As the rains from Storm Ernesto fell at the Bridge on Saturday evening last St. Michael’s and Milford played out an entertaining north west derby in front of a sizeable crowd.
St. Michael’s 1-18
In the end the Bridge men ran out winners by holding off a late Milford comeback.
Andrew Kelly put St. Michael's ahead in the first minute but it was Milford who made the stronger start with a point from Darragh Black and a Kane Barrett goal putting them into a three point league.
St. Michael’s hit back with a goal and point from Michael Cannon before a controversial goal from Darragh Black restored the visitors' advantage.
St. Michael’s took the advantage from then on adding further points from Andrew Kelly, Martin McElhinney, Michael Cannon and Daniel McColgan to leave the half-time score St. Michael’s 1-9, Milford 2-2
Colin McFadden scored the first score of the second half for St. Michael’s and they raced into a comfortable lead with points from Michael McGinley and Andrew Kelly before late goals from Barrett and David Curley and apoints from Barrett and Curley set up a tense finish.
But three late points from Andrew Kelly settled the issue and St. Michael’s held on to win in the gathering gloom.
ST. MICHAEL'S: Dean McColgan, Jamie Hunter, Stephen Doak, Liam Paul Ferry, Ruairi Friel, Ciaran Rock Gallagher, Oisin Langan, Christy Toye, Michael McGinley 0-1, Daniel McLaughlin 0-3, Martin McElhinney 0-2, Michael Cannon 1-3, Hugh O’Donnell, Andrew Kelly 0-7, Colin McFadden 0-2. Subs. Liam Kelly for Jamie Hunter and Shane Langan for Liam Paul Ferry.
MILFORD: Caolan McGettigan, Sean Black, Barry McNulty, TJ Wasson, Ryan McMenamin, Gary Merritt, David Curley 0-2, Joey Cullen, Luke Barrett, Cathal McGettigan 0-2, Tony McNamee, Pauric Curley, Kyle Black, Kane Barrett 4-1, Darragh Black 0-1.
REFEREE: Jimmy White