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How the Scotstown players rated: Hughes brothers, Beggan, McCarthy heroic in Ulster final loss

A disappointed Rory Beggan. The Scotstown goalkeeper had a terrific game for his club. Picture: Margaret McLaughlin
A disappointed Rory Beggan. The Scotstown goalkeeper had a terrific game for his club. Picture: Margaret McLaughlin A disappointed Rory Beggan. The Scotstown goalkeeper had a terrific game for his club. Picture: Margaret McLaughlin

Rory Beggan: Couldn’t have given more. Superb reaction save from Eunan Mulholland midway through first half and then grabbed a Glen kickout. Wind-assisted, he hit a kickout to the Glen 45 but found it harder against the wind. Jinked through Glen defence to put An Bhoth back into the lead. 8.5

Brendan Boylan: A hard-working roving role in the first half when he joined the press on the Glen kickouts. Tough marking assignments on Eunan Mulholland and Ethan Doherty. 6

Ryan O’Toole: The spare man in defence at times, he looked more comfortable as a man-marker against Jack Doherty and got forward to support the attack too. 6

Damien McArdle: Tough as old boots, he nipped in to break down Glen attack and then dived full length as McGuckian threatened. Assist for a Darren Hughes point. 7

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Conor McCarthy: Pushed up to the half-forward line, he won an early free and followed that with a tackle to dispossess Ethan Doherty. Superb score from 45 metres and set up McCarron’s point. Pushed onto Eunan Mulholland and they cancelled each other out. 8

Donal Morgan: Held the centre of the defence. Moved onto Eunan Mulholland at the start of the second half and also had fire-fighting assignments on Tiarnan Flanagan and Danny Tallon. 6

Emmett Caulfield: Pull on Danny Tallon’s jersey presented Glen with their first score and poor pass led to their second but there’s was lots of good stuff too. Duel with his opposite number Cathal Mulholland too and his fingertip interception kept Scotstown in it. 6

Darren Hughes: Pushed up to full-forward – Emmet Bradley went with him - and was then back on his own line to clear the danger after Beggan’s brilliant save. Superb score followed that. Locked horns with McFaul in second half. 8.5

Michael McCarville: Broke even with Emmet Bradley in midfield. Unlucky to be penalised for a foul after he won a break ball. Grabbed second half throw-in to send Scotstown away for a score. 6

Jason Carey: Worked hard, his second half shot seemed to be drifting wide but almost led to a goal for his side. 6

Shane Carey: Reliable from frees, brave and prepared to get on the ball and starts the plays. Split the posts with a difficult early free and then dived in to block Jody McDermott shot. 7.5

James Hamill: Excellent first half. Turned and swung over Scotstown’s second point and then added another. Not so prominent in second half. 6.5

Mattie Maguire: He had Glen skipper Conor Carville for company. Scoring opportunity early in second half but didn’t find target. 6

Kieran Hughes: Got through a mountain of work and made things happen. A warrior, he out-fought Glass to win a Glen kickout and then added a trademark outside-of-the-boot score. Dipping shot in injury-time saved by Connlan Bradley. 8

Jack McCarron: Had Ryan Dougan for company and was double-marked at times. Three first half wides, two from difficult angles, but held off Dougan to win long ball and a free just before half-time. Early point in second half, Dougan got one too. 6

Subs:

Darragh Murray: On for Maguire 13 minutes into second half. Just wide with his first touch. Showed well up front. Shot blocked by Warnock with three minutes’ left. 6

Mark McPhillips: Thrown into the fray with eight minutes left. 6

Ryan Malley: Not on long enough to be rated.

Francis Maguire: Not on long enough to be rated.