Douglas 1-17 Nemo Rangers 1-8
DOUGLAS got their Premier 1 MFC back on track after a hard-fought win over rivals Nemo Rangers at Douglas last night.
For the winners, and defending champions, it means they still have a chance of making the semi-finals, but will have to win their final game against Ballincollig. Even at that, they could need to put up a decent tally against the Collig, who are virtually through with their superior scoring difference of plus 24.
For the winners, Alan O'Hare was in top form and was a handful for the Nemo defence all through, with Aaron Sheehy, Ciaran Kenny and Eoghan Nash also playing well.
Nemo were led by Ross Corkery, son of Colin, and he showed that he is more than capable of filling his father's boots, with a quality display.
Nash opened the scoring for Douglas just 30 seconds in, with Sheehy and O'Hare adding a point apiece all in the first two minutes.
Nemo started to work their way into the game, with Sean Barrett getting them off the mark.
With five minutes gone Nemo were unlucky not to get a goal, when Robert Dillon's shot came back off the bar, with Douglas keeper Cian O'Leary well beaten.
Roger Timon pulled a point back for Nemo before two more from O'Hare extended Douglas' lead to 0-5 to 0-2.
Corkery scored from a free with O'Hare replying at the other end. Sheehy increased the home side's lead before Dylan Twomey scored after a great team move for Nemo.
But Douglas finished the half much the stronger of the two sides, as Fionn Sheehan increased their lead before Sheehy was unlucky not to goal as Mark Harrington took his effort off the line.
Conor O'Donovan made it 0-9 to 0-4 to Douglas, with Nash getting the last score of the half to see the home side six points to the good at half-time.
Two from O'Hare increased Douglas lead, with Corkery hitting back for Nemo with two of his own.
Robert Dillon pointed for the visitors, to make it 0-7 to 0-12 with 43 minutes gone.
O'Hare and David Kelly put Douglas further in front before the killer blow for Nemo came.
A long ball in from O'Hare was collected by O'Donovan and he found the back of the net, to make it 1-15 to 0-7 with 54 minutes gone.
But credit to Nemo they kept going, despite being missing a number of players and Darragh Egan got a superb goal for them to make it 1-7 to 1-15.
Corkery added a point but late scores from Kelly and O'Hare ensured a good win for the home side who now face Ballincollig in their final game.
Scorers for Douglas: A O'Hare 0-9 (0-2 f), C O'Donovan 1-1, A Sheehy, E Nash, D Kelly 0-2 each, F Sheehan 0-1.
Nemo Rangers: R Corkery 0-4 (0-3 f), E Egan 1-0, S Barrett, R Timon, D Twomey, R Dillon 0-1 each.
DOUGLAS: C O'Leary; S Geaney, C Buckley, C Donlon; M Howell, C Kenny, D Kelly; E Nash, S Aherne; D Burke, M Nason, F Sheehan; A O'Hare, C O'Donovan, A Sheehy.
Subs: S St Leger for M Nason (38), N Lynch for C O'Donovan (59).
NEMO RANGERS: L Towler; R Keeley, M Harrington, J Billingshurst; D Ruddock, J Scally, C Coughlan: D Egan, R Timon; R Hogan, D Twomey, S Barrett; C Casey, R Dillon, R Corkery.
Subs: M O'Sullivan for C Casey (h-t), F Twohig for D Twomey (58).
Referee: Brian Coniry (Crosshaven).