St Finbarr's 1-10
A tight game with both defences on top ensured a low scoring but entertaining first round SE Systems senior championship game in Castle Road on Sunday afternoon.
The Barrs had more opportunities in a stop / start first half with 17 frees and a number of throw ins.
Keeva McCarthy had five points on the board for Douglas by the 22nd minute, two from play.
Ciara Hurley saved two minutes later and with Gemma O’Connor clearing upfield Orlaith Cahalane made no mistake and struck the net from the left corner to put seven points between the sides.
Adding to that the fact that the Barrs had five wides to Douglas’s one they certainly looked to be the better side and heading for the driving seat coming up to the break.
Ashling Egan was having a great game at full back, Hurley was competent in goal, Meabh Cahalane, Gemma O’Connor and Lynda O’Connell were sweeping up and with Ciara Golden working hard in their half forward line alongside the running Orlaith Cahalane and accuracy of McCarthy, things were looking good for the Togher side.
But Douglas halted the Barrs run when Katrina Mackey billowed a close in free to the net past a packed goalmouth.
The gap was down in the blink of an eye to four points.
McCarthy (f) and Mackey exchanged further points leaving it 1-6 to 1-2 at the break. The second half started in much the same fashion.
Keeva McCarthy and Katrina Mackey continued to swap points with Mackey bringing the gap to three. The water break and a lift in the wind favoured Douglas.
They took the game to the Barrs. With their backs doing well a further two Mackey points, one from play, and it was game on.
The stop/start nature continued. Jessica Kavanagh was confident under the dropping balls that St Finbarr's were lobbing in and as tensions grew every ball was vigorously fought.
A push in the back afforded Keeva another free opportunity and it gave the Barrs’ a three-point cushion heading into injury time.
They could afford to breathe when Orlaith Cahalane was fouled a minute later just outside the square and the reliable McCarthy pointed again.
The full-time whistle came shortly after. As always the game between these two sides served up a hour full of anticipation even if the standard wasn’t where it should be at times, possibly due to the stoppages.
It was a game the Barrs deserved to win but they made hard work of it and both sides will need to improve as the championship progresses.
Scorers for St Finbarr's: K McCarthy 0-10 (0-8f), O Cahalane 1-0.
Douglas: K Mackey 1-6 (1-3f)
ST FINBARR'S: C Hurley; S Punch, A Egan, A O’Neill; M Cahalane, G O’Connor, L O’Connell; A Shannon, R Finn; C Golden, K McCarthy, E Crowley; O Cahalane, E Olden, E Wigginton Barrett.
Subs: E Browne Ryan for E Older (ht), N Olden for E Crowley (39).
DOUGLAS: J Kavanagh; E Kavanagh, A Curtin, S Mulrooney; C Nason, P Mackey, M Mulrooney; J O’Mahony, C Noonan; K Holland, K Mackey, C St. Ledger; R Swanton, J Leo, A Walsh.
Subs: K Twomey for A Walsh (h/t), J Donegan for J O’Mahony (44)
Referee: Fionn O’Murchu (Valley Rovers).