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MUCFP v Finn Harps 8th April 2018


The partners came away very disappointed after their first home game of the season ended in a narrow defeat to Finn Harps on Sunday April 8th. The squad had just returned from a 5 day trip to Barcelona on Friday and their first half performance suggested an element of fatigue after the trip. Finn Harps started brightly and had the home team on the back foot for a lot of the early exchanges, midway through the half the Partners snatched the lead when Callum Lynch pounced on a poor touch from a defender and his quick thinking and vision spotted an opportunity to chip the keeper from just outside the box.

This lifted the home team who almost doubled their lead when Shane Hickeys well struck shot was saved by the Harps keeper, however Harps grabbed a deserved equaliser just before half time to leave the tie deadlocked at the break.

The partners came out in the second half a different side and showed some real class in midfield with Eli ward and Ify Nzewi dominating possession, however there was little in terms of clear chances. As the half progressed the home side lost 3 of the back 4 due to injury, Shane Kierans dislocated his shoulder while Martynas Pilvinis and Dylan Molloy picked up knocks.

The partners failed to turn their dominance into goals and were made pay the price when an 86th minute corner was poorly defended and a Harps player headed home to snatch the 3 points.

A disappointing result but a great lesson and experience for the lads at the end of a terrific week.

Subway Man of the match Ify Nzwei

EirGrid main sponsor for the MUCFP Teams for 2018.

“We’re delighted to have EirGrid on board as main sponsor the Monaghan United Cavan Football Partnership Teams for 2018 and are very excited to see what the future holds. To have the support of one of the most recognised sporting sponsors in the country is not only great for us, but also for the game of soccer in Cavan and Monaghan and we’re thrilled to be a part of this chapter in history.”

EirGrid, who plan and develop the supply of electricity in the south of Ireland has today announced a three year sponsorship deal with Monaghan United Cavan Football Partnership. EirGrid will feature as the primary sponsor on the jerseys in relation to the U15, U17 and U19 teams. Pictured at the sponsorship announcement are from left Chris Sombete, U17, Nathan Lavery, U15 and Cianan Kelly , U19 all players with Monaghan United Cavan Football Partnership with Liam Wynne EirGrid Agricultural Liaison Officer, Northern Region and Grainne Duffy Community Liaison Officer, North Eastern/Eastern Region.

  • Chris Sombete, U17, Nathan Lavery, U15 and Cianan Kelly , U19 team captains with Monaghan United Cavan Football Partnership with Liam Wynne EirGrid Agricultural Liaison Officer, Northern Region, and Grainne Duffy Eirgrid Community Liaison Officer, North Eastern/Eastern Region.
  • Chris Sombete, U17, Nathan Lavery, U15 and Cianan Kelly , U19 team captains with Monaghan United Cavan Football Partnership with Liam Wynne EirGrid Agricultural Liaison Officer, Northern Region, Pat McEnroe, Chariman Monaghan United Cavan Football partnership(Centre),and Grainne Duffy Eirgrid Community Liaison Officer, North Eastern/Eastern Region.
  • Chris Sombete, U17, Nathan Lavery, U15 and Cianan Kelly , U19 team captains with Monaghan United Cavan Football Partnership with Pat McEnroe Chariman Monaghan United Cavan Football partnership(Centre),and Grainne Duffy Eirgrid Community Liaison Officer, North Eastern/Eastern Region.
  • Chris Sombete, U17, Nathan Lavery, U15 and Cianan Kelly , U19 team captains with Monaghan United Cavan Football Partnership with Grainne Duffy Eirgrid Community Liaison Officer, North Eastern/Eastern Region.

U19 SSE Airtricity League Opener v Longford Town 28.03.2018

Result Longford Town 1 MUCFP 2, City calling stadium Wed 28th March 2018


MUCFP U19s kicked off their season with a deserved win at the City calling stadium in Longford on Wednesday evening.

Following the postponement of the season opener against Bohemians 2 weeks ago due to the bad weather the Partners faced a tough challenge away to Darren Mc Garrys Longford town side. In the same fixture last season, the partners came away with a 1 all draw despite having held a one nil lead for most of the game only to see a victory taken away with a 95th minute penalty.

The visitors started brightly with Tautyvdas Semelevicius and Shane Hickey finding room on the flanks and the industrious Callum Lynch up top keeping the Longford back 4 busy.

The visitors could have taken an early lead but for some excellent goalkeeping from the home net minder, lynch had 2 very good efforts well saved followed by a brilliant save from Ify Nzewi.

As the half progressed the visitors began to press looking for an opener however the home side were dangerous on the counter attack and had a couple of good chances themselves.

A moment of magic from Tav created space on the right wing and his quick thinking led to a superb cross into the box, Lynch bravely out jumped both center backs and his looping header found the back of the net to give his side a deserved lead.

The partners had the home side on the rack but despite their dominance they were frustrated by the woodwork and by the goalkeeper who was in outstanding form, just before half time Ify Nzewi thought he had scored but his well struck shot grazed the bar with the keeper beaten. The partners led 1 nil at the break.

Longford came out in the second half a different side, they pressed the visitors defence and Mark Byrne in the partners goal was called upon to make a couple of vital saves, Longford continued to have a good spell for the first ten mins and they scored a deserved equaliser when a well placed cross was headed in giving Byrne no chance in the visitors goal.

With the home side now on top the visitors needed to regroup and see if they had the character to get back into the game, with Cianan Kelly and Ciaran Mc Cann in midfield they regained their grip of the game and began to play more controlled football patiently building play and getting lynch more involved again. With the introduction of some fresh legs with Eli Ward and Chad Mc Eneaney the visitors began to look like they would score however it was starting to look like it wasn’t their night, a well struck shot hit the crossbar and Nzewi had an effort hit the post while Mc Cann misfired with just the keeper to beat. With less than 10 mins remaining the visitors retook the lead through Lynch who headed a well delivered corner past the keeper.

The partners showed great composure to maintain possession for the remaining minutes and see the game out to secure a well-deserved 3 points and get their season off to a winning start.

Lorcan Murnaghan picked up the Man of the Match award sponsored by SubWay Monaghan.

The lads now have a week off where they will travel to Barcelona and Salou for a training camp and 2 friendlies against Spanish academy sides. Huge thanks to BM Glass coatings & graphics who are the main sponsor for the trip. Following that we have a busy schedule with Finn Harps at home in Gortakeegan on Sunday 8th and Bohemians at home on Tuesday 10th before playing Drogheda Utd away on Saturday 14th in Utd park.

Lorcan Murnaghan was Subway Man of the Match.

Monaghan Utd Cavan FP Squad V Longford

Mark Byrne, Lorcan Murnaghan, Dylan Molloy, Martynas Pilvinis, Shane Kierans, Tautyvdas Semelevicius, Shane Hickey, Ciaran Mc Cann, Cianan Kelly, Ify Nzewi, Callum Lynch.

Luke Perkins, Chad Mc Eneaney, Eli Ward, Jack Drumm, Michael Mc Cann, Dylan Garrigan, Adam Boyle.

U19 Preseason Friendly 24.02.2018, Bray Wanderers 0 M.U.C.F.P. O


MUCFP U-19s travelled up to the home of St Josephs Boys in Sallynoggin on Saturday Feb 24th to play Bray Wanderers in a preseason friendly.
Having done well in a number of recent games against Senior sides from Local leagues including Boyne Harps and Carrick Rovers from the NEFL, Bray was a great test for this seasons squad to see how they stacked up against another U-19 League of Ireland side.

The game started brightly with some good attacking play from both sides, Mark Byrne in the partners goal was called upon to deal with a couple of crosses and through balls in the early exchanges but the back 4 of Dylan Molloy, Shane Kierans, Lorcan Murnaghan and Dylan Garrigan kept the opposition front line quiet for the most part.
Bray played some tidy football during the first half and had the edge in a tense midfield battle as the MUCFP lads took a bit of time to settle into the game. As the half progressed Ify Nzewi and Seosamh Sheerin came into the game more and began to threaten in wide areas however Callum Lynch up front had very little in terms of possession or chances to strike on goal to show what he has been capable of so far in this preseason. Towards the end of the first half the Partners were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, Lynch had a strike on goal but his effort was saved by the keeper.

The second half was much better from the away side as they settled into the game, Cianan Kelly and Ciaran “Tim” Mc Cann started to control midfield and get more quality delivery into the feet of the industrious Lynch however clear-cut chances were few and far between.
Bray stepped up a gear with the introduction of a couple of quality players but the partners defence was more than capable of dealing with any threats from the seasiders.
The partners then proceeded to make some changes with Chad Mc Eneaney coming on for Nzewi and Ollie Clerkin for Sheerin and Shane Hickey adding to the midfield unit. Mc Eneaney has been in outstanding form in preseason and he took the game to Bray with a couple of clever runs into the box and some excellent hold up play to create chances for the forward line.
Shane Hickey impressed with his direct play and physicality and will be a great signing for the Team once he gains some valuable experience at this level.
Further changes included Eli Ward for captain Cianan Kelly who picked up a minor knock, Jack Drumm for Lynch and Adam Boyle for Molloy. With so many changes in a game its normally difficult to maintain composure and shape however the lads made a seamless transition and continued to defend well while pressing the Bray defence. The game continued to be an even contest throughout the half however little remained in terms of clear chances on goal.
Luke Perkins replaced Byrne in the visitors goal for the last 30 mins and continued with a solid performance dealing with any danger in the box and snuffing out any crosses or through balls.
Further changes included Michael Mc Cann, Lewis Gibson, Neilas Barvydas who all gained valuable game time against a very good Bray side.
The game finished at a frantic pace as both sides pushed for a win, the partners had the best of the final exchanges creating a couple of half chances but were unable to find the back of the net.
Bray had some chances of their own but with some really good last ditch defending from the partners back 4 they were denied any chance of snatching the game late on.

The game finished in a scoreless draw but it was an entertaining encounter and a worthwhile exercise for both teams as they face into the new U-19 Elite season in a few weeks’ time.
The partners can take lots of positives from the game, a rare clean sheet and a solid defensive performance from the entire team was great to see.
The depth and quality of this year’s squad is a huge plus, we have strength in positions that we didn’t have last season and plenty of cover for key position too which will be a vital asset through the season as we will experience injuries, suspensions and players unavailable.
We also have a great balance in terms of the age group with 11 players still elegible to play 19s next season plus Adam Boyle who is still U17 this season but has stepped up to U-19 level and has really impressed in preseason so far.

Preseason – U17’s U19’s v Bray Wanderers

Robbie McQuillans U19 MUCFP charges headed to St Joseph’s boys impressive home Saturday 24th Feb to take on Bray Wanderers U19 SSE Airtricity Squad on a rare grass pitch. All the squad got valuable game today in an entertaining 0 – 0 draw. Exciting from the first to last whistle. Some great performances and a lot learned. Hard work in training is paying off.
Paul Smyths U17 SSE Airtricity Squad also headed to Dublin today, taking on Bray Wanderers U17 squad, excuse the quality of the photos as the lads kicked off slightly later than planned. Another great performance from these lads after last weeks win over the Monaghan Cavans U18s Interleague Squad. A great performance today from the players ending in a 1 – 1 draw with a goal from the impressive Aaron McCabe. Again Paul and his back room team have taken many positives from today.
What about the the jersey, yes it’s all out there now, very pleased to see the new sponsor name. Yes EIRGRID folks watch out for news on this too, with a big day out Saturday 10th March in Gortakeegan.

SSE Airtricity League fixtures for the 2017 Under-15 National League.

Finn Harps v Sligo Rovers
Longford Town v Derry City
Mayo v Monaghan United-Cavan FP
Derry City v Mayo
Monaghan United-Cavan FP v Finn Harps
Sligo Rovers v Longford Town
Derry City v Monaghan United-Cavan FP
Longford Town v Finn Harps
Mayo v Sligo Rovers
Finn Harps v Derry City
Longford Town v Mayo
Sligo Rovers v Monaghan United-Cavan FP
Derry City v Sligo Rovers
Mayo v Finn Harps
Monaghan United-Cavan FP v Longford Town
Finn Harps v Mayo
Longford Town v Monaghan United-Cavan FP
Sligo Rovers v Derry City
Derry City v Finn Harps
Mayo v Longford Town
Monaghan United-Cavan FP v Sligo Rovers v
Finn Harps v Longford Town
Monaghan United-Cavan FP v Derry City
Sligo Rovers v Mayo
Finn Harps v Monaghan United-Cavan FP
Longford Town v Sligo Rovers
Mayo v Derry City
Derry City v Longford Town
Monaghan United-Cavan FP v Mayo
Sligo Rovers v Finn Harps

SSE Airtricity League have released group and fixtures for the upcoming first-ever Under-15 National League.

The SSE Airtricity League Under 15 National League will be made up of 24 teams from across the country and they will all participate in a shortened 2017 season, which is set to kick-off on the week ending August 20.

There will be four groups with six teams competing in each group and the top two teams from each group will then qualify for the finals stage.

All 20 SSE Airtricity League teams are represented with three schoolboy league sides – Kerry Schoolboys League, Mayo League, Monaghan/Cavan Partnership – and St. Kevin’s Boys making up the 24 sides in the truncated season.

The four groups are as follows:-

Group 1 – Derry City, Finn Harps, Longford Town, Mayo, Monaghan-Cavan, Sligo Rovers.

Group 2 – Athlone Town, Bray Wanderers, Galway United, Shamrock Rovers, St. Kevin’s Boys, UCD.

Group 3 – Cobh Ramblers, Cork City, Kerry, Limerick, Waterford FC, Wexford FC.

Group 4 – Bohemians, Cabinteely, Drogheda United, Dundalk, Shelbourne, St. Patrick’s Athletic.