Scot­stown do just about enough to see off Bur­ren

Scot­stown 0-13 Bur­ren 0-10

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - GaelicGames -

Scot­stown held off a fast-fin­ish­ing Bur­ren side at Páirc Esler in Newry and only had them­selves to blame for not be­ing out of sight af­ter a way­ward first half in which they dom­i­nated.

The Mon­aghan cham­pi­ons had 19 at­tempts in the first 30 min­utes and put a whop­ping 13 of them wide, most of which were score­able. They did find the tar­get with the other six.

Scot­stown’s 11th wide of the half should have been a goal but Orin Heaphey some­how man­aged to fire wide with the goal at his mercy and they went in 0-6 to 0-3 ahead at the break. Scot­stown hit the open­ing four points of the sec­ond pe­riod cour­tesy of the su­perb Kieran Hughes, Shane Carey from play, Rory Beg­gan from a free and a driven ef­fort from Fran­cis Maguire.

Ryan Tre­anor, only on the field a cou­ple of min­utes, got Bur­ren tick­ing with a con­verted free on 41 min­utes and while Carey knocked over an­other placed ball at the other end two min­utes later, it was to be their fi­nal score un­til the first minute of stop­page time as Bur­ren des­per­ately tried to get back into the match.

Black carded

It wasn’t sur­pris­ing given the man that was mak­ing them tick, Kieran Hughes, was black carded on 44 min­utes and once that hap­pened, Scot­stown drifted out of the game.

Donal O’Hare rat­tled off three frees in suc­ces­sion for Bur­ren to close the gap to 0-11 to 0-7 with 10 min­utes re­main­ing. A tow­er­ing score from Seán Mur­dock re­duced the gap to the min­i­mum on 57 min­utes and there was con­tro­versy in the fi­nal minute when Bur­ren’s Ryan Tre­anor was taken out just as he en­tered the large square.

Ty­rone ref­eree Seán Hur­son waved his arms to say there was no foul, much to the con­ster­na­tion of the Bur­ren side. That seemed to sig­nal an end to the Bur­ren fight­back, de­spite there be­ing five min­utes of stop­page time sig­nalled, with Carey con­vert­ing Scot­stown’s first score in 18 min­utes to put his side two clear.

Bur­ren sub David McEn­tee was then shown a straight red card for an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Jamie McCarey be­fore Donal Mor­gan made it 0-13 to 0-10 in the sixth ex­tra minute.

Kieran Hughes’s send­ing off saw Scot­stown drift out of the game

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