Naomh Malachi produced their best performance of the season when claiming the two points on offer in their clash with Cuchulainn Gaels on Friday evening. Played in perfect conditions in Courtbane, the home side led from the first minute and a purple patch in the third quarter reflected their dominance on the scoreboard as they got their first league victory of the season.
Midfielder Padraig Moley opened the scoring inside the first 30 seconds before his counterpart Francis O’Hagan leveled matters in the 2nd minute. Donal Begley established the Malachis lead again before Eoin McDonald drew the sides level in a frantic opening five minutes. Four points in-a-row from Begley, Shane Roddy, Moley, and the impressive Noel Donaldson stretched the home side into a useful lead. Rammie Phillips and McDonald traded points with Moley and Donaldson as the contest evened out. This pattern would continue up to the half-time whistle as Begley and Roddy got their names on the scoresheet once again but a brace from Philips kept his side in contention at the interval.
Half-Time: Naomh Malachi 0-10 Cuchulainn Gaels 0-6
The third quarter would prove to be decisive in this encounter. Ronan McElroy was first to register a point after the interval and he was soon followed by a fine score from the industrious Donaldson. Moley added a good individual score in the 34th minute before a trio of points from Ronan Greene put daylight between the sides. Moley added his fifth point of the contest before Roddy cemented the Mals’ dominance when he finished a move past the hapless Robbie Heaney for the game’s only goal. A fourth point from Greene was added to by a fine effort from substitute Darren Rowland as the game entered the closing stages. To their credit, the visitors battled gamely and claimed the final two scores of the encounter through the hard working pair of McDonald and Philips.
Full-Time: Naomh Malachi 1-19 Cuchulainn Gaels 0-8
NAOMH MALACHI: Liam McCann; David Begley, Sean Gogarty, Conor Gonnelly; Jamie Kelly, Stephen Burns, David Rogers; Ronan McElroy (0-1), Padraig Moley (0-5); Donal Begley (0-3), Ronan Greene (0-4), Noel Donaldson (0-3); Colin Rooney, Tiernan Gonnelly, Shane Roddy (1-2).
Subs: Darren Rowland (0-1) for Rooney, Peter McShane for Kelly.
CUCHULAINN GAELS: Robbie Heaney; Peter Morgan, Brian Elmore, Brendan McKeown; David Heaney, Andy Kilgallon, Kieran McAteer; Francis O’Hagan (0-1), Kieran Smyth; James Jennings, Eoin McDonald (0-3), John Morgan; Cian McDonald, Rammie Phillips (0-4), Michael McCabe
Subs: Seamus McCabe, Callum Fearon, Brendan O’Hagan, Chris Connolly, Matthew O’Reilly, Paul O’Hanlon
Referee: David J McArdle