Mals take big step to­ward knock­outs

Mid Louth Independent - - SPORT -

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.

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