Four Masters picked up two very league points when they defeated St. Eunan’s in Tirconaill Park on Sunday.
Four Masters 1-9
St. Eunan’s 1-6
Four Masters are in bad need of points to improve their league table standing and this result could be very important at the end of the season.
With both sides without their county players, Four Masters dominated the opening exchanges but scores were hard to come by in the opening half.
Conor McMonagle got the scoreboard ticking in the 10th minute which was followed by wides from both sides before Michael Doherty added to the Four Masters’ tally on the 22nd minute.
St. Eunan’s got their first score in the 25th minute with Lee McMonagle finding the range. Four Masters added two more points by the 28th minute with Peadar Espey converting a free and Conor McMonagle from play.
Caolan Ward had a second St. Eunan’s point on 29 minutes but before the half-time whistle Espey added two more points, one from play and one from a free to leave Four Masters ahead by 0-6 to 0-2 at the break.
Four Masters lost centre half-back Barry Dunnion to a nasty head injury, as St. Eunan’s had an early second half point but Four Masters continued to dominate and they put their stamp on the game in the opening minutes of the new half. Veteran Peadar Espey was involved in the vital score, finding Michael Doherty with a great through ball and Doherty hit the Eunan’s net.
Espey pointed a free in the 36th minute to put Four Masters in total control, 1-7 to 0-3.
Donnacha Gallagher had a pointed free for St. Eunan’s on 47 minutes but Four Masters replied with two points in the 52nd and 54th minute from Conor McMonagle and Michael Doherty.
There was late consolation for the visitors as they hit points in the 56th and 60th minute and three minutes into added time Donnacha Gallagher had their goal. Minutes later Kieran Sharkey was shown a red card after a flare up in the middle of the field.
The win moves Four Masters up to mid table in Division One, three ahead of the clubs below them, St. Michael’s and Malin with Glenswilly and Termon the bottom two positions.
St. Eunan’s missed an opportunity to go back to the top of the table. They held that spot going into the weekend, but Kilcar’s win over Glenswilly on Saturday night saw the south-west side take over at the top again on 19 pts, one ahead of the Letterkenny side.
Four Masters: Ryan Haughey; Kevin Breslin, Daniel McGarrigle, Darren Walsh; Conor Rooney, Barry Dunnion, John Boyle; Kevin McBrearty, Barry Monaghan; Sean O’Kennedy, Michael Doherty (1-2), Darren Doherty; Josh Lacey, Conor McMonagle (0-3), Peader Espey (0-4,2f). Subs., Caolan Loughney for Dunnion, Pauric Harvey for Espey, Shane Carr for D Doherty.
St. Eunan’s: John Paul Clarke; Kieran Sharkey, Mick Martin, Sean McVeigh (0-1); Michael Miller, Caolan Ward (0-2), David Tyrell; Kevin Rafferty, Sean Hensey; Conor O’Donnell, Donnacha Gallagher (1-2), Lee McMonagle (0-2); Sean Hume, Conor Gibbons, Paddy McGowan. Subs., Sean Daffan for Clarke; Conor Parke for Hume; Conor Morrison for Tyrell; Conall O’Boyle for C O’Donnell; Oisin Carr for Hensy; Cormac Coughlan for McGowan.
Referee: Shane Toolan (Aodh Ruadh).