Glenfin pulled off the upset of the championship with a dramatic but deserved victory over Four Masters on Saturday night in Ballybofey and can now look forward to a semi-final against St Michael’s.
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And it was former minor star Kevin McGlynn who was the hero of the hour for the winners when he scored the winning goal seven minutes from the end. In a nip and tuck encounter it looked as if Four Masters had taken Glenfin’s best shots and were leading by a single point 1-7 to 1-6 when McGlynn polished off a sweeping moving involving his brothers Frank and Michael.
The victory was no more than Glenfin deserved for their honest endeavour through the hour against a Four Masters side that missed their midfield general Barry Monaghan. The former county man failed a late fitness test and did not feature. Glenfin opened well with two points inside four minutes from Mark McGinty junior and Ciaran Moy.
Moy converted from 46 metres after Frank McGlynn was fouled. With the Masters slowly coming into the game Michael Doherty got on the end of a good move and under pressure from a number of defenders split the Ballybofey end posts for Masters’ opening score.
And the Masters’ were soon in front something against the run of play when Doherty made no mistake from the penalty spot after Glenfin’s John Harkin touched the ball on the ground after Benji O’Mara had denied Stephen Keeney with a point blank save.
It was a one point game once again four minutes later when Moy pointed from play before Paul Durcan – playing at full-forward – from a 45 and McMonagle with two frees to one more from Moy sent the Masters to the dressing rooms 1-4 to 0-4 in front. Glenfin with Stephen McDermott giving them a platform at midfield dominated the early exchanges of the second half and they shot four bad wides before Ciaran Moy hit the Four Masters net from the game’s second penalty.
That was on 39 minutes after Malachy Martin was tripped inside the large rectangle after taking a pin point pass from Leigh Herron. However, Masters responded to the setback with two quick points from Conor McMonagle and Michael Doherty to edge the Donegal Town men back in front as Joe Lacey introduced Oisin McGinty and Conor Rooney.
With the play swinging from end to end Mark McGinty junior joined the attack to knock over a brilliant point from 45 metres to tie the game up the game.
Unfortunatly for McGinty and Glenfin that was his last action as he took a late knock as he released the ball and had to go off injured. Shortly after Michael Doherty edged the Masters back in front. But Glenfin, who shot 16 wides, never gave up and they were rewarded when the McGlynn’s combined for the second goal seven minutes from the end.
Four Masters scorers: Michael Doherty (1-3, 1-0 pen); Conor McMonagle (0-32, f); Paul Durcan (0-1, 45).
Glenfin scorers: Ciaran Moy (1-4, 1-0 pen, 2f); Mark McGinty jun (0-2); Kevin McGlynn (1-0).
Four Masters: MartinCassidy; Damien Cassidy, David Crawford, Daniel McGarrigle; Sean O’Kennedy, Shane Carr, Raymie McGroary; Francis Mullin, Conor Browne; Luke Keaney, Michael Doherty, Karl Lacey; Stephen Keeney, Paul Durcan, Conor McMonagle. Subs: Conor Rooney for D. McGarrigle ( 36); Oisin McGinty for F. McMullin (40); Peader Espey for C. McMonagle (47inj.); Benny Byrne for S. Carr (56);
Glenfin: Benji O’Meara; John Harkin, Gavin McDermott, DeanHerron; MarkMcGinty(jun), Gareth Martin, Frank McGlynn; Michael McGlynn, Stephen McDermott; Gary Herron, Kevin McGlynn, Stephen McGlynn; Ciaran Moy, Leigh Herron, Malachy Martin. Subs: Gerard Ward for G. Martin inj( 8); Seamus McGlynn for M. McGinty jun (47, inj)
Referee: Seamus McGonigle (Aodh Ruadh)
Man of the match
Frank McGlynn drove forward to set up his side’s second goal and also was fouled for at least two of his side’s first half points and overall had a huge influence on the game. He gets the nod ahead of his team mates Stephen McDermott and Leigh Herron. Karl Lacey, Michael Doherty, Sean O’Kennedy and Conor McMonagle were most prominent for Four Masters.
Kevin McGlynn’s goal three minutes from the end of normal time sealed the victory as Glenfin came from one down to go two up. It was a goal with a most definite McGlynn imprint as Frank started the move transferred to Michael who in turn found Kevin with an inch perfect pass.
Seamus McGonagle had a busy evening in what was an end to end contest and maybe made a few questionable calls but overall had a good game.