Referee Michael McShane with captains Daire Quinn and Mark Harley
Both sides had chances to win in Tirconaill Park but in the end a draw was probably a fair result for Four Masters and Cloughaneely.
Four Masters 2-7
With the sides level approaching full time Dermot Slevin and Jamie Crawford didn't avail of two good chances before a Crawford free edged Four Masters ahead.
Some great defending by Brian Fegan denied Cloughaneely but Ciaran McGeady won a free for Jason McGee to level in added time. And just before the final whistle John McGarvey's effort for the winner came up short into Ryan Haughey's grateful hands.
A draw is better than nothing and with both sides facing tough games next week - Four Masters away to MacCumhaill's and Cloughaneely at home to Kilcar - the respective managers would have been happier to get both points.
Cloughaneely got off to a whirlwind start with Jason McGee winning the throw-in and powering forward to point on 10 seconds and there was only 51 seconds on the clock when Martin Maguire added a second.
Four Masters gradually got into their stride with Senan Quinn leading the way, winning a free for Jamie Crawford to point and by the fifth minute Killian Faulkner had the sides level from another free.
Jason McGee underlined his quality with a point from a free and another from play to edge the visitors two ahead again by the 11th minute. Jason Duignan was almost in for a goal for Four Masters, only to be foiled at the expense of a '45' which Killian Faulkner drilled over the black spot.
Just after the water break John McGarvey hit a very good Cloughaneely score but Four Masters were continuing to pose a goal threat with Killian Faulkner almost in but still won a free for Crawford to cut the lead to one.
Then came the first goal with Crawford involved initially but it was the searing pace of Leo McHugh which broke the line and he crossed for Alex McCalmont to palm home on 24 minutes.
The only other score of the half came from a Shaun Curran free after Ciaran Scanlon was fouled to leave it Four Masters 1-4, Cloughaneely 0-6 at the break.
Killian Faulkner won and pointed the first free of the second half and Jason McGee did likewise for Cloughaneely.
Senan Quinn won a free for Crawford to fire over, but Cloughaneely got back in front thanks to two substitutes. Mark Harley, club captain, fired over with his first touch and then Blake McGarvey made a great run (with maybe an extra step or two) and his effort was helped to the net by Cillian Gallagher for a 1-8 to 1-6 lead on 42 minutes.
Darren McGeever increased the lead before the second half water break as Four Masters sent in Richard O'Rourke, who was unable to start due to injury.
The game turned again when a high effort into the Cloughaneely goal area saw 'keeper Sean McClafferty come off his line to contest with Darren McGeever and Dillon Muldoon. The ball broke to Jamie Crawford to fire home an equalising goal.
Four Masters scorers: Jamie Crawford 1-4,4f; Killian Faulkner 0-3,2f,'45'; Alex McCalmont 1-0.
Cloughaneely scorers: Jason McGee 0-4,3f; Cillian Gallagher 1-0; Shaun Curran (f), Martin Maguire, John McGarvey Mark Harley, Darren McGeever (f), Blake McGarvey 0-1 each.
FOUR MASTERS: Ryan Haughey; Dillon Kennedy, Brian Fegan, Aidan McHugh; Leo McHugh, Patrick Reid, Daire Quinn; Dillon Muldoon, Jason Duignan; Oisin Reid, Senan Quinn, Darragh Geary; Ale McCalmont, Jamie Crawford, Killian Faulkner.
Subs: Richard O'Rourke for Duignan (45); Joe Leape for P Reid (49); Dermot Slevin for Geary (49).
CLOUGHANEELY: Sean McClafferty; Noel Sweeney, Lee O'Brien, Ciaran McFadden; Cian McFadden, Michael Fitzgerald, Shaun Curran; Ciaran Scanlon, Darren McGeever; Martin Maguire, Conor Coll, John John McGarvey; Shaun Maguire, Jason McGee, Blake McGarvey.
Subs: Cillian Gallagher for Scanlon (36); Mark Harley for Curran (38); Ciaran McGeady for Coll (43); Cathal McGeever for M Maguire (48); Paul Sweeney for S Maguire (50).
REFEREE: Michael McShane (Kilcar)
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