Coleraine 2-10 Scotstown 1-14
The first game of a double header in Omagh proved to be a tasty affair decided with the last kick of a ball.
A trademark free kick from Rory Beggan in the final minute of injury time was enough for Scotstown to put Eoghan Rua Coleraine to the sword in an enthralling encounter in the Ulster semi final in Healy Park, Omagh.
Eoghan Rua continuing on the strong tradition of Derry clubs in the competition controlled the second half, but Scotstown reeled off four points down the stretch to reach their first Ulster senior club final since 2015.
Scotstown’s Orin Heaphy opened scoring after three early scrappy minutes of handling errors and wides as both sides sized each other up.
Colm McGoldrick ever the target man for Coleraine was provided ample space to operate in and he duly did and soon levelled.
With seven minutes played and Scotstown’s pressure was building, Conor McCarthy relieved that pressure with a slaloming run through the heart of the Coleraine defence to bury to the net.
At that stage it looked like their would be only one winner.
Rory Beggan nailed a free and further stamp an air of the inevitability about the contest, only for Eoghan Rua wingback Ciaran Mullan to run off Colm McGoldrick’s shoulder to finish to the net and hand them a much needed liveline.
Still wasteful Darren Hughes and Shane Carey (free) nudged the four in a row Monaghan Champions ahead.
Another McGoldrick, Sean Leo’s link up play was sublime and inspired a Coleraine fightback, Ruairi Mooney and Gavin McWilliams brace levelled the game after three points in a row.
Darren Hughes and Declan Mullan traded points but Sean McGoldricks men dug deep and despite being outplayed they lead at the break 1-07 to 1-06 thanks to McWilliams and cornerback Barry Daly.
The Derry Champions continued that momentum in the second half when Mooney found the net after the restart, made by maurading full back Liam McGoldrick who went on a blistering solo run.
Coleraine with the wind at their back were disciplined in defence and looked comfortable in handling anything Scotstown were able to throw at them.
Declan Mullan sandwiched a pair of Scotstown points from Francis Maguire and Kieran Hughes to keep the scoreboard and Coleraine’s hopes of a first ever Ulster final ticking over.
Hughes point was crushing for Coleraine, as it came on the back of missed an open goal by McWilliams one the Derry Champions would later dearly rue.
Also, during this game defining period, Coleraine lost their influential midfielder Niall Holly to injury both would add to their downfall.
Barry McGoldrick did give them a three point lead but they couldn’t hang on as Kieran Donnelly’s side upped the ante.
Showing supreme composure in front of a disciplined defence, Scotstown forged a way.
Beggan nailed a free. Ryan O’Toole and Damien McArdle came up from the back to fire over patient scores before the All-Star goalkeepers heroics at the death.
Scotstown: Rory Beggan (0-3, 0-03f), Damien McArdle (0-02), Emmet Caulfield, Jack McDevitt; Ryan O’Toole (0-01), Donal Morgan, Brendan Boylan; Frank Caulfield, Darren Hughes (0-01); Conor McCarthy (1-01),Kieran Hughes (0-02), Shane Carey (0-2, 0-02f); Jamie McCarey,Orin Heaphey (0-01), Francis Maguire (0-01).
Subs used: Ross McKenna for O Heaphey (38),Paul Sherlock for K McCarey (49), James Hamill for F Caulfield (55), Micheál McCarville for F Maguire (61).
Eoghan Rua Coleraine: Ryan McGeough; Barry Daly (0-01), Liam McGoldrick, Ciaran Lagan; Ciaran Daly, Barry McGoldrick (0-01), Ciaran Mullan (1-00); Niall Holly, Ruairi Mooney (1-01); Declan Mullan (0-03), Sean Leo McGoldrick, Gavin McWilliams (0-03, 0-02f); Mark McTaggart, Colm McGoldrick (0-01), Ciaran McGoldrick
Subs used: Richard Carey for N Holly (44),
Referee: Ciaran Branagan (Down)