Milford hold on against spirited comeback

Milford hold on against spirited comeback
Milford Ladies managed to hang on to secure the Donegal Intermediate championship in a thrilling final in MacCumhaill Park.

Milford Ladies managed to hang on to secure the Donegal Intermediate championship in a thrilling final in MacCumhaill Park.

Milford 3-9

Aodh Ruadh 4-4

It was a good week for the Milford club with the ladies taking home silverware after their junior footballers wonthe championship last weekend.

Aodh Ruadh started strongly and Milford can thank goalkeeper Denise Gallagher for keeping them in the game with two good saves early on.

Milford opened the scoring with an Amber Barrett free after Lianne Boyce was fouled. Maeve Liston replied with a point for Aodh Ruadh and they then took the lead with a Donna Martin point. Barrett pointed to draw level after 13minutes.

Milford retook the lead with points from Rachel Coyle and Lianne Boyce from play and stretched it further with a powerful goal from Amber Barrett.

She added a point soon after and Lianne Boyce added a second goal to put Milford in control.

But Aodh Ruadh hit back with a goal from Donna Martin. Martin pointed a free on the stroke of half-time to leave it Milford 2-5 Aodh Ruadh 1-3.

Amber Barrett pointed a free a minute into the restart and substitute Aisling McBride rattled the net to leave Milford leading 3-6 to 1-3.

Barrett added another point and were looking comfortable until Aodh Ruadh added goals from Aine Duffy (2) and Elaine Dorrian with a point from Donna Martin leaving just one point between them at 4-4 to 3-8 with just a minutes to go.

Another Lianne Boyce point for Milford helped seal the win as the whistle went.

Aodh Ruadh: Lorriane Gallagher, Katie Flood, Niamh Gallagher, Aoife Buggy; Hanna Doherty, Tara Khan Roise Keon; Tanya O’Shea, Sarah Patton; Danikia Doherty, Maeve Liston (0-1), Emma McPhelim; Grainne McCosker, Donna Martin (1-3, 2f), Eliane Dorrian (1-0). Sub: Grainne Gillespie for E McPhelim 24, Aine Duffy (2-0) for H Doherty 38m, Anna Rafferty for D Doherty 46m.

Milford: Denise Gallagher, Laura McCafferty, Aoife Gallagher, Claire Murray; Eimear Callaghan, Niamh Carr, Karen Peoples; Bridgeen Devenney, Roisin Boyce; Aisling McCafferty Rachel Coyle (0-1) Amber Barrett (1-7, 3f); Shannon McGroddy, Lianne Boyce (1-2), Orla McAteer. Subs: Sharon Graham for L McCafferty 43m, Orla Harrison for O McAteer, Jo McFadden for K Peoples 65min, Aisling McBride (1-0) for K Peoples.

Referee: Andrew Mullen (Killybegs)