Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy scored two goals and five points as Naomh Conauill turned on the style against Killybegs in Fintra.
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In one of his best performances in quite some time, Molloy, who was on fire especially in the first half, had posted both goals by the half way mark.
He also hit three points in the opening period to send Naomh Conaill in 2-8 to 0-4 in front at the break and the two league points in the bag.
John O’Malley, Anthony and Leon Thompson were the other first half scorers for a rampant Naomh Conaill, who looked a class apart.
Brendan Boyle, the ageless Mark ‘Herbie’ Boyle and Christopher Murrin scored for the championship semi-finalists who have yet to win a game in this season’s league. And while the Killybegs boss Martin Boyle fielded a weakened team as he rested Jason Noctor, Michael McMullin and Shane Molloy, all carrying minor knocks, he has much to mull over ahead of next Sunday’s championship semi-final meeting with Malin.
The fact that he lost versatile defender Ronan Boyle to a serious knee injury is also cause of a concern this week ahead of next weekend’s big game.
With Naomh Conaill 2-8 to 0-5 in front at half-time, the second half was only academic as the ‘Brick’ Molloy and John O’Malley kept the scoreboard clicking before Leo McLoone, slammed home goal number three five minutes from the end to add the icing to a brilliant team performance from the Glenties men.
Killybegs: Antoine O’Hara; Niall Carberry, Ronan Boyle, Gavin Boyle; Christopher Murrin (0-2), Enda Murphy, John ‘Ban’ Gallagher; Hugh McFadden (0-1,f), Matthew Smyth; Pauric Gallagher, Brendan Boyle (0-3,145, 2f), Sean Conaghan; Mark Boyle (0-1), Charles Tully (0-1), Brendan Maguire. Subs: Daniel Breslin for R Boyle (11,inj); David McGuinness for E Murphy (52 inj).
Naomh Conaill: Stephen McGrath; Dermot Ward, Jason Campbell, Marty Boyle; Cathal Ellis, Ciaran Brennan, Johnny Bonner; Anthony Thompson (0-2), Mark Gallagher; A J Gallagher (0-1), Leo McLoone (1-0), Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy (2-5, 3f); Eunan Doherty, Leon Thompson (0-1), John O’Malley (0-5,2f)). Subs: Brendan McDyer for J O’Malley (46); Darragh Gallagher for L Thompson (48); Ciaran Thompson for D Molloy (53); Owen Boyle for E Doherty (56).
Referee: M McShane.