Sloppy shooting, particularly late in the game when under pressure, may have taken a little gloss off their two- point Evening Echo Cork Co SFC first-round triumph, but it was fully merited in a contest that was committed and free-flowing throughout.
When they were hot, they were very hot — seven minutes of scoring magic after the break following some polished back-up play going a long way to winning this one for the Haven, leaving Mallow with a tricky back-door clash against Dohenys.
Castlehaven: P Hurley (1 free) and S Cahalane 0-3 each, C Crowley, D Burns 0-2 each, M Collins, B Collins 0-1 each. Mallow: C O’Riordan 0-5 (0-4 frees), J O’Sullivan 0-3, B O’Halloran, J Hayes 0-1 each.
D Tobin; D Shanahan, D Limerick, T O’Leary; A Sheehy, B Collins, M Cahalane; L Collins, D, Hurley; S Dineen, S Cahalane, D Burns; M Collins, C Crowley, P Hurley.
D Cahalane for M Cahalane (48).
C Sheehan; S Coughlan, K McCarthy, R Willis; C Kerrisk, K O’Halloran, P O’Riordan; J O’Sullivan, D Kerrisk; B O’Halloran, K O’Connor, J Hayes; C O’Riordan, P Dineen, M O’Brien.
R Downey for O’Brien (47).
J Dorgan (Nemo Rangers).
MARK HARRINGTON scored the decisive goal approaching half-time as Douglas overwhelmed weakened Clonakilty in a one-sided Evening Echo Cork SFC first-round tie at Brinny yesterday.
Douglas, revitalised after their flirt with relegation last season, were favourites and while a litany of injuries did not help Clonakilty’s cause, the city side showed flashes of sheer brilliance.
One of those came in the form of Harrington’s goal just a couple of minutes before half time. The eager-beaver full-forward, who was involved in most of the action, latched on to a pinpoint pass from late inclusion Jonny Lane and Clon keeper Eamonn Harte was never going to get to his powerful shot.
Douglas: M Harrington 1-4 (0-1 free), J Farrell and F O’Sullivan (frees) 0-3 each, C Dineen, C Hogan, W Coveney 0-1 each. Clonakilty: P Griffin 0-5 (0-4 frees), C Callanan 0-2 (frees) and C McManus 0-1.
B Boyle; E Cotter, E Cadogan, F Tobin; J Lane, D McSweeney, P Carroll; C Dineen, G McLoughlin; C Hogan, T Sheehan, F O’Sullivan; J Farrell, M Harrington, W Coveney.
A Barry for W Coveney and R Keating for G McLoughlin (54 mins).
E Harte; L Lyons, D O’Brien, N Hayes; D O’Regan, F Coughlan, D Murphy; N Griffin, C McManus; E O’Brien, C Callanan, D Lyons; M O’Brien, J Connolly, P Griffin.
T Anglin for M O’Brien (26 mins), T O’Sullivan for E O’Brien (h-t).
Peter Downey (Inniscarra).