18 October 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

“There was a lot of lads still hurting from losing out in 2011. I think that hurt was still very raw and they didn’t want to lose another county final.”

So stated Scotstown true blue Niall McKenna this week as he reflected on his club’s stunning SFC final victory (2-16 to 0-7) last Sunday over Clontibret.

McKenna was captain of the Scotstown team that similarily worked the oracle in 1993. Conventional wisdom at that time had it (after also beating the O’Neills) that the Mick Duffy Cup would winter in McKenna’s home territory for many moons thereafter. The Gods decided otherwise though.

As their stint in the wilderness went on and on, Scotstown’s frustration needed a dip in iced water but it wasn’t forthcoming.

Cool hands were kept on the tiller though and the north county GAA behemoth never lost the faith. The club continued to develop their young players and cultivate coaches too. Deliverance last weekend was the …

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