A massive congratulations to Killylough Reserves who broke new ground yesterday by becoming the first Monaghan Cavan League team to earn the right to contest an Ulster Junior Shield final.
A tricky away trip to Donegal beckoned for the lads yesterday, Sunday the 28th of February, where Glencar Celtic hosted at the Flag Pole Field venue. The plucky visitors were the victors though as goals from Kieran Treanor and Shane Meehan secured a 2-0 result to take back down the road to Tydavnet and prepare for the unchartered territory of a provincial final.
In other news from MCL teams, Glenea Utd ended Cootehill Harps Reserves hopes of an all local teams final in the Ulster Junior Shield. Cootehill Harps’ flagship outfit however kept one hand on their Ulster Junior Cup title from 2015 by reaching the semi-final stage and will now host Glengad Utd in the semi final. Unfortunately Cavan Town’s run in the Cup is over for this season bowing out by virtue of the odd goal in a 5 goal thriller away to Culdaff.
Comiserations to the teams whose participation ended at the weekend but with more MCL teams than ever in these provincial competitions’ latter stages, surely pride must be taken in how the Monaghan and Cavan flags have been flown in the progression of local football. The very best of luck also to Cootehill Harps in their quest for an unprecedented retaining of the Ulster Junior Cup.
For now though it is Killylough’s moment and a monumental effort from players, coaches and club to see the standard raised for future Killylough teams. Let’s hope the lads can get over the line in the final and with the parish’s support, realise the dream of bringing a first ever provincial title home. The very best of luck to them.