Malin top the group and go through to quarter-final

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Malin recovered from a slow start to chalk up a comfortable win over Glenfin in Connolly Park.

Malin . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20

Glenfin . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13

Gerard Ward and Conor McBride hit early points and Michael McGlynn scored a goal as Glenfin edged the opening quarter hour.

Seamus Houghton, Brendan McLaughlin, Matthew Byrne, Stephen McLaughlin landed points to keep the locals in touch.

Darren Mullarkey tied up the game and Matthew Byrne and Declan Walsh scored for the locals with Stephen Carr responding for Glenfin, who lined out without the suspended Frank McGlynn.

Malin finished the half with a Seamus Houghton goal to send them in 1-12 to 1-8, in front at halftime, after been put to the pin of their collar early on.

While Mullarkey and Stephen McLaughlin opened up a six point gap, Glenfin responded with four points from Paddy O’Connor, McBride, Michael McGlynn and Paddy McGrath, to reduce the margin to two.

Glenfin were a little unlucky not to score a goal too during this period.

But despite this the momentum was with them when Liam O’Meara denied Brendan McLaughlin from the penalty spot.

Paul McLaughlin halted the Glenfin momentum with three quick points and they were followed by points from Dan McDaid, Paul McLaughlin. Gerard Ward hit a late point for the visitors but it was to be only a consolation. Paul McLaughlin scored his fifth of the half before Stephen McLaughlin lobbed O’Meara for goal number two deep in injury time.

The win was enough to see Malin top the group with five points from their three games. And they qualified from the group as winners with Sean MacCumhaill’s the runners-up.

MALIN: Darragh McLaughlin; Michael McLaughlin, Conor Farren, Gary Farren; Kieran McColgan, Declan Walsh (0-1), Paul McLaughlin (0-5, 2 45’, 1f); Adam Byrne, Anthony Kelly; (0-1), Stephen McLaughlin (0-1), Matthew Byrne (0-4), Darren Mullarkey (0-3, 1f); Brendan McLaughlin (0-2), Seamus Houghton (1-3), Damien Harkin. Subs: Christopher McLaughlin for D Mullarkey, 38; Dan McDaid for A Kelly, black card 44.

GLENFIN: Liam O’Meara; Martin O’Donnell, Gary Herron, David Carr; Jason Morrow, Stephen McLaughlin, Kyle Doherty; Paddy O’Connor (0-1), Patrick McGrath; Daniel McGlynn, Michael McGlynn (1-2), Stephen Carr (0-2); Conor McBride (0-5), Stephen Ward, Gerard Ward (0-3).