No separating sides in gripping game

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2 mins: St Mary’s opened the scoring after Brian O’Donnell converted an early free.

2 mins: St Mary’s opened the scoring after Brian O’Donnell converted an early free.

4 mins: Melvin Gaels registered their first score when Colm McGowan pointed.

8 mins: Melvin Gaels took the lead for the first time when David McSharry, who was causing plenty of problems, turned sharply before shooting.

14 mins: David McSharry then turned provider and Peter McGowan pointed. That score was almost immediately cancelled out by a Jimmy Guckian point.

16 mins: The game’s only goal arrived after Stephen McGurrin’s delivery caused problems and Liam Ryan took full advantage and goaled from close range.

19 mins: A Peter McGowan free extended the Melvin Gaels lead to five points.

28 mins: St Mary’s finished the half strongly with five unanswered points drawing the sides level.

Half-time: St Mary’s 0-7, Melvin Gaels 1-4

33 mins: Two points from James Glancy and Alan Doherty saw St Mary’s retake the lead.

39 mins: Peter McGowan and Robbie Lowe exchanged pointed frees.

42 mins: Stephen McGurrin pointed after Peter McGowan converted a free to level matters again.

45 mins: St Mary’s were back in front after Alan Doherty’s successful free.

47 mins: Conor Sheridan pointed from distance to bring the sides level again.

56 mins: Alan Doherty edged St Mary’s back in front with another free.

59 mins: Paul Brennan struck to ensure the sides will have to meet again.

St Mary’s: Brendan Flynn, Jonathan Cassidy, James Flynn, Ronan Kennedy, Jack DeLacey, Conor Farrell, Nicholas McWeeney, Clement Cunniffe, Daniel Lowe, Jimmy Guckian (0-2), James Glancy (0-2), Brian O’Donnell (0-2), Alan Doherty (0-4), Robbie Lowe (0-1), Michael McWeeney (0-1). Subs: Conor McWeeney and David Crowe for M. McWeeney & J. Flynn (46 mins)

Melvin Gaels: James McGowan, Shane Ryan, Fabian McMorrow, Stephen Clancy, Dermot Clancy, Paul Brennan (0-1), Keith McGloin, Brendan Brennan, Stephen McGurrin (0-1), Colm McGowan (0-1), Conor Sheridan (0-1), Jesse McGuinness, Peter McGowan (0-4), David McSharry (0-1), Liam Ryan (1-0). Subs: Donal Clancy for Dermot Clancy (50 mins), James Bredin for Ryan (54 mins).

Referee: Frank Niblock