Scotstown earn dramatic Ulster semi-final triumph over Coleraine thanks to All-Star goalkeeper Rory Beggan
Scotstown (Monaghan)1-14 Coleraine (Derry)2-10
Rory Beggan brought the evolving game of Gaelic football to another level with a match-winning performance as Scotstown snatched a dramatic Ulster Club SFC semi-final win at Healy Park.
Trailing by four points in the dying moments, the Monaghan goalkeeper joined the full press as an extra outfield player, making all the difference as Coleraine’s resistance was broken. And he kicked two long-range frees, including the 66th-minute winner to send his side through to the decider
Beggan’s perfect kick-out set up a goal on six minutes, Kieran Hughes fetching and sending Conor McCarthy through to blast to the net.
The Hughes brothers, Darren and Kieran, kept the Monaghan champions moving forward with purpose, but Liam and Barry McGoldrick displayed defensive steel to hold them out. And Eoghan Rua struck for an unlikely goal in the 16th minute from wing-back Ciarán Mullan.
Damien McArdle edged the Farney men in front in first-half stoppage time, but Coleraine’s running game made life difficult for their opponents, and a second from Gavin McWilliams, followed by a score from corner-back Barry Daly, nudged them 1-7 to 1-6 ahead at the break.
Ruairi Mooney got a brilliant second goal five minutes into the second half, before Declan Mullan’s third pushed Coleraine four ahead.
Barry McGoldrick’s superb point pushed the north coast men four clear, and with just two minutes to play, Scotstown were in deep trouble. But they got the scores they needed, two from Beggan (left) frees, with Ryan O’Toole and Damien McArdle also on target.
ScorerS – Scotstown: C McCarthy 1-1, R Beggan 0-3 (3f) K Hughes, S Carey (2f), S McArdle 0-2 each, D Hughes, O Heaphey, F Maguire, R O’Toole 0-1 each. Coleraine: R Mooney 1-1, C Mullan 1-0, D Mullan 0-4, G McWilliams 0-2 (1f), C McGoldrick, B McGoldrick, B Daly 0-1 each
Scotstown – R Beggan; B Boylan, R O’Toole, D McArdle; J McDevitt, D Morgan, E Caulfield; F Caulfield, D Hughes; F Maguire, K Hughes, J McCarey; S Carey, C McCarthy, O Heaphey. Subs: R McKenna for Heaphey (37), P Hamill for McCarey (48), J Hamill for F Caulfield (54), M McCarville for Maguire (60)
Coleraine – R McGeough; C Lagan, L McGoldrick, B Daly; C Mullan, B McGoldrick, C Lenehan; N Holly, R Money; M McTaggart, SL McGoldrick, G McWilliams; D Mullan, Colm McGoldrick, Ciaran McGoldrick. Subs: R Carey for Holly (43).
Ref – C Branagan (Down)