head home from close range. A few moments later as a result of some fine passing between Dylan Ballentine, Annan Connors and Conor Maguire who made a super run, and set up Leon McCabe to calmly slot home past the keeper.
Killylough fought back and scored twice in quick succession when two long balls outfoxed the United back four and both resultant shots were put away past United keeper Daniel Reilly. The halftime score was Monaghan United 2-2 Killylough.
The managers made a few formation changes and introduced a few subs, which paid off right away. Elijah Dixon was moved to right back and not much could get past Elijah. He has great awareness and speed and can pass a ball with perfection. Jakob Fryzlwicz played a sweet through ball to the feet of Leon McCabe who once again slotted home for his hatrick. Aaron Mulligan came in for his first game and he started with a bang by scoring 4 goals in style all from different areas. Joshua Clerkin and Caomhian Woods were unluky not to have scored a brace each,by narrowly missing the target and having two cleared of the line.

Killylough never gave up and deservedly got themselves a third goal when the back line of United got caught out, but Steven McCluskey put the game to bed with his second of the game to make it 9-3 to United. Annan Connors, Ryan Leonard, Terence McDonald were also superb all game. Overall an excellent performance from the team.

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