Kilcar blitz St Michael’s in Towney in SFC with McBrearty brothers goaling

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KILCAR MOVED TO  the top of Group B of the Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure Donegal SFC with a resounding win over St Michael’s.

Kilcar 2-15 St Michael’s 0-7

The side managed by Martin McHugh might’ve been considered slight favourites against the only visiting team to win in Towney in the All-County Football League Division 1, but the manner of their 14-point was certainly impressive.

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It means that Kilcar and St Eunan’s top Group B with three points apiece – following their draw in Letterkenny in May – with McHugh’s team three ahead on points difference. Kilcar travel to pointless Killybegs next week and St Michael’s, who have two points on the board, must beat St Eunan’s in Dunfanaghy.

This afternoon, Stephen and Patrick McBrearty scored a goal in either half.

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Andrew Kelly opened the scoring for St Michael’s but Kilcar hit back with four unanswered points before the 10th minute with Michael Hegarty joining Patrick McBrearty on the scoreboard as Stephen McBrearty scored an early brace.

Michael Lagan scored two points for St Michael’s, who were lucky in the 23rd minute not to concede when Ryan McHugh – after a brilliant run – smacked off the crossbar. Patrick McBrearty picked up the pieces to point and give his team a 0-5 to 0-3 lead.

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However, just three minutes later, Kilcar did fashion a goal. Ciaran McGinley made a telling interception and having made his way up the field, fed Stephen McBrearty to blast low past Mark Anthony McGinley.

Colm McFadden’s free for the visitors rounded off the first half scoring, with Kilcar going in 1-5 to 0-4 in front.

Four minutes into part two, Ryan McHugh was again denied by the woodwork as he shot for goal. This time it was the post that kept him at bay and Darragh O’Donnell missed the follow-up.

McFadden pulled one back for St Michael’s but that was merely a prelude to Kilcar running off 1-7 on the bounce and by the 53rd minute they were 1-12 to 0-5 up.

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The goal in that sequence came from Patrick McBrearty, who goaled from a rebound after Ryan McHugh had hit the post again – the third time the wing-back was cursing his luck and indeed the woodwork.

On 54 minutes, Michael McGinley scored what was only St Michael’s second score of the second half. But the home side finished out to record a very good win.

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Kilcar: Eamonn McGinley; Stephen Shovlin, Conor McShane, Pauric Carr; Barry Shovlin, Mark McHugh (0-1), Ryan McHugh (0-2); Ciaran McGinley, Michael Hegarty (0-1); Conor Doherty, Stephen McBrearty (1-3, 1f), Eoin McHugh (0-1); Darragh O’Donnell, Patrick McBrearty (1-6, 3f), Andrew McClean. Sub: Aodhan McGinley (0-1, 1f) for O’Donnell (55)

St Michael’s: Mark Anthony McGinley; Chris McElhinney, Stephen Doak, Michael Gallagher; Michael Cannon, Christy Toye, Daniel McLaughlin; Michael McGinley (0-1), Ciaran Gallagher; Martin McElhinney, Colm McFadden (0-2, 1f), Michael Langan (0-3, ’45’, 1f); Andrew Kelly (0-1), Brian McLaughilin, Ryan Langan. subs: Oisin Langan for B McLaughlin (half-time), Liam Paul Ferry for Cannon (41), Odhran McFadden for R Langan (49), Kealan McGee for Kelly (57)

Referee: Shaun McLaughlin (Malin).

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For over two decades, has been regarded as the voice of sport in Donegal. Charlie is the former Head of Sport at Highland Radio – a role he fulfilled for 23 years. He is a former Managing Director at Highland Radio. Produced the Talking Sport Podcast upon leaving Highland Radio before helping to form Donegal Sport Hub in 2015.

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