FOUR MASTERS 0-15 TERMON 0-9 FAVOURITES Four Masters made up for the disappointment of losing two years ago by lifting the Donegal crown with a comprehensive six-point victory over Termon in Ballybofey yesterday.
In front of a record 8,000-strong attendance, the Donegal town side dominated for most of the game against final rookies Termon, who seemed overawed by the occasion.
By half-time the signs were ominous for Termon as Four Masters led by 0-8 to 0-3 and had also kicked seven wides. That dominance continued in the second half, as they outscored Termon by 0-7 to 0-6 and kicked a further six wides.
Had Four Masters not been so profligate, they could have won by an embarrassing margin.
The platform for victory was built on county stars Barry Monaghan and Shane Carr in the middle of the park and a high-octane impressive displays from wing-backs Barry Dunnion and Karl Lacey, the latter driving forward to hit two second half points.
Termon had no answer to the power play of Four Masters and could thank the accuracy of Kevin McGettigan and Johnny McCafferty to be as close as they were, even though they had a limited supply of possession.
While Four Masters were worthy champions, the one-sided final was disappointing for neutrals.
SCORERS - Four Masters: M Doherty 0-4 (3f), S Carr 0-3, K Lacey, B Monaghan, R O'Donnell 0-2 each, C Cassidy, J Carr 0-1 each. Termon: J McCafferty 0-4 (2f), K McMenamin 0-4 (2f), D Gibson 0-1.
FOUR MASTERS - P Durcan; D Cassidy, D Monaghan, P Gillespie; K Lacey, G Britton, B Dunnion; M Monaghan, B Monaghan; D McGinty, S Carr, J Carr; R O'Donnell, C Cassidy, M Doherty. Subs: P Espey for O'Donnell, V Murray for McGinty.
TERMON - M Boyle; A McGrenra, B Gallagher, B Trearty; A McGettigan, K McGettigan, P McDaid; M Alcorn, T Cullen; D Gibson, D Alcorn, PJ McFadden; T Ryan, K McMenamin, J McCafferty. Subs: H Kerr for McGrenra, O Gibson for McFadden, T Alcorn for D Alcorn, J Brady for Ryan, P McLaughlin for Kerr.
REF - J White (Killybegs).