Four Masters 2-15 Glenfin 1-9
Four Masters supporters would have made their way to Tir Conaill Park with a certain amount of trepidation following defeats to Ardara and St Nauls. Their opponents, Glenfin, had two good wins over Naomh Columba and Termon so far this campaign. However Glenfin lined out without Frank and Karl McGlynn and they clearly missed their influence. The Masters had the return of Thomas McGowan, Caolan Loughney and David Quinn to bolster their ranks and all made a significant contribution.
It was a fantastic evening for football in Donegal Town and the pitch was in fine condition.
Four Masters took control early on and had points from McGowan and Conor McMonagle before Glenfin replied with a free from Gerard Ward. Points were then swapped between McMonagle and Conor McBride (free) before Masters pushed out the lead to four with points from McGowan, Conor McDaid (free) and Caolan Loughney.
Glenfin lost half-back Gary Dorrian through injury to be replaced by Dean Herron. Glenfin were living on scraps of possession but looked the more potent force going forward and soon forced Martin Cassidy into a fine save. A minute later a well-worked move was finished to the net by Daniel McGlynn and a point shortly afterwards from substitute Herron left the sides level.
A long-range point from McDaid left the minimum between the sides at half-time – Four Masters 0-7 Glenfin 1-3.
Four Masters started the second-half with renewed vigour and within 3 minutes had points from Kevin McBrearty and Conor McMonagle with a goal from the roving Caolan Loughney sandwiched in between. Goals win games but they also do wonders for the confidence of a team and it was hard to see Glenfin coming back. Ward had a point from play and McDaid replied from a free. Cathal Canavan had a fisted point and Ward had two more frees for Glenfin to bring the gap down to five.
After 15 minutes a fine piece of interpassing up the left wing ended with McGowan blasting to the net. There was no way back for Glenfin although they created goal chances – Cassidy made a good save and parried another shot from Ward which was then cleared by Dylan Kennedy on the Masters goal-line.
Ward had a point from a free to which McDaid responded with a free of his own. Masters then had three in a row from McDaid (2) and a fine point from substitute Emmett Doogan. Glenfin closed the game out with a point from Ward.
An impressive team performance from Masters will put a pep in their step for their visit to Buncrana on Sunday while Glenfin seemed off the pace on this occasion.
Four Masters: Martin Cassidy – Brian Fegan, Kevin Breslin, Dylan Kennedy – Cathal Canavan (0-1), John Boyle, Caolan Loughney (1-1) – Kevin McBrearty (0-1), Oisin Reid – Conor McMonagle (0-3), Aaron McCrea, Conor McDaid (0-6, 0-3f) – Thomas McGowan (1-2), Patrick Reid, David Quinn. Subs: Jamie Crawford for Patrick Reid (28), Patrick Reid for Oisin Reid (46), Odhran Quinn for Jamie Crawford (49), Emmett Doogan (0-1) for Conor McMonagle (53), Shaun Kennedy for David Quinn (56).
Glenfin: Liam O’Meara – Gary Herron, John Harkin, Martin O’Donnell – Stephen Carr, Daniel McGlynn (1-0), Gary Dorrian – Stephen Ward, Aaron McGlynn – Matthew McGinley, Jason Morrow, Odhran McGlynn (0-1) – Gerard Ward (0-6, 0-4f), Ciaran Brady, Conor McBride (0-1f). Subs: Dean
Herron (0-1) for Gary Dorrian (12), Hugh Foy for Matthew McGinley (40), Conor Ward for Conor McBride.
Four Masters Reserves 2-9 Glenfin Reserves 0-8
Eamonn Jordan – Aiden McHugh, Enda Bonner, Colm McDonnell – Brian P. Gallagher, Eoghan Corley, Philip Myers – Charlie Gallagher, Hugh McPartlan – Joe Sheerin, Darren Doherty, Matthew Wilson – Killian Faulkner, Eoin Slevin, Shaun Kennedy. Subs used: Ciaran Monaghan, David Keaney, Daniel Martin