NEFL Premier Division

Dramatic draw enough to see Ardee and Quay stave off NEFL relegation

Ardee Celtic 2 Quay Celtic 2

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Dramatic draw enough to see Ardee and Quay stave off NEFL relegation

Quay Celtic's Danny Coyle and Ross Gaynor of Ardee Celtic

NEFL Premier Division

Ardee Celtic 2 Quay Celtic 2

An injury-time equaliser from substitute Dennis Cholach ensured Quay Celtic held on to their NEFL Premier Division status at Townparks on Thursday night.

Ardee, who maintained their top-flight status courtesy of the draw too, twice led in a thrilling contest with Darryn Gaynor bagging a brace.

The striker linked well with Stuart Osborne for the opener, while the second, which came after Aaron Comerford's penalty had drawn Quay level before the break, came in fortuitous circumstances when an attempted clearance from Quay rebounded off Gaynor and past John Rogers. Danny Coyle had earlier rattled the goal-frame as the Dundalk side battled for their safety.

How cruel it would have been for the Point Road men to be relegated under such circumstances and, as the game neared its conclusion, that's how it looked before Cholach became the hero, shooting home in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

The goal means OMP United have been relegated automatically with Duleek - courtesy of their inferior head-to-head record for Quay - in the play-off place.

Ardee Celtic: Stuart Reynolds; Mikey Nulty, Conor McManus, Niall Sharkey, Robbie Reynolds; Stuart Osborne, Fintan Clarke, John Flanagan, Paul Matondo; Ross Gaynor; Darryn Gaynor

Quay Celtic: John Rogers; Shaun O’Connor, Gary Shevlin, Stefan McKevitt, Pauric Browne, Éanna McArdle; Robbie Gavigan, Danny Coyle, Drew Duffy, Colin Finan; Aaron Comerford

Subs: Cody Magill, Dennis Cholach, Martin Smith