As expected Kilcar had an easy victory in the first of the group games against Naomh Muire in Towney on Saturday evening.
Naomh Muire 0-8
When the sides went for the break at half-time, this game was over as a contest with a second goal late in the half leaving Kilcar ahead by 2-8 to 0-1.
The home side had the wind from Towney Bay in their backs in the opening half and were quickly on the scoreboard with points from Ciaran McGinley (first minute), Patrick McBrearty (free), Ciaran McGinley, Aodhan McGinley and Stephen McBrearty by the 12th minute.
A minute later they struck for their first goal with the approach work done by Darragh O’Donnell and Eoin McHugh, who supplied the ball across the goal for Patrick McBrearty to palm home from close range.
The goal left them 1-5 to no score ahead and even though Shaun Yank Boyle had a point on 18 minutes, the domination of the home side continued until half-time.
The points continued to flow with Mark Sweeney, Stephen McBrearty and Ciaran McGinley on the mark by the 21st minute and then Darragh O’Donnell clinically finished the second goal in the corner of the net on 27 minutes.
Facing a mountainous task, Naomh Muire did fare a bit better in the second half. They had the first two points of the new half with Paul and Shaun Boyle getting on the mark.
But then Kilcar, through one of their best players on the night, Stephen McBrearty, added three points without replay in the 40th, 42nd and 46th minutes.
Darragh White replied with a free and Harry Harden had their fifth point with ten minutes of normal time left.
Eoin McHugh had Kilcar’s penultimate point a minute later as the game trundled to its inevitable conclusion.
Shaun Yank Boyle (2) and Darragh White had three late points for the visitors with Stephen McBrearty replying for the winners in the 60th minute.
It was always going to be an uphill battle for the Lower Rosses men against one of the favourites for the championship.
They will look forward with some optimism to their other games in the group against Termon and Killybegs.
For Kilcar, for whom Eoin McHugh, Ciaran McGinley and Stephen McBrearty were the top performers, this was job done and they will be happy. They were able to play without county minor Conor Doherty and their senior county men didn’t really have to raise a gallop, especially in the second half.
Kilcar: K Campbell; P Gallagher, C McShane, P Carr; A McClean, R McHugh, M McHugh; C McGinley (0-3), M Hegarty; E McHugh (0-1), S McBrearty (0-6, 1f), M Sweeney (0-1); A McGInley (0-1), P McBrearty (1-1, 1f), D O’Donnell (1-0). Subs., C Cannon for C McShane ht; M McClean for M Sweeney 47; G McBrearty for A McGinley 55.
Naomh Muire: T Duffy; P Rodgers, B Gillespie, D Gallagher; A O’Gara, J O’Brien, S Point Gallagher; P Gillespie, A O’Brien; S Burns, R O’Donnell, D White (0-2,1f); H Harden (0-1,f), P Boyle (0-1), S Yank Boyle (0-4). Subs., H Yank Boyle for Rodgers; Cian Boyle for P Gillespie; D Sweeney for D Gallagher.
Referee: C Doherty (N Conaill)