Oisín McConville was confident going into extra-time

Crossmaglen joint-manager, Oisín McConville, felt his team would succeed in extra-time. He believed the Armagh champions would the better of the two in regrouping for the 20 minutes of extra-time.

Oisín McConville was confident going into extra-time

“Don’t ask me about anything that happened in the first 60 minutes, because I don’t have that good a memory! We were very poor in the second-half. We almost paid the ultimate price. I have to say that, in extra-time, we were very, very good. We were tuned in and we realised what we were after doing in that second 30 minutes, when we got a grip at the end of the game.

“I never had any doubt we would win it. It’s easy for me to say now, but there was a time when I thought we were a lot more focussed. We got our match-ups a wee bit better towards the end of the game.”

But Danny O’Callaghan’s red card, with five minutes remaining in normal time, was difficult. “It definitely wasn’t ideal. We sort of had lost our shape at that stage. We had lost who we were picking up. Believe it or not, we had tried to get a man back to play at centre-half-back at that stage and we didn’t even get him back.

“We were clinging on, right at the end, and it was very difficult to get messages to the team. We were clinging on, playing with five defenders towards the end of the game and that is something that we have to look at, for the future, if we are ever in extra-time again”.

Scotstown manager, Matty McGleenan, couldn’t fault his players, because they had fought back several times in the second-half of normal time. “The effort and the determination and commitment they gave there. I am so proud of them. It is unbelievable. We came up against a great Cross team. Cross have done this all before, so it is nothing new to them. It is 29 years since Scotstown were in an Ulster club final. They showed serious character out there and I am proud of each and every one of them.”

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