Nemo have too much for Douglas to complete group stages unbeaten

Nemo have too much for Douglas to complete group stages unbeaten

Nemo Rangers' Mark Cronin holds possession ahead of Sean Wilson of Douglas during the Bon Secours Premier Senior Football Championship match in Paírc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Nemo Rangers 1-15 Douglas 1-10 

NEMO RANGERS advanced to the quarter-final of the Bon Secours Cork Senior football championship following their win over Douglas at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

In truth, Nemo were never in full flow and although Douglas posed them problems at times a win always looked on the cards. Nemo's reward is a quarter-final against Ballincollig, with the winners facing Duhallow or Valley Rovers.

This was a competitive game right from the throw-in with Nemo’s Kevin O’Donovan kicking the opening point in the second minute following quality build-up play.

Douglas playing with the aid of a strong wind gradually came into the game and points from Dylan Ward and Conor Russell saw them edge ahead in the seventh minute.

Nemo on their next possession should have raised the first green flag but Barry O’Driscoll amazingly pulled his shot wide of the left post with a goal at his mercy.

Credit to Douglas they played with sheer passion and tenacity but with Luke Connolly, the consistent go-to man for Nemo his fourth white flag in the 13th minute saw the Trabeg side command a 0-5 to 0-3 lead.

Indeed Nemo can thank goalkeeper Michael Aodh Martin in the manner he denied Luke McGrath a certain goal in the 20th minute when their defence was carved open.

The key for Nemo in keeping Douglas restricted was their ability to double and treble team Sean Powter but a Mark Cronin point ensured the champions went in at the break with a five-point 0-10 to 0-5.

On the restart, Douglas tightened their defence and two unanswered points gave them the perfect start.

On each occasion, Douglas looked likely to get back in the game Nemo always responded as O’Driscoll was denied a goal by a superb Brian Boyle save.

What a weekend it proved for Nemo’s Ronan Dalton as on Saturday he came off the bench in the 32nd minute to score 1-4 that helped his team qualify for the PIFC quarter-final despite losing to Macroom.

In this game, he started, and it was fitting he finished with Nemo’s only goal in the 60th minute that brought his tally to 1-1.

Douglas should be commended in the manner they battled from start to finish without ever looking likely to topple their opponents.

Nemo Rangers' Alan Cronin evades the challenge from Luke McGrath. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Nemo Rangers' Alan Cronin evades the challenge from Luke McGrath. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Scorers for Nemo Rangers: L Connolly 0-6 (0-5 f); R Dalton 1-1, P Kerrigan 0-3, M Cronin 0-2 (0-1 f), K O’Donovan, B O’Driscoll, C Horgan 0-1 each.

Douglas: C Russell 0-5 (0-3 f), S McCarthy 1-0, D Ward 0-3, L Dineen, B Hartnett 0-1 each.

NEMO: M A Martin; B Cripps, B Murphy, A Cronin; K O’Donovan, K Histon, S Cronin; P Morgan, J McDermott; B O’Driscoll, R Dalton, C O’Brien; M Cronin, L Connolly, P Kerrigan.

Subs: C Horgan for M Cronin (50), K Fulignati for P Morgan (53).

DOUGLAS: B Boyle; D Ward, N Walsh, L McGrath; S Wilson, K Flahive, D Harte; B Hartnett, N Hartnett, L Dineen, S Powter, B Collins; C Russell, J Harte, S Collins.

Subs: E O’Sullivan for S Collins (h-t), S McCarthy for D Harte (49), A O’Connell for B Collins (52), B Powter for J Harte (55).

Referee: Alan O’Connor (Ballygarvan).

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