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Trillick Lose Out Narrowly To Monaghan Chaampions

Sunday 26.11.2023
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football


 

Trillick came up short in their quest to make it through to the 2023 Ulster Club final losing narrowly 0-17 to 1-13 after a pulsating semi final against Monaghan champions Scotstown on Sunday in Armagh. It was a tight, close fought affair with little between the sides all afternoon requiring extra time to separate the teams and was only decided late in the game.

The Reds started nervously and took a while to settle as Scotstown opened up an early three point lead with Rory Beggan, Shane Carey and Donal Morgan on target. Daniel Donnelly and Mc Carron swapped scores as the Monaghan side led by three with half time approaching 0-6 to 0-3.

The game took quite a turn in favour of Trillick during the closing minutes of the half when Seanie O’Donnell fired over a fine point and the Reds followed that up with a superb goal from the same player to head in at the break leading by a single point 1-3 to 0-5. Trillick’s first half scores came from Seanie O’Donnell 1-1, Ciaran Daly 0-1, Richard and Daniel  Donnelly 0-1 each.

The second half continued in the same manner with both teams having to work hard to create scoring chances as the sides remained locked throughout. In such a tight game Trillick fans could have been forgiven for thinking it was going to be their day when Lee Brennan put the Tyrone champions one clear from a forty five deep in added time.  Scotstown however showed character and belief as they manufactured the equalising score with Conor Mc Carthy firing over the leveller.

Extra time saw no let up in the pace and intensity of the game as counterattack football remained the order of the day. Kieran Hughes opened the scoring in extra time but was all square again when Rory Brennan fired over a well struck equaliser. Scotstown moved one clear following a converted Jack Mc Carron free and reached half time in added tine in front.

Three minutes into the second half of extra time  Lee Brennan tied things again with another converted free but Jack Mc Carron put the Monaghan men one in front again two minutes later. A converted Shane Carey free made it a two point game as Scotstown looked like they were heading for the final. Trillick showed their fighting qualities with Lee Brennan reducing the deficit once more when he converted a free for the Reds. Unfortunately for Trillick the clock beat them and they went down fighting losing narrowly 0-17 to 1-13.

 

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