Killybegs 0-6 Kilcar 0-14
Kilcar overcame a lethargic first half display with the wind at their backs to run out easy winners in the end against an injury-hit Killybegs at Fintra.
Ashley Carr was on fire in the second half as he fired over six points with Kilcar faring much better when facing the elements. They had just two points to show for their opening half endeavours with the strong wind at their backs, points from David McShane and Mark McHugh within a couple of minutes of each other in the 11th and 13th minutes.
Killybegs, without up to nine first team players, gave their all as they covered and harried and a point from a free from Kevin Martin on 23 minutes had them in a good position at the break. But the absence of the likes of Shane ‘Baker’ Boyle, Conal Molloy, Christopher Murrin and Barry Cannon was always going to take its toll. Hopefully, those and others will be available for the return leg whenever it takes place.
The only other action of note in the opening half saw Jason Noctor and Patrick McBrearty yellow carded on five minutes as they collided in an off-the-ball incident.
The second half was a different story as Kilcar had two points inside 75 seconds from Ciaran McGinley and Ashley Carr with McBrearty the provider for both. Glen McBrearty added another 37, but Killybegs hit back with a Kevin Martin free and Paul McGinley after a ‘45’ was not cleared.
But Kilcar put this game to bed in a six minute period from the 47th to 53rd minute when they hit five points from Glen McBrearty, Ashley Carr, Ciaran McGinley, Keith Cunningham and a Mark McHugh free to stretch the lead to 0-10 to 0-3.
Shane Murrin fired over from long range for Killybegs but Kilcar hit three further points from Ashley Carr from the 56th to 58th minute. The middle one should have been a goal as Michael Hegarty went through the Killybegs defence to set him up but he somehow pulled the effort over the crossbar from point blank range.
In the final minutes Kevin Martin and Mark Boyle added Killybegs points but it was fitting that Ashley Carr completed the scoring with the final point.
Apart from the excellent Ashley Carr, Kilcar had the players who were able to drive forward against the wind and Ciaran McGinley and Glen McBrearty chipped in with some good points.
For Killybegs Paul McGinley was inspirational while young Hugh McFadden had a good game at full-forward. They gave Peter McGinley everything they had in the opening half, but just couldn’t deal with Kilcar’s running game after the break.
Killybegs: Michael Mullen; David Conwell, Ciaran Conaghan, Paul McFadden; Bernard Byrne, Paul McGinley (0-1), Jason Noctor; Shane Murrin (0-1), Pauric Conaghan; Mark Boyle (0-1), Shane Molloy, David Ainsworth; Kevin Martin (0-3,2f), Hugh McFadden, Daniel Breslin.
Kilcar: Kevin Campbell; Stephen Shovlin, Patrick Gallagher, Pauric Carr; Noel Hegarty, Conor McShane, Luke Carr; Michael Hegarty, Ciaran McGinley (0-2); Patrick McBrearty, Ashley Carr (0-6), David McShane (0-1); Mark McHugh (0-2,1f), Conor McManus, Glen McBrearty (0-2). Subs., Keith Cunningham (0-1) for D McShane 45; Mark Sweeney for McManus 61.
Referee: Terence McShea (Aodh Ruadh)