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Tom Farren Memorial Cup 07.03.16

Malin 0-14

Naomh Colmcille 1-09

Malin continued the preparations for the new season with another victory in the Tom Farren Memorial Cup played in a bitterly cold but dry Connolly Park on Saturday evening. Jason Doherty had Malin ahead from the off when he turned sharply before slotting over from 30 yards. Paul Friel from Naomh Colmcille had the earliest of early baths when he was black carded on two minutes. Daniel Clarke got on the scoresheet for the vistors with a free from a tight angle before Jason Doherty drilled over the bar for Malin. Stephen Gallagher goaled on seven minutes for the men from Newtown after his rasping shot was saved but managed to trickle towards the line where Michael Lynch was on hand to punch in, and while there may be debate whoever had the last touch, the green flag was raised as Naomh Colmcille pushed ahead. They extended their lead with a Lynch 45’ and a Conor Grant point. Malin stayed in touch with an Anthony Kelly free midway through the half. Gerard Curran pointed an awkward looking score maybe off his weaker foot to keep the visitors four ahead. Kieron McColgan then swung over a good point for Malin after good work from the hard working Christopher McLaughlin. Paul McLaughlin salvaged a point after Jason Doherty’s goal effort had been saved and after the ball came back to the 13’. Daniel Clarke had the last say of the half when he tapped over a free to leave the half-time score Malin 0-05 Naomh Colmcille 1-05. Michael Devine opened the scoring after the break with a lovely score off the outside of his boot from out on the right after Conor Grant had done well to tee him up. Malin then managed to come from four behind to level with Anthony Kelly hitting over four frees, two of them won by Paul McLaughlin and two won by substitute John Gerard McDermott. Ryan McErlane then scored an impressive point for Naomh Colmcille after a good run from midfield. Darren McLarkey replied for the hosts when he scored a nice point with a left footed effort from the centre 30 yards out. Kelly, the joint manager along with Terence Coulhoun, then put Malin ahead with another free, this time from distance, well outside the 45’. Clarke responded with a free of his own shortly after when McErlane had been fouled. Kelly scored his seventh of the day from around the ‘D’ after the ball was adjudged to have been touched on the ground. Paul McLaughlin extended that lead shortly after, when seemingly out of options, he decided to try his luck from range and his driven effort crept over the bar. John Gerard McDermott followed up this good score with another when he managed to find space on the left and drove over with his right. Michael Devine showed again his impressive free taking from the ground with another long range free to pull one back but the final whistle went and Malin led 0-14 Naomh Colmcille 1-09.

Malin Team and scorers: Sean O’Donnell, Michael McLaughlin, Conor Farren, Conor Byrne, Kieron McColgan (0-01), Gary Farren, Paul McLaughlin (0-02), Anthony Kelly (0-07), Dan McDaid, Darren McLarkey (0-01), Jason Doherty (0-02), Seamus Doherty, Danny McCarron, Christopher Doherty and Christopher McLaughlin. Subs used Jonathan McLaughlin for Christopher Doherty (35 mins),Thomas McLaughlin for Conor Byrne (40 mins), John Gerard McDermott (0-01)for Danny McCarron (40 mins).

Naomh Colmcille Team and scorers: Gary McDaid, Eddie Gillespe, Alex Devenney, Ryan Dowds, Gerard Curran (0-01), Paul Friel, Oran Hilley, Ryan McErlane (0-01), Michael Devine (0-03), Mark Dowds, Joe Donaghey, Michael Friel, Daniel Clarke (0-03), Conor Friel (0-01) and William Gillespe. Sub used Stephen Gallagher (1-00)for Paul Friel (2 mins –Black Card).
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