27 November 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Scotstown and Rockcorry will be bidding for Ulster Club Football Championship titles at the Athletic Grounds this Sunday. by COLM SHALVEY

Scotstown take on the modern kingpins of Ulster club football, Crossmaglen, who are unbeaten in ten provincial finals. Four-time winners Scotstown have a history of success in this competition going back to the 1970s and ‘80s and although this is their first final since 1989, their modern stars like Darren and Kieran Hughes and Rory Beggan will be determined to add to their inter-county Ulster medals. Scotstown lost narrowly to eventual winners Ballinderry in their last Ulster bid two years ago, but this time around, they took out defending champions Slaughtneil, before edging out Trillick in the semi-finals.

Crossmaglen, who powered their way to a 19th Armagh SFC in 20 years with a big win over Armagh Harps, were too strong for Cargin of Antrim in their Ulster quarter-final. That set up a renewal of rivalries with Kilcoo, who were fancied after winning a fourth consecutive Down championship and hammering Kingscourt. Cross neutered the Kilcoo attack, however, restricting them to just eight points over the hour as they laid the foundations for victory with a strong start to the second half in Newry.

Cross, who are managed by legendary players Oisín McConville and John McEntee, have a potent mix of youth and experience, with the influx of several graduates from their successful minor teams adding to a panel that has been around the block. From captain Paul Hearty (an ever-present for all of two decades) through to Kyle Carragher at corner-forward, Cross have a star…


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