Kilcar had it easy enough as they qualified for the U-21 Championship final, accounting for Four Masters on Sunday morning in Dunkineely.
Four Masters 4-6
Patrick McBrearty spent the last two weekends being chased by Aborigines, but this was much easier as he accounted for 2-11 in a superb performance.
He set the standard with a point after 14 seconds and fired home a penalty two minutes later after Ryan McGinley was fouled.
It was mostly one way traffic as Four Masters couldn’t cope with the onslaught.
McBrearty kept the scoreboard ticking and by the 14th minute, a second goal had Kilcar 2-6 to 0-1 ahead.
The second goal was very well worked with Cormac Cannon powering through the middle to lay off to Ryan McGinley, who slid it home.
Four Masters did make a mini comeback in the second quarter with two goals in two minutes. Daniel Hartney finished the first after a Luke Keaney free was not cleared and Keaney created the second, getting through before offloading to Dillon Ward to score.
Darragh Doherty had his second point and Luke Keaney had a goal effort just wide, but at half-time Kilcar were comfortable, ahead by 2-10 to 2-3.
Doherty added his third point within a minute of the restart but Four Masters’ chances were not helped when Daire Quinn was reported by linesman Andrew Mullin for striking and he saw red.
Four Masters had a great goal chance in the 12th minute but both Dillon Muldoon and Emmet Doogan could not get a finish and to add to their woes, Patrick McBrearty added two quick points. Even when Dillon Ward pointed, McBrearty struck again for his second and his side’s third goal on 44 minutes to put any thoughts of a comeback on the back burner.
From there it was a matter of pride and Four Masters kept chugging away. Like the first half, they got two goals in two minutes, a Luke Keaney ‘45’ going all the way to the net and Dillon Muldoon sliding home a fourth.
There was time for McBrearty to rattle the crossbar with a goalbound shot while he and Aodhan McGinley added points while Caolan Loughney brought the curtain down on the scoring.
Kilcar will need to tighten up in the full-back line for the final against Naomh Conaill of Glenties but if they can get McBrearty firing on all cylinders, they will be hard to beat. The McHughs, Eoin and Ryan, Aodhan McGinley, Conal Gilmore, Darragh O’Donnell, Andrew McClean and Cormac Cannon all played well.
For Four Masters, Luke Keaney, Dillon Ward, Caolan Loughney, Darragh Doherty and John Boyle were best.
Kilcar: Kevin Boyle; Christopher Cunningham, Pauric Carr, James Shovlin; Dermot McGinley, Ryan McHugh (0-1,f), Cormac Cannon; Conal Gilmore, Aodhan McGinley (0-2); Eoin McHugh, Patrick McBrearty (2-11, 1-0pen, 4f), Darragh O’Donnell (0-1); Ryan McGinley (1-0), David Gillespie, Andrew McClean (0-1).
Four Masters: Ryan Haughey; Daire Quinn, Darren Walsh, Leo McHugh; Ciaran Cornyn, John Boyle, Kevin Breslin; Luke Keaney (1-0,45), Kevin McBrearty; Dillon Ward (1-1), Caolan Loughney (0-2), Daniel Hartney (1-0); Emmet Doogan, Dillon Muldoon (1-0), Darragh Doherty (0-3). Subs., Stephen Greene for Hartney; Gavin Bennett for Doogan, both 48; Ray Balogan for Doherty 56.
Referee: Michael Mulhern (St. Eunan’s)