Four Masters collected their second two pointer on the road this season with a hard fought win against Glenswilly on Friday evening last. Three second half long range Michael Doherty frees were effectively the difference between the sides, and came in a period during which the visitors scored four unanswered points, between the 30th and 52nd minutes.
Four Masters 0-9
Both sides were without their county players, Michael Murphy and Karl Lacey, but this didn’t effect what was a lively encounter. Kealan McFadden opened the scoring with a point from play on three minutes. Michael Doherty responded after some good work by Luke Keaney and by the 10 minute mark, both these Four Masters players had added further points to lead by two.
Neil Gallagher, who was back after injury, and Francis McMullin were having a good battle at midfield and Gallagher found Gary McFadden on 12 minutes to reduce the margin. Luke Keaney again found himself in good possession and transferred to McMullin to restore the visitors two point advantage. Glenswilly were guilty of some wasteful shooting in the second quarter but did outscore their visitors byc3 -1 to go in at half-time level at 0-5 each.
During the third quarter the Glen men were again guilty of poor decision making in front of goal while Doherty was proving deadly at the other end from three placed balls, all from distances of 45 metres plus. Four Masters fourth point came from a swift passing movement upfield involving Barry Dunnion, who eventually transferred to Conor Rooney to punch over the bar from 21 metres.
Gary McFadden had a goal bound effort tipped over by Paul Durcan on 55 minutes, at which stage Neil Gallagher had moved to full-forward. The big county man was being targeted with high balls but Four Masters defence was resolute, lad by Barry Monaghan who played at full-back on the night. In the final minutes Durcan made an excellent save from close range as a Farrelly goal bound effort was smothered. Deep in injury time, Neil Gallagher did get on the end of a fisted effort but couldn’t keep it under the bar for what was only Glenswilly’s second point of the half.
Glenswilly: P O’Donnell, B McDaid, E Ward, R Crawford, J Gibbons, JP McDaid, A McDevitt (0-1), N Gallagher (0-1), B Molloy, C Kelly, D McGinley (0-1), B Farrelly (0-1) K McFadden (0-1), G McFadden (0-2), J McFadden. Sub: C Farrell.
Four Masters: P Durcan, S O’Kennedy, B Monaghan, D McGarrigle, B Dunnion, C Rooney (0-1), J Lacey, F McMullin (0-1), B Byrne, D Monaghan, L Keaney (0-1), O McGinty, C McMonagle, S Carr, M Doherty (0-6). Sub: R O’Donnell.
Gaoth Dobhair 0-4
St Eunan’s 0-5
St Eunan’s managed their second win on the road this term with a rather peculiar one-point win over Gaoth Dobhair in a match where the second half was contested in virtual darkness.
After a good win in Kilcar on opening day the Letterkenny side suffered successive losses, against Naomh Conaill and St Michael’s, but made most of their hay in the first half on Friday.
Playing into the wind, St Eunan’s built a healthy 0-5 to 0-1 advantage with Packie Kennedy scoring twice, while Conor Gibbons, Lee McMonagle and Sean Hensey were also on the mark. The hosts’ sole score in the first half came from Owen Ward.
After the break, with visibility disintegrating, St Eunan’s didn’t manage a score at all, but managed to stay in front. Ward scored a free and Kevin Cassidy punched over. The last action of the game saw Cassidy stand over a 13m free. With almost the entire St Eunan’s team on the line the All-Star drove for goal but had to be content with a point as the ball fizzed over the bar.
Gaoth Dobhair: Christopher Sweeney; Christopher Roarty, Neil McGee, Kevin Ferry; Joe Duffy, Danny Curran, Paul Mulligan; Peter McGee, Kevin Cassidy (0-2); Cathal Mulligan, Ronan MacNiallais, Sean Doherty; Mannie Gallagher, Cathal McKelvey, Owen Ward (0-2).
St Eunan’s: John Paul Clarke; Eddie Brennan, Micheal Martin, Conal McGinley; Peter Devine, Eamon Doherty, Darragh Mulgew; Ross Wherity, Rory Kavanagh; Packie Kennedy (0-2), Conall Dunne, Lee McMonagle (0-1); John Haran, Sean Hensey (0-1), Conor Gibbons (0-1)