CHAMPIONSHIP TIME

30 July 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Plenty of thrills and spills in ‘new normal’ style of championships

Colm Shalvey reports

The long-awaited start of the club football championships arrived under the ‘new normal’ last weekend. A new format using home and away venues for the round-robin stage, limited crowds in the grounds, onlookers using any imaginable vantage point to get a glimpse of the action, dressing rooms remaining out of bounds and several clubs offering live streams of their games meant it was anything but an average championship weekend.

However, despite the lengthy layoff, the games across the county produced a string of typically keen contests. Scotstown finished strongly to win their local derby against Truagh, who once again pushed their neighbours to the end. Truagh nicked a Scotstown kick-out for Christopher McAnenly to score the game’s only goal early on and they still led narrowly inside the final ten minutes, but the introduction of Kieran Hughes helped spark Scotstown, followed closely by the visitors losing Niall McQuillan (who had earlier been sin-binned) to another booking.

Late points from Conor McCarthy and Shane Carey subsequently guided Scotstown to a narrow win ahead of their round-two visit to Latton, who started with a ….

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