Four Masters paid for a poor second half performance which saw them score just one point as Dungloe took two valuable points from this encounter.
Four Masters 0-6
The home side were very much understrength missing Karl Lacey, Paul Durcan, Michael Doherty, Luke Keaney and Conor Rooney whilst Dungloe were without Adrian Hanlon.
Mark Forker opened the scoring with a point off his left side and Dungloe raced into a two point lead on five minutes with another score from an Adrian Sweeney free. The game could have been over as a contest on 10 minutes but a fine save by Sean Martin from a Conor Greene goal chance kept the home side in the game.
Adrian Sweeney had added a third before Four Masters registered their only score of the half, a well taken effort by Sean O’Kennedy. Sweeney was causing a lot of problems from full forward and set up Forker for his second before adding a free of his own to close out the half with a 4 point lead for the visitors.
Both teams were deploying a third midfielder and Sean O’Kennedy was beginning to dictate matters in the second half. O’Kennedy released Shane Carr to open the second half scoring with a point from an acute angle and by the 45th minute, Four Masters were level with scores from Oisin McGinty, Conor McMonagle and Barry Monaghan.
The momentum of the game was broken on numerous occasions during the second half as tussles broke out around the pitch and Mickey Mulhern brandished a number of yellow cards. With the scores level, former county man Adrian Sweeney stepped up to push his side 2 ahead with an excellent effort from play and a close in free on 55 minutes. Four Masters responded with a second Barry Monaghan point but 5 minutes of injury time was not enough for Four Masters to salvage anything from the game.
Four Masters: Sean Martin, Darren Walsh, Barry Monaghan (0-2), Danny McGarrigle, Josh Lacey, Don Monaghan, Ryan O’Donnell, Francis McMullan, Benny Byrne, Oisin McGinty (0-1), Steven Keeney (0-1), Conor McMonagle (0-1), Sean O’Kennedy (0-1), Shane Carr (0-1), Benny Cassidy. Subs: Raymie McGroary and Pauric Harvey
Dungloe: Chris McGlynn, Jack Scally, Gavin Ward, Doalty Boyle, Martin Redmond, Ray Sweeney, Eoin Scally, Sean Sharkey, Mark Clerkin, Mark Forker (0-2), Noel McBride, Michael Connolly, Basil Malone, Adrian Sweeney (0-5), Conor Greene. Subs: Joe Sweeney, Robert Weherly and James Boyle.
Division One Reserve
Four Masters 1-17
Damien Dunnion’s young guns racked up an impressive 1-17 to secure 2 valuable home points at a sun drenched Pairc Tir Chonaill on Sunday last. Although Dungloe did fight back from being 9 points down at one stage, the killer score was an expertly taken goal by Dylan Ward, after being put through by Jason Carr in the 58th minute.
Four Masters lead a tightly contested first half by 9 points to 5 and had good efforts from Barry O’Donnell, Declan McMonagle, Ryan Earley and Declan Bushell. Dungloe for their part had James Boyle and Joe Sweeney to thank for 2 points each and their fifth score was a well worked effort finished off by David McCarron.
The impressive Jason Carr opened the second half scoring with a point from play and Four Masters pushed on to lead by 9 after scores from Terry O’Doherty (2), Ryan Earley and Declan Bushell. Joe Sweeney responded with a Dungloe goal and after 2 further points were exchanged, Robert Weherly added another 3 pointer to reduce the margin to 3. The introduction of Dylan Ward brought with it some good forward movement for Four Masters and after he scored a point, Ward raced onto a Jason Carr cross-field ball to shoot low beyond Kieran Sharkey to close the game out. Paul McIntyre and Weherly (2) exchanged points but the win went to the reigning league champions.
Four Masters: James McDaid, Enda Bonner, Shane Brown, Kevin Breslin, Pauric McGlynn, Barry Farragher, Jason Carr (0-1), Dylan Muldoon, Barry O’Donell (0-2), Declan Bushell (0-2), Declan McMonagle (0-1), Ryan Earley (0-4), Terry O’Doherty (0-4). Subs – Paul McIntyre (0-1), Dylan Ward (1-1), Daniel Harley & Conor McDaid (0-1).
Dungloe: Kieran Sharkey, Alan McGroary, Brendan Brennan, Conor Carr, Daire Curran, Aran Doherty, Sean Ward, Donal McGroary, Roberty Weherly (1-2), Joe Sweeney (1-2), Brendan McHugh, James Boyle (0-2), David McCarron (0-1). Subs: Stephen Doogan (0-1) and Conor Comack.