Late Cille’s lapse al­most proves

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

outscored their op­po­nents 3-3 to 0-2 in the fi­nal quar­ter but were a poor sec­ond best up un­til that pro­duc­tive spell.

Two of the Sy­d­dan goals, both from Daire Rowe, ar­rived in the last two min­utes with the vis­i­tors hav­ing com­pletely lost their way at that stage. Rowe was in scin­til­lat­ing form and was a con­stant threat through­out as he chalked up a per­sonal tally of 2-8.

The home side played with the ad­van­tage of the breeze in the open­ing half and af­ter con­ced­ing a goal within 20 sec­onds of the start they found them­selves 0-7 to 3-10 in ar­rears at half-time.

St Colmcille’s wel­comed back Gra­ham Reilly and he had a ma­jor im­pact on the game, scor­ing that early goal and adding seven points be­fore the end. And while the Cille’s racked up that im­pres­sive first half tally they could have dou­bled their goal count with a lit­tle more killer-in­stinct in front of the posts.

Reilly also ac­counted for five points in the half while Ste­wart McDon­nell and the im­pres­sive Joe Sweeney were on tar­get for the other goals.

Both sides were well short of full strength and Sy­d­dan suf­fered a dou­ble blow in the open­ing quar­ter when Ronan Mooney and Kevin Traynor were forced out of the ac­tion.

Traynor’s re­place­ment Fi­achra Ross blasted over two points shortly af­ter coming on while Rowe was on tar­get with four points in the open­ing half.

The sides ex­changed points on four dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions in the third quar­ter at the end of which Cille’s led 3-14 to 0-11.

Cille’s made sev­eral changes in the fi­nal quar­ter and al­lowed Sy­d­dan snatch the ini­tia­tive and the home side made the most of it. Sean Clare’s goal on 51

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