Glenswilly's Caoimhinn Marley on the ball against Milford Picture: Geraldine Diver
Glenswilly moved up to fifth in the Division One League table with a narrow one point away win over Milford in Moyle View Park, Milford.
Milford ………. 0-9
In a close contest from the first whistle to the last Leon Kelly kicked the winning point ten minutes from the end in what was the clinching score for the men from the Glen.
It was the first time the winners led in the tie. Milford held the edge right up to the point second half substitute Donagh Gallagher tied up the game 11 minutes from the end.
The two teams were short a number of regulars, while Milford were also short inspirational midfielder Luke Barrett. Glenswilly were also without Michael Murphy.
In the absence of Murphy, Caoimhinn Marley took over the free taking duties and landed two big points, both ‘45’, one in each half.
Milford shaded a closely contested opening half hour to lead by two points 0-7 to 0-5.
Christopher Barrett, who had a fine game at centre-half-forward, kicked three first half points for the locals with Cathal McGettigan (2), Conor
McHugh and Gary Merritt, all getting their names on the scoresheet.
Leon Kelly (2) turned in a big performance along with young Rory O’Donnell in the middle of the field. Ciaran Bonner, Marley and Ryan Diver scored the Glenswilly points.
Cathal McGettigan and Darragh Black scored for the locals either sides of strikes from Marley and Oisin Crawford on the resumption to maintain their two point advantage ten minutes into the new half.
But amazingly despite loads of pressure Milford did not score again thanks to the heroics of the well organised Glenswilly defence.
Glenswilly kicked the last three scores from Joe Gibbons, Donagh Gallagher and Leon Kelly - the winner nine minutes from the end.
MILFORD: Caolan McGettigan; Peter Curran, James Doyle, Conor Coll; TJ Evesson, Gary Merritt (0-1), Anthony Fisher; Rory O'Donnell, Joey Cullen; Conor McHugh (0-1), Christopher Barrett (0-3), Patrick Ferry; Darragh Black (0-1), Martin Doyle, Cathal McGettigan (0-3,2f).
GLENSWILLY: Gerard McGrenra; Shane McDaid, Eamon Ward, Paddy Diver; Ruairi Crawford, Mark McAteer, Ryan Diver (0-1); Caoimhin Marley (0-2,2’45s’), Leon Kelly (0-3); Oisin Crawford (0-1), Brian Farrelly, Joe Gibbons (0-1); Keelan McFadden, Ciaran Bonner (0-1), Shane McDevitt. Subs: Stephen O’Donnell for K McFadden 20, Donagh Gallagher (0-1,f) for S McDevitt 48.
REFEREE: Seamus McGonagle (Aodh Ruadh)