Four Masters celebrate their victory in the U-17 League Division 1 final in Convoy. Photos Thomas Gallagher
Four Masters edged past MacCumahill’s by the bare minimum to lift the U-17 League Division 1 crown in miserable conditions at the Donegal Training Centre in Convoy.
Four Masters 0-11
Sean MacCumhaill’s 0-10
Margins were thin between the sides, with one and then the other grasping the brief spells of control. In the end, the Donegal town side worked themselves from one down into a lead of three - which was huge in the circumstances - through scores from Conor Meehan, Seanán Carr and Ruairí McLaughlin.
At 0-11 to 0-8 on front, the trend all evening was over and back and late on Barrie McGhee and Sean Martin took it down to one only for Four Masters to hold on with a well defended last few minutes.
The first half was tit-for-that, following which Four Masters headed for the changing rooms with a slender lead of 0-6 to 0-5, with Callum McCrea’s late point the difference.
It took both teams a little while to settle in the wintry conditions, before points from Darragh Boyle and Daithi McMahon edged MacCumhaill’s into an early lead. However, the balance then swung towards the blue and white, who hit the next four to go 0-4 to 0-2 ahead, with Meehan, Kevin Muldoon, Daniel McIntyre and Daniel Quinn the scorers.
The ebb and flow continued, though, with MacCumhaill’s then enjoying a purple patch to move from two down to one up, the scores coming courtesy of Sean Martin, Barrie McGhee and a 45 from Ruairi Callaghan.
Just before the break, Meehan got in for a possible goal chance, although was content enough to drive over and right on the whistle, McCrea eked Four Masters in front by one.
The clearest goal chance of the evening came right at the start of the second half when MacCumhaill’s McMahon rounded goalkeeper Daniel McGinty only to see Seanán Carr make a vital save on the line.
The trend of part one spilled into part two, with a Meehan free putting Four Masters 0-7 to 0-5 ahead, only for MacCumhaill’s to turn on the burners and go in front 0-8 to 0-7, with McMahon, Martin and Fionn McNulty scoring. However, it was Four Masters who finished the strongest.
Four Masters scorers: Conor Meehan 0-5, 4f; Kevin Muldoon, Daniel Quinn, Callum McCrea, Seanán Carr, Ruairí McLaughlin, 0-1; Daniel McIntyre, 1f.
Sean MacCumhaill's scorers: Sean Martin 0-3; Daithi McMahon 0-2, 1f; and Barry McGhee 0-2, Ruairi Callaghan 0-1, 45; Darragh Boyle and Fionn McNulty 0-1
Four Masters: Daniel McGinty; Jake Graham, Fiachra ODonnell, Terence McGovern; John Bell, Callum McCrea, Caolan Sweeney; Kevin Muldoon, Seanán Carr; Lee McNamee, Ruairí McLaughlin, Daniel McIntyre; Conor Meehan, Daniel Quinn, David Monaghan. Sub: Oisin Doherty for McNamee (half-time).
Sean MacCumhaill's: Ronan Callaghan; Josh Reid, Ruairi Callaghan, Shaun McMenamin; Diarmaid O'Donnell, Adam McCullagh, Joseph Boyle; Fionn McNulty, Sean Martin; Darragh Boyle, Conor McGinty, Noah Reid; Barrie McGhee, Daithi McMahon, Connor Murphy. Subs Daniel Lynch for Boyle (56), Cathal Cannon for Reid (58).
Referee: Clint Marron (Urris).
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