Califf free res­cues draw for Dread­nots

Dread­nots Clan na Gael 1-13 2-10

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

JAMES Califf pointed a late free to res­cue a draw for Dread­nots in a lively con­test against Clan na Gael at Clogher­head on Satur­day night.

The Dun­dalk men were play­ing their first game in Di­vi­sion 1 for six years and looked set to mark the oc­ca­sion with vic­tory when they were de­nied by the com­bi­na­tion of a dis­puted penalty and Califf’s free as the reign­ing Car­di­nal O’Don­nell cham­pi­ons grabbed a draw.

In a tense fi­nale, both teams had chances to win the game but failed to find the tar­get and had to set­tle for a share of the spoils.

Dread­nots made their in­ten­tions clear from the out­set as they be­gan on the front foot and were re­warded with the first three points of the game, be­fore Clans bat­tled back to level mat­ters.

The hosts edged ahead by two points be­fore Billy Smith fired home the first goal of the game from the penalty spot to help send the Dun­dalk men in at the break lead­ing by 1-6 to 0-7.

The game was turned on its head once again at the start of the sec­ond half as the Dread­nots kicked the first four points to lead by two, but once again they were un­able to build on that lead as the vis­i­tors re­gained the ini­tia­tive.

With the help of points from Mark McGe­own the Clans edged ahead by a point be­fore a Con­all McKeever goal put them in a strong po­si­tion, with a four-point ad­van­tage en­ter­ing the clos­ing stages.

Dread­nots re­fused to give up and got back into the game when Paraic Smith fired to the net from a con­tentious penalty be­fore Califf landed the equaliser from a free.

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