RESER VE FINALS CENTRE STAGE

12 August 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Players have stomach for battle to win silverware

Colm Shalvey reports

Several Platinum Tanks Reserve Football League Finals took place last Friday night and amid very challenging weather conditions at each venue, all games went down to the wire. Two of the games had two-point winning margins, while another was a one-point game and the other went all the way to extra-time.

Platinum Tanks Reserve Football League Division 1A Final

Latton 0-10

Scotstown 0-8

A purple patch either side of the second-half water break pushed Latton towards a narrow win over Scotstown in the Division 1A Final in Emyvale. Darren McElroy opened the scoring for Latton in the fifth minute, with Jason Carey quickly responding for Scotstown. The teams could muster up just a single point in the following 20 minutes: a Darragh Dempsey just before the water break. The second quarter almost passed scoreless until Dempsey converted an addedtime free to leave Latton 0-3 to 0- 1 up in a rare half-time scoreline. A Mícheál McCarville free ended Scotstown’s lengthy drought after the restart and they were soon level through Ruairí Sheehan, only for Kevin Fitzpatrick to regain a narrow lead for Latton. A brace by McCarville edged Scotstown ahead for the first time and they appeared to have some momentum at that stage, but Latton rallied strongly, as Fitzpatrick, Damien Duffy and Dempsey moved them 0-7 to 0-5 ahead going into the final quarter. A Shane Coyle free and a second advanced mark by county U-20 Dempsey stretched Latton’s lead and although Scotstown got one back through sub Daniel McNally, another Dempsey free inched…

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