Four Masters see off jaded Milford side

Four Masters see off jaded Milford side
Four Masters sealed their progression in the Centra Supermarkets U-21A Championship with a 15-point win at Milford on Tuesday evening.

Four Masters sealed their progression in the Centra Supermarkets U-21A Championship with a 15-point win at Milford on Tuesday evening.

Milford 2-7

Four Masters 4-16

Four Masters sealed their progression in the Centra Supermarkets U-21A Championship with a 15-point win at Milford on Tuesday evening.

The winning margin was comfortable but the hosts were competitive for three-quarters of the contest before their tank eventually emptied.

The bubbles from the champagne of the Junior A Championship just 48 hours beforehand flattened for Nigel Black’s team.

The home support could point to the absence of Christopher Barrett, who suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday, although Four Masters were missing senior player Dillon Ward through a groin strain.

At half-time Milford could have been in front. They trailed 1-6 to 1-3 but kicked seven wides to their guests’ two.

But Four Masters, a physically dominant team that worked off an impressive centre-field base of Luke Keaney and Kevin McBrearty, were strong when they went direct.

The first goal, on 11 minutes, came from that blueprint when Keeney found Dillon Muldoon with a long ball and the willing forward did the rest.

Masters were 1-4 to 0-2 ahead before an exceptional individual goal from Tony McNamee on 25 minutes got Milford back in the game.

The Ramelton native went on a slalom run, outfoxing four defenders before opening a gap to nip through and shoot past Ryan Haughey.

Three points up when the second half started, Four Masters eked onto 1-10 to 1-6 before the roof fell in on Milford.

Gavin Bennett scored a second Four Masters goal on 47 minutes and two minutes later Darragh Doogan slotted home a rebound after O’Donnell had saved from Muldoon.

McNamee slotted home a penalty for his and Milford’s second goal seven minutes from time but their deficit was still 3-13 to 2-7.

Four Masters then needlessly lost Darragh Doogan to a straight red for an off-the-ball incident.

Milford goalkeeper O’Donnell saved Emmet Doogan’s penalty but Caolan Loughney grabbed a fourth goal in injury time.

Milford: Seamus O’Donnell; Hugh McMenamin, Sean Black, Emmet Conaghan ; Ryan Ferry, Dean Burgess, Jamie Heenan; Luke Barrett (0-4, 2f), Tony McNamee (2-2, 1-0 pen, 0-1 f); Sean Gallahger, James Doyle, Aidan Hannigan; Caolan Bolton, Cathal McGettigan (0-1, 1f), TJ Evisson. Subs:Kane Barrett for Hannigan (48).

Four Masters: Ryan Haughey; Daire Quinn, Darren Walsh, Kevin Bresin; Ciaran Cornyn, John Boyle, Caolan Loughney (1-2); Luke Keaney (0-6, 1f, 45), Kevin McBrearty (0-1); Stephen Graham, Darragh Doogan (0-1), Gavin Bennett (1-2); Emmet Doogan, Dillon Muldoon (1-1), Darren Doherty (1-3, 2f). Subs: Ray Bolgan for Graham (51), Zak Bolgan for Bennett (60).

Referee: Paddy McKeever (Glenfin).