After suffering a surprise defeat against Mostrim in Round 1, Mullinalaghta got their Senior Championship challenge back on track with an easy win over a poor Fr. Manning Gaels outfit at Allen Park in Newtownforbes on Saturday evening last.
Even without county midfielder John Keegan who is currently injured, St. Columba’s were far too strong for a spiritless Drumlish/Ballinamuck side who trailed by ten points at the break, 2-7 to 0-3.
Following a well-worked move involving James McGivney, Rian Brady and Gary Rogers (who provided the perfect final pass), the space was created for Aidan McElligott to fire home a cracking goal in the 23rd minute.
And county minor McElligott struck the killer blow when flicking the ball to the net in first half stoppage time, getting the vital touch to a Kevin Mulligan free.
Things went from bad to worse for the Gaels when they conceded a penalty with eight minutes gone on the changeover. Donal McElligott converted the kick for the third Mullinalaghta goal and the effective centre-half-forward ended up with 1-4 to his credit.
All four McElligott brothers in action got their names on the scoresheet with Ruairi particularly prominent at centrefield while a goal was there for the taking when Conor raced through to fist the ball over the bar in the 41st minute.
It proved to be a torrid experience for the Gaels who were totally lacking in confidence as they squandered several scoring chances during the course of this one-sided contest. Four of their six points came from James Noonan frees while Darren Farrelly and Mark Duffy were also on target.
MULLINALAGHTA: Patrick Rogers; Conan Brady, Thomas McCabe, Simon Cadam; Aaron Earley, Shane Mulligan (0-1), James McGivney; David McGivney, Ruairi McElligott (0-1); Gary Rogers, Donal McElligott (1-4, goal from penalty), Aidan McElligott (2-0); Conor McElligott (0-1), Kevin Mulligan (0-3, two frees), Rian Brady (0-2).
Subs:- Mel Dermody for G Rogers (48 mins); Bernard Donohoe for S Cadam (53 mins); Francis Mulligan for J McGivney (56 mins); Eric Sullivan for K Mulligan (58 mins).
FR. MANNING GAELS: Aidan Gray; Michael Kiernan, Brian Collum, John Paul Farrelly; Ciaran Cooney, Fergal Reilly, Mark Duffy (0-1); Johnny Kane, David Collum; Emmet Noonan, Padraig Gill, Darren Farrelly (0-1); Dylan Quinn, James Noonan (0-4, all frees), Martin Cassidy.
Subs:- Cian Brady for B Collum (half-time); Francis Lennon for D Farrelly (half-time); Diarmuid Cooney for D Collum (half-time); David Cassidy for E Noonan (39 mins); Paddy Collum for D Cooney (48 mins).
Referee: John Hughes
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