Malin claimed their first win of the season when they ran out comfortably winners over county champions Glenswilly in Connolly Park on Sunday.
This was a fine win for Malin against a Glenswilly side who had gone into this game on the back of a good win over Termon.
Both sides lined out minus their county players but it was the home side who hit the ground running as they raced into an early four point lead.
In fact, the difference could have been greater only for the intervention of O’Donnell in the Glenswilly goal as he pulled off two point blank saves from Brendan Mc Laughlin and Martin Lafferty early on.
Glenswilly responded with points from McGinley and McFadden, but the remainder of the half was one way traffic as the Malin forwards were scoring at will in the incessant rain and held a 0-11 to 0-3 advantage at the interval.
Glenswilly were thrown a lifeline when they goaled from the penalty spot early in the second half but the home side soon regrouped and regained control. With Malin dominating the middle sector, there was plenty of possession for the lively forward line to feed on and both Kelly and Byrne gave the large attendance a lesson in the art of long distance score-taking.
The home side were worthy winners when the final whistle sounded against a Glenswilly side who cleared missed their county talismen, Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher.
Malin: D. Lafferty; K Mc Colgan, D Harkin, G Farren; P Doherty, P McColgan, C Byrne; A Kelly, John G McLaughlin; B McLaughlin, Matthew Byrne, Terence Doherty; P McLaughlin, Michael Byrne, M Lafferty. Subs: C Farren, A Bryne, D Mullarkey.
Glenswilly: P O’Donnell; R Diver, E Ward, P Diver; R Crawford, A Mc Devitt, J Gibbons; L Kelly, C Kelly; B Molloy, D Mc Ginley, C Gallagher; O Crawford, D Mc Ginley, G McFadden. Subs: K Gibbons, B Farrelly, S Carberry, G McGrenra.