Éire Óg 3-9
EVEN though Éire Óg will be disappointed to lose this SE Systems senior championship tie in Castle Road on Sunday evening, it was a respectable result against an experienced Douglas side holding inter-county players the calibre of Katrina and Pam Mackey, Julia White and former inter-county goalkeeper Jessica Kavanagh.
The loss of injured full back Aoife Hennessy was also a big loss. With Emma Crowley hitting 1-1 inside six minutes it was a great start for Éire Óg. Crowley gave Douglas keeper Jessica Kavanagh no chance from point blank range. But from there Douglas took control. From that sixth minute until after the quarter mark Éire Óg struggled to get beyond their half forward line and Douglas started picking off the scores.
Julia White was enjoying herself as were the Mackey’s but it wasn’t just Katrina on the scoreboard today. Alicia Cremin declared herself very much on the scene. The only personnel change from Douglas’s last outing had a blinder at full forward. She caused havoc with a great catching display, great strength and finish. She closed the game out with 1-2 and played a major part in both of Julia White’s second half goals.
Mairead Mulrooney was another heavily involved as Douglas went on the attack. Scoring 1-6 without reply, Cremin’s goal coming on thirteen minutes, they led by four points. Éire Óg got back into the game as Aoife O’Callaghan, Isobel Sheehan, Ruth Murphy, Meabh Ellen Desmond and Margaret O’Herlihy drove forward but defensively Douglas’s full back line were once again tight with Emma Kavanagh, Amy Curtin and Seosai Mulrooney growing in confidence with every game. At the other end Chloe St. Ledger was pulled down in the square for a penalty and Mackey made no mistake to give Douglas a 2-9 to 1-4 interval lead.
Despite Mackey getting the opening score of the second period Isobel Sheehan came back out in attacking mode as Éire Óg made another burst attempt at the Douglas goal.
O’Herlihy struck two points but they were knocked back again after Cremin kept a high ball from going over the line and hand passed it towards the net leaving Julia White the simple task of tapping it in.
Three chances Éire Óg then had of netting but Jessica Kavanagh denied them with the first two.
Margaret O’Herlihy eventually found a way through after receiving a good pass from Sheehan and maybe this game wasn’t over yet, the gap seven points but certainly not a runaway victory.
But any hopes Éire Óg had of a fightback were short lived when from the puck out Julia White had her second goal after once again a brilliant catch and offload by Cremin.
Despite trailing at that stage by 10 points you would have to give credit to Éire Óg who just never gave up the fight. In the last quarter they struck 1-3, Margaret O’Herlihy netting from a close in free, to leave a very respectable seven point defeat.
This was Douglas’s fourth outing and undoubtedly they have grown with every game.
Unfortunately for Éire Óg, having won their opening round and receiving a bye in round four this was just their second. At just their second season at senior level they would have liked more games, which would have done them the world of good.
But that’s how it played out. Douglas advance to the semi-final where they’ll meet Courcey Rovers.
Scorers for Douglas: K Mackey 1-8 (1-0 p, 0-2 f), A Cremin 1-2, J White 2-2, C Noonan 0-1
Éire Óg: E Crowley 1-1, M Gleeson 0-2, M O’Herlihy 2-5 (0-2 45, 1-1 f), M E Desmond 0-1
DOUGLAS: J Kavanagh; E Kavanagh, A Curtin, S Mulrooney; C Nason, P Mackey, R Sheehan; M Mulrooney, C Noonan; K Holland, K Mackey, C St. Ledger; J White, A Cremin, J Leo.
Subs: C McCarthy for J Leo (25), J O’Mahony for C St. Ledger (54)
ÉIRE ÓG: R Murray; A Hennessy, K McCarthy; C Sheehan, E Quigley, A O’Callaghan; S Hutchinson, A McSweeney; I Sheehan, R Murphy, M E Desmond; R Sheehan, M Gleeson, M O’Herlihy.
Subs: A Buckley for K McCarthy (40), K McCarthy for C Sheehan (54, inj).
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Aghada).