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Naomh Colmcille v Milford, Pairc Colmcille 10.11.14

Naomh Colmcille 2-8

Milford 3-5


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 contested match.
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 Milford 2-2.
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 Division 3.

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).
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