CLUB YEAR COMES TO A CLOSE

6 December 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Inniskeen fell short in their Ulster Club Intermediate Football Championship Final at the weekend, while Scotstown and Donaghmoyne lifted major Monaghan league titles. by COLM SHALVEY

Inniskeen’s bid to win a second AIB Ulster Club Intermediate Football Championship ended when they lost out to a strong Warrenpoint side in last Sunday’s final at Armagh’s Athletic Grounds.

Inniskeen were able to bring Dónal Meegan and Joe Butler back into the team after they missed their semi-final win over Derrylin, but Ronan Meegan was again on the bench, although he went on to kick two points, having been sprung on in the first half after Michael Fitzpatrick received a black card. Paul Meegan added 1-4 to take his 2014 championship total to 4-43 and keep Inniskeen in the running until well into the second half, but the St. Peter’s pulled away in the closing stages to eventually run out winners with seven points to spare.

Warrenpoint had been putting all opponents to the sword in their run to a second provincial final in three years, averaging almost 24 points in their seven consecutive wins, with only Tyrone champions Dungannon really putting it up to them. The Down side started in similar fashion against Inniskeen with three unanswered points in the opening five minutes, but a quick burst of 1-1 from Paul Meegan brought the Grattans right back into it towards the end of the opening quarter. Warrenpoint responded with four points in a row, but Inniskeen hit back again to change ends level at 1-5 to 0-8. Points by Paul and Ronan Meegan had Inniskeen ahead twice in the first ten minutes of the second half, but they failed to score in the last 23 minutes and …

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