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Monaghan SFC final: Scotstown on the march again as Heaphey and Hughes sparkle

Scotstown 2-13 Clontibret 1-12

Last year's beaten Ulster club finalists Scotstown retained the Monaghan SFC title with a four-point win over Clontibret in yesterday's final in front of an attendance of almost 4,000 at Castleblayney.

The teams were level seven times, including at half-time, but Scotstown took charge on 42 minutes with rapid-fire goals by man of the match Orin Heaphey and Kieran Hughes to claim their third county championship in four years under Mattie McGleenan.

Scotstown's greater spread of scorers - led by the Hughes brothers, Heaphey and Shane Carey - made the difference in a game where Clontibret relied on two-time All-Star Conor McManus for all but two of their scores.

Scotstown again lined out without injured county forward Conor McCarthy, but Clontibret's challenge was badly hit by the absence of Dessie Mone, who missed out due suffering a broken wrist.

The Monaghan champions now face Down winners Kilcoo in Clones on October 16 in the Ulster preliminary round.

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