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Monaghan United Football Community NEWSLETTER Volume 1, Issue 2 March/April 2009 th WELCOME “WHEALO” PASSES 100 MARK Welcome to the 2nd Newsletter of the 2009 season from Monaghan United FC. We hope you find it informative and entertaining as we let you know what has been happening and the upcoming events. SHAKY START TO SEASON United’s season has gotten off to a shaky start with Mick Cooke and their men being forced to work hard to earn the 5 points they have gleaned from 8 games. Successive defeats to the top four teams Shelbourne, UCD, Sporting Fingal and Waterford had placed Monaghan United in a difficult position but Cooke and his team turned things around with a Since his debut at the age of 16 against Finn Harps, Clones recent 5-1 win over Kildare County. Road lad Paul Whelan, has been a mainstay in the Mons defensive line up. A TALE OF TWO AARONS Local lad and Republic of Ireland International Goalkeeper At only 21 years of age, Paul marked his 100 th appearance in Aaron McCarey, made his first senior appearance for the Monaghan United senior team in the first home game of the Monaghan United in their EA Sports Cup game against 2009 season against Shelbourne on Friday 13th March. Sporting Fingal on Easter Monday. Paul is the perfect example of how young lads in the area can Aaron has been and still is a fixture on Monaghan United’s follow their dreams of playing football at a high level in this Under 17’s & Under 18’s teams and had once more been Country. called to serve his country as the Republic of Ireland’s Under 17’s took on Poland in a double friendly fixture. Whealo came up through the juvenile and under 21 ranks at the club, worked hard at his football and pushed himself to make Aaron’s step up to senior football is a big challenge and one the senior team. During this time Paul has also played for the he took well in the game against Fingal. Keeping a clean Republic of Ireland Universities and College squad and has sheet when he came on, Aaron was also instrumental in indeed travelled as far afield as Thailand and the USA with this United getting a goal back when his long kick out fell team. He recently was awarded the DIT All Star Award for his comfortably for David Freeman. endeavours. While one Aaron was rising up through the ranks, another Paul’s dedication to his sport has paid off with him being a departed Monaghan United FC. One of Monaghan United’s highly rated player in the League of Ireland and his success most consistently reliable defenders Aaron Mooney, called it will hopefully be emulated by many of our juvenile players in a day on his playing career to concentrate on his job. the coming years. Mooney has been a steadying influence on the team in the First Division Table as at 27th April 2009 Played Points Inside read 60 seconds with Paul Whelan UCD 8 21 last 2 seasons and was Supporters Player of the Year 2008. Monaghan United wish Aaron all the best for the future. Sporting Fingal 8 19 Waterford United 8 19 Shelbourne 8 18 Wexford Youths 8 12 Limerick 8 11 Athlone Town 8 11 Mervue United 8 10 Finn Harps 8 6 Monaghan United 8 5 Longford Town 8 4 Aaron McCarey Aaron Mooney Kildare County 8 1 REAL FOOTBALL REAL FANS REAL CLOSE MONAGHAN UNITED FC & UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES MONAGHAN UNITED FRI MAY 8TH WEXFORD YOUTHS FRI MAY 22ND LONGFORD TOWN FRI JUNE 5TH UCD ALL GAMES 8PM KICK OFF WWW.MONAGHANUNITED.IE WWW.LOI.IE Mons 3rd strip modelled by Niall Flynn WOMEN’S SEASON KICKS OFF SOON The Monaghan United Women’s team are in preparation for the upcoming Major Division of the Dublin Women’s Soccer League. The Monaghan United FC recently launched their new 3rd strip for the League has been revamped and United, through gaining promotion last season and it is flying out of the club shop. It is the perfect summer accessory. season are in the 2nd highest division of the League. Show your team pride with a selection of Nike branded goodies The league starts on the weekend of May 17th and United will be including replica jerseys, training tops, polo shirts, t-shirts, playing against teams such as Bray Wanderers, Kilmore FC, sweatshirts and hats available. Cabinteeley and Ballyoulster. Contact Ronan Kilmurray on 087 6567267 or email email@example.com for orders and price list In previous years United’s women have had great success and it is hoped that this level of achievement can be continued in 2009. Gold Star Supporters can avail of a 10% discount on all Official The ladies team are always looking for new members so if you are club merchandise. interested, contact Padraig on 087 6333503 or 047 84798. INTERPROVINCIAL DEAF FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS NEW ASTRO PITCH Monaghan United’s Kingspan Century Park was the venue for the Work has been continuing apace at Kingspan Century Park on the new 2009 Interprovincial Deaf Football Championships over the Easter full sized floodlit Astro Pitch. It is anticipated that the new facility, part weekend. of the multi-million Regional Development Centre being built on the Newbliss Road, will be open for use towards the end of June. Phone The bright sunny weather combined well with the skill on display by 047 84798 for information and bookings. the participants and everyone who attended over the weekend thoroughly enjoyed the event. FAI AGM UPDATE During the week leading up to the FAI AGM Monaghan United FC will Monaghan United FC would like to thank Monaghan Town Council, be running lots of events as part of the Festival of Football. United have Monaghan Sports Partnership & the Deaf Football Association of a full programme of events running during the week and hope that the Ireland for helping us to make it an utterly memorable event. people of Monaghan will get into the spirit of the occasion and come out and support the club. United’s programme of events includes a Deaf International game, a Women’s match and a Children’s Cross Border blitz among other things. Kingspan Century Park will also be hosting the FAI Summer Soccer School during the Festival of Football and it is expected that Giovanni Trapattoni & Marcus Tardelli will be among the guests visiting the camp. The FAI AGM was officially launched in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan on the 7th of April by FAI CEO John Delaney. Pictured at the FAI AGM Launch are from l to r: John Delaney, CEO FAI, Eddie Murray, FAI Treasurer, Matt Carthy, County Mayor, Declan Nelson, County Manager & Jim McGlone, Chairman Monaghan United FC. PUB PENALTY SHOOTOUT COMPETITION GOLD STAR SUPPORTERS DRAW RESULTS FEB & MAR Monaghan United’s half time Pub Penalty Shootout competition FEB MAR is now under way with Conor Galligan of the Cosy Bar, €500 Ann Murray €500 Ben O’Sullivan Monaghan, claiming the first victory against competitors from Killyconnigan Scotstown Tir naN’og, Monaghan and Jack’s Bar, Tydavnet. €250 Richard Slator €250 Darren Sherlock In the second week of the competition Paul McArdle of Annaghagh Killymarley Mickey’s Mick, Monaghan, and Mickey Gallagher of Fleming’s Off Licence, Monaghan faced off with Paul McArdle winning €250 John McKenna €250 Colm Mahony out. Killlybrone P.O. Devin Reilly Tce Any pubs wishing to enter the competition should contact Congratulations to all our winners.Anyone wishing to sign up Padraig Cassidy on 047 84798. for the draw should contact Padraig Cassidy on 047 84798. All Proceeds aid development at the club and your support is greatly appreciated. JUVENILE ROUND UP MONAGHAN UNITED SOCCER SUMMER CAMP As the Juvenile season winds up for another year, Monaghan Monaghan United FC will be holding their annual Summer Soccer United FC would like to congratulate and thank the teams and Camp at Kingspan Century Park during the week of 20th July for management for their efforts throughout the season. the great price of €90. The Under 15 United team and the Under 18’s both won their This is a great fun week for children aged from 5 to 14 years old leagues and the Under 15’s, Under 11’s & Under 12s are still in with an interest in football and helps Monaghan United FC to their Dundalk League Cup Competitions. continue to provide football for the children of the community. Monaghan United’s Under 17’s were unfortunately knocked out If your child wishes to take part in the camp, please complete of the National Cup at the Semi Final stage against Limerick attached registration form and return with deposit of €25 per child team Kilmallock. United were the better team on the day but to Summer Camp, Monaghan United FC, Kingspan Century Park, some decisions went against them that changed the scoreline. Monaghan. Congratulations and hard luck to all the team & management, John Heffernan and Kieran McMahon who worked tirelessly and AFRICA DAY CELEBRATIONS certainly deserved to be in the final. As part of 2009 Africa Day, Monaghan United FC will run a blitz for children aged between 5 -12 on Sunday 24th May at 3pm and If Monaghan United’s juvenile set up is to continue to flourish, some African food and entertainment afterwards. United require a complete new structure in both management and administration and we invite parents and other interested parties Children from the African Communities in Monaghan have been to get involved. We will be holding an open meeting in June and invited to attend along with the Monaghan United Mini Leagues anyone interested should contact the office on 047 84798 or participants. email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. It is hoped to be a fun day and celebration of the African of the Community. Communities in Monaghan. Anyone wishing to get involved is JUVENILE GIRLS FOOTBALL invited to contact Julie-Ann Sherlock on 086 0417009 or email Following a good response to United’s girls football at Mini If your child wishes to take part in the camp complete the form at email@example.com Leagues, United will be continuing this coaching until the end of the back of this newsletter and return to Summer Camp, Monaghan the Mini Leagues season and will resume again in September. MONAGHAN UNITED Park, Monaghan FUNDRAISER United FC, Kingspan CenturyPOKER NIGHT with a deposit for Any girls aged from 5-12 interested in playing football should €25 per child. a Poker Face? Or do you just want to support Have you got contact Julie-Ann on 086 0417009. Monaghan United FC while having fun? Monaghan United will be holding a Poker night on Sunday 17 th COUNTY MONAGHAN U9 LEAGUE May at 6pm in the Bagster Lounge at Kingspan Century Park. €40 County Monaghan FAI Development Officer John Crudden has entry & 2 re-buys @ €20 each. been working determinedly on the development of a County wide Under 9’s football league in the past few months. Watch local press and www.monaghanunited.ie for further details. Monaghan United FC are delighted to be part of the new league and hope to field 2 teams in the competition. Any children born on or after 1 January 2000 and before 1 January 2002 wishing to play for Monaghan United FC should NEW FANS ARE BORN contact Julie-Ann on 086 0417009 to arrange registration or talk Our best wishes and congratulations go out to Monaghan United to Ciaran Donnelly at Mini Leagues. vice-chairman Colm Mahony & his wife Josie on the birth of their new granddaughter and also to Mons fan Seamus McDermott and This will be a non-competitive league and will introduce the new his wife Caroline on the recent birth of their daughter Gracie. “Don’t Cross The Line” concept. SCHOOL MILK PROGRAMME CONTINUES Monaghan United’s involvement in the National Dairy Council and Football Association of Ireland’s “Just Milk It” Programme is continuing with Club Promotions Officer Julie-Ann Sherlock visiting another 35 schools over the coming months. The idea behind the programme is to help young people realise the importance of Dairy as part of their balanced diet and the role that School Milk can play in this. Town of Monaghan Co-op are the providers of School Milk in Monaghan and some of the surrounding Counties and they lend a hand in this promotion. Whether you are a professional sports person or just like to have a kick about with your friends, ensuring that you have a balanced diet that includes the recommended daily dairy intake is essential. Dairy offers many benefits to our future and current sports stars with all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients helping form the building blocks for fitness. MONS MARCH IN PARADE On St Patrick’s day Monaghan United were delighted that a bunch of Milk also helps with rehydration during and after sports and their dedicated young footballers took to the streets as part of the St skimmed milk is now seen as a great option to help replenish the Patrick’s Day Parade. body. Led by the Mascot the mini league and juvenile players sang and If you are serious about your sport or just wish to lead a healthy chanted their hearts out while flying the flag for United. lifestyle, it is crucial that you get the right amount of the white stuff. They were so impressive that their participation even made it onto the FAI League of Ireland website! www.loi.ie MONAGHAN UNITED FC When your team scores SUMMER SOCCER CAMP REGISTRATION FORM 2009 Mon 20th July – Fri 24th July 10am – 3pm daily HALF TIME MINI MATCHES At half time during Monaghan United’s home games in the FAI NAME: __________________________________________________ League of Ireland, the upcoming stars of United and indeed other clubs get a chance to display their talent on the main pitch. ADDRESS: _______________________________________________ If you or your club would like to be part of the half time __________________________________________________________ entertainment please contact Julie-Ann on 086 0417009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org AGE: __________________ DOB:_____________________________ Kit Size tick one: 5-7yrs 8-10yrs 11-14 yrs I agree to my child participating in the Monaghan United FC Summer Soccer Camp & I agree that they will abide by the rules of the camp. I enclose a deposit in the sum of €25 and I undertake to pay the balance on camp registration morning. I understand the conditions of my child attending the Monaghan United Camp and I will notify the Camp Administrator before Camp commences of any medical conditions that my child suffers from which may affect their ability to participate in camp. Signed: _______________________________________________ BLACKWATER 10K Parent/Guardian For the 2nd year Monaghan United’s Kingspan Century Park will be at the epicentre of the Blackwater 10k Race and Fun Run. This Phone: ________________________________________________ year’s event takes place on May 17th at 12pm and is open to everyone. Registration from 9.30am. Please complete & return to Kingspan Century Park by June 26 th 2009 All proceeds in aid of the Marie Curie Hospice Funds.
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