Greenfield Foods Senior Football Championship Semi-Final
Scotstown 1-17 Magheracloone 2-11 23/9/18
Scotstown qualified for their sixth consecutive SFC Final and moved within one win of a potential four-in-a-row of county titles when they held off a strong challenge from Magheracloone in Clones on Sunday. Scotstown raced into a 1-4 to 0-0 lead, with Francis Maguire palming to the net, but goals by Liam Óg Murray and Peter Ward kept Magheracloone in contention, leaving them within two points at half-time (1-10 to 2-5).
Scotstown maintained a narrow lead throughout the second half, with Kieran Hughes coming off the bench to become a seventh scorer of the game for the holders, who will face Ballybay in the decider.
Scotstown: R Beggan (0-2f); P Sherlock, M Duffy, D McArdle; J McDevitt, E Caulfield, R O’Toole; F Caulfield, D Hughes (Capt.); J McCarey, S Carey (0-4, 2f), R McKenna (0-1); F Maguire (1-1), C McCarthy (0-5, 3f), O Heaphey (0-3).
Subs: D Morgan for Duffy (inj., 20 mins), K Hughes (0-1) for Maguire (48), J Hamill for Heaphey (51), F McPhillips for McDevitt (60).
Magheracloone: J Kirk; J Lambe, P McArdle, P Ward (1-1); M Jones, J McMahon, P Lambe; G Doogan, J Kieran (Capt.); P McMahon (0-1), M Metzger (0-1), J Ward; A Kieran (0-1, ’45), L Óg Murray (1-1), A McCahey (0-6, 5f).
Subs: C McKeown for P Lambe (16), P Tuite for Jones, P Kirk for J Kieran (both 42), B Kieran for P McMahon (56), D Babington for J McMahon (60 + 1).
Referee: X Coyle (Tyholland).