Kildress were delighted to rescue a point against an impressive, strong and easy-on-the-eye Tattyreagh team at Gortacladdy today, scoring the game’s last three points to snatch a 2-10 to 0-16 draw that had previously looked a very unlikely outcome. The Tones had started this exciting game, well refereed by Simon Brady, brightly and an Enda McAleer goal had them in front by 1-2 to 0-3 before Tattyreagh scored a classy goal of their own, having previously twice come within inches of getting through the Kildress defence. Philip Lennon’s three points saw Kildress trail by 1-4 to 1-5 at half-time but their outlook didn’t seem great as they had played with a strong first half breeze.
Tattyreagh passed up a golden goal opportunity in the first minute of the second half and then three Matty McGuigan frees saw Kildress level things three times before Tattyreagh scored four-in-a-row to ease five points ahead, Johnny Harkin their complete power-house at mid-field. Kildress needed something special and it came from Marty McGurk who drove low to the bottom corner following good work by Eoin Brannigan. The Tatts soon got back to a three-point lead, but two unerring Pauric Lagan frees brought Kildress right back before Matty McGuigan went for and scored one of the most important points of his young career. Kildress again showed plenty of heart and spirit against very good opponents, with Gerard Grimes, Conor McAleer, Corey Holland, Matty McGuigan (0-5), Adam Connolly and Pauric Lagan all influential.