BIG GUNS CLONTIBRET AND SCOTSTOWN TARGET SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY

11 October 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

by COLM SHALVEY

The TG4 cameras will be in Clones on Sunday when two of the traditional big guns of Monaghan football go head-to-head in the Gormley uPVC Senior Football Championship Final.

Clontibret have gone through the front door, defeating Clontibret and Scotstown to reach the semi-finals, where they needed a replay to edge past Monaghan Harps. Having beaten Magheracloone in the first round, Scotstown recovered from losing to Clontibret to see off Latton and Ballybay.

Clontibret have one of the best forwards in the country right now in Ulster All-Star and All-Star nominee Conor McManus. Despite having to manage his preparations around a hip injury, McManus is again the runaway top scorer in the SFC with 3-24 and his importance to Clontibret is underlined by the fact that he has accounted for over 52% of their championship scores (up from 45% going into last year’s final). His tally included 1-8 in a virtuoso performance against today’s opponents in their last meeting.

Vincent Corey’s strong running has been another key asset ….

for Clontibret, who will need the experienced county man to help McManus on the scoreboard, while half-backs Paul McGuigan and Martin

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