22 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Scotstown are county champions for the second time in three years after a strong start led them to victory over Monaghan Harps at St Tiarnach’s Park, Clones, last Sunday. by COLM SHALVEY

Monaghan Harps struck first in the Greenfield Foods Senior Football Championship Final through the impressive Shane Smyth, but by the end of the first quarter, Scotstown had taken charge with two goals. The first was an opportunistic finish by Orin Heaphey, who justified his starting position by scoring 1-2, after a Darren Hughes pass spilled loose, before Man of the Match Conor McCarthy made a brilliant catch and finish to double his side’s lead to six. Conceding scores like those and then losing inspirational captain Conor Galligan to injury came as a series of hammer blows for the Harps, who couldn’t make the breakthrough for the goals they desperately needed at the other end.

Gary White, who kicked three points in a productive performance, sent a shot inches over the bar in first-half added time, while Fearghal McMahon was denied by Rory Beggan and again from the rebound by a couple of defenders six minutes into the second half. Scotstown went straight down the pitch for Dermot McCrudden to restore their five-point lead, which had been reduced to three a couple of minutes earlier, and they always looked in command from then on as they banished the memories of last year’s final defeat. Beggan also landed a free and a ’45, among seven Scotstown scorers, as Mattie McGleenan’s side reclaimed the Mick Duffy Cup.

With Beggan and the Hughes brothers on form and McCarthy further advancing his claims for a county senior call-up, Scotstown look well placed for a run in the Ulster Club. Their last tilt at the provincial championship saw them edged out at the death by eventual winners Ballinderry in 2013 and they will now once again take on Derry opposition in the form of current holders Slaughtneil, who reached the All-Ireland final in March and had a comprehensive win over Fermanagh champions Derrygonnelly last Sunday. Scotstown went through the SFC with five consecutive wins, while …


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