The Faughs under 11 team celebrated an impressive victory in the annual blitz, hosted by Emyvale, last Saturday. The blitz is attended by clubs from Monaghan, Tyrone and Armagh. After a slow start with a single point defeat to previous winners Galbally, the Faughs then secured victories over Truagh and Monaghan Harps to emerge from their group.
The players stepped up their performance in the quarter final to beat Emyvale in a tightly contested match where Blayney had the bulk of the possession but had to earn their scores.
The semi final saw Blayney face a fancied Keady team where it was nip and tuck in the first half but a battling Blayney side pulled away in the second half to finish strongly against and secure a place in the Final against old rivals Scotstown.
Blayney saved their best football for the final with the performance of the day in front of an enthusiastic crowd. The two sides traded points for the first quarter before Blayney pulled away and went in 5-3 up at half time. The second half saw the Faughs dominate with a further three unanswered points to lead by five going into the final stages of the match. A late rally by Scotstown saw them tag on two late points however the Faughs battled well to ensure a 3 point victory at the final whistle.
A delighted Faughs captain, Robbie Hanratty received the cup on behalf the team of Rory Mc Glynn, James Mc Adam, Colm Bishop, David Irwin, Conor Mulligan, Conall Mc Hugh, Gearoid Coyle, Niall Carville, Michael Hughes, Eoghan Casey and Shane Ward.
The victory was a well deserved reward for manager Mark O Connor and his selectors Dessie Mc Auley and Sean Plummer who have worked hard with this group of players as part of the under 12 squad. The players will enjoy a few weeks rest before the commencement of the Winter Programme and their preparations for next year’s under 12 competition.