A tussle for possession during the Intermediate semi-final in Convoy between Aodh Ruadh and Milford
Milford will contest the Intermediate final and Aodh Ruadh have only themselves to blame for the defeat.
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Aodh Ruadh had a number of great goal chances and then didn't avail of a penalty in the closing stages. David McGurrin's penalty was saved by Caolan McGettigan but the rebound fell invitingly for McGurrin, but his effort hit the upright and rebounded into the keeper's hands.
That was to be Aodh Ruadh's last chance of getting a replay. In the end they can only blame themselves as the dominated the game for huge periods, but it was Milford who took their scores.
Milford were without captain Paddy Peoples and PJ Hagan because of a wedding in Malta.
The big score of the opening half was a goal for Milford on eight minutes. Cathal McGettigan drilling low to the bottom corner of Peter Boyle's net after a good ball in from TJ Evesson.
The goal put them 1-1 to no score ahead, but Aodh Ruadh hit the next four points to get back level on 18 minutes. Peter Boyle started them off with a 44m free and David Dolan, David McGurrin and Diarmuid McInerney with a free had the other points.
From there to half-time it was nip and tuck. Milford went two ahead through Chippy Barrett and McGettigan only for McInerney and David Dolan to level.
McGettigan edged Milford ahead again from a free on 29 minutes but Michael Sticky Ward, with his left, levelled matters in the 32nd minute of a half that the Ballyshannon side had dominated in the possession stakes.
Aodh Ruadh twice took the lead early in the second half but then they replaced David Dolan, who seemed to be their best player.
They had a goal chance but Milford broke downfield for Pauric Curley to get Milford's second goal. It put Milford three clear and they were to hold that to the end.
There were plenty of more chances for Aodh Ruadh, but they couldn't manufacture the goal they needed. It seemed as if they were going to get a replay when Philip Patton hit the crossbar and Seamus Kane was fouled when he went to pick up the rebound, but David McGurrin was unable to convert the penalty.
Milford: Caolan McGettigan; Gavin Grier, Barry McNulty, TJ Evesson; Gary Merritt (0-2, 1f), Johnny Logue, Anthony Fisher (0-1); Luke Barrett (0-1), Joey Cullen; Darragh Black, Pauric Curley (1-0), Cathal McGettigan (1-4, 2f, 45); David Curley, Christopher Barrett (0-1), Kyle Black. Subs: Brandon Toye for Grier (35), Sean Black and Conor McNulty for B McNulty and Logue (50), Kane Barrett (0-1) for Curley (52), P Curley for D Curley (60, black card).
Aodh Ruadh: Peter Boyle (0-1, 1f); Calum O’Halloran, Colm Kelly, Michael Ward; Conor Patton, Eamonn McGrath, Niall Murray; Niall Harley, Damien Cleary; David McGurrin (0-4, 2f), Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward (0-1), Diarmuid McInerney (0-2, 1f); Shane McGrath, David Dolan (0-4), Philip Patton. Subs: Nathan Boyle for Harley (25), Jason Granaghan for O'Halloran (half-time), Oisin Rooney for Dolan (43), Seamus Kane for McInerney (45), Paddy Gillespie for Murray (53)
Referee: Michael McShane (Kilcar)