MONAGHAN CLUBS TURN SPOTLIGHT ON ULSTER SUCCESS

12 November 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Three Monaghan clubs go in search of AIB Ulster Club Championship final places this Sunday, Scotstown aiming to become the first Monaghan team to make the provincial SFC Final since Clontibret in 1994. by COLM SHALVEY

Scotstown are being widely tipped to replace the team they defeated at the quarter-final stage, Slaughtneil, as Ulster champions. They are spurred on by Darren and Kieran Hughes, who have each helped lead Monaghan to two Anglo-Celt Cups, alongside Rory Beggan, who has conceded just one goal in ten championship games in 2015. Conor McCarthy and Orin Heaphey have been in excellent form up front, with Dónal Morgan, Francis Caulfield and James Turley other experienced campaigners.

Trillick, whose star players Mattie and Richard Donnelly have close links with the Hughes brothers via UUJ, have made an incredible rise this year, having failed to win the Tyrone IFC in 2014. After clinching promotion, the St. Macartan’s side went all the way in the SFC this year – defeating Dungannon, Greencastle, Coalisland and Killyclogher – and they dumped Donegal champions Naomh Cónaill out of the Ulster race. The Donnellys will be joined by Rory and Lee Brennan, Niall Gormley, Dáire Gallagher and Proinsias O’Kane in playing key roles for Trillick.

Scotstown have scored two points per game than their opponents, with their 8-83 in six games working out at 17.8 points to Trillick’s 6-61 (15.8) and they have conceded just slightly more (10.8 per game, compared to 10.4). If Scotstown can supply Darren Hughes with anything like the service he got against Slaughtneil, they should justify their status as favourites.

Scotstown have already qualified for the County Monaghan Group of Credit Unions Senior Football League Final after their hard-earned win over Magheracloone. The teams were level at half-time, with Tommy Freeman hitting the opening goal on his way to a tally of 1-3, but an Orin Heaphey major and the accuracy…

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