So easy for Sean MacCumhaill's

So easy for Sean MacCumhaill's
Peter Campbell @dgldemocrat

The MacCumhaill's footballers stepped up to the mark in MacCumhaill Park to completely outplay Four Masters.

MacCumhaill's . . . . . 4-11

Four Masters . . . . . . . 0-11

Just 24 hours after their hurlers lifted the Donegal senior title, Martin O'Reilly was playing with the footballers and he didn't really have to break sweat against a poor Four Masters side, who are still seeking a win to ensure promotion to Division 1.

On the evidence of this game, they will have to improve if they do get to the top flight. Their defeat means that Milford are crowned Division 2 champions, having already secured promotion.

The Donegal Town boys will need to improve on this showing and could yet be caught for the second promotion spot.

Apart from the accuracy of Conor McDaid, there were few bright spots for Kevin 'Cookie' Gallagher's side.

The first half was an even affair until the 22nd minute when MacCumhaill's struck for the first goal.

Up to that the sides had been level on four occasionsl with Conor McDaid on form from placed balls for Four Masters while Darren O'Leary (2), Adam Lynch (2), and Aaron Kelly on target for the home side.

A long kick-out from Chris Patton led to the first goal with Aaron Kelly picking it up and slicing his way through the Four Masters defence to fire home.

While Conor McDaid had two more frees before half-time, it was MacCumhaill's who were on top as they struck for two more goals.

The second, on 26 minutes, was a thing of beaut, started by Stephen Mulligan in the middle of the field and then involving a number of players before Barney Lafferty fired home off the hands of a despairing Darren Walsh.

The third came on 31 minutes with Martin O'Reilly heavily involved before finding Kelly, who unselfishly laid it on a plate for Darren O'Leary to leave the home side in a comfortable 3-6 to 0-7 half-time lead.

The second half was mostly academic with just four points shared in the first 23 minutes. Then Brian Lafferty cut through the Four Masters defence to set up Alan Patton for the fourth goal.

There were some visitors from Glenswilly on the terrace getting a run-down for the championship clash in two weeks' time and on this showing, that could be a good contest.

MACCUMHAILL'S: Chris Patton; Ronan McMenamin, Joe Dunnion, Alan Patton (1-0); Gary Dunnion, John Lynch, Andrew McCloskey; Steven O'Reilly, Gary Wilson (0-1); Stephen Mulligan, Darren O'Leary (1-5,3f,'45'), Aaron Kelly (0-2); Adam Lynch (0-4), Martin O'Reilly, Brian Lafferty (1-0). Subs., Michael Lynch for S O'Reilly inj 29; Pauric Patton for McCloskey 40; James Beirne for A Lynch 60; Darren McGowan 62

FOUR MASTERS: Ryan Haughey; Darren Walsh, Dylan Kennedy, Josh Lacey; Danny McGarrigle, Karl Lacey, Kevin Breslin (0-1); Luke Keaney (0-1) Barry Monaghan; Darren Doherty, Kevin McBrearty, Sean Meehan (0-1); Patrick Reid, Conor McDaid (0-3,7f), Emmett Doogan. Subs., Caolan Loughney for J Lacey 4; Leo McHugh for D Doherty; Aaron McCrea for Meehan, both 47.

REF: James Connors (St. Eunan's)