Stephen Griffin, with a penalty in added time, gave St. Naul’s a fortunate share of the spoils in Munday’s Field on Saturday evening.
Aodh Ruadh 1-14
St. Naul’s 1-14
Aodh Ruadh have only themselves to blame as they wasted many chances in the second period.
With ten minutes left they led 1-13 to 0-10 but Griffin hit 1-4 in the final push, even winning the vital penalty in the dying seconds and then converting past Peter Boyle.
Aodh Ruadh dominated for long periods of the game and led by 1-6 to 0-7 at the break, the goal coming in the opening minutes when David Dolan burst through to fire to the net.
David McGurrin hit three first half points for the home side while Griffin had three for the visitors. Daniel Brennan had two points while Stuart Johnston and Barry Griffin had their other scores.
The game was very open with Peter Boyle making a top class save just before the half-time whistle.
The second half was just 20 seconds old when Griffin pointed what seemed a very soft free, but St. Naul’s would not score again until the 46th minute.
In between Aodh Ruadh were completely on top with Barry Mulligan, Niall Murray, Damien Cleary and Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward with two, all scoring to stretch the lead to 1-11 to 0-8.
Shane McGrath came in as a blood sub for ‘Sticky’ Ward and was hardly a minute on the field when he was very harshly black carded.
St. Naul’s had a couple of goal chances that were off target as Stephen Griffin (free) and Barry Mulligan traded scores.
Then came the good finish from St. Naul’s and especially from Stephen Griffin as he hit 1-4 to a solitary Michael Ward point for the home side in the final ten minutes to get an unlikely draw for St. Naul’s.
The share of the spoils, however, was not what Donie McCole and his side were looking for and it seems that they will now be involved in the relegation battle to stay in the Intermediate Championship.
Aodh Ruadh, on the other hand, can look forward to the quarter-final draw as Group winners.
However, they will need to much more clinical if they are to make any further impact in this championship.
Aodh Ruadh: P Boyle; M Dolan, M Ward, C O’Halloran; N Murray (0-1), C Patton (0-1), N Harley; D Cleary (0-1), J Gethins; D Dolan (1-0), D McInerney (0-1,f), B Mulligan (0-2); P Patton, M ‘Sticky’ Ward (0-5), D McGurrin (0-3). Subs., S McGrath for M Ward 42; M Ward for McGrath, b card 44; K Ryan for Cleary 52.
St. Naul’s: G Mulreaney; C McBrearty, E Lynch, C Gaffney; S Johnston (0-2), J Rose, C McDevitt; S Griffin 1-9, pen, 7f, B McCole; C Lowther, M Ward, B Griffin (0-1); D Brennan (0-2), S Conneely, B Rose. Subs., A Kennedy for McDevitt; D Friel for M Ward, both ht; A Gallagher for Brennan 39; P Coyle for J Rose; L McGroarty for B Rose, both 50.
Referee: E McFeely (Convoy)