Scotstown family tradition

St Paul’s Ulster Minor Tournament

By Kevin Herron

Damian Mohan with his son Cian – manager of this years Scotstown Minor team

For the Mohan family, the Ulster Minor Tournament at St Pauls is a bit of a family tradition. Damian Mohan featured for Scotstown in the first ever decider at the Shaws Road in 1982. 

Hosts St Pauls prevailed on that occasion and over 26-years later his son Cian had two experiences of the tournament himself. 

In 2008 Ballinderry edged out the Monaghan outfit 2-08-2-07 and a year later, Kilcoo put Scotstown to the sword on their way to the decider.

Cian is now at the helm of the current Scotstown Minor squad and his father is proud of the family links to Scotstown’s involvement down the years. 

“I’ve played and Cian has played and will manage in it, so it seems to be going in that direction alright” jokes Damian. 

“I played in the very first competition in 1982 and Cian played in a Final and semi-final in 2008 and 2009 and now is actually managing the team in 2022- 40 years after I’ve played in it. 

I don’t remember too much about it, I know it was a very close game and we hit the crossbar very late in the game- if it would have went in, we’d have won the game. I think we lost by a point or two. My recollection is vague enough because it was 40-years ago”. 

Damian revealed the pride that he has for his son and the current crop from Scotstown and feels that their success thus far has brought enjoyment to the community. 

“I’m extremely proud of him- definitely” he admits. 

“It is the first time that we have won the Division One Minor Championship since he has played himself. It’s a great achievement for the club and it has brought great enjoyment to the whole community this year. The style of play that they have adopted as a team, they work very well as a team, and they work for each other. It’s down to Cian and his great team of management- they’re young and some of them are still playing in the Scotstown team and they’re a credit to the club”. 

Current manager of the Scotstown Minor’s – Cian- is a big advocate of the competition and recalls his two-years playing at the tournament in 2008 and 2009, including a defeat to a Kilcoo side which features the vast majority of their current All-Ireland winning squad. 

“My memories are slightly better than my Dads” recalls Cian.

“I just remember it was a very enjoyable competition, we met Ballinderry in the final in 2008. We got beat by a point- they kicked it in the last minute- it was very heart-breaking. We got back the year after and we were playing Kilcoo, a lot of them boys are probably playing senior now and they ran us ragged so it was not really a good memory of it. 

They’ve went on to do special things with their club, they’re current All-Ireland Champions so it shows the pedigree that plays in this tournament”.

Mohan is not looking beyond his sides quarter-final clash with Tyrone Champions Donaghmore and stressed the importance of taking things a game at a time. 

“Hopefully we can go one better on this occasion” he said. 

“You can see the standard is here- everyone is here on merit, and they’ve all won their respective club Championships. No club Championship is won easily, it doesn’t matter who you draw- it will be a tough game. It’s a cliché but we’ll try and win our first game and see how we go, but we’re here to win. That’s what you want to do, you want your club to be an Ulster Champion- we’ve never done it before so it would be a nice achievement”. 

“I can’t wait for it to begin. It’s been a really enjoyable year and the players were always asking me when we are playing and when is the first game. It is a great year and when you’re on a roll you just want to keep it going. I can’t wait to go out and meet Donaghmore and we’ll go out with a game plan and try to advance to the next round”. 

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