CLASSY CURRIN STEAL THE LIMELIGHT

6 July 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

CURRIN 2-12
SCOTSTOWN 1-10
by COLM SHALVEY

THE RESULT of a packed weekend of championship action was saved for last, as Currin had a sensational win over Scotstown in the Gormley uPVC Senior Football Championship at Clontibret on Sunday night.
Rated as 7/1 outsiders before the game, Currin tore up the odds with a stunning performance which gave them a fully-deserved win over a Scotstown team who went so close to winning the county title last year. Currin crowded out Scotstown’s highly-rated midfield sector and with good quality ball going into their forwards, they scored for fun.
The return of Jack McCarron was a huge boost for Currin, as he starred in his first game of the year after recovering from a shoulder operation, kicking 1-5 and giving a string of markers a torrid time. Philip O’Callaghan notched 1-3 – all in the second half – while Stephen Smyth played a key role as both playmaker and finisher. Dick Clerkin and Francis O’Callaghan were on top at midfield and Ciarán and Enda McCaffrey and Ben Clerkin went well in defence. Kieran Hughes, who shipped a heavy knock in the first half just a week after being concussed while playing for Monaghan, tried his best to inspire Scotstown, as did James Turley and Orin Heaphey, but it was to no avail.

Heaphey point
Scotstown had started promisingly, opening the scoring through Orin Heaphey before doubling their lead with a well-taken point by Kieran Hughes. James Turley linked up with Shane Carey to kick a good score off the outside of his right boot, but Jack McCarron got Currin up and running when he won a free which he curled over the bar from way out on the right wing.
The direct approach which brought Scotstown plenty of joy last year paid dividends in the seventh minute when a long free by Darren Hughes was misjudged in the Currin full-back line, allowing Kieran Hughes to set up Heaphey for the opening goal. Currin hit back strongly, though, as McCarron got on the end of a Michael Quigley pass and raced through the Scotstown defence to get Currin’s first point from play, before setting up Stephen Smyth to split the posts. A swift counter-attack involving Ben Clerkin, Philip O’Callaghan and Kieran Kearns created a …

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