Doolan runs riot for brilliant Brendan’s

DEFENDING champions DLS Macroom felt the full force of a very skilful St Brendan's in the opening round of the Credit Union Corn Uí Mhuirí at Rathmore yesterday.

Despite a broken thumb, county minor Jamie Doolan lined out at corner forward for Brendan’s and ran riot against a variety of opponents, finishing with a personal tally of 1-8 in 45 minutes play, as he was substituted because of a club game at the weekend.

It was not a complete one-man show. Brendan’s had a number of other outstanding players in full back John Barrett, corner back Jonathan Lyne, wing back David O’Leary and forwards James O’Donoghue and David Brosnan.

Macroom fielded just three of last year’s winning combination and never coped with the pace and skill of their opponents; there was never any doubt about the outcome after Doolan kicked three of his side’s four points in the opening five minutes.

St Brendan’s stormed into an 0-7 to 0-1 lead after 17 minutes. During that period Macroom, who found it difficult to make an impression on the Brendan’s defence, created a goal chance, but Ian Wiseman’s shot was saved by ‘keeper Brian Kelly.

At the other end the Brendan’s attack found the net in the 24th minute when the Macroom netminder Deane Knight was dispossessed by Jamie O’Sullivan who stroked the ball home. When Jamie Doolan got through for another two minutes later, there was only going to be one winner, with the Sem 2-7 to 0-1 in front at the break.

James O’Leary raised a white flag for Macroom early in the second half, their first score in 28 minutes, but with Doolan continuing to knock over the points with regularity, the Sem had stretched their lead by another four points before Doolan set up Jamie O’Sullivan for his second goal and his side’s third.

Brendan’s could afford to take off the county minor and introduce five substitutes for the last quarter without upsetting the balance of their team. Macroom battled on but never threatened a goal, and had to be content with three points, all from frees by James O’Leary, as the Sem ran out easy winners.

Scorers: St Brendan’s: J. Doolan 1-8 (0-3 frees); J. O’Sullivan 2-0; R. Mangan 1-0; J. O’Donoghue 0-2; D. Twomey, B. Russell, E. O’Mahony 0-1 each. Macroom: J. O’Leary 0-5 (0-4 frees); I. Casey, M. O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

ST BRENDAN’S: B. Kelly; J. O’Mahony, J. Barrett, J. Lyne; D. O’Sullivan, B. Russell, D. O’Leary; R. Mangan, K. O’Regan; J. O’Donoghue, K. Breen, D. Brosnan; D. Twomey, J. O’Sullivan, J. Doolan.

Subs: E. O’Mahony for Doolan; C. Tobin for Breen; R. Farrell for Mangan; M. Finnegan for Barrett; G. Tagney for O’Leary.

DLS MACROOM: D. Knight; G. O’Riordan, M. Golden, M. Lynch; B. Healy, R. Buckley, D. Murphy; W. Ambrose, I. Casey; A. Cronin, J. O’Leary, G. Angland; P. Dineen, S. Casey, I. Wiseman.

Subs: M. O’Sullivan for Lynch; C. O’Sullivan for Knight; B. Cronin for Angland; D. O’Donnell for Dineen.

Referee: B. White (Clonmel).

Fixture off

* THE Corn Ui Mhuiri game between Carrigaline Community School and Dingle CBS, due to be played at Knocknagree yesterday, was postponed as the Cork college were unable to fulfil a fixture.

The previous night the Carrigaline club were involved in a Cork MHC quarter- final against Newtownshandrum and several of their players received injuries.

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