Declan Bogue reports from Healy Park, Omagh
IT HAD TO be Rory Beggan.
With five minutes of injury time played, Scotstown got a chance they scarcely deserved after trailing for most of the game.
A cross-field pass was played, and Donal Morgan was caught with a closed-fist tackle by Ciaran McGoldrick. Free in to Scotstown, 45 metres out. Do we need to tell you the rest?
Coleraine will live to regret a four-point swing when full-forward and captain Colm McGoldrick sent Gavin McWilliams through on 45 minutes. He had 45 metres of green space to run into, rounded Beggan, but his shot hit the post. Had it gone in, they would have been six points clear.
Scotstown hit the front with an early Conor McCarthy goal but it was cancelled out on the quarter-hour mark by a Ciaran Mullan major.
From that point Coleraine won all the major battles with Ruairi Mooney hitting the net in the 35th minute. Their superior organisation lasted all the way to the 58th minute, when a Beggan free from distance left two in it.
Further points came from full back Ryan O’Toole and corner-back Damian McArdle arrived to level deep into injury time with Coleraine feeling the loss of Niall Holly with a nasty-looking shoulder injury.
And then came Beggan with the match-winner.
Scorers for Coleraine: R Mooney (1-1), C Mullan (1-0), D Mullan (0-3), G McWilliams (0-3, 1 free), B Daly, C McGoldrick (0-1 each)
Scorers for Scotstown: C McCarthy (1-1), R Beggan (0-3, all frees), D McArdle (0-2, 2 frees), K Hughes (0-2), S Carey (0-2, 2 frees), R O’Toole, F Maguire, D Hughes, O Heaphey (0-1 each)
1. Ryan McGeough
2. Ciaran Lagan
3. Liam McGoldrick
4. Barry Daly
5. Ciaran Mullan
6. Barry McGoldrick
7. Ciaran Lenehan
8. Niall Holly
17. M McTaggart
10. Ruairi Mooney
11. Sean Leo McGoldrick
12. Gavin McWilliams
13. Declan Mullan
14. Colm McGoldrick (capt)
15. Ciaran McGoldrick
18. Richard Carey for Holly (44 mins)
1. Rory Beggan
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2. Brendan Boylan
3. Ryan O’Toole
4. Damien McArdle
5. Jack McDevitt
6. Donal Morgan
7. Emmet Caulfield
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8. Frank Caulfield
9. Kieran Hughes
10. Francis Maguire
11. Conor McCarthy
12. Jamie McCarey
13. Shane Carey
14. Darren Hughes (capt)
15. Orin Heaphey
18. Ross McKenna for Heaphey (38 mins)
17. Paul Sherlock for J McCarey (49 mins)
30. James Hamill for F Caulfield (55 mins)
19. M McCarville for F Maguire (61 mins)
Referee: Ciaran Branagan (Down)
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