Colm McFadden netted a whopping four goals as St Michael’s steamrolled Malin at Connolly Park.
Malin 1-10 St Michael’s 6-12
The home team got off to a flying start with four unanswered points in the first eight minutes, two each from Benny Fildara and Matthew Byrne, three of those from play.
St. Michaels finally hit back with two points in a minute, Daniel McLaughlin and Hugh O’Donnell both from play, and then four in four minutes from the 17th minute had them in front, O’Donnell, Andrew Kelly, Christy Toye and Colm McFadden all kicked excellent scores from play to make it 0-6 to 0-4 to the visitors after twenty minutes of good action.
Martin McElhinney and Daniel McLaughlin made it eight in a row from play for Michaels and a four point lead
Malin ended a barren spell without a score with Benny Fildara’s close range free but a minute later a telling blow from the visitors as Daniel McLaughlin burst through before setting up Andrew Kelly who blasted to the net.
The impressive Hugh O Donnell added his third point of the game and on the stroke of half-time St,Michaels made it a big ten point lead when Ciaran Gallagher and Colm McFadden exchanged passes before Gallagher fed Liam Paul Ferry who blasted a pile driver past Martin McLaughlin and creating a feeling of game over at 2-9 to 0-5.
That was further enhanced in the first minute of the second-half when Andrew Kelly fouled close to goal after Christy Toye had contested a high ball and it fell to Kelly who was dragged back by a defender, Colm McFadden confidently dispatched the spot-kick to the top corner.
Benny Fildara and Matthew Byrne got points for Malin but in between Colm McFadden clipped over a beauty with the outside of his left foot.
In the 42nd minute we had the move and score of the game as St.Michaels swept forward and the ball went through six pairs of hands before Colm McFadden palmed it to the net from two yards out to make it 4-10 to 0-7.
McFadden got two more goals, one from a penalty and the other when Martin McElhinney set him up as St.Michaels continued to dominate and run out easy winners.
Malin: Martin McLaughlin; Gary Farren, Damian Harkin, Conor Farren; Declan Walsh, Ciaran McColgan, Paul McLaughlin (0-1); Shaun Kelly, Christy Fildara; Dan McDaid, Matthew Byrne (0-5), Seamus Doherty; Brendan Fildara (0-4, 3f), Seamus Houghton, Michael Byrne. Subs: Oisín McGonagle for Michael Byrne (35), Darren Mullarky (1-0) for McDaid (45).
St Michael’s: Mark Anthony McGinley; Liam Kelly, Michael McGinley, Michael Gallagher; Ruairi Friel, Ciaran Gallagher, Oisín Langan; Martin McElhinney (0-1), Liam Paul Ferry (1-2); Chris Mc Elhinney, Colm McFadden (4-2), Daniel McLaughlin (0-3); Hugh O Donnell (0-3), Christy Toye (0-1), Andrew Kelly ( 1-1). Subs: Odhran Mc Fadden for Kelly (48), Brian McLaughlin for Mc Fadden (53).
Referee: Seamus McGonigle