Burt and Milford try again

Burt and Milford try again
Tom Comack sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Burt and Milford will battle once more in the Michael Murphy Intermediate Football Championship on Saturday, in O’Donnell Park, in Letterkenny. (4.30 pm).

The sides ended all square in the first meeting last Sunday in O’Donnell Park, after Burt staged a late dramatic comeback in the closing minutes to tie up the game.

Burt had a late chance for glory and an historic first Intermediate crown. But a dying seconds 20 metre free from dual star Joe Boyle, from a tight angle on the right wing, tailed narrowly wide.

And hot favourites Milford, the Division Two league champions, lived to fight another day.

Both camps expressed different views afterwards. Danny O’Donnell, the Milford manager, admitted that he was relieved to have survived to fight another day.

O’Donnell’s opposite number, Ronan McLaughlin, took a different view and expressed his disappointment of not having won the game.

McLaughlin’s disappointment wasn’t that Boyle had missed the late chance to nail the winner.

His disappointment was that they had conceded a first half goal that allowed Milford back into the game that Burt were dominating.

“I was very annoyed that we conceded the goal and being honest about it I felt we should have been five or six points up at half time,” insisted the Burt manager afterwards.

In the immediate aftermath of the game, Danny O’Donnell admitted he was just glad to be in the championship.

And O’Donnell had not changed his mind when talking to the Democrat on Tuesday night.

“We are just glad to be still in the championship and getting another crack at again on Saturday evening back in O’Donnell Park,” said O’Donnell.

“We will be looking for a big improvement especially on our first half display the last day.

“We are going to have to be much sharper on breaking ball around midfield and a little more clinical up front.

“In fairness we did improve in the second half but the lesson has to be learned that you’ve got to kick on and when you go three up, you have to go all out for the fourth point. We did not do that the last day.”

Burt - a Division Three side - did not look out of their depth against Milford, who sailed through Division Two of the Donegal ACFL to clinch a first Division Two crown

Milford did improve in the second half with introduction of Kane Barrett, P J Hagan and Brandon Wilkie, which leaves O’Donnell with some interesting selection headaches for the replay.

Both sides have reported no injury concerns for the replay.

The winners face Down champions Bredagh, back in O’Donnell Park, on Sunday in the first round of the Ulster Intermediate Club Championship. (2 pm)

Verdict: Milford.

Relegation clash

Killybegs and Glenfin are fighting to save their senior championship status this weekend.

They meet in a senior relegation clash on Saturday. (throw-in 3 pm, venue tbc)