KILLANNY’S PROSPECTS ENDED

31 July 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Scotstown       3-11

Killanny        1-11

By JOHN GRAHAM

A hungrier, more determined, Scotstown kept their championship aspirations on track and in the process ended Killanny’s interest in this year’s junior series at the end of this at times scrappy encounter that was played in very difficult conditions in St Mary’s Park, Castleblayney, on Sunday afternoon last.

Heavy rain overnight and during the entire match turned aspects of this game into something of a lottery and led to a plethora of mistakes by both sides, although it must also be said that the adverse conditions could not be totally to blame for some of the scrappy play that was witnessed. Scotstown laid the foundation for this victory in the first half at the end of which they led by nine points and while Killanny fared somewhat better in the second-half they just simply had too much to do as Scotstown deservedly progressed to the next stage and on this display could well have a big say in the destination of the 2015 junior title. Scotstown were never headed in the entire contest after they opened the scoring with a point by Sean Mohan in the 7th minute following good work by Ross McKenna and Francis Maguire. Maguire then added a second a minute later Conor Caulfield setting him up with a good pass. Nine minutes in Killanny opened their account through Killian Leegan, Michael Vernon and Stephen McMahon setting it up.

Scotstown then took a decided grip on proceedings to register 2-4 without reply between the 10th and 20th minutes to open an eleven points gap and Killanny struggling to gain any foothold. Ross McKenna started the rush when he toe poked home after good aork by Gerard McCrudden and Francis Maguire. Emmet Caulfield a free from out on the wing in the 14th minute and a minute later Gerard McCrudden punished the concession of a free by Killanny’s Conor Vernon who was adjudged to have over carried.

Shane Rice added to the Blues momentum and then a second goal when Gerard McCrudden got the …

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