Douglas 1-10 Bishopstown 1-9
DOUGLAS reversed last season’s opening round loss to Bishopstown in the Cork County SFC and, despite the fact that only a point divided the sides at the end, this was a well-deserved victory for them at Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday.
The contest never reached any great heights and Douglas made life extremely difficult for themselves by having a six-point advantage reduced down to just one in the dying embers but they held their nerve to record a significant victory.
Cork senior star Sean Powter featured for 45 minutes and he put in a good shift, delivering a fine point as well but they were without Eoin Cadogan, Shane Kingston and the injured Alan Cadogan, who were not in the listed squad.
Another Cork player, Kevin Lahive excelled throughout at centre-back, Damien Sweeney was solid in the number three jersey while young Conor Russell secured a quartet of points in a game where every score was crucial.
The opening 30 minutes was very low-key and after 20 minutes there was just a point dividing the sides.
In that period, Shane McCarthy fired home a vital goal for Douglas after good, strong work by Flahive.
Sam Collins posted their point with Bishopstown responding with points from Dean Sexton, Sam Oakes and Darragh O’Connor.
Young Russell pointed a brace of frees for Douglas while David Hanrahan added another and they led at the interval by two points, 1-4 to 0-5 after Ken O’Halloran and Rory Cahill had late points for the Town.
Russell and Powter embellished the Douglas advantage when they resumed with Rory Cahill getting one back for the Town.
Douglas sub Darragh Kelly got on the board with a fine point and Bishopstown keeper O’Halloran subsequently had to save well from McCarthy.
The latter pointed in the 51st minute to leave six points separating the sides and Douglas were now in a very advantageous position.
Douglas ’keeper Brian Boyle denied ’Town sub Brian O’Callaghan with a fine save before Eoin Byrne got a point back for them.
And very soon afterwards they were right back in it when O’Callaghan goaled after a few previous attempts had been thwarted.
O’Halloran made it a point game with a pointed free and Douglas were now holding on for dear life.
The Town had one last opportunity to manufacture an equaliser but O’Halloran’s attempt from a free fell short and Douglas were home and dry.
So, ample revenge for last season’s opening day loss and for team boss Mick Evans and his team there’s plenty to build on going forward.
Scorers for Douglas: C Russell 0-4 (0-3 f), S McCarthy 1-1, D Hanrahan, S Powter, D Kelly, E O’Sullivan, S Collins 0-1 each.
Bishopstown: B O’Callaghan 1-0, K O’Halloran 0-3 (0-2 f, 0-1 45), R Cahill 0-2 (0-1 f), D O’Connor (f), D Sexton, S Oakes, E Byrne 0-1 each.
DOUGLAS: B Boyle; D Sheehan, D Sweeney, L McGrath; N Walsh, K Flahive, K Hayes-Curtin; E O’Sullivan, B Hartnett; B Collins, D Hanrahan, S Powter; S Collins, S McCarthy, C Russell.
Subs: D Kelly for Collins (h-t), B Lynch for Powter (48), L Dinneen for E O’Sullivan (48).
BISHOPSTOWN: K O’Halloran; M Power, E Byrne, N O’Donovan; J Costello, E Deasy, D Lester; J O’Sullivan, P Cronin; D Sexton, C O’Driscoll, D O’Connor; R Cahill, J Murphy, S Oakes.
Subs: L O’Driscoll for Oakes, (22), D Costello for J Murphy (41), A Motherway for C O’Driscoll (59).
Referee: A Long (Argideen Rangers).