N0t for the first time the McLaughlin name was to the fore as Malin picked up two valuable points at home against Cloughaneely in a mixed season so far for the Inishowen men.
Malin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14
Cloughaneely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
An early scoring blitz gave the home side an early foothold they never surrendered in a valuable home win over Cloughaneely.
Malin raced into a 2-1 to 0-1 point lead with goal from one of the form forwards in the county Brendan McLaughlin, who won the break down from Seamus Houghton, dummy soloed before hitting between the ‘keeper’s legs.
And another from Danny McCarron, who made no mistake drilling low into the bottom left hand corner after good work from Christopher McLaughlin, underlined the home side’s advantage.
Cloughaneely hit back with two Martin McGuire scores adding to earlier efforts from Shaun McGuire and Darren Ferry.
But Declan Walsh and Seamus Doherty hit two points apiece as well as one from McLaughlin to se Malin surge ahead before two late frees from Darren McGeever kept the Falcarragh men in touch on a halftime score of Malin 2-6, Cloughaneely 0-6.
The visitors hit a goal at the start of the second half when Darren Ferry ran through the middle and hitting low under keeper McLaughlin.
Christopher McLaughlin opened his account to reply, with a solo run up the right before cutting back and powering over with his left foot.
Scores were hard to come by for a long period in the second half but Malin added points from Brendan McLaughlin's free from the ground after brother Stephen's mazy run had been upended and then Matthew Byrne scored a beauty from out left to go six up.
Three McLaughlin ‘Fildara’ scores in a minute sealed the win with Christopher firing over from the right, Paul running down the right and scoring and Brendan pointing after a run across the pitch.
There was still time for more points from the Fildaras, with Brendan McLaughlin finishing off a lovely team score and a Paul McLaughlin trademark run down the right and a powerful finish to match.
Cloughaneely got a late consolation from Ferry, from the middle but Malin ran out victorious
Malin scorers: Brendan McLaughlin (1-5,1f), Declan Walsh (0-2), Paul McLaughlin (0-2), Christopher McLaughlin (0-2) Seamus Doherty (0-2), Danny McCarron (1-0) and Matthew Byrne (0-1)
Cloughaneely scorers: Darren Ferry (1-2), Martin McGuire (0-2,1f), Darren McGeever (0-2,2f) and Shaun McGuire (0-1).