SCOTSTOWN AND ROCKCORRY INTO AIB ULSTER CLUB FOOTBALL FINALS

20 November 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Scotstown and Rockcorry are looking forward to AIB Ulster Club Finals on Sunday week after their semi-final wins, while Doohamlet will attempt to bounce back from their club defeat in this weekend’s Intermediate Football League Final. by COLM SHALVEY

Scotstown became the first Monaghan club to make the provincial SFC Final since 1994 when they battled past Trillick in Enniskillen. Once again, it was a victory inspired by Darren Hughes, who hit 2-2 to take his total in the two Ulster games to 3-6 (all from play). Trillick, who were left to rue some errant free-taking in the second half, didn’t allow Hughes the same space that Slaughtneil did in the quarter-final, but the full-forward was still in the right place at the right time to score a crucial goal in each half.

Having trailed by five points, Trillick refused to give in and they fought back with a second goal of their own (becoming the first team in club or county championship football this year to put more than one past Rory Beggan). What had been a fairly open game for the time of year developed into a tense finish, with neither team scoring in the final quarter until a coolly-taken 50-metre free by Beggan helped Scotstown get over the line and into their first Ulster final since 1989.

Darren Hughes is set to line out for Ireland in the International Rules against Australia this Saturday and his younger brother Kieran, who held the edge in his duel with housemate Mattie Donnelly last week, is on the standby list. Scotstown will be keeping their fingers crossed that the key duo are ready for the November 29 showdown against 10-time Ulster champions Crossmaglen.

Rockcorry started the double-header of Monaghan v Down clashes in Armagh with a convincing JFC semi-final win over Glasdrumman.

Rock led from start to finish, helped by …

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