A late surge by Aodh Ruadh was not enough to deprive Four Masters of victory in the Southern U-12 A final in Tirconaill Park on Friday evening.
Four Masters 3-9
Aodh Ruadh 3-6
The winners did their best work at the start of the second half as they hit two goals to open a seven point gap which was enough in the end.
The first half saw Aodh Ruadh on top everywhere only on the scoreboard and that was down to some brilliant goalkeeping by Oisin McCallig.
At half-time Four Masters led by 1-6 to 1-5, the Four Masters goal from Frank Cornyn at the start of the second quarter and they added three quick points to lead by 1-6 to 0-4.
But Aodh Ruadh hit back with an Oisin Rooney penalty and a wonderful ‘45’ by Callum Ayres.
Two minutes into the second half Four Masters captain Dermot Slevin fired home a second goal and Aidan Gillespie added another to open the gap.
Aodh Ruadh finished well with goals from Cian Rooney and Dara Dolan and they were almost in for an equalising goal only for McCallig to deny them. The number of saves made by McCallig were numerous, some of them breathtaking stops.
Apart from McCallig and the excellent Dermot Slevin, Liam McLaughlin, Ultan O’Grady and Mark Jordan had good games.
For Aodh Ruadh, who hit the posts on at least four occasions, Kyle Murray, Dara Dolan, Aaron Neilan, Calum Ayres and Cian Rooney were best.
Four Masters: Oisin McCallig; Senan Quinn, Diarmaid O’Domhnaill, Jamie Goss, Lee Murchan, Ultan O’Grady (0-2), Evan Gallagher, Mark Jordan (0-2), Dermot Slevin (1-5), Frank Cornyn (1-0), Michael Gallagher, Andrew Monaghan. Subs., Aidan Gillespie (1-0), Josh McCrea, Ruairi McLaughlin.
Aodh Ruadh: Diarmuid Dolan; Dara Gallagher, Kyle Murray, Dara Dolan (1-0), Marty McGarrigle, Dara Warren, Calum Ayres (0-3,1’45’), Aaron Neilan, Colm McGloin, Ryan Keenaghan, Niall Gillespie, Cian Rooney (2-2,pen), Jake Foley (0-1). Subs., Mitch McLoughlin, Kyle McCaffrey.
Referee: Eugene McHale (Bundoran)
Footnote: Four Masters manager, Jim McLaughlin says that it is 12 years since their last win. He wished to thank the squad, who were unbeaten throughout the league; parents, supporters, La Bella Donna and All Sports for sponsorship and the Aodh Ruadh U-12 team for an oustanding game. The Four Masters boys now have two weeks to prepare for their County Final on Saturday 18th July.