Quinn hits 1-6 as Dohenys down Ilen

A Mark Quinn-inspired Dohenys caused a big shock in the Cork senior football championship last night.

Quinn — who only completed his Leaving Cert exams recently scored 1-6 in a man-of-the-match display and caused the Ilen Rovers defence no end of headaches with his pace, jinking runs and eye for the posts.

Ironically, when the two teams clashed at the same stage of the championship last year it was Roves that won by five points but there will be no arguing over last night’s result.

Leading 1-5 to 0-5 at half-time, thanks to Quinn’s goal late in the first half when he finished to the net after a high ball in from Pat Collins, Dohenys were stunned by an early Rovers’ goal in the second-half.

Cork U21 Dan MacEoin, who was kept quiet by the excellent Paul Deane, laid the ball off to Rovers’ corner back Michael Hellen. Advancing towards the goal, Hellen’s point attempt just drifted into the top left hand corner of the net and that tied the scores at 1-5 apiece.

But showing admirable spirit, Dohenys replied with two fine scores, the first a free from the impressive Alan Sheehan, while the influential Daniel O’Donovan also found his range.

Dan MacEoin (Rovers) and Quinn (Dohenys) then swapped scores, 1-7 to 1-6, before Dohenys hit a purple patch.

After Quinn was fouled, he dusted himself down to kick the free, and he added another five minutes later before Alan Sheehan again showed nerves of steel to score a superb free.

Not done there, however. Sheehan went one better with six minutes left when he arrowed over a beauty from distance to push Dohenys 1-11 to 1-6 ahead, and seemingly on course for the fourth round.

But this Ilen Rovers team possesses too many good players to go down without a fight, and as Dohenys started to concede frees, Rovers pulled back three points in as many minutes.

Conor O’Driscoll and a Kevin O’Sullivan brace of frees set-up a nervous last few minutes for Dohenys, as their lead was down to just two, 1-11 to 1-9, and suddenly the momentum had swung in Rovers favour.

But with 60 seconds of normal time left, Dohenys broke out of defence with a blistering counter-attack that ended with a Mark Quinn score, and the excellent corner forward added another just a minute later; the insurance point as the game was in injury time.

Dohenys were keen to put the seal on it and Denis Healy had the final say to cap a magnificent and deserved win.

Dohenys were well worth this win based on their second half performance, even though Rovers looked more dangerous in the first half, and had led 0-3 to 0-1 early on.

But the Dunmanway men were determined, with Quinn, Jack O’Connell and Alan Sheehan all pointing.

Then came that Quinn goal before half-time that gave Dohenys the belief that they could win. More was expected of Ilen following their heavy first round loss to Ballincollig, and while they have one more chance in the third round, they need to find improvement and fast.

Scorers for Dohenys: M Quinn 1-6 (1f), A Sheehan 0-4 (3f), D O’Donovan 0-2, J O’Connell, D Healy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Ilen Rovers: K O’Sullivan (2f), D McEoin (2f) 0-3 each, M Hellen 1-0, A Holland, D O’Sullivan, C O’Driscoll 0-1 each.

DOHENYS: D Farr; P Deane, T O’Donovan, D Rice; B O’Donovan, A Sheehan, N Collins; D O’Sullivan, P Collins; J McCarthy, S Collins, D Healy; J O’Connell, D O’Donovan, M Quinn.

Subs: M Milner for P Collins (41); M Farr for J O’Connell (57).

ILEN ROVERS: G Coakley; P Minihane, B Duggan, M Hellen; D O’Donovan, Conor O’Driscoll, Cian O’Driscoll; P O’Driscoll, D Coughlan; A Coughlan, K O’Sullivan, T O’Regan; D MacEoin, A Holland, D O’Sullivan.

Subs: J Bushe for A Coughlan (ht); C Cotter for D O’Sullivan (43).

Referee: J Dorgan (Nemo Rangers).

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