Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Something extra in tank for Clontibret

It's down to the last four in the Monaghan senior football championship after a series of games that ranged from the exhilarating to the downright mundane.

Scotstown and Magheracloone were first to book their places in the semi-finals, Scotstown with straight victories over Doohamlet, Inniskeen and Castleblayney while Magheracloone reached the last four with straight victories over Carrickmacross and Latton.

Latton and Clontibret on the other hand had to use the more circuitous route of the qualifier system in the Monaghan championship to reach the semi-finals.

Latton recovered from their defeat by Magheracloone in their second game to register a victory over Carrickmacross while Clontibret recovered from their opening round defeat by Latton, to inflict defeats on Ballybay and Truagh to progress to a sudden-death quarter-final with Castleblayney.

The sides finished all square at the end of a very exciting game in Ballybay and it looked for a while on Saturday night that it might take another replay with the sides level a total of ten time before Clontibret struck for two points in the dying minutes of a truly exhilarating contest in Emyvale to edge through.

The two semi-finals are listed for this coming weekend with Magheracloone meeting Clontibret in Inniskeen on Saturday evening at 7pm while Latton and Scotstown do battle in Clones next Sunday starting at 3.30 pm.

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