McBrearty masterclass keeps Kilcar flying
Kilcar 1-16 Scotstown 1-6
It wasn't just the result but the manner of it which surprised, Kilcar shrugging off their inexperience at this level to completely outplay three-in-a-row Monaghan champions Scotstown.
Paddy McBrearty presented himself at Clones as a one-man wrecking ball, hitting 0-8, including a seven-point haul in the opening half, when all the damage was done.
Kilcar won a first Donegal SFC title since 1993 two weeks ago, scoring just 0-7 in a dour final win over Glenties. They found the Ulster series to be a happier playground and had bagged 1-6 after just 22 minutes yesterday, Eoin McHugh's goal straight off the training field cancelling out Conor McCarthy's fine solo effort in the fourth minute.
Maybe the early goal fooled Scotstown into believing this would be a comfortable day because after the opening 10 minutes, they were torn apart by McBrearty, with Ryan McHugh also growing in influence as the game wore on.
McHugh finished with a five-point haul to set up a mouth-watering semi-final against holders Slaughtneil in two weeks' time.
After four minutes McCarthy won Kieran Hughes' long delivery in the corner and cut inside onto his left, burying the ball past Eamonn McGinley for a dream start for the home side.
It was 1-1 to 0-1 after 10 minutes - but in the next 20 Scotstown went from three points up to seven points down, their defence ill-equipped to deal with McBrearty in general and his left foot in particular.
He scored seven first-half points, including four from play, several of them from close to the sideline. Everything he hit seemed to split the uprights.
Kilcar drew level, at 1-3 to 0-6, in the 20th minute, with a close-range point from McBrearty's younger brother Stephen.
A couple of minutes later came the Kilcar goal. Ryan McHugh took a short free to McBrearty rushing out with his back to goal; he popped the ball into the chest of Eoin McHugh who darted through the gap and drilled the ball low into the far corner.
Scotstown were getting turned over and losing kickouts, with Mark McHugh picking up a lot of breaks around the middle. He set up his brother Ryan for an easy score; Ryan McHugh then added a quick second, shifting easily onto his right foot under no pressure, to make it 1-10 to 1-3 at the break.
Scotstown briefly threatened a comeback after the break with McCarthy and McKenna kicking points but from there, Kilcar bossed it and killed the game.
Scotstown raided for goals, with no success. Kilcar shut the game down in a low-key final quarter, Ryan McHugh hitting the last three points of a convincing victory.
Scorers - Kilcar: P McBrearty 0-8 (4fs), R McHugh 0-5 (2fs), E McHugh 1-0, S McBrearty, M Hegarty, C McGinley 0-1 each. Scotstown: C McCarthy 1-2, R McKenna 0-2, S Carey, R Beggan (f) 0-1 each;
Kilcar - E McGinley; B McGinley, C McShane, P Carr; R McHugh, M Hegarty, B Shovlin; C McGinley, M McHugh; A McClean, E McHugh, C Doherty; S Shovlin, P McBrearty, S McBrearty. Subs: M McClean for Doherty (41), M Sweeney for A McClean (51), A Carr for S McBrearty (55), A McGinley for P McBrearty (60).
Scotstown - R Beggan; F McPhillips, W Carroll, S Mohan; D Morgan, D McArdle, E Caulfield; F Caulfield, K Hughes; J Hamill, S Carey, R McKenna; P Sherlock, D Hughes, C McCarthy. Subs: D McCrudden for Hamill (40), O Heaphy for McKenna (BC, 43), M McCarville for Carey (57).
Ref - C Branagan (Down)
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