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Juvenile Presentation Night 2014

Sunday December 28th saw the annual juvenile awards presentation night take place in Clontibret Community Centre. There was a fantastic turn-out of parents, coaches and players alike on the night with senior stars Conor McManus, Brian Greenan & Colum Greenan on hand to present the various awards and impart some superb advice to our future stars. The evening began with a fantastic trophy parade which demonstrated just how successful a year it was for our underage teams. A host of awards were presented on the evening to mark the achievements of the various teams across all grades. Winners & Runners-Up medals were presented to mark the successes of our U12, U14 and Minor teams.

A special presentation was also made to mark the achievement of our 6 players, Dean McDonnell, Dean McGuigan, Dean Brennan, Michael Savage, Jack Gormley and Ross Lowey, together with coach Martin Corey who helped the Sem win the Rannafast Cup for the first time in 37 years. Club stalwart Kevin Carragher, a member of the successful 1977 Sem team, was on hand to present the commemorative photos and also give some great words of advice to the up and coming stars of the future.

The ‘Most Improved Player’ awards were issued to recognise the all-round performance of players across the various grades. The following players were rewarded for their great year in the O’Neills jersey; U10s Ryan Greenan, U12s James Carey, U14s Brendan McCully, U16s Christopher McDermott. The overall juvenile Most Improved Player award went to Brendan McCully. Brendan was a very deserving winner of this accolade and it was just rewards for his starring role in the U14 double winning team.

A special word of thanks to juvenile officer Fergal Mone for organising another successful awards night. Fergal is now relinquishing his role as juvenile officer after 5 successful years at the helm. He has helped put in place many great structures and increased the focus on player development across all grades from U6 to U16. The array of silverware on display at the awards night was testament to his hard work. We look forward to another successful year in 2015.

2014 Juvenile Presentation Night

2014 Juvenile Presentation Night

2014 Juvenile Presentation Night

2014 Juvenile Presentation Night

2014 Juvenile Presentation Night

2014 Juvenile Presentation Night

2014 Juvenile Presentation Night

2014 Juvenile Presentation Night

2014 Juvenile Presentation Night

U14 Division 3 League Final 2014

Date: 6th September, 2014
Venue: Blackhill

2014 U14 Winners

2014 U14 Winners

Clontibret 3-22 Cremartin 4-07

Clontibret came out on top in this local derby against neighbours Cremartin to wrap up the Division Three League title to add to their Championship triumph earlier on in the Summer and complete an impressive ‘double’ in what has been a fantastic 2014 for this group of lads. Played in perfect conditions in front of a substantial crowd in Blackhill, as expected both teams were desperate for the win and in-keeping with the history at juvenile level between the two teams this game was not decided until the final ten minutes with 10-man Cremartin pushing eventual winners Clontibret to the very pin of their collar.

The game started off in dominant fashion for the Saffrons with a lightning quick 1-02 without reply. A long ball in from Shea Gorman had the Cremartin defence all at sea and the ball eventually found its way into the net via a deft touch from Darren McMahon. This was followed by a fantastic long range point by the commanding Adam Sylvestre who stormed up from half back, right through the heart of the Cremartin defence to raise the white flag. The pendulam then swung in the Shamrocks favour in a hectic 5 minute period where Clontibret really struggled to get out of their own half. Following an injury to corner back Conor Molloy, the referee continued with play which enabled Cremartin to take advantage of the extra man and hit 2-02 to rattle Clontibret and leave them in all sorts of trouble. Luckily, following a brief spell on the sidelines Conor Molloy was able to return to the field having been momentarily replaced by Michael Mohan. This steadied the ship once again and Clontibret regained their composure to level the match following the end of the 1st quarter:
Score: Clontibret 1-06 Cremartin 2-03

For the first couple of minutes of the 2nd period, there was very little to separate these two teams, both matching each other point for point with the match ever increasingly looking like it was going to go right to the wire. However an off the ball incident involving Clontibret ‘keeper David Brennan and a Cremartin forward was spotted by the officials and resulted in the referee having no hesitation and reaching for a red-card for the Cremartin player, leaving them a man down and presenting Clontibret with a huge incentive with almost three quarters of the match to play. Surprisingly it was Cremartin who initially dealt with the loss of a man a lot better then their counterparts dealt with the advantage and with perhaps a sense of injustice they rallied to score a point and once again take the lead half way through the second quarter with half time fast approaching. Clontibret finally got to grips with the game and began to use the numerical superiority to their advantage with Ronan O’Reilly becoming increasingly more prominent in his ‘free-role’, taking the ball from deep and launching the Clontibret attacks while also lending his services at the other end of the field when necessary. Cremartin refused to go away though and the cat and mouse game continued right up until the half time whistle with only 2 points separating the sides in Clontibrets favour, Conor McCooey with the pick of the points towards the end of the quarter.

Following the resumption of play, Clontibret finally assumed control of the contest and started to take control of this final with some lovely worked scores. Five points on the trot included some fantastic long range efforts from the skilful Eli Ward, a well worked move culminating in a Ronan O’Reilly point and a beautiful left foot curler from way out the field from Conor McCooey. However as Clontibret looked like they were going to take this game to its inevitbale conclusion with a lead increasing to 7 points they were very much in for a shock with 5 minutes of the quarter left. Cremartin out of nowhere mustered the energy to display their never-say-die attitude and take advantage of some very slack defending on Clontibrets part, once again registering a two goal burst which seen them cut the lead to just one point. Clontibret then took a further blow as Conor Molloy was once again injured following a 50/50 challenge with his opponent and unfortunately this time he would not return to the playing field, being replaced by Paddy Keenan with 2 minutes of the 3rd quarter remaining. At the end of the quarter there was only 1 point between the teams with all to play for entering the last 15.

The first score of the last quarter was always going to be a vital score and it was Clontibret who gained the upper hand once again with a goal inside two minutes to set the tone for the remainder of the game. Leading by example, captain Shea Gorman took the game by the scruff of the neck charging through the heart of the Cremartin defence and rifling the ball low into the net. From here Clontibret never looked back and following a further goal from full forward Nathan Power after a re-bound, the O’Neills tagged on further points to seal the deal in style. The pick of these scores were two wonderfully identical left footed points from the lively Niall Moen and a fantastic move involving Ronan O’Reilly, Darren McMahon and finishing off with young Paddy Keenan popping the ball over the bar for his first score of the game. Cremartin did threaten on a few occasions however, through a culmination of goal-post, cross bar and rock solid defending from Brendan McCully and David Brennan they were never able to get the scores required and reign Clontibret back in.

2014 U14 Captain Shea Gorman

2014 U14 Captain Shea Gorman

The final whistle was met with great joy from the Clontibret players and supporters alike. Captain Shea Gorman was presented with the cup from his very own clubman Dessie Mone to complete a wonderful year for this bunch of players in not only winning their first piece of silverware as a group but claiming a double in such impressive fashion. The players then made their way over to Conor Molloy on the side of the pitch who was unable to join them for the presentation due to injury, however thankfully following a precautionary trip to Drogheda hospital Conor is on the mend with no serious injury to report.

2014 U14 Winners

2014 U14 Winners

Final Score: Clontibret 3-22 Cremartin 4-07

Team on the day: David Brennan, Conor Molloy, Brendan McCully, Ronan O’Reilly, Adam Sylvestre, Eli Ward, Shea Gorman, Conor McCooey, Darren McMahon, Niall Moen, Nathan Power

Subs: Michael Mohan for Conor Molloy, Conor Molloy for Michael Mohan, Paddy Keenan for Conor Molloy, Ronan Boyle, Emmett Walsh, Tom Ward, Kian Quinn.


Ulster U14 Feile, Saturday June 28th 2014

Ulster Provincial Feile
Our U14’s travelled to Slaughtmanus in Co. Derry on Saturday last to compete in the Ulster Provincial Feile competition. Fresh from winning the championship, the team travelled in good spirits as the first Clontibret team to compete in this new competition, initiated by the Ulster Council to cater for Div 2 and Div 3 teams throughout Ulster.

Clontibret O’Neills v Kildress, Co. Tyrone
The first fixture scheduled for the Boys was against Atticall of Co. Down but following the Down teams decision not to travel, Clontibret were awarded the points and were fast tracked to the second game where they faced Kildress of Co. Tyrone.

Following a tense opening few minutes where the boys had to get to grips with playing 15-a-side for the first time as well as having to play on a full size Senior pitch, Clontibret started to gain control and following 2 goals including a cracker from the impressive Conor McCooey, the boys led at the break against a much more physical Kildress side. With captain Shea Gorman following on from where he left off on Thursday evening ably assisted by the athletic Adam Sylvestre in midfield, Clontibret continued to keep Kildress at arms length throughout the second half and record a fantastic victory. Final Score: Clontibret 3-03 Kildress 1-01

Clontibret O’Neills v Naomh Brid, Co. Donegal
Following a break and some lunch, provided by the very welcoming Slaughtmanus GAA club, the lads now faced into a winner takes all game against Naomh Brid of Donegal. Again our lads faced an uphill battle against a bigger, stronger, more physical side plying their trade in the Donegal Division 2 League.

Clontibret started off well and again defied the odds with a stunning solo goal from the pacy Darren McMahon laying the foundations for a 9 point lead at the break. McMahon received the ball on the 45m line took his man on and could not be caught as he raced towards goal and finished to the back of the net.

After the break, Clontibret found things much more difficult and with Naomh Brid scoring two goals in quick succession, the lads had to withstand wave after wave of attack in the closing stages. The rock solid defensive unit of Conor Molloy, Michael Mohan and Brendan McCully put everything on the line to ensure their superb goalkeeper David Brennan was protected in the goal.

A nervous last few minutes ensued as Naomh Brid cut Clontibrets lead to 3 points and sought a crucial goal to tie the game. However following a goal mouth scramble Clontibret broke up the field with the ball finally making its way to Conor McCooey who landed a huge point to seal the win. McCooey went on to score a rather fortuitous goal from the restart to put some gloss on the victory and ensure passage to the Quarter Finals.
Final Score: Clontibret 4-02 Naomh Brid 2-01

Clontibret O’Neills v Sean Stensons, Co. Antrim
The lads then had an hour and a half to spare and in the meantime had the chance to view their potential Quarter Final opponents in the game between Slaughtmanus of Derry and Sean Stensons of Antrim. Following a bruising encounter between these two impressive outfits, Sean Stensons came through to provide our lads with what seemed like an impossible task in the next round.

The game started with an impressive point from the Sean Stenson’s midfielder and it looked like a long game was in store for our lads with fatigue seemingly beginning to set it. However, the drama that followed could have never been predicted. It was very much a cagey affair for the next couple of minutes with both sides having attacks that led to nothing. However the game exploded into life 6 minutes in when Clontibret raided down the left. Following a neat exchange between Darren McMahon and Conor McCooey, McCooey blasted to the net to turn the game on its head and keep his impressive streak going. This goal served only to waken up the Sean Stensons team and they started to move through the gears and impose their physical dominance on the game.

Clontibret had their ‘keeper David Brennan to thank again when faced with a one on one with the Sean Stensons full forward, David somehow managed to pull off a fantastic save, diving to his right, pushing the ball out with one hand. Clontibret quickly broke once again and another move was finished to the net to shock the Sean Stensons team and send the traveling Clontibret support into raptures and our lads into the break leading by 2 points. Clontibret came off at the break to massive applause not only from our own support but also from the neutrals from other clubs who had gathered and taken a keen interest in the game, having finished as runners up to both teams in the group stages.

The lads emerged for the second half determined to finish the job and points were exchanged by both sides to leave Clontibret leading by four with 5 minutes remaining. At this stage every nail was being bitten and every ball being kicked especially by the parents in attendance with Anthony Molloy trying to block every ball with his son Conor at corner back, Patricia Gorman striving to catch every ball in midfield beside Shea and Gerry Brennan almost standing beside David in nets to prevent any further goals!!!

The tension became unbearable when Stensons kicked to the net in the final minutes to leave one between the sides. And then the drama! With time up and everyone on the Clontibret side urging the referee to blow for full time, Sean Stensons advanced up the field for one final attack and from what seemed like a fair tackle, well outside the sqaure, the referee somehow managed to make a decision and award Stensons a penalty and a chance to win the game. With David Brennan dancing on the line, the unlucky penalty taker managed to drag his penalty wide past the right hand post. There was one final heart attack for everyone involved when the referee somehow permitted Sean Stensons to have one final attack and the last kick of the game came down to a sideline ball. Fortunately this came to nothing and the referee finally blew for full time to send the Clontibret support into raptures following a nerve wracking, draining game. Final Score: Clontibret 3-03 Sean Stensons 1-08

Clontibret O’Neills v Eoghan Rua, Coleraine, Co. Derry
There was no time to waste, however, as we were informed that we had to pack up immediately and make our way down to Dungiven for the semi-final with the lads getting a chance to line out and play at the impressive Owen Beg facilities, home of the Derry Senior County teams. The Clontibret contingent all followed across the mountains and at this stage all thoughts of getting back to Clones for the Monaghan v Armagh match were firmly put to one side and all focus was centered on the semi-final with the boys now sensing they were on the verge of something.

Unfortunately the semi final proved one step too far for our talented young team as we came up against a very impressive Eoghan Rua outfit from Coleraine and the lads bowed out with heads held high following an absolutely unbelievable day where they exceeded all expectations and provided so much entertainment for all supporters.

Squad on the Day
David Brennan, Conor Molloy, Michael Mohan, Brendan McCully, Brian Macklin, Ronan O’Reilly, Ronan Boyle, Shea Gorman (Capt.) Adam Sylvestre, Paddy Keenan, Conor McCooey, Kian Quinn, Darren McMahon, Nathan Power, Emmet Walsh, Shane McEneaney & Jack Coyle.

Onwards & Upwards
What these lads have achieved in the last number of days is nothing short of sensational and following their success in the championship final on Thursday, to back that up with a top four finish in Ulster shows how far this team has come. The club is very proud of them and it is onward and upwards for this team.

Click hereto see some photos of the boys.

Juvenile Presentation Night

Dear player & parents/guardians,

You are formally invited to attend the 2013 Clontibret O’Neill’s Juvenile Presentation Evening on the 29th December 2013 @5p.m. in the Community Centre. Special Guests will be in attendance and the event is open to all juveniles from U6 to U16. For more information see the calendar.

We would like to mark our centenary year by taking a photograph on the night that includes all our juveniles and will represent our Club over the next 100 years. If possible can children please wear a club jersey/top.

Hope to see you there.

Is mise le meas,

Fergal Mone

Under 12 League Winners!

Winning U12 Team 2013

Winning U12 Team 2013

Clontibret came out on top of a great game in the U12 League Division 3A final against a well drilled and skilful Castleblayney team held in Drumhowan.

A match that was keenly contested throughout they was not much separating the sides until a goal from Clontibret’s Conor McCooey in the final few minutes sealed the win on a final score line 1-8 to 0-6.

Clontibret had started the game brightly and opened up a 3 point lead, however Castleblayney finished the half very strongly and led 5-3 at the end of the first 20 minutes.

New players were introduced for the second 20 minutes with players from both sides providing skilful moments between scoring, tackling and some well timed blocks.

The final 20 minutes was a tense affair with players leaving everything on pitch.

In end Clontibret were able to convert their possession into scores and when the final whistle was blown, Clontibret came out victorious.

Team: David Brennan, Paddy Keenan, James Carey, Brian Macklin, Caolan Keenan, Conor McCooey, Conor Molloy, Darren McMahon, Conor Brady, Nathan Power, Jack Coyle, Jack Flynn, Shane McEnaney, Reece Brady, Emmet Walsh, Jack Dunlop, Darragh Brennan.

U12 Footballers set for Final

Clontibret Logo

Best of luck to our Under 12 team who take on Castleblayney in the division 3A league cup final.

We ask all club members to come out in force and support the lads.

Throw in is at 1pm in Drumhowan, Saturday, August 31st.

Please show your support by leaving a word of encouragement below.

Cluain Tiobraid Abu!

Elvery/GPA Youth Camps


We are running our youth camp from the 24-28th of June in Cloghan training grounds for 13-16 year olds.

The camp is headed by our county players. It includes first class coaching, information on: strength & conditioning, match preparation, flexibility and goal keeping coaching.

Places are limited so log onto or call 0879378713. There is a Lenovo laptop to be won at every camp and each participant will receive an Elverys pack. No physical sessions on days of matches. This is not to be missed!

Juvenile Coaching Workshops

A number of juvenile coaching workshops have been scheduled for juvenile coaches. Please contact Paul O’Connor (details below) regarding what you would like to see covered in the workshops or leave a comment below.

Under 14 & 16 Coaching Programme
Venue: Ballybay
Dates: 30th May, 6th June & 13th June
Time: 7.30-9.00pm
Co-ordinators: Colin Malone & Marty Corey
Further Info: See our downloads page

Under 10 & 12 Coaching Workshop
Venue: Cloghan
Dates: Wednesday 26th June
Time: 7.30-9.00pm
Co-ordinators: Monaghan coaching staff

Under 6 & 8 Coaching Workshop
Venue: Cloghan
Dates: Wednesday 19th June
Time: 7.30-9.00pm
Co-ordinator: Aoife Byrne (Killanny) who has worked for Liverpool FC as a Community and Schools Coach.

Paul O’Connor
Games Development Manager
Monaghan County Grounds
Cloghan, Annyalla, Co.Monaghan
Tel: 086-8374827

U10 Community Games Success

Community Games

Congratulations to Seamus Carey and the rest of the U10 Community Games players who won the Monaghan Community Games Finals last week.

Best of luck to all involved in the Ulster competition – a great achievement by the parish team!

Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp Returns to Clontibret!

GAA Cúl Camp Logo

Yes, it’s back!  The Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp will be in Clontibret from the 8th to 12th of July 2013 – cúl or what!

The costs are: 1st child €55, 2nd child €45, 3rd child €40 & €35 if a child wants to attend another camp (without gear).  All Camps cater for 5 to 13 year old boys & girls.  Have a look at our downloads page where you’ll find a Cúl Camp flyer with all the details.

For further information please contact Paul O’Connor on 0868374827 or or log onto

There’ll be a Coaching Officer meeting on Tuesday, 4th June at 7:30pm in Cloghan.  It’s important all host clubs are represented on the night.