Their talented young guns blew Mallow away 1-14 to 0-6 with a power-packed second-half show that had coach Nicky Heffernan all smiles.
A scorching nine minute spell, in which they scored 1-6, turned the game Douglas’s way, for Mallow had been well in game up to injury-time in the first-half when the sides were level at 0-3 apiece.
There was a new sense of purpose in Douglas’s play once they scored those three first-half injury time points and, despite playing with 14-men for the last quarter when midfielder Cormac Dineen was sent off, Mallow were always fighting a losing battle, only the excellence of goalkeeper Terry O’Brien saving them from a bigger defeat.
It was 0-2 to 0-1 to Douglas after the opening quarter, but slowly they began to take control at midfield through the excellent Eoin Cadogan and Dineen. Not another score to the 30th minute, however - some wayward shooting by both sides the main reason - until injury time when Douglas at last showed their mettle with three smart points from Ronan McCarthy, Thomas Sheehan and Barry Fitzgerald to fashion a 0-6 to 0-3 interval lead.It got even worse for Mallow after the restart when the game was won and lost in four destructive minutes. Quick out of the blocks, wing-back Lane scored a fine point. Then a terrific move involving Cadogan, Sheehan and Harrington resulted in the impressive corner-forward scoring a fine goal.
When sub Barry Hanrahan added a point it was all over for a bemused Mallow side. There was no holding Douglas now as they cannoned into a 1-10 to 0-5 lead by the end of the third quarter, one point from Harrington in particular extra special.
: Douglas: M. Harrington 1-4 (0-1 free), J. Moylan, B. Fitzgerald, F. O’Sullivan (frees) 0-2 each, R. McCarthy, J. Lane, B. Hanrahan, T. Sheehan 0-1 each. Mallow: C. O’Riordan 0-4 (0-2 frees), G. O’Halloran, D. Golden 0-1 each.
FIVE games were played in the IFC. A strong second-half performance from Newcestown, where they limited Glenville to a solitary point, proved decisive in a dour Premier IFC game at Belgooly on Saturday which Newcestown won 0-9 to 0-8.
: Newcestown: C Keane 0-5 (frees); H Curran 0-2, C O’Donovan and K Long 0-1 each. Glenville: J Halbert 0-6 (0-5 frees); N O’Riordan 0-1.
ST VINCENT’S have the look of serious contenders for the Co Premier IFC title after they outplayed Newmarket 0-14 to 0-8 at Mourneabbey on Saturday. Producing a disciplined display of speed of thought and touch, their prospects will be further bolstered with the return of Jonathan Buckley and Anthony Fenton from injury. Free-taker Gavin O’Connor hit seven cracking points from eight attempts to inspire victory.
: St Vincent’s: G O’Connor 0-7 (frees), D O’Connor and A Buckley 0-2 each, J P Murphy, C Barry and T O’Sullivan 0-1 each. Newmarket: S F O’Connor 0-3 (0-2 frees), K O’Connor, M Corthell, T O’Keeffe, C O’Sullivan and M O’Reidy 0-1 each.
A polished Kiskeam opened their Premier IFC campaign on a high note winning 3-11 to 3-7 but Mayfield made major contribution to an entertaining six-goal extravaganza at Donoughmore on Saturday night.
: Kiskeam: B. Dennehy 2-0; S. Scannell 1-1; N. Cronin 0-6 (0-6 from frees); E. O’Mahony 0-2; M. Herlihy and D. Cremin 0-1 each. Mayfield: J. O’Donovan 2-1 (2-1 from frees); M. Barry 1-1; T. Lotty 0-2 (0-1 from free); E. Crowley, B. Hegarty and L. Crowley 0-1 each.
THE poor fare on offer in Rathcormac yesterday will not bother Killavullen too much after they greatly upset the odds by defeating Youghal 0-6 to 0-5 in the Premier IFC first round.
The victory may have been by the narrowest of margins, but the North Cork side will relish taking the scalp of one of the top-flight senior teams of 2005. This was a disappointing game though, overall, a fact readily acknowledged by Killavullen trainer and former county player Aidan Dorgan.
: Killavullen: L Dorgan 0-3 (0-2 frees, 0-1 45m), J O’Neill 0-2 (0-1 free), P Hartnett 0-1. Youghal: K Dempsey (free and 45m) and P Moylan (0-1 free) 0-2 each, L Desmond 0-1.
AN exhibition of long-range point scoring from full-forward Andreas Concannon proved the difference as Ballingeary narrowly defeated gutsy Aghabullogue 1-7 to 0-8 in the IFC first round at Inchigeela yesterday.
Match-winner Concannon kicked five points, four beauties from play, as Ballingeary fought off a determined second-half challenge from Aghabullogue in a highly competitive if unspectacular contest.
: Ballingeary: L. Seartan 1-1; A. Concannon 0-5 (0-1 from free); P. Concannon 0-1. Aghabullogue: J. Hogan 0-3 (0-3 from frees); R. O’Keeffe 0-3 (0-3 from frees); D. O’Leary and E. Twomey 0-1 each.