Johnston the hero as Kilcoo advance
Kilcoo 1-8 Scotstown 0-9
A sharper, more focused Kilcoo side advanced to the quarter-final in this tough, hard-hitting encounter.
In very difficult, wet and windy conditions in Clones yesterday, Scotstown started the game well and registered the first two scores.
However, once Kilcoo came to grips with the Scotstown dangermen, they took an increasing grip on proceedings with their astute support play and more accurate passing.
Having trailed by two points with seven minutes on the clock, Kilcoo reeled off five points without reply to open up a three-point lead.
Scotstown ended a barren 21-minute spell with a point from a free by Shane Carey and Rory Beggan converted another free in stoppage time to leave the minimum in it at the break - with Kilcoo ahead 0-5 to 0-4.
Scotstown levelled within a minute of the resumption and the sides were level again five minutes later.
However, the game-changer came in the 37th minute when Kilcoo substitute Ryan Johnston crashed to the Scotstown net for a lead they never subsequently relinquished.
Scotstown did everything they could to retrieve the situation, but they just could not engineer the vital breakthrough as the well-organised Kilcoo defence refused to buckle.
The game then finished badly when they were reduced to 13 players in stoppage time - with Francis Caulfield leaving the field on a second yellow and substitute Brian McGinnity on a straight red.
Scorers - Kilcoo: R Johnston 1-0, P Devlin 0-3 (2fs), M Devlin 0-2, Aaron Brannagan, A Morgan and D Kane (f) 0-1 each. Scotstown: S Carey 0-6 (4f), R Beggan (free), D Morgan and D Hughes 0-1 each.
Kilcoo - N Kane, N McEvoy, D O'Hanlon, N Brannagan, D Brannagan, Aidan Brannagan, Aaron Brannagan, J McClean, JJ McLoughlin, C Doherty, A Morgan, D Kane, M Devlin, P Devlin, C Laverty. Subs: R Johnston for Aidan Brannagan (HT), D McEvoy for D Kane (57), F McGreevy for J McClean (57), C Laverty for C Doherty (59), G McEvoy for M Devlin (59).
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 McPhillips (51),B McGinnity for O Heaphey (55), B Boylan for S Mohan (56).
Ref - S Hurson (Tyrone).