A late late comeback in Philipstown secured the points for the home side and left a gutsy Malachis outfit still searching for their first points of the league campaign. Despite holding a goal advantage lead at the break, Kit Henry’s side did not open their second half account until the 58th minute before finally overcoming the efforts of the border side.
The home side got off to the perfect start when Thomas Gregory got on the end of a long ball to flick past net minder, Liam McCann inside the opening sixty seconds. Although Ronan Greene and Shane Roddy grabbed a brace of fine points for the visitors, the home side responded through Enda McKenna and Conor McCullough to maintain their three-point advantage. Tiernan Gonnelly claimed his sides third point following good work by fellow corner forward Noel Donaldson but the home side extended their lead thanks to two points from the dangerous Seanie Crosbie. With half time approaching Greene grabbed his second point of the contest finishing off a fine flowing move to leave his side a goal in arrears at the break.
Half-Time: St Kevins 1-4 Naomh Malachi 0-4
Playing with the wind at their backs upon the resumption, the Courtbane outfit got off to the best possible start when Stephen Burns and Greene claimed two early points. Play would ebb and flow for the next eighteen minutes without the scoreboard being altered before Ronan McElroy levelled matters in the 50th minute. Soon after his teammate Padraig Moley slotted between the posts to put the Mals men into the lead for the first time in the contest, and with three minutes left on the clock, Gonnelly got his fist to another Moley effort to give his side a two-point lead. However, this sparked the home side into life, and Crosbie in particular, who grabbed a brace of points in a minute, before Andrew Campbell put the Philipstown men back in front on the stroke of full time. Try as they might, the visitors had no response, and Gregory who opened the scoring, would have the final say with a well taken point at the death.
Full-Time: St Kevins 1-8 Naomh Malachi 0-9
ST KEVINS: Conor Callan; Barry Byrne, Ian Wogan, Michael McKenna; Enda McKenna (0-1), Patrick Duff, Liam Boylan; David Smith, Andrew Campbell (0-1); Aidan Craven, Patrick Clarke, Darren McMullen; Conor McCullough (0-1), Seanie Crosbie (0-4), Thomas Gregory (1-1)
NAOMH MALACHI: Liam McCann; David Begley, Sean Gogarty, Conor Gonnelly; David Rogers, Peter McShane, Jamie Kelly; Padraig Moley (0-1), Stephen Burns (0-1); Shane Roddy (0-1), Ronan Greene (0-3), Donal Begley; Tiernan Gonnelly (0-2), Ronan McElroy (0-1), Noel Donaldson.
Subs: Collie Rooney for Donaldson.
Referee: Fintan Levins