SCOTSTOWN’S STREAK ENDS

8 November 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Ballinderry 1-08
Scotstown 0-10
by JOHN GRAHAM

SCOTSTOWN came oh close to booking their place in the semi-final of the AIB Ulster Club Senior Football Championship at Clones lastSunday but they were caught at the death by a point by Ryan Bell that sent Ballinderry through to a meeting with either Crossmaglen Rangers or Kilcoo.

The introduction of substitute Kevin “Moss” McGuckin at the start of the second-half saw Ballinderry take an increasing grip in midfield although it wasn’t until the final quarter that they turned it around as Scotstown had earlier shaded the percentages from broken play.

This was a game that was very finely balanced all through but ultimately Ballinderry’s experienced told in the final stages, although the term “getting out of jail” was not totally wide of the mark. In any analysis too Scotstown will have to look at a number of missed opportunities and a few times when players took the wrong option as mistakes in a contest as close as this one was can, and in this case did, prove costly.

Ballinderry went into this game as favourites given their participation in this competition in recent years and the fact that they already had a victory under their belts having defeated the Tyrone champions Clonoe in the preliminary round, but they had to dig deep into their reserves of, courage, experience and commitment to eke out the narrowest of victories against a Scotstown side who dominated the exchanges for long periods.

As Scotstown had done in the final of the Monaghan championship they got the match ups and the calls right and as soon as the ball was in the air Kieran Hughes was again switched to full back with Peter O’Hara moving to midfield from his corner forward position and …

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