8 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Scotstown 1-14

Castleblayney 1-08


SCOTSTOWN are back in the final of the Monaghan Senior Football Championship for the third year in a row when they just had that extra dimension to their game in this fairly low-key and at times scrappy semi final that was played in good conditions in Clontibret on Saturday evening last.

Scotstown had matters very much their own way in the first half as they got off to a flying start with Castleblayney not registering their first point until the 14th minute, by which stage Scotstown had five on the board and might well have had a couple more but for the intervention of the woodwork at least twice.

Scotstown went on to lead at half-time by 0-7 to 0-2 but it was a different story in the second-half as Castleblayney showed much more spirit and set about redressing that situation with renewed enthusiasm. They did cause Scotstown a number of problems in the second period and but for some erratic shooting might well have had a few more scores but overall the end result was never really in doubt.

In the opening minutes there were chances at both ends but Kieran Hughes was denied from a sideline ball by the upright and Martin McElroy was off target for Castleblayney before Scotstown opened the scoring with an excellent point by Darren Hughes when he made his way in along the end line after being placed with a great ball in from brother Kieran before fisting over. Castleblayney responded but Ciaran Hanratty’s effort dropped short and back came Scotstown for Darren Hughes to register his second point after just six minutes to go two in front.

Further points by Conor McCarthy in the eighth minute, Damien McArdle in the ninth and Shane Carey from a free in the 11th for a foul on Conor McCarthy had Scotstown five in front and Castleblayney yet to register.

A point from a free by Ciaran Hanratty …


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