Goals from big full-forward Barry Doherty in the opening and closing minutes proved the difference between these sides in a well contested local derby at Towney.
The stiff, swirling breeze made it difficult for forwards in particular but Kilcar got a tonic start with Barry Doherty finding the Killybegs net inside two minutes despite the home side playing against the breeze.
Killybegs slowly got into their stride with Conal Molloy pointing a free on five minutes but it was into the second quarter before Charles Tully added to their tallly and Brendan Boyle had them level from a free on 19 minutes.
Boyle pushed Killybegs ahead for the first time on 25 minutes and Matthew Smyth added to that lead before Mark McHugh and Patrick McBrearty (free) levelled matters in first half injury time.
There was still enough time for Charles Tully to edge Killybegs a point clear at the break with a late pointed free. Half-time: Kilcar 1-2, Killybegs 0-6.
However, in the second half the Fishermen found the going really tough against the breeze, only managing to add one more point to their tally. They were not helped when they lost midfielder Enda Murphy to a second yellow card.
Mark McHugh had Kilcar within a minute of the restart but they had to call on veteran Michael Hegarty to push them into the lead with the former county man pointing on 42 and 49 minutes. Conal Molloy pulled a point back to level the minimum between the sides with just seven minutes left.
But then Patrick McBrearty set up Barry Doherty who struck for his second and his side’s second goal with four minutes left and Patrick McBrearty added an insurance point in the last minute.
The win gives Kilcar their first league points while Killybegs, who were short a number of players because of St. Catherine’s game against Glenea, are at the bottom of the table and pointless after three games.
Kilcar: Eamonn McGinley; Barry McGinley, Conor McShane, Pauric Carr; James Cunningham, Mark McHugh (0-2,1f), Barry Shovlin; Michael Hegarty (0-2), David McShane; Ciaran McGinley, Patrick McBrearty (0-2,1f), Patrick Gallagher; Matthew McClean, Barry Doherty (2-0), Pauric Sweeney. Subs., Aidan McGinley for McClean 42; Darragh O’Donnell for Sweeney 56.
Killybegs: Shane Murrin; Daniel O’Donnell, Kevin Fallon, Christopher Cunningham; Niall Carbery, Matthew Smyth (0-1), Bernard Byrne; Enda Murphy, Brendan Boyle (0-2,1f); Mark Boyle, Conal Molloy (0-2,1f), John Ban Gallagher; Pauric Gallagher, Charles Tully (0-2,1f), Brendan Maguire. Subs., Ronan Boyle for J Ban Gallagher; Manus Boyle for Tully.
Referee: Martin Coll (Gaoth Dobhair).