Naomh Malachi claimed their second victory of the campaign with a comfortable win over St Nicholas in Rathmullen. Played in damp conditions, the visitors eased to the two-points, following a solid opening half performance. Collie Rooney continued his good early season form finishing with a total of 1-4 while veteran Francis McArdle rolled back the years with a brace of goals and really ought to have claimed a hat trick.
Ronan McElroy opened the scoring for the border side inside the opening three minutes before a run of scores from Rooney gave his side a comfortable lead by the quarter hour. Peter McShane, McArdle and Stephen Burns added points before McArdle got on the end of a Burns pass to flick the ball past Jason Kierans for the opening goal of the contest. Padraig Moley and McArdle added further scores, before Keith Arnold opened the hosts’ account from a placed ball on the stroke of half time.
Half-Time: St Nicholas 0-1 Naomh Malachi 1-10
On the turnaround, the home side’s performance improved with Declan Heeney and Arnold contributing to the scoresheet. A well-taken goal from Rooney got the Mals off the mark but the Drogheda side responded with points from Heeney, Arnold and wing forward, Nathan Murphy. Alas, McArdle had the final say with an accomplished finish for his side’s third goal of the contest.
Full-Time: St Nicholas 0-6 Naomh Malachi 3-10
St Nicholas: Jason Kierans; Conor Brannigan, Darren Thompson, Ciaran Brannigan; Ciaran O’Brien, Brian Carter, Alan Gregory; Gene Casey, Gavin Thornton; Declan Heeney (0-2), Phillip Kirwan, Nathan Murphy (0-1); Keith Arnold (0-3 1f), Patrick Murtagh, Vincent O’Hare.
Naomh Malachi: Mark Meegan; David Begley, David Rogers, Sean Gogarty; Conor Gonnelly, Ronan Greene, Daniel Lundy; Padraig Moley (0-1), Ronan McElroy (0-1); Emmet Mullen, Stephen Burns (0-1), Ciaran Hughes; Collie Rooney (1-4), Francis McArdle (2-2), Peter McShane (0-1).
Referee: Peter Briscoe