Truagh hit the heights but Emyvale miss out
There was a case of mixed fortunes for Monaghan's two representatives in the All-Ireland semi-finals of the intermediate and junior club championships.
Truagh booked their place in the semi-final of the intermediate series with a late rally against the Geraldines from Louth in Crossmaglen but it was heartbreak for Emyvale as they were caught at the death by a resurgent Two Mile House from Kildare in Longford.
Emyvale were playing catch-up for most of the first half of their game but Truagh were the dominant force in Crossmaglen and led by three points at the break, 0-7 to 0-4.
They extended that lead to seven points some 10 minutes into the second half but then the Geraldines, inspired by Jim McEnaney, fought back to parity in the dying seconds and it took a goal by Daniel Finnegan in stoppage time to send the Monaghan intermediate champions through on a final score of Truagh 2-10, Geraldines 1-9.
Emyvale, who were level at 0-6 each then struck for two goals early in the second-half, fought a magnificent rearguard action to hold the Two Mile House men to a single point between the sixth and 27th minutes.
However, the Kildare champions struck late and decisively. It finished Two Mile House 0-13, Emyvale 2-6.