Naomh Colmcille v Milford, Pairc
Naomh Colmcille 2-8
Naomh Colmcille took on Milford at Pairc Colmcille
knowing a win was essential to guaranteeing
themselves at least a play-off and possible
promotion as winners of Division 3. As it was, they
had to settle for a draw following a fiercely
Naomh Colmcille got off to a great start when
Matthew Crossan found the net in the third minute
after a long distance effort from Eddie Gillespie
was parried by the Milford keeper. However Milford
replied with a goal of their own in the 12th minute.
Willie Gillespie restored the hostís lead but this
was cancelled with a pointed free for the visitors.
Milford went in front with their second goal in the
19th minute and followed this with another point.
They then had a chance of a third goal just before
half time but the shot was just wide of the post.
Michael Lynch came up to take a long range free on
the stroke of half time but his effort went wide.
This left the half time score Naomh Colmcille 1-1
The visitors extended their lead with the opening
score of the second half before Mark Dowds reduced
the deficit with a point. A point from Ryan McErlean
and a free from Joe Donaghey reduced the deficit to
two points before the visitors got in for their
third goal after a low shot found itís way to the
corner of the net. They followed this with a point
to take a 6 point advantage midway through the half.
The hosts pressed hard to reduce the deficit and two
points from Ryan McErlean, either side of a second
goal from Matthew Crossan, meant Milford had the
narrowest of advantages as the game entered itís
final moments. Joe Donaghy got a point to level the
match, and then put Naomh Colmcille in front to the
delight of the home crowd. However Milford levelled
the match with the final score of the game. Both
teams ended the match with 14 men, each having a
player sent off during the second half for double
yellow card offences. Full time score Naomh
Colmcille 2-8 Milford 3-5.
The result, combined with Naomh Columbaís win at
Urris, and Aodh Ruadhís win at home to Naomh Brid,
means Naomh Colmcille narrowly miss out on the
promotion play-off and finish in third place in
Naomh Colmcille: Michael Lynch, Ricky Hegarty, Alex
Devenney, Eddie Gillespie, Paul Friel, Ryan
McKinley, Don Hegarty, Ciaran Devine, Daniel Clarke,
Mark Dowds (0-1), Ryan McErlean (0-3), Thomas
McKinley, Joe Donaghey (0-3 (0-1f)), Matthew Crossan
(2-0), Willie Gillespie (0-1).