Saturday 21 September 2019

Dramatic scenes in Omagh as Gaoth Dobhair outlast Scotstown to win first Ulster club title after extra time

AET: Gaoth Dobhair 0-13 Scotstown 0-12

2 December 2018; Darren Hughes of Scotstown in action against Michael Carroll and Eamonn McGee of Gaoth Dobhair during the AIB Ulster GAA Football Senior Club Championship Final match between Gaoth Dobhair and Scotstown at Healy Park in Tyrone. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
2 December 2018; Darren Hughes of Scotstown in action against Michael Carroll and Eamonn McGee of Gaoth Dobhair during the AIB Ulster GAA Football Senior Club Championship Final match between Gaoth Dobhair and Scotstown at Healy Park in Tyrone. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Gaoth Dobhair are Ulster club champions for the first time in their history after seeing off 14-man Scotstown in a thrilling final in Omagh’s Healy Park.

The Donegal men needed extra time to see off Kieran Donnelly’s Monaghan champions, who had Shane Carey sent off on a straight red card in the first period of extra time.

In the end, Shane Ferry’s point, the only score in the second period of extra time, was enough to see the Donegal men home, who also finished the game with 14 men after Eamonn McGee was shown a second yellow card with almost the last action of the game.

The game could have went either way at various stages. Scotstown opened up a three point lead shortly after half time, while Gaoth Dobhair thought they had won it with the last kick in normal time after Michael Carroll’s point. However, the play was pulled back for a throw ball in the build up. 

The opening quarter was played at blistering speed but a heavy spill of rain before throw in and during the first half meant conditions in Healy Park were difficult and turnovers were plentiful.

The sides were level five times in the opening half, with former Donegal star Kevin Cassidy pointing from full forward. The only goal chance of the half came when Eamonn O Colm’s point attempt dropped short. Rory Beggan palmed the ball away and Daire O Baoill almost bundled the ball over the line, only for the Scotstown keeper to recover. Cian Mulligan grabbed the last point of the day to ensure the Donegal champions went in level at the break (0-5 each).

They were tied at 0-11 each at the end of normal time and managed only a point each in the first period of extra time before Ferry landed the killer blow.

SCORERS: Gaoth Dobhair: O MacNiallais 0-4 (3f), K Cassidy 0-2, E Colm, C Mulligan, M O’Carroll, N O’Baoill, S O’Carroll, S Ferry, R Kelly (1f) 0-1 each.

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Scotstown: S Carey 0-6 (3f), R Beggan 0-2 ( 1f 1 ‘45), D Hughes, K Hughes, D McArdle, C McCarthy 0-1 each.

Gaoth Dobhair: C Sweeney; G McFadden, N McGee, C McFadden; Niall Friel, E McGee, O McPadden Ferry; D O Baoill, O MacNiallais; C Mulligan, N O Baoill, Donal McBride; E Colm, K Cassidy, M Carroll SUBS: J Carroll for Colm (32), S Ferry for N O Baoill (60), P McGee for McBride (1st half ET), R Kelly for Mulligan (61), J O Baoill for G McFadden (68),

Scotstown: R Beggan; P Sherlock, R O’Toole, D McArdle; J McDevitt, D Morgan, E Caulfield; F Caulfield, K Hughes; F Maguire, C McCarthy, J McCarey; S Carey, D Hughes, R McKenna SUBS:  J Hamill for McKenna (53), O Heaphey for Maguire (57), B Boylan for McCarey (70), F McPhillips for McDevitt (71), D McCrudden for  Caulfield (80).

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