Destiny fulfilled for Douglas Community School as they reach All-Ireland final

Destiny fulfilled for Douglas Community School as they reach All-Ireland final
Douglas Community School captain Seán Dunlea lifting the Munster trophy earlier this week. Picture: Denis Minihane.

Douglas Community School 3 Summerhill College 0 

THE scoreboard may have been flattering but there was no denying Douglas Community School were deserving winners in this FAI Schools National Senior Cup semi-final as they booked a meeting with St Eunan’s from Letterkenny in the decider.

Just three days after their Munster Cup success over St Francis, Rochestown, two Destiny Okonkwo strikes and a David Bosnjak goal gave Kevin Ronayne’s team a comfortable result.

However, they had to withstand a threatening Summerhill side from Sligo, who were in the game until the final 10 minutes.

The Connacht champions enjoyed the better spells during the first quarter going down the central channel with attacks and even launched their first effort straight from the kick-off.

Douglas’ defence were under pressure as Kailin Barlow had three chances while Jason Devaney and Niall McDermott also came close.

Summerhill did have the ball in the net on 22 minutes when Ryan Gorman’s delivery found McDermott who beat Gavin Ryan at the far post. But the linesmen had spotted the Sligo attacker stray into an offside position.

It was a let-off for Douglas but it wasn’t all one-way traffic as they also came close to an opener through Oran Crowe, Timmy O’Reilly and Brandon Idah. But on 34 minutes, they seized the initiative.

Chris O’Reilly’s influence was growing as he started to find teammates in range. And when he sent a pass to his right, Okonkwo was put through and beat Killian Barrett for the first goal.

Douglas took control for the remainder of the half and were unlucky not to add to their tally.

Chris O’Reilly shot over, Bosnjak skimmed the wrong side of the post, Timmy O’Reilly tested Barrett, and Okonkwo got past the keeper again but the ball wasn’t on target.

Summerhill needed a strong restart as Barlow and Sean McAteer had chances. But a major moment arrived on 52 minutes when their full-back Devaney picked up a second yellow card after pulling down Crowe.

It initially rallied the Sligo side as McDermott forced a Gavin Ryan stop and substitute Jack Davitt missed with his shot. But they couldn’t find a way to get on level terms.

The game was settled 10 minutes from time with Douglas’ front two combining again. Chris O’Reilly launched a delivery from his own half in the direction of his strike partner and Okonkwo rounded the keeper before shooting past two defenders to make it 2-0.

There was no way back as the Summerhill challenge faded. Okonkwo turned provider five minutes from time for the exclamation mark. Three days after a stunning winner in the Munster Final, Bosnjak this time had the simplest of taps to wrap up the tie.

DOUGLAS COMMUNITY SCHOOL: Gavin Ryan; Brandan Idah, Eoghan Nash, Sean Dunlea, Jack Anthony; Timmy O’Reilly, Oran Crowe, Brian O’Neill, David Bosnjak; Chris O’Reilly, Destiny Okonkwo. 

Subs: Cathal Heffernan for Nash (50), Jacob Jackson for O’Reilly (83), Josh Fitzpatrick for Okonkwo (85), Luke O’Herlihy for Bosnjak (89).

SUMMERHILL COLLEGE: Killian Barrett; Josh Gilligan, Ryan Gorman, Bryan Lynch, Jason Devaney; Daniel Gray-Harrigan, Sean McAteer, Kailin Barlow, Canice Mulligan, Conor McKeon; Niall McDermott. 

Subs: Jack Davitt for McKeon (55), JJ McGowan for Gilligan (56), Oran McDonagh for Mulligan (64), Cian Conway for Lynch (78). 

 Referee: Ultan Beaumont

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