Four Masters lifted the annual Patsy Brogan Memorial Cup on Thursday evening after an exciting extra-time win over Naomh Conaill.
Four Masters 5-10
Naomh Conaill 2-18
In wet and windy conditions and fading light the game ended level at full time 3-10 to 1-16. After five mins each half in extra-time Four Masters ran out winners by a single point 5-10 to 2-18. This was a very exciting game of football with all players giving everything.
In the first half with Four Masters playing in to the wind, Benny Byrne opened the scoring with a point followed by points from Dillon Ward and Josh Lacey. Naomh Conaill#s Dara Gallagher opened their account on the 5th minute with a point from play. Barry Dunnion sent a good ball in to Sean O’Kennedy who pointed in the 10th minute. Naomh Conaill won a free on the 20metre and Brendan McDyer pointing, followed by an AJ Gallagher point from play.
John O’ Malley and Dara Gallagher added points before Four Masters’ Michael Doherty hit a 45metre punched on by Benny Byrne. Stephen McGrath made a good save but Kevin McBrearty followed up for a goal. Naomh Conaill responded with two quick points by Cathal Ellis and Dara Gallagher to leave the score at half-time 1-4 to 0-8.
Four Masters were out of the blocks in the second period with two quick points by Michael Doherty, but Naomh Conaill’s Daragh Gallaghe,r who was having a superb game, shot over, and also fisted in a goal, followed by an AJ Gallagher point.
Darren Doherty, who was introduced on the 40th minute, hit a point and Michael Doherty shot over. Darren Doherty, who was showing well ,netted on the 46th minute and followed up with a point. Both teams traded points to see the game finish level at full at 3-10 to 1-16.
In first period of extra time Naomh Conaill looked the livelier with John O Malley scoring a point and Dara Gallagher scoring a goal to leave the score 3-10 to 2-17.
In the second period Four Masters, playing with the wind, got the vital score when Barry Dunnion found Barry Monaghan who drove for goal and was fouled and won a penalty with Michael Doherty netted past Stephen McGrath. Naomh Conaill responded with a point from John O Malley. With one minute left in extra time Four Masters’ Michael Doherty won the ball and did well to round the defender and slot the ball low and hard to the net for Four Masters to win this exciting Patsy Brogan Memorial Cup Final 2014.
A large crowd was in attendance on the evening and the Four Masters chairman, Eamonn Gorrell, welcomed everyone to the final. He thanked the Brogan family, sponsors Donegal Tyre Centre, all teams for their participation, the referees /linesmen/umpires. He also thanked the Four Masters members that helped out and looked after all duties for all games; the Park Committee for excellent grounds and all who provided refreshments.
Ann Shovlin presented the man of the match award to Michael Doherty and Claire McMenanim presented the Patsy Brogan Memorial Cup to captain Barry Dunnion.
Four Masters: Ryan Haughey, Kevin Breslin, Danny McGarriagle, Leo McHugh, Barry Dunnion (capt), Josh Lacey (0-1), Barry Monaghan( 0-1), Kevin McBrearty (1-0), Sean O’ Kennedy (0-1), Connor McMonagle, Dillon Ward (0-1). Michael Doherty (3-2), Benny Byrne (0-1). Subs used: Darren Doherty (1-3), Connor McDaid, Pauric Harvey
Naomh Conaill: Stephen McGrath, Stephen Molloy, Aaron Thompson, Marty Boyle(0-2), James Doherty, Cathal Ellis (0-1), Johnny McLoone, Martin Regan, AJ Gallagher(0-2), Brendan McDyre(0-2, 1f), Eunan Doherty, Daragh Gallagher(2-5), John O’ Malley(0-4 1f). Subs used: Seamus Corcan (0-1) Mark Gallagher, Johnny Bonner (0-1), D Ward.
Referee Jimmy White. Linesmen Eoin Doherty, Declan Callaghan.