THREE POINTS by Daniel Lyndsey earned Naomh Padraig, Lifford a battling point from their trip to Dooey last night.
Na Rossa 0-18 Naomh Padraig Lifford 2-12
This was a terrific game of football played at a very high level with both teams now a lot to play for as Na Rossa travel to Buncrana and Lifford host Carndonagh.
Lyndsey rescued the night for Naomh Padraig with one of his late scores coming via the last kick of the game.
The home side opened the scoring with a point from play from centre-back John McDyre but Lifford quickly replied through Daniel Lyndsey.
Odhran Molloy and John Paul McCready gave Na Rossa a two-point lead both from frees only to be pulled back level by Michael Ferry with two long-distance frees.
Ferry again put the away side into the lead for the first time. Na Rossa had the best of the next five minutes scoring three times without reply, two from McCready and the lively Aidan McHugh scoring his first point of the day.
A pivotal point in the match as Lifford recorded their first goal of the night through the impressive Ferry to give his side the lead once again 1-4 to 6 points.
McHugh scored 2 frees to give Na Rossa the lead once again only for Lyndsey to level with a point from play.
The home side finished the half the stronger as Odhran Molloy scored from play to give his side a one-point half time lead 0-9 to 1-5.
Na Rossa came out of the blocks the quicker at the start of the second half with points from Molloy and McHugh to give the home side a three-point advantage.
Paul Lynch pulled a point back for Lifford but with the next three unanswered points from Odhran Gallagher, JP McCready and Sean McMonagle, Na Rossa led by five points, 0-14 to 1-6.
The tide turned once again as Caolan Doherty pointed for Lifford and then Ian Clampett scored his side’s second goal to leave the bare minimum between the sides again.
Ferry levelled for Lifford and again it was game on.
Molloy and Lynsey traded points before a strong five minutes spell gave Na Rossa a three-point lead again through Keelin Devenney, Molloy and McCready.
A terrific finish to the game as Lyndsey brought his side back from defeat with those three unaswered points with the last being the final kick of the game to level the match and guarantee his side a point.
Na Rossa: R McGonagle; J McCready, D.M Melly, S McGonagle (0-1); E Bonner, J McDyre (0-1), P Gallagher; E Molloy, O Gallagher (0-1); C Bonner, O Molloy (0-5), K Devenney (0-1); J.P McCready (0-5), A McHugh (0-4), D Trimble.
Naomh Padraig, Lifford: S McBrearty; P McElhatton, K Lynch, A Glackin; C Breslin, M McBrearty, S Gallagher; Caolan Doherty (0-1), I Clampett (1-0); D Lyndsey (0-6), P Lynch, L Crossan; M Ferry (1-4), L Glackin, K McBrearty.Tags: