Heaphey and Hughes secure Scotstown double
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
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)