Kevin Callaghan and Conor Carthy produced virtuoso performances as Roche ran out comfortable winners in their league encounter with Naomh Malachi on Saturday evening. Played in ideal conditions, the home side led from start to finish as they claimed their fourth win of their league campaign.
Carthy opened the scoring in the 8th minute and added a second soon after with a fine curling effort. Mals net minder Liam McCann pulled off a good save in the 11th minute but Callaghan was on hand to dispatch the loose ball to the back of the net. The veteran corner forward added a brace of points by the 19th minute before Colin Rooney opened the visitors account with a fine individual effort. Ronan Greene and Callaghan traded points before Shane Byrne found space in the Malachis defence and coolly slotted past McCann for his sides second goal. Noel Donaldson responded with a well taken score but points from Byrne, Carthy, and Dan O’Connell stretched the home sides advantage. Rooney stemmed the tide with a fine long range effort but points from Eugene Murray and Callaghan gave their side a commanding half-time lead.
Half-Time: Roche Emmets 2-10 Naomh Malachi 0-4
O’Connell got the scoreboard moving in the early stages of the second half and although Ronan McElroy responded, a pointed free kick from Carthy and a fisted effort from Evan Quigley maintained their sides dominance on proceedings. However, Tiernan Gonnelly gave the visitors hope when he got on the end of a pass from Greene to fist the ball past goalkeeper Niall McArdle. Rooney added another fine point soon after as the Mals men battled back into contention. Alas, five points from the home side put paid to any thoughts of an unlikely comeback with substitute Owen O’Hare opening his account alongside a brace of scores each for Carthy and Callaghan. A sublime sideline kick from Rooney was his fourth score of the contest in the 51st minute and his sides seventh point of the game. O’Connell claimed his third with five minutes remaining before David Quigley rifled past McCann following a surging run from midfield. To their credit, the visitors battled to the end and a pointed free kick from the impressive Rooney was followed by a converted penalty from McElroy. However, it was the home sides day as they ran out comfortable winners at the final whistle.
Full-Time: Roche Emmets 3-20 Naomh Malachi 2-8
ROCHE EMMETS: Niall McArdle; James Tiffney, Harry O’Connell, Duane Callan; Declan Wiseman, David Quigley (1-0), Dermot Carthy; Dan O’Connell (0-3), Liam Carthy; Caoimhin Reilly, Conor Carthy (0-6), Eugene Murray (0-1); Kevin Callaghan (1-7), Evan Quigley (0-1), Shane Byrne (1-1)
Subs: Phillip Quinn for Wiseman, David O’Connell for Reilly, Owen O’Hare (1-0) for Murray, Cathal Byrne for Callaghan, Aaron Callan for Quigley, Conor Mackin for Byrne.
NAOMH MALACHI: Liam McCann; Jamie Kelly, Sean Gogarty, David Begley; Shane Roddy, Peter McShane, David Rogers; Padraig Moley, Stephen Burns; Donal Begley, Ronan Greene (0-1), Noel Donaldson (0-1); Colin Rooney (0-5), Ronan McElroy (1-1), Tiernan Gonnelly (1-0).
Subs: Conor Gonnelly for Kelly.
Referee: Noel Hand