Naomh Muire and Malin can’t be separated at the Banks


NAOMH MUIRE AND Malin have three points apiece after two games in the Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure SFC following their draw today at the Banks.

Naomh Muire 1-8 Malin 1-8

It was Malin who took the lead in the second minute from the boot of Adam Byrne. Naomh Muire, at home were making the early moves with a pair from Jack Boyle from the 45 and Pádraig Mac Eamharcaigh capitalising on a long ball sent in to Patrick Gillespie.

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The touch from his namesake was enough for Mac Eamharcaigh to drive the ball over the line. Naomh Muire showed glimpses of cool calculating attack and resolute defending, but Declan Walsh at the helm in midfield for Malin and to Ciaran McColgan coming through at speed in the 13th minute to reduce the score to the smallest margin.

Harry Harden and Shaun ‘Yank; Boyle, although being closely watched, managed to nab another two points for Naomh Muire but Declan Walsh again offloaded to Mathew Byrne to score his first of two points in the first half – the second coming from a free in the 22nd minute.

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The second half drew to a close with a spectacular point from Dara White, leaving Naomh Muire Muire two up at half time 1-5 Naomh Muire 1-3 Malin.

The gloves came off in the second half, intensity rouse. Naomh Muire fans drew satisfaction from seeing another goal being added to the scoreboard after a high ball in to Padraig Mac Eamharcaigh from Adam O’Brien, but he was adjudged to have fouled the Malin net minder Darren McLaughlin, so the score was scratched from the scoreboard.

The first to fairly add to the score board was Paul ‘The Yank’ Boyle having being introduced at half time, but again Declan Walsh dragged Malin into the game with a superb point in the 39th minute.

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Then the ding dong began between Brendán McLoughlin and Jack Boyle. Malin go in front in the 53rd minute, Boyle ties it up only for Brendán McLoughlin to make a bold attempt to carry the two points back to Malin with a point in the 59th minute, but in additonal time Jack Boyle came to Naomh Muire’s aid to tie the score and end the match.

Naomh Muire: Lee Boyle; Jack Boyle (0-4,2 ’45’,1f), Brian Gillespie, Aidie O’Gara; Sean Gallagher, Daniel Gallagher, Cian Boyle; Jack O’Brien, Adam O’Brien; Dara White (0-1), Padraig Mac Eamharcaigh (1-0), Harry Harden (0-1 1,f); Sean ‘Yank’ Boyle (0-1), Patrick Gillespie, Owenie McGarvey. Sub: Paul ‘Yank’ Boyle (0-1) for Harden (half-time).

Malin: Darragh McLaughlin; Mark McLaughlin, Conor Farren, Gary Farren; Ciaran McColgan (1-0), Damien Harkin, Paul McLaughlin (0-1, 1f); Adam Byrne (0-1), Declan Walsh (0-1); Stephen McLaughlin, Matthew Byrne (0-1), Darren Mullarkey; Brendan McLaughlin (0-3, 1f), Seamus Houghton (0-1), Michael Byrne. Sub: Ryan Doherty for Matthew Byrne (50)

Referee: Martin Coll (Gaoth Dobhair).

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