TWO Sean O’Neill goals helped put Malin on their way to another win in the Intermediate Championship on Saturday evening.
Malin 3-11 Naomh Muire 1-8
It was the visitors who started the stronger of the two, however Daniel Devlin could not find his spot, sending four balls wide in the first half.
Owen Martin eventually put the Westerners in front but Oisin McGonigle would soon cancel this out with a fine point off his right foot. It wouldn’t take Malin long to find the back of the net.
After Conor Farren earned a mark from a McLarkey kick out, tipping off to Conor O’Neill who found his brother Sean who put it in past Declan Ward.
Another point from McGonigle followed by a marvellous score from Paul Fildara coming up the right flank. Naomh Muire looked to lag, but a Martin free from the side-line, made it a four-point game going in at half time.
Malin came out in determined fashion for the second half when halftime sub Seamus Houghton opened his account within the first min.
Further scores from Christy Fildara and Conor McGeoghegan put Malin well ahead.
One of the points of the day was scored by Paul Fildara from the Cliff-End, rising the ball higher than the Cruagh Mountain and dipping back down over the bar.
Naomh Muire found hope when Malin netminder McLarkey took down Daniel Devlin. Eoin Martin converted the penalty. Malin finished well scoring a brace of goals through Sean O’Neill and Josh Conlon.
The win leaves Malin within touching distance of a place in the quarter finals, while Naomh Muire have it all to do.
Malin: Daniel McLarkey; D McGeoghegan, C Doherty, A McGonigle; P McLaughlin (0-3), JG McLaughlin, O McGonigle (0-2); C McLaughlin (0-1), K McColgan; G Farren, C Farren, S O’Neill 2-1; J Conlon (1-1), C O’Neill, D Harkin. Subs: C McGeoghegan (0-2), S Houghton (0-1).
Naomh Muire: D Ward (0-1); S Boyle, M Greene, C Cannon; B Gillespie, C Boyle, T O’Donnell; D Ward, T Lunny (0-1); J O’Donnell, J Gillespie (0-2), F Doherty; D Sweeney, D Devlin, E Martin (1-3).