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January 8th 2003

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Bord na nOg Review of 2002

U10 Football

Training for the under 10 footballers commenced at the end of April and continued until the end of September. A total of 21 training sessions were organised for this group, including participation in 3 Blitz tournaments in Ballyshannon, Mountcharles and our own in Tirconnail Park.

With over 65 young boys and girls attending the Saturday morning sessions, the children were sub divided into 2 more manageable groups; U-8 and U-10.

The coaching for the U-8 children was carried out by Gerry Loughney and Paul McHugh while the U10’s were handled by John Hanna, Felix Gillespie, John Doogan and Gerry Fegan. We also enjoyed great support from many other parents particularly John Joe O’Shea, Paddy Muldoon and John McIntyre, who were more than willing to help when asked.

Finally, the last word should go to the 65 plus children involved. They were keenly interested, disciplined and full of promising ability. They certainly did their families and their club proud throughout the season.

U12 Football

Training for the U-12 footballers commenced in January in the gym. They played their first league game in early April. A total of 41 boys played for the A & B squads. The A team had a mixed season, having won 5 and lost 5 games. They reached the final of the ‘Willie Rogers’ tournament in Ballyshannon, but lost out to Collery. Three of the lads competed in the County Final of the Orange Skills, namely Conor McDaid, Paul McIntryre and Josh Lacey.
Some of the U-12 team are members of the U-13 squad who won the regional final and were defeated finalist at County level.

Management Team: Paddy Muldoon, John McIntyre and Sean Dunnion.

U14 Football

The under fourteens had an interesting season, starting off with a narrow defeat by Ardara, then loosing heavily to Killybegs but bounced back with good victories over Dungloe, Glenties and Ballyshannon. This left them joint second in the section and forced a playoff with Ardara in Mountcharles, however, an ever improving Ardara side had a comfortable victory and went on to win the All County League.

In the Championship Four Masters played brilliant football against championship favourites Killybegs but were shattered by two late goals and lost by the narrowest of margins. In the second leg Killybegs ran out easy winners.

There were some excellent performances during the year from Deci Brown, Shane Patton, David Giblin, Barry Farragher, Christian McGettigan, Henry Duignan and Garry Gillespie and as a result of their displays both Ryan O’Donnell and Robert Timoney were selected for the county development squad.

Throughout the season this side showed sufficient talent, skill and commitment to suggest that, if the nucleus of this team can be kept together, they can push for houours at U 16 or U18. Management Team: Hughie Sweeney, Kieran Keeney, Brendan McMonagle, Gabriel O’Donnell and Michael Browne.

U16 Football

Managed by Peter Dunnion and John Joe O’Shea, this team enjoyed more dinner breaks than dinners. Defeated by Aodh Ruadh in both legs of the Championship meant the exit door. They participated in the Southern Regional League and a draw with Bundoran was the only claim to fame. Management Team: John Joe O’Shea and Peter Dunnion.

PANEL: Kevin McGurk, Niall McGinty, Ryan O’Donnell, Daniel McGarrigle, Robert Timoney, Aaron McGettigan, Kevin Haughey, John Gallagher, Kieran O’Reilly, James McInaw, Peter McGettigan, Barry Kemp, Ronan Gillespie, Christopher Cassidy, Cathal Travers, Enda Travers, Shane Travers, Darren Pearson, Ronan O’Shea

Four Masters’ Minor Football Campaign 2002

The first round of the Donegal Minor Championship is run on a home and away basis. Four Masters were drawn against Dungloe. Winners at U14 and beaten finalists at U-12 and U-16 the Donegal Town club was one of the favourites to capture minor glory in 2002. The first round first leg was played at Tirconaill Pairc on 24th July, ending in a draw at 0-8 each. This result left Dungloe with the advantage going into their home leg a fortnight later. However, the Four Masters team, with the prospect of first round elimination at stake, put in a solid performance to run out comfortable winners on a score of 1-9 to 0-4. On to the County quarter final and a tricky assignment against Naomh Conaill (Glenties). Played at Fintra (Killybegs) this was a very close affair ending in a victory for Four Masters on a score of 1-9 to 0-9.

The semi-final brought Gweedore and Four Masters together at MacCumhaill Pairc, Ballybofey. After an absorbing dual, this match ended all square with Four Masters scoring 1-11 to Gweedores’ 2-8. The replay at the same venue, was equally gripping and was only decided in the final minute of added time when Michael Doherty landed a free kick giving his team victory on a 1-7 to 0-9 score line.

The County final on Sunday 20th October again at Mac Cumhaill Pairc paired Four Masters with Killybegs, their old rivals at this level. Killybegs had beaten the Donegal Town boys in both the U12 and U16 finals with the Masters turning the fishermen over at the semi-final stage on their way to capturing the U14 title. The minor championships, the jewel in the underage ranks, had a final pairing to ignite huge interest throughout the county.

On a wet and breezy day both sets of players produced a very competitive and entertaining game which saw the Four Masters lift the minor championship by the minimum margin scoring 3-5 to Killybegs 1-10.

As county minor champions, Four Masters represented Donegal in the Ulster Minor Club Championship where they suffered a 4 point defeat by eventual finalists Armagh Harps in the 1st round. MINOR PANEL: Dermot Callaghan, Shane Gillespie, Conor Browne, Sean Bushell, Ronan O’Shea, Conor Rooney, Declan Bushell, Martin Cassidy, Niall Gillespie, Declan McMonagle, Karl Lacey, Paul Willis, Donal Dunnion, Michael Doherty, John McAloone, Alan Kelly, Mark Sweeney, Pauric Harvey, Shane Dunnion, Kevin McGurk, Niall McGinty, John Gallagher, Kevin Clarke, Aaron McGettigan. MANAGEMENT: Enda Nolan, Peter Donaghy, Joe Lacey, Deborah Lacey, Barry Brennan

Ladies Football


Managed by Catherine Martin, the girls defeated Glenfin at home, secured an away draw against the same opposition and defeated St. Nauls and Robert Emmetts to qualify from the group to the semi-final stage. However they came off second best against neighbours St. Naul’s at this stage. Thanks to Andrew Cunningham who sponsored a set of gear for the team. PANEL: Alison Thomas, Corin Cahill, Michelle Maguire, Sinead Magee, Caoimhe O’Connor, Aisling Mundy, Aoife Charles, Patrice Rooney, Ann McFadden, Collette Cunningham, Chloe McGinty, Kate Keeney, Thelma O’Regan, Rachel Crawford, Aoife Travers, Eimear Cassidy, Tanya Nolan, Sarah Fahy, Shauna Kelly, Jennifer Cassidy, Emma Campbell, Brona Callaghan, Niamh McMenamin, Aisling McGee. Team Manager: Catherine Martin


Again Catherine was at the helm. They secured home and away wins against Glenfin, an away draw with Robert Emmetts, followed by a home victory against the same opposition. A defeat at the hands of Sean MacCumhaills meant the girls did not qualify from the group stage. PANEL: Aoife Gallagher, Roisin Gillen, Laura Cunningham, Shauna Farragher, Ciara Boyle, Laura Meehan, Aimee Sweeney, Stacey McGinty, Catherine O’Sullivan, Vanessa Quinn, Grainne Callaghan, Grainne McGroarty, Kelly McGlinchey, Dawn Hughes, Deirdre O’Reilly, Brenda Patton, Jessica Gallagher, Claire McGlinchey, Christina McBarron, Orla O’Donnell, Orla Mongan. Manager: Catherine Martin.


Managed by Niamh Britton and Emer Carr this squad defeated Glenfin, Sean Mac Cumhaills, and Robert Emmetts to qualify for the county semi-final where they lost to Burt. PANEL: Catriona Dorrian, Emer McMullin, Roisin Dunleavy, Amy Gallagher, Niamh Martin, Yvonne Bushell, Melissa Martin, Kelly Lacey, Patrice Rooney, Helen McPartlan, Shona McGroarty, Catriona Gallagher, Aoife Gallagher, Vanessa Quinn, Christine McBarron, Grainne Callaghan, Kelly McGlinchey, Emer McBarron, Don Hughes, Laura Meehan, Emma Mundy, Deirdre Kelly. Managers: Niamh Britton, Emer Carr.


Managed by Niamh Britton and Emer Carr, the minor ladies defeated Glenfin at home and away, before defeating Aodh Ruadh in the quarter final. They await a semi-final meeting with Buncrana. Panel: Catriona Dorrian, Yvonne Bushell, Niamh Britton, Michelle Sweeney, Orla Dunleavy, Louise McGroary, Patrice Rooney, Emer Carr, Kelly Lacey, Denise Cassidy, Laura McNern, Anna Callaghan, Shona McGroarty, Laura Quinn, Helen McPartlan Deirdre Kelly, Vanessa Quinn, Niamh Martin, Roisin Dunlevy, Grainne Callaghan, Emer McMullin, Dawn Hughes.

Hurling Review for 2002

The Club continued its efforts with the promotion of hurling by competing in the under 12,14,16 and minor county competitions.


Our U12’s, although working from a small squad of players completed their league programme. Three members of its squad participated in the ‘Donegal Creameries’ sponsored under 12 skills competition.


The under 14’s played six games in their league being defeated by Burt and MacCumhaills. They also participated in Feile na nGael where we hosted the Naomh Colmcille club from Co. Tyrone in late June.

PANEL: Kevin Brennan, Michael Martin, Shane Patton, Barry Farragher, Declan Browne, Ryan O’Donnell, Brendan Mundy, Pauric Gillespie, Gary Gillespie, Ryan Earley, Joseph Gallagher, Stephen Pearson, Jason Duignan, Rory Brogan, Ronan Diver, Joseph McGlynn, Shane McNulty, Danny McNulty, Shane Dunleavy, Richard Burke, Marcus Pearson, Darragh Farragher, Conor McDaid, Christopher O’Byrne, Conal Sweeney, Fergal Gillespie, David Boyle, Gary Bushell, Peter Quinn, Ryan Quinn, Sean Fegan, John Meehan, Patrick Brady, Darragh McMenamin, Conor Earley. Management: Liam Mullin, Pauric Farragher.


Our under 16’s finished top of their league, winning five games and drawing one, but were defeated by Burt in the championship semi-final. PANEL: Kevin Brennan, Carl Cassidy, Ronan Gillespie, Darragh Pearson, James McAnaw, Kyle Sweeney, Aaron McGettigan, Mark Patton, Fergal Brown, Kieran Cleary, Kevin McNulty, Daniel McGarrigle, Shane Travers, Phelin Brady, Declan Brown, Joe McNulty, Shane Patton, Joe Gallagher, Kieran Daly, Enda Travers, Gary Gillespie, John Sullivan, Francis McMullin, Barry Farragher. Management: Tommy Brennan, Michael Feeney


The Minors shared their league with MacCumhaills having played seven games, also reaching the Ulster Minor club league division 2 semi-final going under to a strong Down Academy team, obtaining four useful games in the process. They await a championship semi-final with Burt in the near future. The Club were well represented on the county under 16 and minor hurling teams this year.

Kevin Brennan, Mark Patton, Kevin McNulty, Ronan Gillespie, Kyle Sweeney, Fergal Browne, Phelim Brady, Ciaran Cleary, James Mc Anaw, John O’Sullivan and Darren Pearson were members of the County under 16 team which won the Ulster Youth Games Division 2 in Belfast last May and suffered only one reverse in the 16 ‘C’ championship against eventual champions Monaghan.

Declan Bushell, Dermot Callaghan, Martin Cassidy, Anthony and James Mc Anaw were panellists on the County minor hurling team which won the Ulster Minor Division 2 league and Ulster and All Ireland ‘C’ championship, playing thirteen games in total. PANEL: Kevin Brennan, Ronan Gillespie, Dermot Callaghan, John Sullivan, Shane Gillespie, Liam O’Riordan, Mark Patton, Anthony McInaw, James McInaw, Declan Bushell, Martin Cassidy, Fergal Brown, Conor McCabe, Phelim Brady, Eamon Og Brogan, Kieran Cleary, Paul Cassidy, Shane Travers, Enda Travers, Daniel McGarrigle, Kieran Daly, Darren Pearson, Kevin McNulty. Management: Tommy Brennan, Michael Feeney.

County representation in Hurling


Fergal Brown, Pheilim Brady, James McInaw, Darren Pearson, Kevin McNulty, Kyle Sweeney, Ronan Gillespie, Mark Patton, John O’Sullivan, Ciaran Cleary and Kevin Brennan.


Martin Cassidy, Declan Bushel, Anthony McInaw Dermot Callaghan and James McInaw were members of the All Ireland winning team.

County Representation in Football

U14 School of Excellence Ryan O’Donnell and Robert Timoney were selected on this squad.


Karl Lacey, Michael Doherty, Martin Cassisdy and Kevin Clarke were members of Paddy Hegarty’s County Minor Team.

Vocational Schools

Paul Durcan, Michael Doherty, Brendan Byrne and Karl Lacey were members of the county Vocational School Team that achieved All Ireland Success.

Congratulations to Karl Lacey who was one of the eighteen players selected at provincial level as part of an Ulster Development squad.

Primary School

Congratulations to Jamie McCrea and Oisin McGinty who were selected to represent the County as part of the Cumann na mBunscoil initative.

Ladies Minor

Kelly Lacey, Niamh Britton, Anna Callaghan and Laura Quinn were members of the County Minor Team.

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