Cloughaneely survived a last minute scare when a desperate Milford attack saw them rattle the crossbar to almost snatch a late victory on Saturday.
Milford . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-08
Cloughaneely . . . . . . . 0-13
Milford started brightly with points from Christopher Barrett and a Luke Barrett free within two minutes before Sean McGarvey and John McGarvey levelled the game at four minutes.
Cloughaneely capitalised in the possession stakes when Milford were forced to make a substitution when Christopher Barrett was black carded in the fifth minute.
Killian Gallagher put them into the lead with a fine score and a Cathal McGettigan free levelled the game in the ninth minute. From there Cloughaneely found their scoring range and points from Sean McGarvey, Sean Maguire, Darren McGeever helped them into a 0-9 to 0-3 lead near half time.
McGeever’s score came when keeper Shane Gallagher brilliantly tipped a certain goal over the bar to avoid a wider margin.
A Brandon Toye goal in the 29th minute provided a lifeline for Milford as the half ended 1-3 to 0-9.
The home side pushed on at the restart with three unanswered points from Cathal McGettigan (2) and Pauric Curley to leave things all square again on 37 minutes before a McGettigan free saw them regain the lead.
Sean McGarvey replied with a free to level and Killian Gallagher once again pointed from play to restore the lead.
Cloughaneely began to push on and points from Sean McGarvey and Sean Maguire seemed to put daylight between the sides as the clock ticked down.
A Luke Barrett point brought the gap back to two points and in a last minute attack Milford almost stole it when a high ball from Pauric Curley was met by the jumping fist of McGettigan who saw his effort rattle the crossbar and once the danger was cleared the full time whistle sounded.
Milford: S Gallagher, B Toye (1-0), B McNulty, TJ Evesson, G Merritt, P Peoples, A Fisher(0-1), Sean Black, L Barrett (0-21f), D Black, C Barrett (0-1), J Logue, D Curley, P Curley (0-1), C McGettigan (0-3,2f). Subs J Cullen for C Barrett (blk card 5), K Black for D Curley 50, PJ Hagan for S Black 56.
Cloughaneely: S McClafferty, S Gallagher, M Ferry, K McFadden, R Canon, K Mulhern, C McFadden, C McFadden, D McGeever (0-2,1f), J McGarvey (0-1), D Ferry, Killian Gallagher (0-2) S Maguire (0-3), K Scanlon, S McGarvey (0-5,4f). Subs: D McGarvey for S Gallagher 46min, P McFadden for R Canon, P Sweeney for D Ferry (blk card) 66.
Referee: S McLaughlin (Malin).