Carey set to add new chapter in Scotstown history
After securing an Ulster title in his debut season with Monaghan, exciting attacker Shane Carey now has his sights set on adding the club equivalent this Sunday.
Despite a population of less than 400, Scotstown have a trophy-laden provincial history with four Ulster titles, including a famous three-in-a-row from 1978 to 1980.
They haven't appeared in a final in 26 years, before Carey was born, but he's proud of their record and is ready to help make another chapter this weekend.
"Growing up I was always aware of the tradition," Carey said. "In the clubhouse there are photos and plaques everywhere of the teams and you see all the former players around the club.
"You hear of their massive achievements and see videos but, unfortunately, I wouldn't remember any of the teams, I was too young for that but what they did was phenomenal.
"We probably went a bit absent from the Ulster scene in the last 10 or 20 years and we're looking forward to getting back on the big stage and doing ourselves justice. The history books are in history at this stage though."
Carey reported ace attacker Darren Hughes, who struck 2-2 in their semi-final win over Trillick, to be in "flying form" having helped Ireland to International Rules success last Saturday.
The DCU student knows Scotstown are up against it, however, with Ulster aristocrats Crossmaglen, who have collected 10 titles in the last 20 years, standing in their way. "We're under no illusions about Cross," he said. "They have a formidable history in club football, we're well aware of the challenge they present and we're looking forward to it."
Monaghan sides have made a habit of punching above their weight in recent years and with the likes of Carey in tow, there's nothing to say David can't once again slay Goliath.