HEROIC HUGHES BOOKS FINAL SPOT

20 November 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Scotstown  2-09

Trillick  2-07

Scotstown became the first Monaghan club to qualify for the AIB Ulster SFC Final since 1994 when they edged out Trillick in an entertaining encounter in Enniskillen last Sunday.

Scotstown were pushed all the way by the Tyrone champions, but they got over the line in a tense finish to make their first provincial decider since 1989.

Darren Hughes continued his impressive form at full-forward by hitting 2-2 for Scotstown, who also had good performances from the likes of Kieran Hughes, Orin Heaphey and Damien McArdle, while Richard and Niall Donnelly and Niall Gormley led Trillick’s challenge.

Trillick were first off the mark with a point by Niall Donnelly after Niall Gormley had a shot at goal blocked by Mark Duffy, before Lee Brennan dropped a 50-metre free just short. Conor McCarthy sent a shot wide after he had done well to take a pass from Damien McArdle, but Scotstown got on the scoreboard in the tenth minute via a well-taken point from Darren Hughes.

Brian McGinnity was among the culprits as Scotstown missed a few chances to take the lead towards the end of the opening quarter, but they eventually managed it when Rory Beggan pointed a 50-metre free after Niall Donnelly had been adjudged to have thrown the ball.

McCarthy quickly added a fine point, but a long build-up in the 17th minute eventually led to Mattie Donnelly picking out the unmarked Daniel McDonnell, who drilled a low shot home. Kieran Hughes drove forward from the following kick-out to set up Orin Heaphey to split the uprights and Scotstown soon had a three-point lead when Kieran Hughes again burst clear and dropped in a high ball which his brother Darren flicked into the net. Eoin Gormley linked up with his midfield partner Richard Donnelly to get a point back for Trillick and he added his second four minutes later at the end of a strong run, before Lee Brennan missed a great chance to equalise.

Brennan did level it up from a 30-metre free after Kieran …

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