This contest was close until the fifth minute of the second half, but once Peadar Espey got on the end of a great move to palm to the net and open a 1-11 to 17 lead.
Four Masters 2-20
Gaoth Dobhair 1-10
The goal was one of several great moves executed by Four Masters. Karl Lacey was the instigator of the goal which included a great flick from Oisin McGinty which sent Michael Doherty clear and he crossed for Espey to finish.
Up to that Gaoth Dobhair were a match for the home side and indeed led by 1-7 to 0-9 at half-time, thanks to a gift goal on 16 minutes. Barry Monaghan lost possession and James Carroll punished, doing something that Tyrone couldn’t do, beat Paul Durcan.
The Gaeltacht men were minus the Neil and Eamonn McGee as well as Kevin Cassidy and Danny Curran with Michael McKelvey, in goals last week, at centre-back.
The first half was evenly contested with Owen Ward very good for Gaoth Dobhair, notching three points, while Thomas Diver chipped in with two and James Gallagher also got on the scoreboard.
Peadar Espey was rolling back the years for the home side in the opening half, hitting three points while Michael Doherty was his usual accurate self, notching 0-4.
Conor McMonagle and Benny Byrne also got in on the scoring act for the home side as they trailed by one point at the break, Gaoth Dobhair 1-7, Four Masters 0-9.
McMonagle and Sean O’Kennedy had Four Masters in front within three minutes of the restart before the first goal from Peadar Espey.
Oisin McGinty followed with a wonderful point before Michael McKelvey and James Gallagher gave Gaoth Dobhair some hope with two pointed frees.
But the game was put to bed in the 44th minute with Four Masters second goal. Two minutes earlier Conor McMonagle had stretched the lead to 1-13 to 1-9 and then Luke Keaney fetched a kick-out and after a one-two with Oisin McGinty, he powered through the Gaoth Dobhair defence to fire to the net.
Four Masters were then able to withdraw Karl Lacey and Michael Doherty took over, landing five points from play in the final quarter, while Raymond McGrory and Conor McMonagle also got in on the scoring spree.
James Gallagher had Gaoth Dobhair’s only reply with nine minutes left. As the game trundled to its conclusion there was a brief flare-up but common sense prevailed and Kieran McShea was able to deal sensibly with it.
Four Masters: P Durcan; J Lacey, C Rooney, D McGarrigle; R McGrory (0-3), K Lacey, B Dunnion; B Monaghan, B Byrne (0-1); O McGinty (0-1), C McMonagle (0-4), L Keaney (1-0); P Espey (1-3), M Doherty (0-9,2f), S O’Kennedy (0-1). Subs., D Monaghan for Lacey 45; R O’Donnell for Espey 50.
Gaoth Dobhair: S Sweeney; C Roarty, C Ferry, P Mulligan; J Duffy, M McKelvey (0-1,f), M Roarty; P McGee, R Mac Niallais; J Carroll (1-0), F McGee, N Kelly; T Diver (0-2,1f), J Gallagher (0-3,3f), O Ward (0-3). Sub., J McGarvey for Carroll 43.
Referee: K McShea (MacCumhaill’s)