BLACKHILL IN FINAL THIRD TIME

18 September 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Blackhill             3-12

Scotstown             2-09

By JOHN GRAHAM

BLACKHILL are through to their third Universal Graphics Junior Football Championship Final in a row when they proved too strong for a less than full strength Scotstown side who had lost a number of players to the senior championship team, in this low-key and at times scrappy affair that was played in greasy conditions in O’Neill Park, Clontibret, on Sunday afternoon last.

The prevailing conditions did leave handling and footwork difficult and led to mistakes by both sides but they were not entirely responsible for the poor standard of play at times.

Blackhill led from start to finish with two quick fire goals in the opening 10 minutes giving them a firm foundation on which to build. They led by 10 points at half-time with Scotstown putting in a battling third quarter to bring the margin back to 6 but a third goal for the defeated finalists of 2013 and 2014 sent Blackhill on their way to victory with a late goal by Scotstown serving only to make it look a little bit closer on the scoreboard than it actually was.

Blackhill got off to a flying start and they had 1-3 on the scoreboard in the opening five minutes, the goal by Jason Finnegan in the fourth minute following points by Colin Woods from a free, Gerard McArdle and Hugh Byrne.

Scotstown opened their account through Conor Caulfield in the seventh minute but they were then hit with another goal and a point inside two minutes, Colin Woods with the goal after excellent work by James Daly and then Dermot Daly with a point from a free that bounced over the Scotstown crossbar to put Blackhill nine points in front after 10 minutes.

A goal by Daniel McNally, who was nominally lined out at corner back in place of Jack McDevitt, but who played in the attack, gave a hint of a revival with a point by James Hamill then bringing the margin …

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