Despite absence of key forward, Douglas prove too good for Bishopstown in SFC

Despite absence of key forward, Douglas prove too good for Bishopstown in SFC
Niall Hartnett, Douglas, battles Eoghan Deasy and Jamie O'Sullivan, Bishopstown. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Douglas 1-14 

Bishopstown 1-9 

DOUGLAS made light of Sean Powter's absence due to a calf muscle injury to get their Bon Secours county senior football championship campaign off to a winning start at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening.

A young Bishopstown side chased the game from the start but managed to come within three points of their opponents after Odie Devlin slipped in a goal five minutes into the second half and Simon Collins kicked a point.

Despite dominating, Douglas now only led by 0-11 to 1-5 with the Town having the strong wind at their backs, but they responded by landing the next three points, Cork's Brian Hartnett completing the set entering the closing quarter.

And they killed off Bishopstown's stubborn resistance with a Darragh Kelly goal following a moving involving Hartnett and Conor Russell five minutes from the end of regulation time.

Douglas led by 0-10 to 0-4 at the break after captain Sean Wilson won the toss and decided to take first use of the wind.

And he set the tone by racing forward from centre-back to slot the opening score after only 15 seconds as Douglas threatened early.

Luke McGrath, Douglas, taking on Odhran Devlin, Bishopstown. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Luke McGrath, Douglas, taking on Odhran Devlin, Bishopstown. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Twice, they were denied by the crossbar, first from Conor Russell's blast and then by corner-back Luke McGrath, whose effort diverted over for the second point.

Douglas were 0-5 to 0-1 in front by the first water-break, former Ballyclough player Paul O'Flynn opening Bishopstown's account in the 14th minute.

They were grateful to captain Jamie O'Sullivan for his brave block on Wilson, who had just pulled the trigger from close range.

The pattern resumed as Liam Dineen pointed from distance for a six-point advantage before the introduction of Brian O'Neill and Diarmuid Lester lifted the Town.

The former's free-taking helped his side stay in touch though Douglas's pace was evident immediately on the resumption, when Niall Harntett hit the target within 20 seconds for a seven-point lead.

Devlin's goal hinted at a major revival, but Douglas steadied once again to dictate matters though the Town claimed the last three scores.

Liam Dineen, Douglas, shoots from Nathan Gough, Bishopstown. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Liam Dineen, Douglas, shoots from Nathan Gough, Bishopstown. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Scorers for Douglas: C Russell 0-5, 3f, D Kelly 1-1, B Hartnett and N Hartnett 0-2 each, S Wilson, L McGrath, D Ward, L Dineen 0-1 each.

Scorers for Bishopstown: B O'Neill 0-4 f, O Devlin 1-0, M Oakes 0-2f, P O'Flynn, D Costello 0-1 each, S Collins 0-1f.

DOUGLAS: B Boyle; K Hayes-Curtin, N Walsh, L McGrath; D Ward, S Wilson, B Powter; B Hartnett, K Flahive; E Cotter, N Hartnett, L Dineen; F Desmond, C Russell, S Collins. 

Subs: D Kelly for Collins injured 10, D Harte for Powter and A O'Connell 41, B Collins for Cotter 51, S Donegan for Russell 58 

BISHOPSTOWN: K O'Halloran; S O'Rourke, E Byrnes, D Quaid; N Gough, J O'Sullivan, captain, J Murphy; P O'Flynn, S Lordan; J Costello, L O'Driscoll, D Costello; O Devlin, S Collins, E Deasy.

Subs: D Lester for J Costello and B O'Neill for Lordan 24, B Clifford for Gough half-time, M Nunan for O'Driscoll and M Oakes for Collins 46.

Referee: B Coniry (Crosshaven).

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