Brian Dillon’s 0-10
DOUGLAS booked their place in the quarter finals of the Sports Turf Solutions Seandún Junior A Football Championship, where they will meet St Vincent’s as they narrowly defeated Brian Dillon’s in their nail-biting first round tie at Ballinlough.
This game went down to the wire as both sides were deadlocked at ten points apiece with the game heading for extra time, but a point from play for Douglas in the 63rd minute settled the tie.
Douglas had the Murmont side on the back foot from the start as they raced into a three-point lead with points from play by Mark Dolan and Shane Buckley and a pointed free from Andrew Cotter.
Chris Daly opened the Murmont side’s account with a point from play in the seventh minute before wayward shooting from placed-balls was proving to be costly for Douglas.
Midway through the opening half, David Cremin pointed a 13-metre free for Brian Dillon’s and Darren McGrath tagged on a point from play to level matters at three points apiece.
David McCarthy pointed two frees for Douglas in the second quarter, before Kieran Mills replied for Brian Dillon’s. David Cremin levelled matters with a pointed free for the Murmont side.
Douglas goalkeeper Andrew Cullinane and his Brian Dillon’s counterpart James Kirby both pulled off some spectacular saves in this period, as the sides entered the half time break tied at 0-5 apiece.
The Murmont side upped the ante after the interval as they had Douglas pinned back from the restart. Persistent fouling was proving to be costly for Douglas as Brian Dillons scored four unanswered points in this phase, with David Cremin converting a further two frees. John Horgan and Thomas Lawrence each added points from play to stretch the margin to four points.
Douglas responded with three unanswered points midway through the second half with two from Shane Buckley and the other from McCarthy to leave a single point between the sides.
Cian Baldwin levelled matters entering the final quarter before David Cremin put the Murmont side back in the driving seat with his fourth pointed free.
With time almost up, Douglas worked the ball up the park from a free deep inside their own half and Luke O’Keeffe scored his side's equalising point.
The game looked destined for extra time as both sides squandered scoring opportunities from placed balls, before Matt McAuliffe scored the match winning point following a side line ball deep inside his own half.
Scorers for Douglas: D McCarthy 0-3 (0-2f); S Buckley 0-3; A Cotter 0-1f; M Dolan, C Baldwin, M McAuliffe, L O’Keeffe 0-1 each.
Brian Dillon’s: D Cremin 0-4f; D McGrath 0-2 (0-1); C Daly, K Mills, T Lawrence, J Horgan 0-1 each.
Douglas: A Cullinane; S O’Donoghue, E Kiely, F O Luanaigh; C Deasy, R Murphy, D Curtin; J Harte, N Dawson; C Baldwin, M Lynch, S Buckley; D McCarthy, A Cotter, M Dolan.
Subs: J Cremin for Curtin, M McAuliffe for Lynch, L O’Keeffe for Cotter.
Brian Dillon’s: J Kirby; E Keane, C McCarthy, P O’Brien; D O’Donoghue, T Lawrence, J Noonan; C Brosnan, D Brosnan; K Mills, C Daly, D Cremin; M Funcheon, D McGrath, J Horgan.
Subs: M Walsh for Keane, B Triggs for McGrath, M Buckley for Horgan.
Referee: Cathan Treacy (Nemo Rangers).