A GOAL BY Dillon Muldoon was the vital score as Four Masters overcame St Naul’s in a tetchy encounter at at Tirchonaill Park this afternoon.
Four Masters 1-7 St Naul’s 0-8
Substitute Muldoon pick-pocketed Lee McBrearty, the St Naul’s goalkeeper, 11 minutes into the second half when he punched the ball from his grasp and into the net for what proved to be the only goal of the game.
The home side were 0-4 to 0-2 in front at half-time, with two Stephen Griffin scores for St Naul’s. Kevin ‘Cookie’ Gallagher’s Four Masters saw Karl Lacey pop over a first half 45, with Dillon Ward, Patrick Reid and Peadar Espey also on the mark.
There were a couple of flashpoints with neither side willing to give an inch but from two down, St Naul’s opened the second half impressively.
Brian McGroary, Cathal Lowther, Barry Rose and another Griffin free made for a 0-6 to 0-4 advantage for Donie McCole’s team.
But Espey’s point and Muldoon’s goal soon afterwards put Four Masters in control. And although Rose and Griffin would both score late on, Darren Doherty and Espey’s scores made sure of the home win.Four Masters: Paul Cannon; Dylan Kennedy, Dáire Quinn, Darren Walsh; Barry Dunnion, Karl Lacey (0-1, 45), Enda Bonner; Patrick Reid (0-1), Sean O’Kennedy; Darren Doherty (0-1), Conor McMonagle, Caolá Loughney; Shaun Meehan, Dillon Ward (0-1), Peadar Espey (0-3,3f). Subs: Dillon Muldoon (1-0) for D Ward (ht), John Boyle for Bonner (36), Emmett Doogan for Meehan (45), Kevin McBrearty for Reid (56).
St Naul’s: Lee McBrearty; John Rose, Conor McBrearty, Caolan Gaffney; Cathal Lowter (0-1), Edward Kane, Stuart Johnston; Des McGroarty, Brendan McCole; Barry Rose (0-2), Stephen Griffin (0-4,4f), Jamie White; Brian McGroary (0-1), Andrew Gallagher, Shane Connelly Subs: Eddie Gallagher and Danny McDyre for McGroarty and Connelly (both 48).
Referee: Seamus McGonigle (Aodh Ruadh).
Credit to Chris Mc Nulty at The Sports Hub for match report http://www.donegalsporthub.com/four-masters-edge-neighbours-st-nauls/