The Donegal senior champions and Division One winners from last year were nearly beaten at home today.

Kilcar had to come from behind to earn a point against a Milford side that had lost all three of their league games to date.

Kilcar 0-15

Milford 0-15

Cometh the crisis and cometh Paddy McBrearty.

On a weekend when quite a number of his colleagues were not playing for their club, the Kilcar captain hit two late points in injury time to deprive new boys Milford of pulling off a major shock.

Kilcar were minus county stars Mark McHugh and Ryan McHugh, along with veteran Michael Hegarty and on this occasion they were missed as Milford took the game to the double county champions from the start.

Milford were quickly out of the blocks and threw the ball about like pros while Kilcar played in fits and starts.

The visitors led by 0-10 to 0-8 in a fast moving high scoring opening half.

Cathal McGettigan and Christopher Barrett pushed them to an early lead and set the pattern for an opening half where the home side were always chasing the game.

Kilcar did manage to edge into a lead by 0-11 to 0-10 by the 37th minute.

But that was a brief respite as it was Milford who made most of the running through marksman Cathal McGettigan and Darragh Black.

The final minutes were played in a welter of excitement and it looked like Milford had pulled off a shock victory before captain Paddy McBrearty stepped up to level matters in injury time.

Kilcar scorers; Paddy McBrearty (0-65f), Matthew McClean (0-21f), Stephen McBrearty (0-2), Mark Sweeney (0-2), Brian O’Donnell (0-1), Eoin McHugh (0-1), Ciaran McGinley (0-1).

Milford scorers; Cathal McGettigan (0-65f), Darragh Black (0-3), Kane Barrett (0-3) Christopher Barrett (0-2), Tony McNamee (0-1).

For a full round up of all the Donegal All-County League action from the weekend see Wednesday's Donegal Post - packed full of local sport.

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