To be truthful, the scoreline flatters Newmarket, who were desperately poor on the night and offered little resistance over the hour.
Douglas, to their credit, did what they needed to do and that was a couple of spurts in the opening half which proved enough as they held a nine point half-time lead the North Cork side never looked capable of overturning.
The city men won’t be pleased with their second-half display as their wides tally doubled from three to six for the closing period, but it was the only blot on an otherwise unblemished performance.
When they needed to be, they were ruthless and nowhere was that more evident than the two outrageous goals they scored – first Odhran Mulrooney cracked a 25-yard effort to the top left corner when the chance seemed gone and Shane MacCarthy produced a similar drive into the very same corner 20 minutes later to compound Newmarket’s misery.
But as they prepare for a last eight meeting with the winners of Dohenys or Duhallow!!!!, their average winning margin to date is a whopping 13 points – the 11 point destruction of Na Piarsaigh on May 10 their only other championship game this year.
Those results won’t fool them however, and whether they can call themselves genuine contenders is still up for debate, but one thing is certain and it’s that they have the makings of a very fine side.
Central to their cause is the midfield pairing of Mark Harrington and Odhran Mulrooney and they dovetailed wonderfully well. Mulrooney’s appetite for work is immense, while Harrington’s ingenuity and ability to pick passes was equally eye catching. The latter’s left-boot was also the catalyst for Alan Cadogan in the full-forward line to have a field day.
Cadogan, a younger brother of Cork dual star Eoin, turned in a flawless opening half effort, kicking three points, winning a couple of frees for Finbarr Desmond to tap over, while proving a real menace with his trickery and clever runs.
The older sibling was neat and tidy and had little stress at full-back, breaking anything that came the way of the Newmarket danger man John Lane while stretching his legs on a few occasions with incisive runs up the centre.
It’s comforting for them too that they have Cormac Dineen to return to full fitness and a likely slot in midfield, which would probably release Harrington into attack.
Last year, they’ll argue the heavy fixture schedule militated against a decent stab off the county but they’ve no such worries this time around having exited that hurling competition last week.
Aided by the wind they were 0-5 to 0-1 up after 12 minutes, Harrington with two from distance while Cadogan popped over a brace. Tony O’Keeffe’s fisted effort was the only incident that provoked a cheer from the large Newmarket following. By the 20th minute the margin had extended to six with Cadogan again on target along with Desmond (twice) from placed balls. TJ Bodie, who buried his father the previous day, showed up well for Newmarket and when he was eventually substituted with 15 minutes to go he left the pitch to a warm reception.
Douglas pressed on, however, and though Newmarket needed a good start to the second-half, particularly with the wind at their backs, Mulrooney ended the contest with that stunning goal on 34 minutes.
From there on it was mere target practice in a game played in third gear. Shane MacCarthy reminded everyone present of his talent with his sides other goal on 56 minutes.
Scorers for Douglas: S MacCarthy 1-1 (0-1f), M Harrington 0-3 (0-1f), A Cadogan 0-3, F Desmond 0-3 (0-3f), K Murphy 0-3, O Mulrooney 1-0, C Hogan 0-1.
Scorers for Newmarket: TJ Bodie 0-2 (0-2f), T O’Keeffe 0-1, J Lane 0-1 (0-1f).
DOUGLAS: B Boyle; P Shine, E Cadogan, R Keating; J Collins, E Cotter, J Lane; O Mulrooney, M Harrington; S MacCarthy, C Hogan, T Sheehan; F Desmond, A Cadogan, K Murphy.
Subs: C Dineen for T Sheehan (48), T Sheehan for J Lane (inj.) (50).
NEWMARKET: D Quinlan; TJ Brosnan, D O’Brien, B O’Riordan; B O’Leary, M Reidy, J Ryan; B Daly, C O’Sullivan; D O’Flynn, SF O’Connor, T O’Keeffe; TJ Bodie, N Flanagan, J Lane.
Subs: P Allen for P Shine (h/t), K O’Sullivan for SF O’Connor (h/t), T Murphy for C O’Sullivan (43), D Culloty for TJ Bodie (45), M Kenneally for N Flanagan (50).
Referee: Eamonn Sheehy (Newcestown)