Super-sub Goulding’s strike proves decisive as ’Barrs retain crown

ST FINBARRS’ strong grip on minor football affairs in Cork continues after they swept to victory over Douglas in the Cork PMFC (1) final replay in CIT yesterday.

The victory ensured St Finbarr’s retained the title and embellishes the impressive record that has seen the club accumulate three out of the last four premier minor football crowns.

The Togher outfit made all the early running as they produced composed and bright passages of football. Their fine approach work translated into scores on the board and inching towards half-time they had established a 1-6 to 0-1 lead.

The Douglas fight back was ignited by a Sean Healy goal as they pinned St Finbarr’s back for long stages of the second-half. The Barr’s were forced to soak up the pressure as they failed to raid forward for scores themselves and Douglas only trailed 1-6 to 1-4 entering the finale.

The critical score came in the 56th minute when James Goulding finished to the net after good work by fellow substitute Mark Twomey.

Both teams ended the match with 14 men with St Finbarr’s wing-forward Eoin Finn dismissed for a second yellow card in the 56th minute and Douglas centre-forward Paul Beale following him to the line in injury-time, also for a second yellow.

The post-match scenes were marred by an incident involving a Douglas fan and referee James Bermingham but calm was quickly restored.

Douglas drew first blood with a stylish point from Sean Collins but thereafter St Finbarr’s assumed control.

Cork minor duo James Goggin at centre-back and Jamie Burns at midfield helped lay the foundations for their dominance. Ian McGuire also shone at midfield and his constant involvement earned him the man-of-the-match award.

Full-forward Adrian Murphy notched a pair of early points and he crashed the ball to the roof of the net in the 12th minute to push St Finbarr’s ahead by 1-2 to 0-1.

Murphy, Darragh Comyns, McGreevy and Ian Lordan all notched points to further increase their lead approaching the break.

But Douglas hopes were raised before half-time when Alan Cadogan’s brilliant run in from the right flank created the opportunity for Healy to volley the ball to the net.

Douglas gained impetus from that strike and after the break they dictated the exchanges. Collins, Beale and captain David Hanrahan all claimed points while Cadogan looked dangerous at corner-forward.

However Douglas’ shooting let them down in the final quarter and they were punished by Goulding late on.

Scorers for St Finbarr’s: A Murphy 1-3 (0-2 frees); J Goulding 1-0; E McGreevy (0-1f), D Comyns, I Lordan 0-1 each.

Douglas: S Healy 1-0; S Collins 0-2 (one free); P Beale (one free), D Hanrahan 0-1 each.

ST FINBARR’S: J McDonnell; S Ryan, A O’Connor, E Kennefick; S Keane, J Goggin, E Dennehy; J Burns, I McGuire; D Comyns, E McGreevy, E Finn; I Lordan, A Murphy, C Madden.

Subs: M Twomey for Comyns (49), J Goulding for Madden (56), P Coakley for Murphy (60)

DOUGLAS: E Dolan; E O’Connor, R Whyte, J Hayes-Curtin; J Davis, C Mulrooney, S Healy; M Barry, D Hanrahan; B Cuthbert, P Beale, J Furlong; J Kra, S Collins, A Cadogan.

Subs: N Burns for Barry (41), A Murphy for Collins (55), P Walshe for Cuthbert (56).

Referee: James Birmingham (Bride Rovers).

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