EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING FOR COUNTY FINAL DAY AT CLONES

16 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

With most of the championship titles decided, excitement is now building for county final day at St Tiernach’s Park this Sunday. by COLM SHALVEY

The 2015 Greenfield Foods Senior Football Championship Final has thrown up a different pairing, with Monaghan Harps there for the first time since 1991 to take on 2013 winners Scotstown.

Scotstown are at this stage for the third time in a row and the fourth year out of five. After losing to Latton in the 2011 final, Scotstown ended their 20-year wait for a title when they beat Clontibret in 2013, before losing to the same opposition 12 months ago. The last time these near neighbours met at this stage was back in 1980, at a time when Scotstown were kingpins of Monaghan and Ulster club football. The nearest the Harps got to the final in the last 24 years was when they took Clontibret to a replay in their 2013 semi-final, before eventually being edged out.

Scotstown have had an impressive run to Sunday’s final, defeating Inniskeen, Truagh, the Harps and Castleblayney in convincing fashion. The Harps started with a good win over Castleblayney and although they then lost to Scotstown, they have bounced back to knock out Magheracloone and Clontibret. These teams have some unfinished business for this weekend, with the Harps seeking to atone for that loss to Scotstown, who are themselves bidding to well and truly leave the 2014 final defeat behind them.

Both teams can call on a number of players who have represented their county, including four players involved who were on the Clones pitch to help Monaghan reclaim the Ulster SFC in July: Scotstown’s Rory Beggan and Darren and Kieran Hughes and the Harps’ Neil McAdam.

Scotstown have a strong last line of defence in three-time All-Star-nominated goalkeeper Rory Beggan, whose kick-outs and long-range free-taking can be an asset for his team (like when he converted three consecutive …

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