Barry Watters hit 0-2 for Dundalk Gaels in last night's draw with St. Mochta's in Louth Village. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
St. Mochta's 0-11 Dundalk Gaels 0-11
St. Mochta's and Dundalk Gaels remain just one point apart in the race for the Division Two promotion play-off places following last night's draw in Louth Village.
With both having already lost twice during their opening six games, the loser of this contest would likely have had to wave goodbye to their hopes of playing in Division One next year. Yet, despite Gaels leading deep into added-time, there was to be no loser, as the Moch's rescued a point.
Despite getting two of the opening three points, through Barry Watters and top-scorer Derek Crilly, Mochta's wrestled an early foothold and were two ahead. But Gaels hit back, with Crilly among the scorers, to go eight-six in front.
The half-time score read 0-8 to seven in favour of Paul Morgan's charges and once that was extended to 0-10-eight, Gaels seemed set to stretch their unbeaten run to five matches.
However, two injury-time points saw Mochta's take a point and retain their place above Gaels in the league standings.
St. Mochta's: Jason Callan; Liam Lawlor, Philip Englishby, Cormac Callan; Owen Lennon, Andrew English (0-1), Conor Garland; Darren McMahon (0-1), Eamon O'Neill; Ciarán McMahon (0-1), Gerry Garland (0-2), Jamie Farrell (0-1); Craig Lennon (0-3), Stephen McCooey (0-1), Barry Mulholland
Subs: Danny Kindlon, Cormac Smyth, Brendan Duff (0-1)
Dundalk Gaels: Joe O'Donoghue; James Lynch, Errol Boyle, Eamonn Kenny; Mark Hanna, David McComish, Adrian Rafferty; Derek Crilly (0-5), Jordan Keating; Paul McCrave, Barry Watters (0-2), Niall Hearty; Éanna McArdle (0-1), Gerard McSorley (0-1), Jason Clarke (0-2)
Subs: Emmet Lindsay, Luke Murray, John Byrne, John O'Hare