A fine second half display from Naomh Malachi secured a win in the opening round of the Division 4C campaign over the hosts Na Piarsaigh. In an entertaining game, there was just a single point between the sides at the break, but the visitors, and full forward Feidhlim Daly bagged three second half goals to run out ten-point winners in the end.

Played in ideal weather conditions, the sides went into the half time break with the men from Courtbane leading by a solitary score. Good work from Ronan Lynch set up Colin Rooney for their only goal of the opening half but this was cancelled out by David Boyle’s effort in the 25th minute. Niall Dowdall, Padraig Moley, Rooney (2) and Mark Meegan grabbed points for the away side, but scores from Boyle and his teammates kept his side in touch. The Mals were dealt a blow on the stroke of half time when they were reduced to 14 men when Meegan picked up his second yellow card of the half.
Half-Time: Na Piarsaigh 1-4 Naomh Malachi 1-5

Facing an uphill challenge in the second half the Mals got off to the perfect start with a goal in the opening minute through Daly. A fine point from Dowdall followed before Boyle responded for the home side. Any hope of a comeback though was extinguished in a five-minute spell when Daly completed his hat-trick with two goals following good work from Lynch and Rooney for the first effort, and Dowdall for the second. The Mals defence withstood sustained Na Piarsaigh pressure, with Donal Begley, Eamonn Murphy, Gearoid Wills and goalkeeper Niall Bird in particular, thwarting any goal efforts and reducing them to just three further points. But Rooney and Daly had the final say, with the latter grabbing a brace of scores towards the finish to secure a fine victory for the visitors.
Full-Time: Na Piarsaigh 1-8 Naomh Malachi 4-9

Naomh Malachi: Gearoid Wills; Donal Begley, Eamonn Murphy, Ronan Lynch; David Rogers, Colin Hoey, Micheal Murtagh; Padraig Moley (0-1), Anthony Martin; Niall Dowdall (0-2), Mark Meegan(0-1 1f), Colin Rooney (1-3); Edward Laverty, Feidhlim Daly (3-2).
Subs: Niall Bird.

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