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    Mons News 28 March 2006

    Monaghan United suffered their first defeat of the 2006 season on a cold wet Limerick evening, with a 1-0 reversal. It was a lacklustre performance from the United team which belied the true ability and commitment within the team. At times it seemed that the only player on the pitch was Barry Burke who was filling in for Jim Murphy in the number 2 jersey. Limerick had the measure of United and forced some good saves from reliable Robbie in goals. Limerick's goal came after 28 minutes, Tommy Barrett volleying home from a Colm Heffernan corner.

    Despite Limerick's dominance, United almost stole a point in the second half when Robbie Smyth's chip beat Noel Mooney in the Limerick goal but came out off the crossbar. Monaghan only seemed to come alive and decide to play football in the second half but of course this was too little too late. Some harsh referring decisions and a general feeling of defeat meant that the Mons were not really in the game no matter how hard they tried to squeeze Limerick. Darren Sargent was red-carded late-on in what was a dubious sending off and now misses Sunday's visit of Cobh Ramblers.

    Team: Robbie Horgan, Barry Burke, Darren Sargent, Kevin Cronin, Eddie Keyes, Brian Gannon, Jimmy Fullam, Shane Harte, Paul Smuth, Robbie Smith, Alan McNevin.

    Subs: Tagdh Murphy, Eoghan O’Shea, Jimmy Murphy (B Burke 68th min), David Lee (McNevin 63rd min), Michael McCann

    On Friday last we headed to Hogan Park to take on the new look Limerick United. Limerick away is always a difficult game, but having had 2 good opening games, we were feeling like we could take something from the game. We played well enough and Robbie Smith almost putting us ahead within 30 seconds and again in the second half almost getting the equaliser when he was unlucky to hit the crossbar.

    The players were committed to the game throughout but only really began to bring the game to Limerick in the second half. Sometimes the officials decisions were less favourable to us than they should have been and we had a stonewall penalty denied when David Lee was taken down. Limerick are a good side and we would have been happy with a point but unfortunately it didn’t work out that way.

    We would like to have kept our unbeaten run, but hopefully we will be able to keep it unbeaten at home when we take on Cobh on Sunday. Cobh will be a challenge but having played well in our 3 games so far, we will not be scared of them. We have a very young talented side with very few of our players over 22 years old. If they can settle down and not get injured, we will have a lot of options open to us and try and give everyone a game. If we can do this we will be the match for any side.

    On Sunday Shane Harte is doubtful with Hamstring problems and Ger O’Callaghan and Stephen Finnegan may not be available due to International Schoolboy duties. Paul Whelan will be back having spent time in North Carolina with the Irish Colleges team. The Under 21’s take on Bohs on Saturday and some of their players will be available for the senior team also.

    All in all, I feel that the season has started off quite well and if we can capitalise on our youth and ability, I feel we could have a good season ahead.

    The first game of the season against Galway United showed how much fun and athmosphere can be created at a Mons game, but alas it was mostly Galway’s doing. This year it is vital that Mons get the support of the local football fan and we would encourage you all to come out and cheer on United when they play their next game against Cobh this Sunday, 2nd April at 3pm.

    Football matches are the one place where you can encourage your children to be as noisy as possible and are a great family day out. Bring your drums and bodhrans and come make some noise!

    The Magic Mons….Your Club, Your Football, Your Future!

    Esprit Monaghan have an unusual display in their shop window this week in the form of the new Monaghan United Women’s team Kit. The new Diadora jerseys are specially designed to fit Women and replicas will shortly be on sale for the fans of Monaghan United. The Women’s team would like to thank Lorraine in Esprit Monaghan for her sponsorship and continued support.

    Get well soon to Nakita Cassidy who spent some of last week in Hospital and will be unable to train with the women’s team until the start of the season.

    SUMMER CAMP 2006
    Monaghan United FC will be running their annual Summer Fun Soccer Camp starting on 3rd July to the 7th July at Century Homes Park and Astro Park. The summer camp is an important part of Monaghan United’s annual fundraising to provide great footballing facilities for everyone in the County. We would ask that all parents whose children play football at Monaghan United send their children to this camp to help ensure that your child has football in the future years.


    Don’t forget that Monaghan United FC now hold a monthly Car Boot Sale. The next sale takes place at Century Homes Park on Sunday 2nd April from 10am. The cost of entering a Car is a measly €10 and a Van a pathetic €15. Come along and sell everything from books to baths! Get there early so you don’t miss the bargains.


    Wondering where you can find out all you need to know about Monaghan United FC? Want to keep up to date on the latest news and Schoolboy Match Reports? is the place to go. Recently revamped with added features and easier access, Monaghan United FC are proud to have such an informative and comprehensive website.

    Now there is even more to see with the new Women’s football section and the recent addition of an Online Shop for all your Monaghan United Merchandise.

    So visit and make sure you are kept in the picture.

    Having a party? Need somewhere for a meeting or conference? Monaghan United have the facilities you need. The Greg Turley Suite is perfect for meetings or conferences and when combined with the Bagster Lounge it provides the ideal setting for parties. The new Patio area with outside tables and bar-be-queing facilities adds another alternative to this versatile venue. Also remember the Bagster Lounge is open Monday to Sunday for a quiet drink or to watch sports on our big screen T.V.s. For further information and bookings contact Martin Kelly at 086 8937562.
    Last edited by Magicme; 28/03/2006 at 5:21 PM.

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