Kilcar kept their slender hopes of league glory alive with a narrow win against Four Masters in Tirconaill Park.
Four Masters 1-15
In a game that never reached any great heights, Four Masters, it seemed, has most to play for as the try to avoid a relegation play-off in Division One.
Kilcar had the better start and led were scoring points for fun, starting with Michael Hegarty after just 10 seconds. They led 0-7 to 0-1 after 13 minutes, Hegarty getting his second with Patrick McBrarty firing over from all angles.
Manager John McNulty would have swopped a couple of them for two weeks earlier in Ballybofey when the South West men just couldn’t find the target against Glenswilly.
Four Masters staged a m ini-revival in the final minutes of the half, thanks mainly to a small flare-up after Ryan McHugh and Conor Rooney had a slight disagreement.
Dillon Ward, Shane Carr and Kevin McBrearty had points and at half-time Four Masters trailed by just four, 0-9 to 0-5 having played against the breeze.
Most of the excitement was kept for the second half with Ciaran McGinley firing low past Paul Durcan on 33 minutes but almost immediately Darren Doherty palmed home at the other end.
Shane Carr and Karl Lacey cut the deficit to three but a second goal from Patrick McBrearty saw Kilcar pull eight clear (2-12 to 1-7) with 13 minutes left.
That Four Masters had pulled the deficit back to three with some time still left on the clock was a major surprise
They kept plugging away with Conor McMonagle (2), Dillon Ward, Shane Carr, Darren Doherty and Barry Monaghan all finding the range.
They had one final attack four minutes into added time but Conor McDaid took a point when he needed to loft the ball in. The point was of little use to the Donegal Town men.
Overall, it was a lack lustre game with plenty of effort but it just didn’t generate any excitement on the terrace.
The other results did nothing to help Four Masters who will still need to pick up league points to avoid the dreaded relegation play-off.
Kilcar are still in contention for league honours after St. Eunan’s lost away to Gaoth Dobhair, but the Letterkenny side still have their destiny in their own hands and their head to head with Kilcar means that they are still odds on to take the Democrat Cup. Injuries to Ryan McHugh and Patrick McBrearty late in the game will give the Kilcar some worry ahead of their U-21 championship game with Dungloe on Friday evening next.
Four Masters: Paul Durcan; Dara Quinn, Darren Walsh, JohnBoyle; Barry Dunnion, Conor Rooney, Josh Lacey; Luke Keaney, Barry Monaghan (0-3); Karl Lacey (0-2), Kevin McBrarty (0-1), Caolan Loughney; Kevin Breslin, Dillon Ward (0-3,1f), Shane Carr (0-3). Subs., Darren Doherty (1-1) for Lacey 12; Conor McMonagle (0-2,1f) for K McBrearty 43; Conor McDadid (0-1) for Keaney 58.
Kilcar: Eamonn McGinley; Pauric Carr, Conor McShane, Stephen Shovlin; Ciaran McGinley (1-2), Mark McHugh, Eoin McHugh (0-2); Michael Hegarty (0-2), David McShane; Mark Sweeney (0-1), Ryan McHugh (0-2,1f), Glenn McBrearty (0-1); Darragh O’Donnell, Patrick McBrearty (1-4,1f), James Cunningham. Subs., Declan Gallagher for J Cunningham 38; Luke Carr for R McHugh 51.
Referee: Ian Molloy (Naomh Columba).