Mals take big step toward knockouts
TWO late goals added some gloss to the scoreline, but Naomh Malachi were nonetheless full value for what could prove to be a vital win in the four team group of the Junior Championship in Stabannon on Friday night.
With Lannleire also off the mark the winners of this Friday’s tussle between the sides will have one foot in the quarter-finals with a game to spare.
However, with the Seans the team most likely to challenge for a knockout spot, this was a massive victory for the Mals.
Seans won the league meeting between the sides earlier in the season and they started brightly with a brace from Kevin McMahon.
However, once the Mals got going they soon reeled their opponents back in and a Padraig Moley goal swung the tie firmly in their favour as the forged into a 1-8 to 0-2 lead.
Late scores from McMahon (2) and Tony Kelly gave Seans a sliver of hope, but trailing by 1-8 to 0-5 at the break, they had it all to do in the second period.
When the closed the gap back to four that sliver of hope became something more tangible for Seans, but it proved short-lived as Mals replied with points from Ronan McElroy, Moley and Collie Rooney.
The decisive score was came from the boot of Jack Kirwan, whose rake from out wide dropped to the net, leaving the Mals in total control.
A third Mals goal dispatched by Dylan Rooney stretched the Mals lead still further and rendered a late Tony Kelly strike little more than consolation.