Sarsfields 4-14 Douglas 1-9
SARS capitalised on the absence of Douglas star Katrina Mackey when they advanced through to round three of the SE Systems senior county championship in Castleroad.
Having the greater spread of hurlers, they had too much balance for Douglas who still rely too heavily on Pam Mackey, Julia White and Joy Leo.
Sar’s started brightly with Lucy Kelly, Hollie Herlihy, Maeve Mullins and Niamh O’Callaghan in control. Winning the midfield battle Sars’ had a good supply but that bit of inexperience and nerves showed as up-front players preferred to pass the ball rather than take on responsibility and shot for scores.
It took excellent stalwart Emer Fennell to settle her teammates as every time she touched that early ball it resulted in a score. Joy Leo was once again playing her heart out in Douglas’s full-forward line but was up against a solid and tenacious Sars’ defence.
With just a point between the sides seventeen minutes in a two-minute spell and two goals for Sars, Lucy Allen and Emer Fennell netting, put them in the driving seat.
The goals seemed to snap Douglas to life. Julia White and Pamela Mackey became more prominent scoring two points and Joy Leo pounced on a long-range free in the square to pull to the net, 2-3 to 1-4. Three points apiece from there to the break and Sars’ led by two.
It was all Sars’ in the second half. As their confidence grew so did their teamwork and fluency of play. With Chloe Casey, Rionna O’Mahony and Lucy Allen in flying form aided by a very hardworking defence Douglas had no answer, despite playing with great heart.
It was a big win for Sars. For Douglas the loss of Katrina Mackey was a bridge too far.
Scorers for Sarsfields: E Fennell 1-8 (0-4 f), L Allen 2-2, M McCarthy 1-0, L Kelly 0-2, R O’Mahony, C Casey 0-1 each.
Douglas: J White 0-5 (0-3f), J Leo 1-1, P Mackey 0-2 (0-1 f), K Holland 0-1.
SARS: M Lynch; K Walsh, B Morgan, N O’Callaghan; E Casey, M Mullins, E Murphy; L Kelly, C Casey; C Holland, H Herlihy; R O’Mahony; E Fennell, L Allen, R McCarthy.
Subs: M McCarthy for A Mullins (h/t), C Mullins for C Holland (49).
DOUGLAS: J Kavanagh; R Sheehan, S Mulrooney, C Merrit; G Donnegan, P Mackey, E McAndrew; C Nason, J White; D Harrington, K Holland, A Walsh; M Towhig; J Leo, R Swanton.
Sub: C Oldham for M Towhig (34).
Ref: Michael O’Mahony - Enniskeane