Termon clinch quarter-final spot

Termon clinch quarter-final spot
Tom Comack sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Termon turned on the style in the second half as they came from five points down to overcome Four Masters by two at the Burn Road.

Termon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13

Four Masters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11

Four points down at half-time, 1-8 to 0-7, Termon went five down before they shook themselves early in the second period.

But boy did they shake themselves in the third quarter. Austin Marron replaced Fintan O’Flynn at half-time and big Brendan Friel and Aiden Sweeney got to grips with Barry Monaghan and Luke Keaney in the middle of the field.

The Four Masters pair had bossed the opening 30 minutes and provided the platform for Conor McDaid and Michael Doherty up front. McDaid hit the goal on nine minutes to open up a 1-3 to 0-3.

Monaghan and Keaney dominated after McDaid’s goal and Doherty, Aaron McCrea and Kevin McBrearty pointed for a 1-6 to 0-3 lead for a dominant Masters.

Enda McCormick from a well stuck 46 metre free and Michael Doherty from a ‘45’, traded points, before McDaid landed his third of the half and McCormick and Stephen McElwaine raised two late white flags to keep Termon just about on touch at the break.

McDaid made it a five point game, 1-9 to 0-7, soon after the restart. But that was it.

Daire McDaid, Caolan McDaid, Ricky Gallagher and Daire McDaid all pointed for a rampant four minutes, to reduce the margin to one, 1-9 to 0-11.

And the locals were in front shortly after when Caolan McDaid, after a good interception out the field by Stephen McElwaine, struck for a 1-11 to 1-9 Termon lead.

That was on 39 minutes and four minutes later the locals were on their way when Daire McDaid hit goal number two and a 2-12 to 1-9 advantage.

Four Masters rallied and Patrick Reid flicked a goal ten minutes from the end set up a nervous ending for the locals, but in the end they held on and deservedly so.

TERMON: Michael Boyle: Fintan O'Flynn, Kevin McDaid, Shane Callaghan; Kevin McElwaine, Ricky Gallagher (0-1), James McSharry; Brendan Friel, Aiden Sweeney; Nathan McElwaine, Steve McElwaine (0-1), Enda McCormick (0-5,2f); Caolan McDaid (1-1,1f), Paddy McDaid (0-1), Daire McDaid (1-4,4f). Subs: Austin Marron for F O’ Flynn h/t; Christy Connaghan for P McDaid 35, inj; Daniel Connaghan for K McElwaine 49.

FOUR MASTERS: Ryan Haughey; Danny McGarrigle, Dylan Kennedy, Daire Quinn; Aaron McCrea (0-1), Kevin Breslin, Josh Lacey; Luke Keaney, Barry Monaghan; Emmet Doogan, Kevin McBrearty (0-1), Patrick Reid (1-0); Sean Meehan, Michael Doherty (0-3,1'45'), Conor McDaid (1-6,5f). Subs: Darragh Doherty for M Doherty 41, inj; Caolan Loughney for K Breslin 51; Ryan O’Donnell for P Reid 55.

REFEREE: Shaun McLaughlin (Malin)

Enda McCormick - who hit five point for Termon against Four Masters