Late Cille’s lapse almost proves
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