Keady 1-11 Culloville 3-5
Friday evenings clash of the league champions between Keady and Culloville finished all square, 1-11 to 3-5.
Division 2B winners Keady hosted Division 2A champions Culloville and the pair couldn’t be separated in the end.
On a miserable night for football, Culloville looked to have done enough to secure an opening day victory.
But Keady came roaring back into contention in the final quarter. 1-4 in the last 15 minutes to secure a share of the spoils.
Two first half majors helped edge the Blues ahead by the minimum of margins by the half time break.
Ryan Garvey got things up and running after three minutes of play with the first point of the evening.
Keady hit back with two points of their own, through Odhran Fullerton before the games first goal arrived on nine minutes.
Fergal Kieran, who’s late goal in the final round of the league secured the title for Culloville, was on hand to claim another major.
James O’Hara nipped in with a point for the hosts. But another three-pointer, this time from Garvey, but the Blues four ahead.
Keady rallied in the final few minutes to narrow the gap to one with scores with three on the trot from O’Hare. That left the half time score Culloville 2-1 Keady 0-6.
The visiting side powered further ahead at the start of the second half, recording 1-3 on the bounce to take a seven point advantage.
Harvey, just as he did in the first half, opened the scoring. Dara Quinn chipped in with a brace before Shane Carragher bagged his side’s third goal.
O’Hara helped settle things for the home side with their first after the turnaround. But his free was cancelled out by Kieran.
While things looked done and dusted, Keady mounted an incredible comeback, finishing the game in style.
An O’Hara free split two scores from James King while Tomas Galvin rattle the net for Keady’s all-important goal.
With the game finely balance, it all fell on the young shoulders of O’Hara, who knocked over the final score of the night to secure a share of the spoils.