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Wow what a game of football between Inniskeen and Ballybay, looked to be all over at half time but fair play to Inniskeen really went for it in the second half scored 1-14 I think.
The difference was the goals Ballybay got them at crucial times especially the third one when 3 points down and all the momentum with Inniskeen.
A very young Inniskeen team if they can build on that they will be in the shaka up for the good few years.
Also the streaming today was top class massive improvement from last week

Totalballer (Monaghan) - Posts: 10 - 06/09/2020 19:17:14    2290834

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Great weekend of football has to be said. Aughnamullen comfortable against Oram. Think they'll struggle if Sean's get through to the final.
Cremartin snatch and grab, harps hard fought win in a brilliant display of football from both sides in bad conditions. I think cremartins grit will get them over the line in that one.
Blayney win one game and stay up surely it's only a matter of time, scotstown well we're scotstown and ballybay and iniskeen treated us to surely the game of the championship so far ballybay should erect a statue of Paul finlay, still think scotstown will have too much for them in the final tho. Any thoughts on the finals?

agaa (Monaghan) - Posts: 30 - 06/09/2020 19:20:57    2290836

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Credit where it's due. Coverage of Ballybay v Inniskeen game was very good. Very professional set up.

FootblockREF (Monaghan) - Posts: 494 - 06/09/2020 19:26:49    2290837

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Anyone you bought the weekend pass got full value in both the Cremartin, Doohamlet and the Ballybay Inniskeen games probably two of best games of football ever seen in the county.

shaggylegend (Monaghan) - Posts: 1854 - 06/09/2020 20:03:27    2290844

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Brilliant, brilliant game with Ballybay and Inniskeen, a credit to both clubs. You would feel sorry for the Inniskeen lads this morning. The 3rd Ballybay goal was the hammer blow really. Inniskeen somehow got themselves back level after Ballybay had followed up that goal with late points, but the legs were gone for extra time. A bit more experience off the bench saw Ballybay through.
On any other day the individual displays of Paul Finlay, Paddy O'Neill, Donal Meegan, Chris McGuinness, or Sean Jones would have been a shoo-in for MOTM. But young Woods deservedly took that accolade, scant consolation no doubt.
Ryan Wylie, Colm Lennon, Gerard McArdle and Ciaran McNulty were very good also.
Ballybay were cleaned out on kickouts for the second half and its hard to see how they will fare any better against Scotstown. But they are some team to get goals.
Credit also to the referee and officials for keeping enough control while letting them at it.

Eddie the Exile (Monaghan) - Posts: 737 - 07/09/2020 11:11:32    2290929

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Seans Clones tonight a tough one to call!

Monaghan2000 (Monaghan) - Posts: 41 - 09/09/2020 10:04:32    2291250

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At least there will be some spectators at the games now!

monman246 (Monaghan) - Posts: 75 - 15/09/2020 13:43:17    2292244

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Can't see anything but a comprehensive win for Aughnamullen over the Seans.
Cremartin to shade it against the harps and Ballybay to beat Scotstown .
a good weekend for the mid monaghan clubs.

latefortraining (Monaghan) - Posts: 58 - 16/09/2020 16:58:58    2292533

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Hard to see Pearse Brothers beating Scotstown although it would be good for the game - in Ballybay at least!
These two sets of players know each other pretty well by now - with Scotstown coming out on top in the games that matter.
Don't think Ballybay have enough young players of quality coming through to make the difference this time.
On the other hand they have been scoring plenty of goals this year and that always gives them a chance. Let's hope so!

Vofster (Monaghan) - Posts: 7 - 19/09/2020 11:59:50    2293013

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Replying To latefortraining:  "Can't see anything but a comprehensive win for Aughnamullen over the Seans.
Cremartin to shade it against the harps and Ballybay to beat Scotstown .
a good weekend for the mid monaghan clubs."
One out of 3 ain't bad......... power still in the north of the county......

ginelli (Monaghan) - Posts: 44 - 20/09/2020 18:14:22    2293224

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Very disappointing fare in the three finals. Aughnamulen were superb and probably would have won the Intermediate one as well. Sean's very poor and threw in the towel very early. Seem to choke badly in championship finals
While the intermediate final was exciting the standard was very mediocre. Harps got out of group on a let off situation but fair play they took their chance from there. However their stay in senior will be a short one. Cremartin very disappointing again with fowards not scoring out from marks and Nolan poor in defence and both keepers very dodgy.

Senior final was absolutely brutal. Streaming also very poor and only started as ball was thrown in and quality of screen very poor. Ballybay were woeful and no Mick Duffy cup will be back with that group. Weekend away didn't seem to work. Scotstown just done enough but wouldn't be at the races if their had of been an Ulster club. 3 poor games.

FrankAnnyalla (Monaghan) - Posts: 331 - 20/09/2020 19:32:28    2293239

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Replying To FrankAnnyalla:  "Very disappointing fare in the three finals. Aughnamulen were superb and probably would have won the Intermediate one as well. Sean's very poor and threw in the towel very early. Seem to choke badly in championship finals
While the intermediate final was exciting the standard was very mediocre. Harps got out of group on a let off situation but fair play they took their chance from there. However their stay in senior will be a short one. Cremartin very disappointing again with fowards not scoring out from marks and Nolan poor in defence and both keepers very dodgy.

Senior final was absolutely brutal. Streaming also very poor and only started as ball was thrown in and quality of screen very poor. Ballybay were woeful and no Mick Duffy cup will be back with that group. Weekend away didn't seem to work. Scotstown just done enough but wouldn't be at the races if their had of been an Ulster club. 3 poor games."
Club football very poor at the moment in monaghan
Very average intermiedate championship and likewise in junior. Alot of teams up and down over the years, Seans were a kick of the ball away from going senior two years ago likewise augnamullen also in intermiedate final not that long ago. Scotstown winning another title without a glove being laid on them. Harps probably make the drop next year with donaghmoyne replacing them. Not surprising.

222 (UK) - Posts: 535 - 20/09/2020 22:29:27    2293305

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Replying To 222:  "Club football very poor at the moment in monaghan
Very average intermiedate championship and likewise in junior. Alot of teams up and down over the years, Seans were a kick of the ball away from going senior two years ago likewise augnamullen also in intermiedate final not that long ago. Scotstown winning another title without a glove being laid on them. Harps probably make the drop next year with donaghmoyne replacing them. Not surprising."
Would strongly concur with your views.. Monaghan football is as poor of standard as I can remember in a long time.. as I stated on here about a month ago intermediate was the worst standard I have seen in a good number of years.. throw aughamullen into intermediate this year and I've no doubt they would have won it.. as for senior very few teams worth talking about.. throwing Scotstown years ago in junior football (Even dough all junior clubs voted strongly against such a move) has only strengthened them no end to the determent of the other teams in the county.. as for Ballybay 1 senior title for that group is a very poor return.. unless they dip back into the transfer market it could be 20 years before they win one again...

mick2007 (Monaghan) - Posts: 279 - 21/09/2020 10:57:09    2293358

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Thought the Senior Final was going to be a game for the ages. This was the best Ballybay had looked in a long time and Scotstown still walked it.
From 1-15, I believe Ballybay are more talented than any other club team in Monaghan. I don't know if it's a management issue or a mentality issue but if someone told you in 2012 that that Ballybay team wouldn't win another in the next 8 years (despite dipping into the transfer market in Cavan!) you'd have laughed in their face.
Agree with the post above that Aughnamullen probably would have won the intermediate final too, great outfit with loads of young players. Definitely a senior team in the making.

HB245 (Monaghan) - Posts: 89 - 21/09/2020 11:17:30    2293365

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Watched senior final and Scotstowns semi final win. Not living in monaghan so not hugely familiar with club football but scotstown to me looked streets ahead of the rest and won the County title without really have to go up the gears that much. Ballybay had a limited gameplan which seemed to be to find Jap and the McGuinness boys which scotstown got to grips with quickly after waterbreak. From county perspective you'd rather see more competitive club fare.

seanie08 (Monaghan) - Posts: 1510 - 21/09/2020 12:19:42    2293376

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10 years ago most neutrals lamented that Magheracloone didn't win more titles in the 00's with the group of players at their disposal…Ballybay just copied that blueprint for the last decade. The adage of "at least we won one" will ring hollow around Ballybay. Hard to see there being one last sting in a dying wasp.

GerryD (Monaghan) - Posts: 322 - 21/09/2020 14:35:38    2293399

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Another seans final loss,thats 6 in a row now surely has to be major questions asked of the players mentality

Monaghan2000 (Monaghan) - Posts: 41 - 21/09/2020 17:06:22    2293431

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Replying To Monaghan2000:  "Another seans final loss,thats 6 in a row now surely has to be major questions asked of the players mentality"
No need to question players mentality on this occasion because the simple fact is aughamullen were miles better purely due to having better quality on the pitch.. I have no doubt aughamullen would have best cremartin or the harps at the weekend

mick2007 (Monaghan) - Posts: 279 - 21/09/2020 21:04:44    2293468

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Hard to see how Scotstown are going to be challenged in near future. Both Ballybay and Clontibret are on the wane and there doesn't seem to be anyone ready to step up to the mark. Truagh are treading water, Latton have a good young team but hard to see how they would physically stand up to Scotstown. Magheracloone should be safe in senior for a few years but are nowhere close to that level. I can't see how Carrick could be considered since they lost heavily twice to the champions who barely broke sweat. People seem to be putting a lot of stock in Inniskeen. But the only games they won in their group were against the teams that ended in the bottom 2 places. And the win v Truagh, while impressive, doesn't make them contenders. Also while scoring 1-24 is impressive, conceding 4-19 is worse.

FootblockREF (Monaghan) - Posts: 494 - 21/09/2020 22:13:45    2293482

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Hard to believe that Aughnamullen would have beaten the Harps or Cremartin at the weekend infact its a very lazy analysis. The pace, physically and intensity of the intermediate final surpassed the junior final. Two evenly matched teams with harps experience at senior level getting them over the line. Aughnamullen are a decent outfit and will be very competitive in intermediate in 2021 but there was a reason they played junior grade in 2020 they weren't good enough in intermediate in 2019.

XmanMonaghan1 (Monaghan) - Posts: 7 - 21/09/2020 22:16:48    2293483

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