Patrick McBrearty signalled that he has recovered from injury as he hit 0-9 in Kilcar’s win over Malin at Towney yesterday.
The sharpshooter was back on form as the home side had a narrow victory over the most improved side in the top flight.
Malin did not have county panellist Declan Walsh in the starting line up but he was introduced for the final 15 minutes.
Kilcar lined out without the influential Mickey Hegarty and he was missed around midfield in this contest.
There was little between the sides in the opening half as they traded scores (and black cards).
By the half-time whistle they were deadlocked at 1-7 each. Matthew McClean hit the goal for the home side while Terence Doherty replied for Malin. The Kilcar goal came after good work by Patrick Gallagher and McClean was on the end of the move to palm home to the Malin net.
Patrick McBrearty hit five of his total in the opening half, three of them from frees.
David McShane of Kilcar and Michael Byrne of Malin were shown black cards in the opening half by referee Andrew Mullin
The second half was equally close with Kilcar losing Mark Sweeney to a black card.
Malin took the lead early in the second half, but then Kilcar took over and rattled off points to go five points clear, with McBrearty again to the fore..
Malin, who had two victories on the road last weekend in Termon and Dunfnaghy, once again did not throw in the towel and a good goal from Matthew Byrne, despite the efforts of an attempted block by Ryan McHugh, had them back within two points.
However, they were unable to get any closer than two points and Kilcar were able to hold and close out the contest and improve their position in the Division One table.
They have plenty of games in hand on the other teams despite being four points behind leaders St. Eunan’s.
Once again Eoin McHugh had a big game for the winners and along with Patrick McBrearty, carried the biggest threat
Kilcar: Kevin Campbell; Pauric Carr, Conor McShane, Patrick Gallagher; Mark McHugh (0-2), Barry Shovlin, Eoin McHugh (0-1); Ciaran McGinley (0-1), David McShane; Glen McBrearty, Ryan McHugh, Mark Sweeney (0-1); Conor Doherty, Patrick McBrearty (0-9), Matthew McClean (1-1). Subs., Pauric Sweeney for D McShane (black card); Ashley Carr for Mark Sweeney (black card).
Malin: Declan Lafferty; Conor Farren, Damian Harkin, Garym Farren; Patrick McLaughlin, Charlie Byrne, Ciaran McColgan; John Gerard McLaughlin, A Kelly (0-2); Adam Byrne, Matthew Byrne (1-6), Stephen McLaughlin; Terence Doherty (1-0), M Lafferty, Michael Byrne. Sub., D Walsh
Referee: Andrew Mullin (Killybegs)