Ulster fona/cabMinor Football Championship
Domhnach Mór 1-12 (15)
An Bhoth, Scotstown 1-9 (12)
Photographs & Report: Brian McKee
Both teams brought a large crowd of travelling supporters to Colaiste Feirste on a cold Saturday evening. They witnessed an entertaining game that saw Domhnach Mór achieve a three point win over An Bhoth, Scotstown in a close encounter that came alive in the second half.
Despite opening pressure from Donaghmore, it was the lads from Scotstown who took an early lead through a point from Sean Og McElwain. A subsequent promising attack from Scotstown was cut out by Donaghmore keeper Cormac Draine, and his quick thinking led to a counter attack by Donaghmore with an opening point from Ronan Molloy. Further points from Noah Grimes and Aodhan Molloy pushed the Tyrone boys ahead. While Donaghmore were dominating the opening 20 minutes, Scotstown came back strongly with three points from Sean Og McElwain. The first half came to a close with both sides adding on a point apiece to leave the score at 1-5 to 0-5 as the lads headed to the welcome warmth of the changing rooms.
The second half began with both sides missing good opportunities to add to their scores, but on the sixth minute Tommy Mallon slotted over the first of two consecutive points to start putting what became increasing pressure on Scotstown. Noah Grimes added a point for Donaghmore but a goal from Adam Monahan saw the Scotstown team regain the lead.
Grimes (Donaghmore) brought the sides level with a further point in a game where both sides pressed hard for supremacy. McElwain (Scotstown) and Clarke (Donaghmore) exchanged points as the temperature rose in an increasingly tense game. Monahan added a further point for Scotstown but it was the ever dangerous Grimes who established superiority for the lads from Donaghmore with four further points that saw them into the semi-final against Four Masters on St Stephen’s Day.
Scotstown: Fintan Foy (0-1), Sean Og McElwain (0-5), Max Maguire (0-1), Tommy Mallen (0-2), Adam Monahan (1-0),
Donaghmore: Cormac Draine (1-1), Ronan Molloy (0-1), Noah Grimes (0-8), Aodhan Molloy (0-1) Joey Clarke (0-1),
Donaghmore: Conan McGarvey, Conaill McGee, Ben Hughes, Jude McNally, Rory McGee, Joey Clarke, Joseph Kelly, Johnny McKenna, Conor O’Neill, Aodhan Molloy, Cormac Draine, Conall Herron, Noah Grimes, Ronan Molloy, James McCann
Subs: Ryan McAteer, Ronan McGeary, Caolan Quinn, Ciaran Hackett, Michael Logan
Scotstown: Domhnaill Moyna, Conall Gallagher, Donnadh Connolly, Oisin Murray, Nicky Sherlock, Caolium Mullen, Bobby Boyland, Reuban Sheridan, Sahil Arya, Max Maguire, Tommy Mallen, Shea Beggan, Adam Monaghan, Finlay Foy, Sean Og McElwain
Subs: Jimmy mcKenna, Aaron McQuaid, Daniel Prunty, James Brady, Seamie McKenna