Scotstown had to recover from a goal after 30 seconds from Ballybay’s Christopher McGuinness and late on in the 2nd half from Paul Finaly to grind out a draw in what was perfect sunny conditions in Pairc Mhuire on Sunday afternoon. Ruari Sheehan pointed two frees in the opening 5 minutes and to eat into the early Ballybay goal before further points from Finlay increased the ballybay lead to 1-2 to 0-2 at the end of the opening quarter.
Shane Carey scored a fine point from play and another Sheehan free kept the pressure on the visitors as it edged towards half time. Thomas Galligan and Thomas Kerr kicked points for Ballybay before a long range score from Michael McCarville and a Conor McCarthy point left it level at the break 0-7 to 1-4.
Ruairi Sheehan kicked his 4th point of the game soon after the restart from a free before a fine Shane Carey solo effort to put the blues 2 ahead. Ballybay inspired by Paul Finlay upped the anti with points from Finlay, Kerr and Galligan again edged them ahead, Gerard McCrudden pointed soon after before 1-1 from Finlay inside a minute raced Ballybay ahead 2-8 to 0-10 after 47 minutes. Good play from McCarville give David McCague space to hit a long range point from all but 45m out to close the gap to a goal. Conor McCarthy’s pace began to cause the Ballybay defence problems kicking a fine score before setting up Ruari Sheehan for is 5th and 6th points, one from play and one from a free to leave it level approaching the hour mark. A Christopher McGuinness free edged Ballybay ahead before McCarthy ran at the ballybay defence to win his own free and cooly slotted it over with the last kick of the game to share the spoils.
Team and scorers: Rory Beggan, Sean Mohan, Emmett Caulfield, Kevin McMeel, Mark Duffy, Donal Morgan, James Turley, David McCague (0-1), Francis Caulfield ,Ross McKenna, Gerard McCrudden (0-1), Shane Carey (0-2, 1f), Daniel McNally (0-1), Orin Heaphey, Ruari Sheehan (0-6, 4 f). Subs used: Conor McCarthy (0-4, 1f), Michael McCarville (0-1), Donnacha Dolan, Francis Maguire, Tommy Moyna.