Na Rossa, despite hitting 0-16, had their promotion hopes dashed in a cracker in Dooey on Saturday evening against Moville.
Na Rossa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-16
Moville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8
The concession of a third goal nine minutes into the second half was the crucial score in this game. Moville lead by 2-4 to 0-7 after playing with the strong wind in the opening half.
Na Rossa needed to hit the ground running on the restart, but it was Moville who added a point and Danny Murphy got in for a third goal and a seven point lead.
Na Rossa showed plenty of fight, having to come from behind for most of the game. They had led twice at the start with points from Odhran Molloy and Adam McHugh, but they were opened for a goal on the break on eight minutes when Tony McClenaghan unselfishly set up Christy Hegarty to palm home.
Na Rossa were back on terms, 0-5 to 1-2 and also saw Molloy shave the post with a goal chance before they were hit with a penalty on 23 minutes when Michael Barrett drew a soft foul and Nigel McMonagle blasted home from the spot.
Na Rossa finished well with Sean McMonagle and John Paul McCready points late in the first half.
The home side, driven on by John McDyre and Daryl Devenney, rallied really well after the third Moville goal with John Paul McCready(3) and Christian Bonner cutting the lead to three.
When Bonner and Molloy had quick points, the margin was down to two in the 48th minute.
Danny Murphy had a rare Moville point as Molloy and a McCready free left just one in it in the 56th minute.
The Na Rossa goal had a scare when Michael Barrett hit a crossbar, but when Christian Bonner was fouled in the 59th minute, a high lob was contested by sub John Paul Breslin and as the ball bounced around the Moville goal, Christian Bonner’s palmed effort from inches out went just over the crossbar to level matters.
But when Moville responded, a lazy free was given away by the Na Rossa defence and Danny Murphy pointed what proved to be the winner.
It was a cracker of a contest with real quality on show for Division 4. The Hegartys at the centre of the Moville defence were excellent with Tony McClenaghan very strong at midfield. Up front Danny Murphy, Christy Hegarty and Ciaran Diver also impressed.
Na Rossa will rue those three goals when they were opened up a little too easily, but overall it has been a good season with a young team under Barry Doherty.