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Malin fall to their 3rd consecutive defeat 01.07.14

Four Masters...1-10


Malin fell to their 3rd consecutive defeat when going down by three points in Tir Chonaill Park, Donegal Town on Sunday. A Karl Lacey goal midway through the opening half, proved decisive as he burst through the Inishowen sides defence and fired past Declan Lafferty for the only three pointer of the encounter.
Both sides were evenly matched throughout, with the home side first to settle and Kevin Mc Brearty raised the first white flag of the afternoon, but Michael Byrne levelled moments later. Four Masters regained the lead from a Dillon Ward score, and on the 18th minute of the game, county star Karl Lacey found the back of the net to push his side 5 points in front. Further scores from Ward and Lacey pushed the Donegal Town side further ahead and when Mc Brearty notched his second of the afternoon, the signs were looking ominous for Terence Colhouns charges. Matthew Byrne fired over to reduce the deficit and this seemed to spark the visitors into life, as Malin finished the half in the ascendancy. Points from Kieran Mc Colgan and an Anthony Kelly free ensured the game was still in the balance when the half time whistle sounded leaving the men in black n amber trailing by 1-5 to 0-4 at the interval.
Both sides traded scores in the opening minutes of the half, and when substitute Adam Byrne and Brendan Mc Laughlin got their names on the score sheet for the visitors, just 2 points separated the sides. Michael Doherty (whose father was an ex Malin player) eased the home sides worries when he got his first and only score of the game to put 3 between the sides. Conor Farren edged his side closer in the closing stages to set up a grand finale. Lacey and Conor Mc Gonagle points seemed to have secured the win for the south Donegal side, but just as they had done in the first half, Malin threw every thing at their hosts and a brace of points from Anthony Kelly, left a goal between the sides. A Brendan Mc Laughlin effort flashed across the goal with just minutes remaining, as they home side breathed a huge size of relief. The defeat leaves Malin in joint second bottom place and sets up a big clash next up, when Ardara come calling.

Four Masters: S Martin; D Quinn, L Keaney, D McGarrigle; J Boyle, K Lacey (1-2), B Dunnion; K McBrearty (0-2,1f), B Monaghan; C Loughney, R McGrory, J Lacey; C McMonagle (0-2), D Ward (0-3,2f), M Doherty (0-1,f). Subs., D Doherty for McGrory 38; C Rooney for Loughney 48; J McCrea for Ward 53; D Walsh for Boyle 57.

Malin: D Lafferty; C Byrne, D Harkin, G Farren; C McColgan (0-1), P McColgan, D Walsh (0-1); A Kelly (0-3,3f), J G McLaughlin; P McLaughlin, M Byrne (0-2), B McLaughlin (0-1); S McLaughlin, T Doherty, M Byrne. Subs., A Byrne (0-1) for M Byrne 45; C Farren (0-1) for P McLaughlin 47; M Lafferty for T Doherty 49. Referee: I Molloy (Naomh Conaill).
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