FOUR MASTERS might have finished with 13 men – but they saw off Naomh Muire to seal a place in the Minor League Division 1 final.
Four Masters 1-15 Naomh Muire 0-11
Having been beaten by the same opposition in the Southern Board’s final, Four Masters were intent on revenge.
They did so in spite of playing 40 minutes down a an after Carl McCarry was given a second booking after only 20 minutes. Late in the afternoon, Mark Jordan was also dismissed, but the spadework was long done by then.
Four Masters were 0-8 to 0-1 up midway through the first half with Jordan, Shay Travers, Joe Leape and Alex McCalmont to the fore.
At half-time, Four Masters were 0-9 to 0-4 ahead momentarily shook by McCarry’s sending off.
A brace of fine scores by McCalmont after the break steadied the ship and Senan Quinn put the deficit to eight points.
It was Quinn who bagged the goal that put the game beyond Naomh Muire’s reach.
Even a handful of points from the Lower Rosses men wasn’t enough as Four Masters sealed a spot in the final.
Four Masters: Oisin Bryson; Eoin Gorrell, Diarmuid O’Donnell, Brian Gallagher; Alex McCalmont (0-3,2f), Darragh Geary, James McHugh; Senan Quinn (1-1), Richard O’Rourke; Ultan O’Grady, Carl McCarry, Joe Leape (0-5); Shay Travers (0-5,2f), Killian Faulkner (0-1), Mark Jordan (0-1). Sub: Kyle O’Neill for S Travers (60).
Naomh Muire: Hugh Sweeney; Conor Cannon, Ferdia Doherty, Dominic Boyle; Noah Boyle, Michael Greene (0-1), Shane Boyle, Joseph Greene; Conor Hanlon (0-1), Joey Gillespie (0-6,2f), Owen Boyle; Martin Mannion (0-1,1f), Eoin Martin (0-2,2f), Fintan Doherty. Subs: Danny Ward (0-1) for J Greene (17), Conor Duffy for C Hanlon (25), Conor Devenney for M Mannion (38), Odhrán Doherty for C Cannon (48).
Referee: Dermot McColgan (Naomh Padraig, Muff).