Colm McFadden kicked a goal and six points as an understrength St. Michael’s put a depleted Four Masters to the sword at the Bridge in Dunfanagh, on Sunday afternoon.
St. Michael’s 1-9
Four Masters 0-4
Report: Tom Comack
McFadden scored four of his points in he first half (two from play)t as St. Michael’s led 0-4 to 0-2 at half-time having played into a stiff breeze and without Christy Toye, Peter Witherow, Andrew Kelly, Michael McGinley, Martin Breslin and Brian McLaughlin.
Conor McMonagle (free) and Conor McDaid were the Four Masters marksmen as Joe Lacey fielded just ten of the team that had a notched a 0-10 to 0-9 win over Gaoth Dobhair in Magheragallon the previous Sunday.
Karl Lacey, Michael Doherty, Barry Monaghan, Daniel McGarrigle, Benny Byrne, Luke Keaney, Shane Carr were all absent from the Masters line-up. And to make matters worse they lost Barry Dunnion to a hamstring injury inside eight minutes.
Despite playing into a striff breeze St. Michael’s dictated the first half with McFadden setting the tone with two points inside two minutes. And while they did not hammer home their advantage on the scoreboard as they posted seven first half wides to Masters two, they fully deserved to be two in front at the interval thanks to two more McFadden specials.
However, it could have been a slightly different story if Oisin McGinty had hit the St. Michael’s net when presented with a glorious opportunity on the quarter hour mark in between McMonagle’s opener on eight minutes and McDaid sweetly struck point on 19 minutes.
The goal when it came was scored by none other than McFadden early in the second half and again after McMonagle had missed two glorious opportunities to level up the contest.
McFadden, taking a long Martin McElhinney free, sidestepped his marker before rounding Paul Durcan to tap into an empty net to open up a 1-4 to 0-2 lead.
That was three minutes into the new half. Pauric Harvey raiding hit Masters’ third before McFadden and Stephen Coyle extended the locals advantage out to five points, 1-6 to 0-3, by the end of the third quarter.
Four Masters could add just one more point from McMonagle while Lorcan McDaid, McFadden and substitute John McFadden struck for three points in a pedestrian closing ten minutes.
As well as Colm McFadden, Martin McElhinney, Lorcan McDaid, Antoin McFadden, the Rock Gallagher brothers Gerard, Ciaran and Michael were the standout St. Michael’s men.
Four Masters heads were down from early but that did not stop Conor Rooney, Pauric Harvey, Josh Lacey, Francie McMullan and McMonagle putting in a decent hour.
St. Michael’s: C Gallagher; B Rodden, S Doak, J Alcorn; G Gallagher, C Gallagher, M Gallagher; M McElhinney, L McDaid (0-1); D McLaughlin, B McGinley, S Coyle (0-1,1f); C McFadden (1-6, 3f), A McFadden, R McLaughlin. Subs: J McFadden (0-1) for B. McGinley (52); M Cannon for R McLaughlin (58 inj)
Four Masters: P Durcan; R O’Donnell, D Walsh, J Lacey; S O’Kennedy, C Rooney, P Harvey (0-1); F McMullin, K McBrearty; D Monaghan, P Espey, B Dunnion; O McGinty, C McMonagle (0-2,2f), C McDaid (0-1). Subs: B Cassidy for B Dunnion (8); D Muldoon for B Cassidy (52).
Referee: Ian Molloy (Naomh Conaill).
Division One Table
P W L D Pts
Naomh Conaill 6 5 0 1 11
Kilcar 5 4 1 0 8
St Eunans 6 4 2 0 8
St Michaels 5 3 1 1 7
Four Masters 5 3 2 0 6
Ardara 5 3 2 0 6
Dungloe 5 1 4 0 2
Gaoth Dobhair 6 0 6 0 0
Glenswilly 5 0 5 0 0