Superb McCarthy leads Scotstown back to the summit
Scotstown 2-12 Monaghan Harps 0-9
MonagHan Harps were unable to Bridge a 92-year gap since their last title as a more composed and experienced Scotstown regained the crown they last held in 2013.
The Harps opened the scoring in the sixth minute of a game that never rose to any great heights, but that was to be the only time they were in front.
Scotstown hit them with a brace of goals in the space of eight minutes, Orin Heaphey toe-poking home for the first in a goalmouth scramble in the seventh minute and then man-of-the-match Conor McCarthy crashing in their second when he fielded brilliantly before striking on the turn to put Scotstown six points in front at the end of the first quarter. Scotstown went on to lead at 2-4 to 0-5 at half-time.
Monaghan Harps restarted well and four minutes into the second half, they had the margin down to three.
Scotstown, driven on by the Hughes brothers, Kieran and Darren, rallied with a salvo of points to open up a six-point gap entering the final quarter.
The county town side pulled back a point through Gary White, but four on the trot from Darren Hughes, McCarthy, Shane Carey and Heaphey pushed Scotstown nine points clear and there was no way back for a beleaguered Harps.
Their misery was further compounded with the red-card dismissal of Neil McAdam in the final minute.
Scorers - Scotstown: C McCarthy, O Heaphey 1-2 each, R Beggan (1f,'45'), D Hughes, D McCrudden 0-2 each, S Carey (f), K Hughes 0-1 each. Monaghan Harps: G White 0-3, N McAdam, S Smyth 0-2 each, D Hahessy (f), F McMahon (f) 0-1 each.
Scotstown - R Beggan; D McArdle, E Caulfield, P Sherlock; M Duffy, D Morgan, O Heaphey; F Caulfield, J Turley; D Hughes, D McCrudden, C McCarthy; S Carey, K Hughes, R McKenna. Subs: P Keenan for Duffy, B McGinnity for McCrudden, D McCague for Caulfield, F Caulfield for McKenna, F McPhillips for Heaphey, B Boylan for Sherlock.
Monaghan Harps - A White; N Hahessy, D Hughes, N Scott; G Treanor, C Galligan, K Loughran; N McAdam, S Driver; G White, N Treanor, M Galligan; D Hahessy, S Smyth, F McMahon. Subs: J Mulligan for Galligan, L Hahessy for Hahessy, A Og McAnespie for Treanor, P Coyle for Hughes.
Ref - N McKenna (Emyvale).