Paddy Murtagh’s goal three minutes into injury time earned St Nicholas’ an unlikely point in Drogheda against 14-man Sean McDermotts.
The Mountrush men had done well to come from behind to lead as the game neared its end, especially given they played with a man down for 45 minutes after Patrick Osbourne’s straight red card in the first half.
Kevin Walsh kept the Nicks’ in touch throughout but after Kevin McMahon scored 1-02 in the last 10 minutes, that seemingly put the Seans on course for the victory.
However, substitute Murtagh helped a high ball into the square past goalkeeper Steven Carrie to level.
SEAN MCDERMOTTS: Steven Carrie, Kevin McGahon, Sean McMahon, Emmett Duffy, Daniel Commins (0-1), Peter Osbourne, Ian Corbally, Declan Carroll, Patrick Osbourne, Cormac Walsh (0-01), Lorcan Myles (0-01), David O’Neill, David McArdle, Tony Kelly (0-01), Kevin McMahon (1-03)
Subs: BJ Matthews for O’Neill (34), Aaron Myles for Walsh (39), Darren McEneaney for Declan Carroll (43), Alan O’Neill for McGahon
ST NICHOLAS GFC: Jason Boyle, Kieran Floyd, Darren Thornton, Andrew Starrs, Alex Finnegan, Johnny Carter, Ciaran O’Brien, Kevin Walsh (0-04), Declan Heeney, Philip Kirwan, Jason Maguire, Vinny O’Hare (0-01), Roy Kierans (0-01), John Heeney, Keith McCloskey.
Subs: Richie Campbell for Vinny O’Hare (BC), Paddy Murtagh (1-00) for Carter (31), Eddie Carr for John Heeney (46), Alan Gregory for Darren Thornton (30+2).
REFEREE: Paul Burke (Glen Emmets)