DOUGLAS lifted the Rebel Óg Fe 14 Premier 1 Football League title after they deservedly defeated a talented Bishopstown side 4-9 to 2-7 in the playoff final at Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday afternoon.
A brace of well-taken goals from right half-forward Jamie O’Brien and a clinical display from Sean Coakley, who grabbed 1-4, helped Douglas to claim the silverware with this impressive eight-point victory.
Both sides were desperately unlucky not to score a goal inside the opening minutes as Finnan Gallagher saw his powerful shot crash against the outside of the near post for Douglas shortly before Bishopstown’s Bill Cahill struck the inside of the far post.
It wasn’t until the 12th minute of this tense final that the first point was registered by Douglas' corner forward Ronan Dooley and that was quickly followed by the first goal which came courtesy of his teammate Jamie O’Brien.
The teams would swap a couple of points each either side of the first water break but Bishopstown soon rallied and a point from a tight angle by Cillian Murray followed by a superb goal from the brilliant Bill Cahill got them back on terms by the 28th minute, 1-3 apiece.
Cahill would get the final point of the half but by the time the referee blew his whistle for half time, Douglas were ahead thanks to a goal and a point from Sean Coakley, 2-4 to 1-4 at the interval.
By the water break at the midway point of the second half, Douglas were in complete control as they allowed their opponents just one point through Gary Holland.
And in that time, they scored three more points themselves as well as a goal from substitute Sam O’Leary, who twisted and turned before blasting the ball into the roof of the net, 3-7 to 1-5 heading into the final quarter.
Bishoptown, to their credit, battled until the very end and Cahill would add 1-2 to his and his team’s tally before full time.
But they only proved to be consolations as Douglas continued to take their scores - including a penalty goal in injury time through Jamie O’Brien - to ensure they emerged from this highly entertaining final triumphant.
Scorers for Douglas: J O’Brien 2-0 (1-0 pen), S Coakley 1-4 (0-3 frees), S O’Leary 1-0, R Dooley 0-3, J Harte and J O’Leary 0-1 each.
Bishopstown: B Cahill 2-4 (0-3 frees), C Murray 0-2, G Holland 0-1.
DOUGLAS: R Moloney; R Long, D McPhaidín, B O’Hehir; D Reddington, A Murray, E O’Connor; J O’Leary, C Hallahan; J O’Brien, J Harte, F Gallagher; C Kilbride, S Coakley, R Dooley.
Subs: Z Doyle for D McPhaidín (7), S O’Leary for C Kilbride (38), T Lucas for J Harte (60), E Kelly for R Dooley (60).
BISHOPSTOWN: S Dorgan; A English, O Foley, D Murphy; S Mac Bride, H Wixted, J O’Mahony; D Nestor, G Holland; B McCarthy, C Murray, S O’Connell; C Vaughan, B Cahill, H Grant.
Subs: D Griffin for H Grant (57).
Referee: Colm O Mochain.