St Finbarr’s 1-22 Douglas 0-8
SAINT Finbarr’s got their Premier 1 Minor Hurling Championship campaign off to a winning start following a comfortable win over Douglas at Togher.
There were many top-class displays from a well-drilled Barrs side, but a 14-point contribution and a clinical display from Ben Cunningham made him the standout performer.
Son of the legendary Cork goalkeeper Ger, the young Barrs player is an exceptional striker of the ball, and he certainly is a player for the future at the southside club.
Douglas showed better touches in the opening exchanges and with Daire Burke posing the Barrs defence problems it was no surprise Stephen St Ledger edged them ahead in the third minute following a free.
Further points from Conor O’Donovan and St Ledger increased the Douglas lead to three, but gradually the Barrs responded in style.
A superb Cahalane point started the rout, and when the same player showed a tremendous burst of speed he ended up batting the ball to the net that helped his side lead by the minimum — 1-2 to 0-4.
The Barrs were now in the ascendancy, and with Cunningham having a superb game at centre field, they increased their lead to five points with 10 minutes remaining to the half-time interval.
As the half matured, the Barrs continued to dictate affairs as they had a number of players in key positions that managed to execute a series of crucial scores.
It was fitting that Cunningham would finish with his seventh point of the half as the Barrs looked in pole position at the break when commanding a 1-11 to 0-5 lead.
On the resumption, Cunningham continued to score points with relative ease, and midway through the half the Barrs had surged into a 13-point lead.
The young Douglas outfit, to their credit, refused to lie down. They kept on battling hard right to final whistle despite looking second-best for long periods.
The one consolation for Douglas is that they still have a pair of chances to make amends, with games against Ballincollig and Ibane Gaels awaiting them.
Scorers for St Finbarr’s: B Cunningham 0-14 (0-7 f), J Cahalane 1-3, W Buckley 0-3, D Kennedy, E Twomey (0-1 each).
Douglas: S St Ledger 0-4 f, C O’Donovan 0-3, D Burke 0-1.
St Finbarr’s: D McSweeney; S Kennedy, R Fitzpatrick, R Doyle; D Kennedy, B O’Connor, JJ O’Connor; E Twomey, M Nason; R O’Sullivan, C Doolan, B Cunningham, G Gowen; W Buckley, J Cahalane, A Buckley.
Subs: J Gould for G Gowen (42), M Ryan for R O’Sullivan (48), R O’Sullivan for J Cahalane (54), E Hallahan for D Kennedy (46).
Douglas: K O’Neill; A O’Brien, D Squires, C Kenny; M Howell, K McSweeney, D Kelly; D Burke, E Nash; C O’Leary, C O’Donovan, A Sheedy; S St Ledger, J Adeniran, A O’Hare.
Sub: B Bowler for J Adeniran (45).
Referee: C O’Regan (Ballyhea).