Douglas 3-19 Ballincollig 1-12
IT was level pegging at the interval in this SE Senior championship clash in Castle Road on Saturday evening but in the end, there was no denying Douglas, who upped the ante in the second half.
For the victors, last year's county champions Sars await in the next round, for the losers it's the end of the line after consecutive defeats.
Ballincollig got the perfect start opening up a seven-point lead before Douglas got on the scoreboard. Three Denise Cronin frees, one from Samantha Coomey and a sixth minute Patricia Buttimer goal gave them a dream start.
Douglas gradually got themselves into the game, spearheaded by the hard-working Mackey twins, the excellent Katlyn Holland and Julia White they hit six points without reply they took the game to Ballincollig.
Twice the sides swapped points as the Village held their two-point advantage before Niamh O'Brien stretched it to three. However, a superb drive saw Mairead Mulroney glide past several defenders and finish to the net to tie it up at the break 1-8 apiece.
Katrina Mackey, who covered every blade of grass, edged Douglas into an early lead on the resumption but Cronin clipped over two frees to put Ballincollig back in front.
Growing in confidence Douglas kept coming at them and when Mairead Mulroney’s long-range effort dropped just over the line for a goal nine minutes into the half they took a lead they were to hold.
Driven on by Mackey who contributed 12 points to their total they hit four without reply, Katlyn Holland and Joy Leo adding one each as Mackey fired over two. Buttimer pointed a Ballincollig free but Douglas continued to hold the upper hand.
Jess Kavanagh then denied Ballincollig with an excellent penalty save and Douglas were on their way before Julia White cleverly handpassed to the net.
Caoimhe McCarthy hit a point as Mackey finished a splendid performance with three points in a row.
The end of the road for Ballincollig as Douglas advance to meet Sarsfields.
Scorers for Douglas: K Mackey 0-12 (0-7 f), M Mulroney 2-0 J White 1-1, K Holland 0-4, C McCarthy, J Leo 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: D Cronin 0-8 f, P Buttimer 1-2 (0-1 f), S Coomey, N O’Brien 0-1 each.
DOUGLAS: J Kavanagh; S Mulroney, A Curtin, E Kavanagh; C Nason, P Mackey, R Sheehan; M Mulroney, C Noonan ; K Holland, K Mackey, C St Ledger; A Walsh, J Leo, J White.
Subs : C McCarthy for A Walsh (55), E McAndrew for J Leo (55), K Twomey for C St Ledger (59), K Twomey for J White (62).
BALLINCOLLIG: L Doyle; C Healy, S O’Leary, O Keating; C Irish, L Weste (c), A Cotter; S Buckley, M Healy; D Cronin, L Dorgan, S Coomey; N O’Brien, P Buttimer, O O’Leary.
Subs: E Casey for C Irish (h-t), O McCarthy for S Buckley.
Referee: Niall O’Neill (Midleton).