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Scott is Westport’s semi-final hero


THE MAN OF THE HOUR Westport’s Shane Scott is pictured being congratulated by Padraic Corduff after Sunday’s Mayo SFC semi-final at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park. Pic: Conor McKeown

Mike Finnerty

“JUST don’t miss anyway!”
That was the thought that flashed through Shane Scott’s mind as he prepared to pull the trigger and shoot for a winning goal five minutes into added-time in last Sunday’s Mayo SFC semi-final.
The Westport super-sub didn’t miss; his left-footed screamer flying into the roof of the Castlebar Mitchels net and settling the match with what turned out to be the last kick of the game.
Scott’s goal sent Westport into their first Mayo SFC Final since 1991 and they will try and win the Moclair Cup for the first time against Ballina Stephenites on Sunday week next, October 30.
The 31 year-old had come on during the closing stages to play wing-forward and try and get his hands on the ball; but he found himself on the end of a move just outside the small square and made no mistake from close-range.
“I was probably looking to get in around the square because Kevin [Keane] had gone off, Brian [O’Malley] was out midfield, so I was probably the tallest person in there. I was probably hoping for a high ball in, some of the lads might get a break off it, but it just didn’t pan out that way.
“The play went out along the sideline, back in again, the angle probably wasn’t good for [Conal] Dawson, so he just popped the ball inside to me, my angle was probably just that bit better to get it into the net.
“I was just in the right place.
“I’d just said to Killian [Kilkelly], ‘pop it over the bar’. Luckily, he didn’t!
“I wasn’t sure how much time was left to be honest, I thought there was probably a few more minutes left,” added the Aughagower native. “I think it probably feels like a normal league game at the moment, until everything kind of sinks in. Because we haven’t been in this position since 1991, the last time Westport competed in the County Senior Final.”
Scott has developed a reputation for being a man for the big occasion; he was also man of the match in Westport’s All-Ireland Intermediate club final win in 2017 at Croke Park.
Now he’s hoping that Martin Connolly’s men can finish what they have started.
“It’s probably the culmination of years of hard work,” he admitted.
“This is new territory for us, it’s new territory for Ballina as well, I don’t think this Ballina team has been in a senior final before. . So roll on two weeks’ time!”
And as for his goalscoring celebration last Sunday?
“I don’t know! I don’t think I did anything, did I?” he laughed.
Truth be told, he was already getting ready for the kick-out that never came.


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