Four Masters and Malin in action during the Div 2 league in Donegal Town. Photo Thomas Gallagher
Malin made it a successful journey to Donegal Town with a three point win over the locals in Tirchonaill Park.
Four Masters 0-13
Both these sides had just one win from their opening three games so this is a big win for the Inishowen men, and they were full value for it with veteran Sean Kelly and Christy McLaughlin very much to the fore.
Four Masters had the advantage of the strong wind in the opening half and had the opening point after 12 seconds through Jamie Crawford.
Malin were on terms on two minutes, Sean Kelly setting up Darren Mullarkey. The visitors nearly lost Paul McLaughlin moments later as referee Eugene McHale seemed to react to something he said and flashed black, but he had a word with the Malin defender and then showed him yellow.
Four Masters went three ahead through Michael Doherty (free), Patrick Reid and Jason Duignan (after a poor kick-out). However, Malin were playing very intelligent football into the wind and after Darren Mullarkey was denied by Jordan in the Four Masters goal, Benny McLauglin converted a free and Paul McLaughlin came forward to fire over a great score.
Michael Doherty and Christopher McLaughlin traded points before a great ball from Sean Kelly found Joe Doherty in space, but he pulled his effort across goal.
Michael Doherty put two between them before Sean Kelly again made an incision and again found Joe Doherty, who made no mistake this time, finding the net.
Michael Doherty levelled but points from Joe Doherty and Benny McLaughlin (free) had Malin two up on 23 minutes.
Again Four Masters responded with Kevin McBrearty and Michael Doherty (free) had them back level.
In added time Darren Mullarkey and Kevin McBrearty traded points as the sides went in level, Four Masters 0-10, Malin 1-7.
It looked as if Four Masters, despite facing the wind, were in with a chance when Malin were down to 14 minutes into the second half. This time Benny McLaughlin did not escape black (followed by red) after hauling down a Four Masters defender.
Leo McHugh edged Masters ahead but it was to be a half dominated by Malin midfielder, Christy McLaughlin. He levelled and although Leo McHugh again put Masters ahead, McLaughlin won a free which was converted by Paul McLaughlin. The half-back added another from the kick-out before Christy McLaughlin powered through to put Malin two clear on 43 minutes.
Kevin McBrearty reduced the margin to the minimum from a 49th minute free, but points from Sean Kelly and Christy McLaughlin had the Inishowen men three ahead going into the final five minutes.
Four Masters were forced to go for goal and they were almost in in added time when a short free found Kevin McBrearty but his effort was blocked by Damien Harkin to ensure a Malin win.
FOUR MASTERS: Eamon Jordan; Enda Bonner, John Boyle, Cathal Canavan; Leo McHugh (0-2), Aaron McCrea, Jamie Crawford (0-1); Kevin McBrearty (0-3,1f), Patrick Reid (0-1); Caolan Loughney, Josh Lacey, Emmett Doogan; Jason Duignan (0-1), Michael Doherty (0-5,2f), Daire Quinn. Subs., Cathal Feeney for Loughney 53; Brian Fegan for Lacey 56.
MALIN: Dara McLaughlin; Gary Farren, Daniel Greene, Aidan Bambrick; Sean Byrne, Ciaran Doherty, Paul McLauglin (0-3,1f); Sean Kelly (0-1), Christopher McLaughlin (0-4); Oisin McGonigle, Conor Farren, Benny McLaughlin (0-2,2f); Joe Doherty (1-1), Darren Mullarkey (0-2), Damien Harkin. Sub., Dan McDaid for McGonigle 38
REFEREE: Eugene McHale (Bundoran)