Conor McGowan scored the equalising goal for Geraldines on Friday night. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
Ardee St. Mary's 1-6 Geraldines 1-6
Geraldines maintained their position at the top of Division One thanks to a dramatic injury-time goal from Conor McGowan to earn a share of the spoils with St. Mary’s at Ardee on Friday night.
It looked for much of the second half that the hosts would go top of the table with maximum points from five games, but they were unable to hold out as substitute McGowan hit the net following a goalmouth scramble.
The Ardee men were boosted by their midweek victory over title rivals, Dreadnots, and despite conceding the first point to Glen Trainor, they impressed in the early stages as points from Ronan Carroll and Darren Clarke had them 0-4 to 0-1 ahead.
Jim McEneaney began to assert his authority on the game and pointed twice to reduce the gap to 0-4 to 0-3 at the break.
Mary’s hit back at the start of the second half and a goal from Tom Jackson gave them a cushion which they held until the closing stages. However, they were unable to kill the game off and Gers showed great character to hit back with the equalising goal.
Ardee St. Mary’s: Alan McGauley; Donal McKenny, Barry McCoy, Conor Keenan; Brendan Matthews, Karl Faulkner, Eimhin Keenan; RJ Callaghan, Robert Leavy; Jamie Rooney, Darren Clarke (0-2), Liam Jackson (0-1); Cian Commins, Ronan Carroll (0-2), Tom Jackson (1-1)
Subs: Gavin Douglas, Niall Eccles, Conor Gillespie, Evan Malone, Philip Trainor
Geraldines: Seán McEneaney; Ryan Trainor, Daniel Corcoran, Tiarnan Hand; Paul Clarke, James Craven, Fearghal McDonald; Matthew Corcoran, Conor Rafferty; Seán Thornton, Dara Hamill, Stephen Reidy; Glen Trainor (0-1), Jim McEneaney (0-5), Josh Arrowsmith
Subs: Feidhelm Joyce, Shane Thornton, Shaun Callan, Conor McGowan (1-0), Seán Watters