Douglas minor hurlers return to form as they knock out Ibane Gaels

Douglas minor hurlers return to form as they knock out Ibane Gaels
Joel Adeniran scored a point for Douglas. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Douglas 4-16 Ibane Gaels 2-11

Douglas claimed a vital victory in the Rebel Óg Premier 1 Minor Hurling Championship as they convincingly defeated a spirited Ibane Gaels side 4-16 to 2-11 in Douglas.

It means, having been well beaten by the Barrs in their opening game, Douglas will now take on Ballincollig with a place in the semi-final at stake. Sars and the Glen are already through from the other side.

An expertly taken goal from each of their full-forward line helped Douglas run out deserved and comfortable winners by an impressive 11 points.

Both sides suffered defeat in their long-awaited opening game of the campaign two weeks previous with Douglas losing heavily away to St Finbarr’s while Gaels lost at home to Ballincollig.

The two teams seemed eager to make a positive response to their disappointments as they hit a couple of poor wides apiece in the opening exchanges.

While Douglas soon found their composure, Gaels failed to find their range in the first half and hit 10 wides as a result, although they did notch five overs with Adam McSweeney firing a treble of set pieces.

However, they would trail by six points at the break as excellent scores from Daire Burke, Ben Bowler, and Alan O’Hare ensured the hosts recovered from their early jitters. They would lead by 1-8 to 0-5 at the interval with the goal coming when Stephen St Ledger scored a superb penalty. 

Douglas started the second period brightly and a couple of brilliant efforts from O’Hare helped them increase their lead to eight by the 36th minute.

Their opponents refused to give up and fine scores from substitute Philip Flynn and McSweeney saw them reduce the arrears, 1-11 to 1-8.

That would be as close as they would come to mounting a comeback as three clinically dispatched goals from Ben Bowler, Daire Burke, and Joel Adeniran saw Douglas add to their tally.

But it would end on a sour note for Douglas as Andrew O’Brien was shown two quick yellow cards and Gaels snatched another goal through Walsh late on.

Scorers for Douglas: S St Ledger 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-6 f), D Burke and B Bowler 1-3 each, A O’Hare 0-4, J Adeniran 1-0.

Ibane Gaels: S Walsh 2-1, A McSweeney 0-6 (0-5 f, 0-1 65), J Lawton 0-2, R O’Donovan and P Flynn 0-1 each.

DOUGLAS: K O’Neill; A O’Brien, F Sheenan, C Kenny; D Kelly, M Howell, A Sheedy; S St Ledger, A O’Hare; C O’Leary, E Nash, C O’Donovan; D Burke, J Adeniran, B Bowler.

Sub: I Turnbull for J Adeniran (64).

IBANE GAELS: F Wycherley; M Wycherley, J Moloney, M Ryan; S O’Riordan, C Dineen, S Henchion; R O’Donovan, F Walsh; M Holland, S Walsh, A Guinevan; G Sweetnam, J Lawton, A McSweeney.

Subs: P Flynn for G Sweetnam (h-t), T Ó Buachalla for J Lawton (61).

Referee: Niall O’Neill (Midleton).

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