Tuesday 24 January 2017

Heaphey and Hughes secure Scotstown double

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Published 03/10/2016 | 02:30

Ross McKenna, Fergal McPhillips and Conor Forde of Scotstown celebrate after yesterday’s Monaghan SFC final. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Ross McKenna, Fergal McPhillips and Conor Forde of Scotstown celebrate after yesterday’s Monaghan SFC final. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

A two-goal salvo by Orin Heaphey and Kieran Hughes inside a minute midway through the second half put Scotstown on their way to completing a two-in-row for the first time since 1993.

Scotstown 2-13 Clontibret 1-12

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That blitz killed off any hope of Clontibret dethroning the reigning champions.

At the end of a closely contested first half the sides were deadlocked, Clontibret 1-6 and Scotstown 0-9, after being level six times.

Paraic Boyle got a fist to a breaking ball for the Clontibret goal in the 12th minute, with county star Conor McManus keeping Clontibret in touch from frees.

Scotstown opened a two-point lead within minutes of the resumption but Clontibret, courtesy of McManus, were level by the 11th minute only to then be hit with a double whammy that turned the game completely in the champion's favour.

While Clontibret kept going to the finish they just could not engineer the goal they needed to have a chance of salvaging the game

Scorers - Scotstown: K Hughes 1-2 (0-1f), S Carey 0-5 (4fs), O Heaphey 1-1, D Hughes 0-3, R Beggan (f) and S Mohan 0-1 each. Clontibret: C McManus 0-11 (8fs), P Boyle 1-0, V Corey 0-1.

Scotstown - R Beggan, P Sherlock, M Duffy, D McArdle, F McPhillips, K Hughes, E Caulfield, F Caulfield, J Turley, R McKenna, D Morgan, S Mohan, O Heaphey, D Hughes, S Carey. Subs: P Keenan for F Caulfield, B McGinnity for R McKenna.

Clontibret - D McDonnell, C Duffy, C Boyle, D Mooney, B Greenan, M Corey, C Greenan, V Corey, K Greenan, D Savage, D Carragher, P Boyle, P McGuigan, K Lavelle, C McManus. Subs: R McGuigan for K Greenan, R Gorman for C Duffy, F Mone for K Lavelle, D Barry for M Corey, F Hughes for R McGuigan.

Ref - S Gilsenan (Donaghmoyne)

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