Kilcar have too much for Ardara at Pearse Park with Patrick McBrearty on form


KILCAR WON FOR a second time in the Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Donegal SFC – this time against neighbours Ardara.

Ardara 1-6 Kilcar 3-9         

Kilcar played against the strong breeze in the opening half but took control of the game from an early stage. Despite the fact that they kicked five wides in first fifteen minutes they still lead by 1-2 to 0-2.

Patrick McBrearty and Gareth Concarr exchanged early frees before Conor Doherty kicked the game’s first score from play to put Kilcar ahead again in the 12th minute.

A minute later Patrick McBrearty picked up possession near the end line, burst past two defenders and blasted the ball past Cathal Gallagher for the game’s first goal.

John Ross Molloy  replied with a fine point from play but Padraig Carr did the same for Kilcar after combining with Ryan and Eoin McHugh to leave it 1-03 to 0-02 for the visitors.

CJ Molloy converted a good free from 35 yards, but Eoin McHugh and young Brian O Donnell replied for Kilcar to widen the gap to five points but in the final minute of the half Lorcan O Donnell converted a 45 to leave it 1-5 to 0-4 at the break and things very much in Kilcar’s favour.

Mark McHugh started the second-half scoring with a fine effort from play but Concarr ‘replied from a free. Ryan McHugh then set up Mc Brearty for a fine point and then we had a super goal made and converted by the Mc Hughs.

Ryan burst forward from inside his own half, passed to brother Mark, he off loaded quickly to cousin Eoin who blasted the ball to the roof of the Ardara net to make it 2-07 to 0-05 and pretty much game over.

Any doubts about that disappeared a minute later when Ardara were reduced to 13 men. That resulted from a most unsavoury incident following a C J Molloy tackle on Brian O Donnell, with players from both teams getting involved.  Molloy had been booked and a black card was followed by a red one. His team-mate Kieran Breslin got a straight Red card and any hope of a comeback was gone.

Ardara fought on and John Ross Molloy fisted home a goal but Kilcar keep cool and Mark Sweeney and Sub Ashley Carr pointed either side of a Concarr free and in the final minute Patrick Mc Brearty rounded the victory off when he blasted the ball to the net after another quick-fire move by Kilcar to leave the final score 3-09 to 1-6.

Ardara: Cathal Gallagher,  Paddy Mc Grath, Declan Gavigan, Oisin O Donnell,  John Ross Molloy ( 1-01 ), Nicolas Maguire , Danny Walsh, ,  Conor Classon,  Brendan Mc Neilis,  Kieran Breslin,  Brendan Boyle,  Ryan Malley,  Gareth Concarr ( 0-03f ), ,  C J Molloy ( 0-01 ),  Lorcan O Donnell ( 0-01/45 ). SUBS: Kevin Slowey for Oisín O Donnell ( 55mins ).

Kilcar: Eamonn Mc Ginley, Barry Mc Ginley,  Conor Mc Shane, Padraig Carr ( 0-01 ), Eoin Mc Hugh ( 1-01 ), Barry Shovelin,  Matthew Mc Clean,  Mark Mc Hugh ( 0-01 ), Ciaran Mc Ginley,   Aodhan Mc Ginley,   Mark Sweeney ( 0-01 ), Ryan Mc Hugh,  Brian O Donnell (  0-01 ),  Patrick Mc Brearty ( 2-02 1f ), Conor Doherty (0-01 ).  SUBS; Stephen Mc Brearty for Mc Clean ( 37mins ), Ashley Carr ( 0-01 for Aodhan Mc Ginley ) and Daniel Lyons for O Donnell ( both 45 mins ).

Referee: Seamus Mc Gonigle (Aodh Ruadh).

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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