Gaoth Dobhair are still searching for their first win of the new All-County Football League campaign following this narrow defeat by Four Masters in Magherallon on Sunday afternoon.
Gaoth Dobhair 0-9
Four Masters 0-10
Report: Tom Comack
For the second time in a matter of days, the boys in green and white came up just short having suffered a minimum margin defeat against St. Eunan’s on Friday night, also on the home sod.
Despite going a man down before half-time when Christopher Roarty received a straight red card for a late challenge on Michael Doherty, they went in all square at half-time.
And they still led by two at the three quarter stage before Masters finished strong with four late points.
The first half ebbed and flowed with both sides having their periods of dominance.
Gaoth Dobhair, with Peter McGee in fine form, enjoyed a good start and led 0-2 to 0-1 after eight minutes courtesy of two fine strikes from Ronan MacNiallais and Eoin Ward with Conor McMonagle pointing for the Masters in between.
With Frank McMullin and Luke Keaney making their presence felt running at the Gaoth Dobhair, the visitors hit three points in the space of two and a half minutes to sneak into a 0-4 to 0-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.
But Gaoth Dobhair responded and were back in front again with five minutes of the half remaining thanks to Ward, Peter McGee and Michael Roarty.
But just as they were harbouring notions of taking a one point advantage with them to the dressing room it was all aboard again one minute later when Michael Doherty converted from 45 metres to tie up the game.
Shortly afterward Roarty, who was asking questions off the Masters’ defence, received his marching orders.
But with Kevin Cassidy moving out from his full-forward berth the second half began well for Gaoth Dobhair. Michael Roarty from play and young Michael Doherty landed points, Doherty’s from a 45 after he was denied an almost certain goal from point blank range by Paul Durcan.
While Doherty converted the resultant 45, and Danny Curran opened up an 0-8 to 0-6 lead shortly afterwards, Four Masters with Barry Dunnion the spare man, finished with a flourish and four points.
Dunnion fisted one with Benny Byrne, Michael Doherty and Oisin McGinty scoring the others to secure two more precious league points on the road for Joe Lacey’s men, who had two points to spare against Glenswilly on Friday night. Four Masters have played all their games away from home so far.
Gaoth Dobhair: C. Sweeney; S McGarvey, N McGee, C Ferry; J Duffy, D Curran (0-1), P Mulligan; P McGee (0-1), R MacNiallais (0-1); M Doherty (0-1, 45), C Roarty, M Gallagher (0-1); M Roarty (0-2,1f), K Cassidy, O Ward (0-2,1f). Subs: F. McGee for S McGarvey (25); N Kelly for M Roarty (54).
Four Masters: P Durcan; D Walsh, B Monaghan, D McGarrigle; B Dunnion (0-1), C Rooney, J Lacey; F McMullin, B Byrne (0-1); O McGinty (0-2), L Keaney, S O’Kennedy; C McMonagle (0-2), S Carr, M Doherty (0-4,3f). Sub: C McDaid for S O’Kennedy (48).
Referee: M McShane (Kilcar).