Douglas' big name hurlers stand up to knock out Midleton by a point

Douglas' big name hurlers stand up to knock out Midleton by a point
Conor Lehane, Midleton, tries to challenge Brian O'Neill, Douglas, at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday night. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Douglas 0-22 Midleton 1-18 

HEROIC Douglas discovered new levels of courage and resilience to fashion an unexpected, but richly deserved victory over fancied Midleton at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday evening.

The result sets-up a local derby with Blackrock in the quarter-finals of the Co Op Superstores county senior hurling championship at the climax of a thrilling contest.

Douglas, who trailed by 1-9 to 0-6 after 24 minutes, stormed back by outscoring their opponents 0-11 to 0-2 in a critical period either side of the interval.

Tommy O'Connell and Pa White, Midleton, battling Mark Harrington, Douglas. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Tommy O'Connell and Pa White, Midleton, battling Mark Harrington, Douglas. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

They led by 0-18 to 1-12 after 42 minutes, but it was helter-skelter from there to the finish as Midleton responded brilliantly, four times restoring parity until the returning Brian Turnbull struck the winner in the 57th minute.

Douglas put their bodies on the line to deny Midleton an equaliser during three minutes' additional time which would have sent them through on scoring difference.

Douglas's stars stood up and led the march, starting with Eoin Cadogan in defence, Steven Moylan at midfield and their three key forwards, the brilliant Alan Cadogan, Shane Kingston and Turnbull, who contributed 0-19 between them.

Midleton started purposefully, piercing the Douglas defence in the second minute when Luke O'Farrell goaled.

And that scored separated the sides at the first water-break as Alan Cadogan and wing-back Cillian O'Donovan found the range with a succession of fine points for Douglas.

A superb Sean O'Leary-Hayes point helped the Magpies to a 1-6 to 0-5 just before the interlude and Midleton resumed on top claiming three points on the spin to surge ahead.

Douglas, though, finished the half by scoring four points without reply, all from Kingston frees, to be well in the hunt, trailing by two points, 1-10 to 0-11, having, twice, been six adrift And the pattern continued on the restart as the city side took a stranglehold by firing over another three-point salvo and edge in front for the first time, 0-14 to 1-10, early in the second half.

Shane Donegan almost produced a goal only to be denied by keeper Joe Loftus for a '65, which Kingston converted as Douglas moved 0-18 to 1-12 in front.

The game ebbed and flowed thereafter, Pat White drilling on a ball to level matters and how fitting that Douglas should have an unlikely scoring hero in the elder Cadogan, who hit a monster before O'Farrell equalised and Turnbull's winner.

Scorers for Douglas: S Kingston 0-10 (0-6 f, 0-1 65), A Cadogan 0-5, B Turnbull 0-4, C O'Donovan 0-2, E Cadogan 0-1.

Midleton: C Lehane 0-9 (0-4 f, 0-1 65), L O'Farrell 1-2, C Walsh, P White 0-2 each, S O'Leary-Hayes, J Nagle, T O'Connell 0-1 each. 

DOUGLAS: D Maher; B O'Neill, C Kingston, D Murphy; E Cadogan, M Harrington, C O'Donovan; C Baldwin, S Moylan; E Dolan, S Kingston, M O'Connor; A Cadogan, S Donegan, B Turnbull. 

Sub: A O'Connell for O'Connor 55. 

MIDLETON: J Loftus; K Burke, E Moloney, S Smyth; P O'Farrell, S O'Leary-Hayes, J Nagle; S Quirke, C Walsh; P White, C Lehane, C Beausang; L O'Farrell, T O'Connell, G Manley. 

Subs: S O'Meara for Manley 45, J Hegarthy for Walsh 52. 

Referee: S Stokes (Tullylease).

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