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Malin exit as Liam Bradley turns focus to vacant Derry job

By John Campbell

Liam Bradley, a candidate for the vacant post of Derry football manager, yesterday saw the curtain come down on the progress his Malin side had been making in the Donegal Senior Football Championship.

Even though they had stunned fancied Gweedore in their previous outing, it had been felt that Malin would not be able to match the physical power and scoring expertise of a St Michael's side that included county stars Christy Toye, Martin McElhinney and Daniel McLaughlin.

And that was exactly how it turned out as St Michael's glided to a handsome 3-15 to 0-8 victory.

Malin never recovered from a shaky start but under Bradley the team have acquired fresh confidence and verve which will stand them in good stead as their boss retains his sights on a rather more high-profile role.

Confirmation of the new Derry boss is expected shortly which will allow them to focus strongly on the quarter-finals of the football championship.

Eoghan Rua, Coleraine reached the last eight yesterday when they overcame Banagher by 1-11 to 0-6 with Ciaran McGoldrick helping himself to 1-4 while his siblings Sean Leo and Colm were also on target.

Gavin McWilliams landed four points and it was left to Gavin O'Neill to lead Banagher's resistance with three points.

Kilcar, meanwhile, certainly turned on the style in the Donegal Championship when they swept aside Four Masters by 3-13 to 0-8. Stephen McBrearty, Andrew McClean and Ryan McHugh scored their goals with McBrearty and his brother Patrick proving too hot to handle.

Naomh Conaill, though, even with experienced trio Leo McLoone, Dermot Molloy and Leon Thompson in their attack, were tested by Termon before winning by 0-11 to 1-5.

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