Mals prove too strong for Dowdallshill
Naomh Malachi secured their first league win on home soil thanks to a dominant display on Saturday evening in Courtbane.
Naomh Malachi 2-14 Dowdallshill 1-4
Despite playing with 14 men for 45 minutes the home side were always in control and finished strongly with seven different players getting their names on the score-sheet.
The border men made all the early running and raced into a three point lead by the eighth minute thanks to Donal Begley, Ronan Greene and Colin Rooney before Jamie Kelly hit the first goal of the game.
Gerry McShane opened the Dowdallshill account but the Mals hit back with a second goal from Kelly.
However, things improved for the Hill before the break as David Begley was sent off for the Mals before a Noel Finnegan goal reduced the gap to 2-7 to 1-2 at half time.
Playing with the aid of a breeze after the interval, the Hill closed the gap through a long-range point from Dermot Smith.
The home side were in no mood to lose control of the game and kept the scoreboard ticking over before Tom Gribben's men finished strongly with late points from substitute Damien Hamill and a free kick from Meegan giving them a well deserved win.
NAOMH MALACHI: Liam McCann; Shane Roddy, Stephen Burns, David Begley; David Rogers, Colin Hoey, Conor Gonnelly 0-1; Pierce Caherty, Ronan McElroy 0-1; Donal Begley 0-3, Ronan Greene 0-1, Padraig Moley; Colin Rooney 0-4, Mark Meegan 0-3, Jamie Kelly 2-0. Subs: Damien Hamill 0-1 for R Greene, Eamonn Murphy for C Rooney, Ronan Lynch for R McElroy.
DOWDALLSHILL: David Clegg; Emmet O'Brien, Fra Agnew, Sean Duffy; Vincent Roe, Paul Flynn, Justin Halley; Eamon Duffy, Peter Hughes; Jack McGailey, Noel Finnegan 1-0, Dermot Smith 0-1, Gerry Mc Shane 0-2, Anthony Quinn 0-1, Ciaran O'Callaghan. Subs Sean Mc Guinness for E O'Brien, Darren Rogers for D Smith, Ridwan Bodunrin 0-1 for S Mc Guinness.