Kilcar made in the draw for the quarter-finals and set up a meeting with Ardara or Cloughaneely with a comprehensive victory over Killybegs in Towney.
The Fishermen were in the contest until early in the second half but then Kilcar took complete control in the final quarter. There was no doubt who were the better side with Kilcar on top for most of the game especially around midfield where they won all the breaks.
Up front Mark Sweeney gave a man of the match performance while his partners in the front line Patrick McBrearty and Ashley Carr were also very effective. Conal Molloy, Paul McGinley and David Conwell did well for the losers but overall they just couldn’t match the hunger of the home side, who will be a match for anyone in the senior championship this year.
Killybegs had a good opening with new Limerick FC signing Shaun Kelly winning a free for Conal Molloy to point after 39 seconds. David McShane equalised and the scores were level on seven minutes with Paul McGinley and Mark Sweeney swopping points.
But then Kilcar took control, winning all the breaks and Mark Sweeney putting on a master class with three more points and Patrick McBrearty also pointing as the home side went 0-7 to 0-2 ahead. Late in the half Conal Molloy had two Killybegs frees but Noel Hegarty replied and Patrick McBrearty could have had a goal as he fielded above Noctor and Conwell but fired over. Half-time: Kilcar 0-9, Killybegs 0-4
Two Kevin Martin points gave Killybegs hope but the Hegartys combined for Michael to point and then Noel was brought down for a penalty on 45 minutes and Patrick McBrearty finished to put Kilcar 1-11 to 0-6 clear. Shaun Kelly pulled a goal back for Killybegs but they lost Daniel Breslin to two yellows inside a minute and when Conor McShane put Ashley Carr through for the second goal on 55 minutes there was no doubting the result. In the final minutes Kilcar embellished a very good performance with further points from Ashley and Keith Cunninghamn and a third goal from Ciaran McGinley to win with something to spare.
There were a couple of moments near the end when tempers were frayed but overall Paddy McBride kept a tight rein on matters and had a good game.
Scorers, Kilcar: Patrick McBrearty 1-3,2f, pen Mark Sweeney 0-5; Ashley Carr 1-2; Ciaran McGinley 1-0; David McShane, Noel Hegarty, Michael Hegarty, Mark McHugh (f), Keith Cunningham 0-1 each.
Killybegs: Conal Molloy 0-3,3f; Shaun Kelly 1-0; Paul McGinley 0-2; Kevin Martin 0-2,1f.
Kilcar: Kevin Campbell; Stephen Shovlin, Patrick Gallagher, Pauric Carr; Noel Hegarty, Conor McShane, Michael Hegarty; Conor McManus, David McShane; Glen McBrearty, Mark McHugh, Ciaran McGinley; Patrick McBrearty, Ashley Carr, Mark Sweeney. Sub., K Cunningham for McManus 58
Killybegs: Michael Mullen; David Conwell, Ciaran Conaghan, Jason Noctor; Shane Molly, Paul McGinley, Hugh McFadden; Shane Boyle, Shane Murrin; Mark Boyle, Daniel Breslin, Christopher Murrin; Kevin Martin, Conal Molloy, Shaun Kelly. Subs, Pauric Conaghan for C Murrin 49; D Ainsworth for S Murrin 58
Referee: Paddy McBride (Downings)