A two goal salvo from youngster David Cluskey was ultimately the difference between the sides as the visitors claimed the points in this Division 3 tussle in Courtbane. A brace of well taken goals from the corner forward separated the sides at the half time interval, and although the home side tried to mount a comeback their efforts were in vain.
Despite opening the scoring in the 3rd minute through Ciaran Hughes, the home side were left to rue a host of missed chances as the visitors lead by two points by the 17th minute thanks to well taken points from Shane Sweeney, Barry Lynch, and Daniel Bannon. The mid-Louth side took a commanding lead soon after when two well taken goals from Cluskey in sixty seconds put the Malachis to the sword. Although Ronan McElroy and Hughes claimed two fine scores in the closing stages of the opening half, it was the visitors who held the advantage at the break.
Half-Time: Naomh Malachi 0-3 Stabannon Parnells 2-3
A fantastic long-range pointed free kick from Padraig Moley got the Malachi’s started in the opening stages of the second half but a trio of fine points from Cluskey stemmed any thoughts of a comeback for the hosts. Tiernan Gonnelly and Lynch exchanged scores as the game entered the final ten minutes, and although McElroy and Ronan Greene added two late scores for the home side, it was the visitors who left with the two points in the bag.
Full-Time: Naomh Malachi 0-7 Stabannon Parnells 2-7
Naomh Malachi: Liam McCann; David Begley, Sean Gogarty, Conor Gonnelly; Peter McShane, Donal Begley; Padraig Moley (0-1), Ronan McElroy (0-2); Shane Roddy, Ronan Greene (0-1), Ciaran Hughes (0-2); Noel Donaldson, Tiernan Gonnelly (0-1), Emmet Mullen.
Subs: Eamonn Agnew for Mullen, Anthony Martin for Donaldson.
Stabannon Parnells: Aonghus Giggins; Alan Lynch, Martin King, Kenneth Lynch; Thomas Campbell, Niall Cluskey, Peter Shearman; Anthony Byrne, Shane Sweeney (0-1); Daniel Bannon (0-1), Cathal Halpenny, Andrew Mackin; Barry Lynch (0-2), Wayne Lynch, David Cluskey (2-3).