Kilcar inflicted a sixth consecutive defeat from six on county champions Glenswilly following a 14-point win at Pairc Naomh Columba on Sunday.
Two goals in the first five minutes paved the way for the side managed by James McHugh to chalk up their fourth win of the campaign, moving them up to joint second in the table with St Eunan’s. Paddy McBrearty smashed home a penalty in the first minute before Ashley Carr beat Philip O’Donnell four minutes later.
Glenswilly scored in between, when Darren McGinley was on target and Gerard McGrenra was also on the mark but it was the away team that dominated the first half. Ciaran McGinley, Michael Hegarty, Ryan McHugh and Carr were all scorers, as was McBrearty with a brace.
McGinley, for Glenswilly, added a third score and scored a goal right at the end of the half to give the local support some reason for optimism, 1-3 to 2-6 down.
However, minus the presence of the likes of the injured Neil Gallagher and Michael Murphy, as well as a host of others, Glenswilly failed to build on their strong finish to the first half. McBrearty and Mark McHugh popped over points before Carr scored his second goal of the
game on 39 minutes.
McBrearty and Ryan McHugh then scored points before, on 48 minutes, Barry Doherty slammed home a fourth goal for Kilcar, who open their Raidio na Gaeltachta SFC with a preliminary round tie against Malin this coming Saturday evening.
Peadar Toner, the Glenswilly substitute, chipped in with his side’s only score of the second half when he got the better of Eamon McGinley with eight minutes left but McBrearty, top scorer on the afternoon with 1-5, rounded off the scoring on an encouraging day for Kilcar.
Kilcar: Eamon McGinley; Luke Carr, Barry Shovlin, Pauric Car; Ryan McHugh (0-2), Conor McShane, Noel Hegarty; Mark McHugh (0-1), Michael Hegarty (0-1); Ciaran McGinley (0-1), Mark Sweeney, Glen McBrearty; Ashley Carr (2-1), Paddy McBrearty (1-5, 1-0 pen), Barry Doherty (1-0). Subs: Declan McCloskey for Shovlin, Pauric Sweeney for McGinley, M McClean for Doherty.
Glenswilly: Philip O’Donnell; Brian McDaid, Eamonn Ward, Ryan Diver; Joe Gibbons, John McFadden, Ruairi Crawford; Aidan McDevitt, Charlie Bonner; Gary McFadden, Darren McGinley (1-2), Caolan Kelly; Keelan McFadden, Gerard McGrenra (0-1), Brian Farrelly. Subs: Oisin Crawford
for C Kelly, Colin Farrell for McGrenra, Peadar Toner (1-0) for K McFadden.
Referee: Kieran McShea (Sean MacCumhaill’s).