Monday 20 November 2017

Darren Hughes inspires Scotstown victory

Scotstown manager Matthew McGleenan
Scotstown manager Matthew McGleenan

Monaghan's Darren Hughes was on top form as he powered Scotstown to a 1-15 to 0-15 victory over reigning Ulster Club SFC champions Slaughtneil of Derry in this thrill-a-minute spectacular in front of almost 3,000 people at Clones yesterday.

The match was played at a cracking pace, with the sides exchanging scores regularly, and the partisan sets of fans baying encouragement.

Slaughtneil opened the scoring through Christopher Bradley after just 90 seconds.

But Hughes, who finished the half with 1-4, hit the reigning Ulster champions with 1-2 inside three blistering minutes to put the Monaghan champions five in front and Slaughtneil's gruelling schedule looked as if it was beginning to take its toll.

Try as they might Slaughtneil could not engineer the goal that would have put the issue to extra-time and so surrendered their provincial crown.

Cargin have alleged that their midfielder Michael McCann was bitten during yesterday's 2-15 to 0-13 Ulster Club SFC quarter-final defeat by Crossmaglen.

The Antrim champions claim a 36th-minute brawl in the Athletic Grounds, which involved around a dozen players, erupted because of a biting incident.

Elsewhere in Ulster, Kilcoo performed a ruthless 3-15 to 0-5 dismantling of the Cavan champions Kingscourt Stars by what is now Down's most celebrated club, with five of the last seven county championships to their credit, including the last four in a row.

Tyrone kingpins Trillick held on for dear life to defeat Donegal champions Naomh Conaill at Ballybofey by 2-9 to 1-11.

First-half goals by Niall Gormley and Daire Gallagher just about staved off a second-half comeback by the Glenties team.

Clonmel Commercials reeled off six points in a blistering closing seven-minute spell to see their way past Newcastle West in the Munster Club SFC quarter-final and will now play Clare's St Joseph's Milltown Malbay.

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