Dowdallshill recorded their second league victory of the season on Friday night when they defeated the men from Shelagh to move clear of the bottom of the table and as a result they are almost sure of avoiding the relegation play off.

In what proved to be an entertaining contest, the result was in doubt right up to the end but it was the Dundalk side who did enough to hold out for an important victory in St Brigid’s Park.

The visitors started brightly and got in for an early goal thanks to Liam Campbell to go three points clear. However, Dowdallshill battled back into the contention and just before the break, Noel Finnegan fired to the net to send his team in leading by 1-6 to 1-5.

The second half also started with a Malachis goal as Collie Rooney put his team back in front and when Campbell sent over a brace of points his team were in a good position when leading by 2-7 to 1-8 entering the final quarter.

However, two goals in quick succession from Jack McGailey and Ciaran Sheridan put them back in front and their side held on for a deserved victory.

DOWDALLSHILL: Gary Corrigan; Emmet O’Brien, Vincent Roe, Ridwan Bodunrin; Sean Duffy, Paul Flynn, Jack McGailey (1-1); Gerry McShane (0-1), Eamonn Duffy; Noel Finnegan (1-3), Robert Arthurs (0-1), Paul Gill (0-2); Paul Donaghy, Paul Delaney, Ciaran Sheridan (1-0). Subs: Colin O’Hare for P Donaghy, George McEnteggart for R Bodunrin, John Kerr.

NH MALACHI: Liam McCann; Stephen Burns, David Rogers, David Begley; Peter McShane, Ronan Greene 0-1, Donal Begley; Ronan McElroy, Padraig Moley 0-1; Ciaran Hughes, Collie Rooney 1-2, Noel Donaldson 0-1; Liam Campbell 1-3, Tiernan Gonnelly, Ronan Lynch.