Rooney grabs the win­ner

Naomh Malachi Sean McDer­mott’s 1-9 0-11

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

COLLIE Rooney was the hero for Naomh Malachi as he landed a last-minute point to hand his side a vic­tory over Sean McDer­mott’s by the nar­row­est of mar­gins.

The teams looked set to set­tle for a share of the spoils when the Seans bat­tled back from three down in the clos­ing 10 min­utes, but all their good was in vain as the vis­i­tors snatched vic­tory in a dra­matic fi­nale. It was a dif­fi­cult week for all con­cerned with the Seans, but they be­gan with their fo­cus very much on the game as David O’Neill got them off the mark in the first minute. Tony Kelly then added two in­side seven min­utes to ex­tend the lead.

Jamie Kelly fi­nally got the Mals off the mark on eight min­utes, but it was to prove only brief respite as O’Neill and Kelly hit the tar­get at the other end to lead by 0-5 to 0-1.

The Court­bane men then got through for the only goal of the game from Kieran Hughes to get right back into the match and a point from Ro­nan McEl­roy had the sides level on 15 min­utes.

Ro­nan Greene and Collie Rooney pointed to put the vis­i­tors ahead, and al­though Ro­nan Cur­ran replied for the Seans, Kieran Hughes had the fi­nal say of the half to send the Mals in lead­ing by 1-5 to 0-6.

The vis­i­tors looked to be head­ing to­wards vic­tory when two points from Shane Rogers saw them take a 1-8 to 0-8 lead en­ter­ing the fi­nal quar­ter, but at that stage the McDer­mott’s upped their game and points from Tony Kelly (2) and Kevin McMa­hon had the game all square on 54 min­utes.

Both teams cre­ated chances to win the game, but it was the Mals who snatched vic­tory when Rooney fired over in the fi­nal minute.

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