Doherty and Lacey point the way for Masters

Four Masters marked their first home game in the league with a very good win against table toppers Naomh Conaill.

Four Masters marked their first home game in the league with a very good win against table toppers Naomh Conaill.

Four Masters 0-13

Naomh Conaill 1-8

In a very close encounter, a scoring burst from Karl Lacey in the last ten minutes, allied to the accuracy of Michael Doherty saw the home over the line.

The sides were level at the interval with Doherty accounting for all five Four Masters points while Dermot Molloy got the Four Masters goal as he turned the ball over midway through the half and had an easy one-on-one with Paul Durcan.

It looked as if Four Masters had shot themselves in the foot with eight first half wides and Naomh Conaill opened the second half in lively form with Brendan McDyre pointing and Daniel McGarrigle made a last ditch interception to stop to cut out a goalscoring pass.

When Naomh Conaill struck for three points in succession from McDyre and John O’Malley (2) with 14 minutes left, it looked ominous for the home side.

But it was then that they found their real fighting spirit and Karl Lacey was instrumental in that period.

He struck for three points, two with the right and one with the left. With Michael Doherty continuing to find the range from all angles, Lacey had his side ahead with five minutes left.

Dermot Molloy levelled again and the Glenties men were almost in for a goal only for Leon Thompson to be penalised for overcarrying as he drove to the net.

It was one of a big number of overcarrying decisions whistled by Ryan Walsh, and also one of the few I felt was a good call.

Walsh was very quick - a little too quick at times - to penalise for this offence, and frustrated both playersr and spectators. But overall the young referee had a good game.

It was fitting that Lacey put Four Masters back in the lead with two minutes left and Luke Keaney added an insurance point in added time.

Having played all their games up to now away from home to accommodate work on the Tirconaill Park pitch, the Donegal Town side are now in a good position.

Apart from the immaculate Doherty and Lacey, Daniel McGarrigle, Barry Monaghan, Benny Byrne and Conor McMonagle were est.

For Naomh Connaill, the Thompsons, Marty Boyle, Johnny McLoone, Brendan McDyre and John O’Malley were best.

Four Masters: P Durcan; D Walsh, B Monaghan, D McGarrrigle; C Rooney, K Lacey (0-3), R O’Donnell; F McMullin, B Byrne; S O’Kennedy, L Keaney (0-1), C McMonagle (0-1); S Keeney, M Doherty (0-8,6f), J Lacey. Subs., S Carr for O’Donnell 50; J McCrea for McGarrigle 59.

Naomh Conaill: S McGrath; J Campbell, J Bonner, T Donohoe; A Thompson, L McLoone, M Boyle; M Regan, J McLoone; B McDyre, S Corcoran, D Gallagher; L Thompson (0-2), D Molloy (1-2,’45’,f); J O’Malley (0-2). Sub., AJ Gallagher for Regan ht.

Referee: R Walsh (Bundoran)