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November 26th 2003

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Four Masters bow out to St Galls

Photos & Report:

Jason McGarrigle

Joel Carr turns his man and takes off upfield apace

Galls 1-11 Masters 0-9

On a beautiful day in Clones, Four Masters took on St Galls, the Antrim Champions, in the Ulster Semi-Final of the All Ireland Club Championship.
First scores on the board went to Galls with O’Hare pointing twice before a reply from Shane Carr after five minutes. On 14 minutes a bad kick-out by Durcan was fielded by O’Hare and knocked over the bar. Then on 16 minutes the same man was pulled down by Don Monaghan - a penalty and a goal by Sean Burns for the Antrim champs. But a great fight back by Masters saw three points in a row from Espey, Doherty and Joel Carr. But two more points for Galls left the half-time score St Galls 1-5 Masters 0-4.
Galls started the second half as they finished the first, Carl Stewart scoring in the first minute with Espey replying with a point. At this stage the Masters manager, Michael Kelly, put on Rory O’Donnell and Enda Caldwell, withdrawing Derek Mc Ginty and Charlie McNulty and moved Barry Dunnion to centre half forward. But again Galls were next to score, with O’Hare putting over a point. Lacey was moved up into attack. Espey scored a great point from a free leaving the sides St. Galls 1-7 Masters 0-6. But a free awarded for Britton overcarrying led to another Galls point.
Then two points in a row from Espey and Lacey left just three points between the sides. Gallagher came back for Galls with a point before a great goal chance for Michael Doherty with a fierce shot that was just parried around the upright by Gall keeper, Paddy Murray. Two more points for Galls before Espey scored again, left the score at fulltime Galls 1-11 Masters 0-9.
A disappointing result but a great run for Masters. With so many matches in such a short period, our boys did us proud - a young team with the potential to reach great heights.

Masters captain, Barry Monaghan, punches out at a kickout to try win posession in midfield. Watched on by Karl Stewart, Don Monaghan and Enda Cauldwell

Rugby Club Notes
Saturday 15th November – U14 Ulster Rugby Development League

Donegal Town 10 Cooke(Belfast) 12

On Saturday Donegal U14’s, playing just their second competitive game, faced a fancied Cooke XV from Belfast. A heavy pitch and slippy conditions didn’t seem to impede either side and the standard of handling and movement of the ball was testimony to this.
Donegal opened the scoring on the 6th minute when from a solid scrum their No. 8 gathered and launched a long ball upfield that caught the visitors flatfooted. The pacey Yann Sweeney was first in the chase. He measured his kick ahead to perfection and followed up to touch down in the corner.
The Cooke response came quickly and on the 9th minute, following sustained pressure down the left, their pack eventually pushed over to make the score 5-5.
The move of the day and home side’s second score came on 15 minutes – Donegal won good line-out ball and great handling saw it rapidly fed across to the right wing where Paul Molloy - coming through at pace - gathered and sprinted 30 metres to the line for a great try. This left the score 10-5 to Donegal Town and that was how things stood at half-time.
The 2nd half was just 2 minutes old when the Belfast side struck again through a fine individual effort to score a fine try in the left corner and the conversion was landed from an acute angle to make the score 10-12 and give Cooke the lead for the first time in the match.
The remainder of this entertaining encounter saw these two well matched sides cancel each other out, and try as they might, Donegal Town just could not breach the Cooke line.
For the home side Timothy Cape, Anthony O’Callaghan and Robbie Daly also deserve special mention. But the character and discipline displayed by the entire squad was another notable feature of the morning.

Donegal Town U14 Squad – Rory Boyle, Timothy Cape, Patrick Moss, Daniel Gildea, Jim Scully, Anthony O’Callaghan, Owen Boyle, Yann Sweeney, Philip Byrne, Paul Molloy, Charlie McGill, Colm Mc Clafferty, Ryan O”Hara, Gary Cunningham, Danny Ferguson, Robbie Daly, Niall Heeney.

Donegal Town RFC lotto draw took place at The Harbour, Donegal Town on 15th November. Numbers were 4,3,6,1,2,5. Mr Frank Shovlin Jnr. And Mr John Hanna won €100 each. Tickets for our next draw 29th November are on sale now and draw will take place in O’Donnells Bar, Donegal Town.

No senior games took place this weekend

Donegal Town FC

Under age coaching sessions on Monday evenings have been so successful of late that the original one hour session for the U-10’s between 5-6 o’clock has been lengthened to two hours - the younger kids between 5-6 and the nine and ten year olds between 6-7 o’clock.
As the all-weather facility lies vacant during the day-time, any school which wishes to avail of these times is more than welcome to do so, just contact any committee member to make the necessary arrangements.
The U-16 are still very much in the running for the South Donegal Schoolboys League, with the top of the league very tight between Donegal/Killymard, St. Catherines and Ballyshannon. The game against Eany Celtic was cancelled this weekend and it is still all to play for, with the league nearing its end. Best of wishes to Marty Byrne and his team for the remaining fixtures.
The senior team are currently enjoying a superb run of form, having not conceded a goal in the last six matches and in the meantime registering 28 goals. Much credit should go to Cyril Svarek in goal, while being brilliantly guarded by his defence, his concentration never wanes and is always vigilant when called upon.
Most recently the team triumphed over Curragh Athletic in the League by a score of 3-0 Darren Kelly (2) and Fintan Doherty scorers on the day.
With promotion from Division Two the ultimate goal, and our place in the next round of the Ulster Junior cup assured, thanks a 1-0 away win over Premier Division side Glenree, lets hope the good form continues.
Tickets are now available for the Christmas Draw and may be purchased from any club member. The draw will take place in The Abbey Hotel on December 20th. All support welcome.

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