Donncha powers Duhallow past brave Dohenys

Duhallow 1-20 Dohenys 2-11 (aet)

Duhallow looked to have secured their place in next week’s quarter-final against Douglas after turning to play with the wind leading by four points, but they reckoned without the marvellous battling qualities of Dohenys, who were unlucky not to have won the game in normal time.

“I never wrote Dohenys off,” said a relieved Duhallow coach Ned English.

“The second half developed into a tremendous scrap and they rattled us with two quick goals. However our lads showed commendable spirit in battling back, and Donncha O’Connor showed great leadership.

The divisional side looked the livelier in the opening half. The towering Bertie O’Callaghan gave them a decided pull at midfield and with Donal Gayer leading their attack in fine style, they were worth their 0-6 to 0-2 lead after 20 minutes.

Dohenys went 18 minutes without a score before Mark Quinn eventually pointed a free but Duhallow were full value for their 0-7 to 0-3 half-time lead. It might have been more but for a triple save by Darragh Farr in the Dohenys goal.

On the resumption Dohenys were rejuvenated, aided particularly by sub Michael Milner.

In six minutes they rattled in 2-3 to storm into a commanding lead. Three points in a row were quickly followed by a goal from a penalty scored by Alan Sheehan and a second major scored by Jack O’Connell.

Duhallow were in need of inspiration and it came from county man Donncha O’Connor and the introduction of his clubmate Niall Fleming.

O’Connor was central as the divisional side set about reducing the deficit but they left themselves exposed at the back and Jack O’Connell should have closed the game out for Dohenys when he was on the end of a great passing movement but blazed wide.

That was a let off for Duhallow and they capitalised to the full. O’Connor led their recovery with three points, and amid great excitement, midfielder Donagh Moynihan looked to have given them the spoils with the lead point as the game went into injury-time.

However Daniel O’Donovan’s point meant 20 minutes of extra time.

With the light fading O’Connor showed his class with three points in a row and when Kyrle Holland finished a great move to the net, there was no way back for Dohenys.

Scorers for Duhallow: O’Connor 0-8 (4fs), J Cott 0-3, K Holland 1-0, M Dilworth, A Walsh (1f) 0-2 each, D Gayer, J McLoughlin, D Moynihan, T Collins, N Fleming 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dohenys: J O’Connell, A Sheehan (1-0p, 1f) 1-1 each, M Quinn (fs), D O’Donovan 0-3 each, M Milner, S Collins, T Collins 0-1 each.

DUHALLOW: K Murphy (Boherbue); J McLoughlin (Kanturk), J Dennehy (Kiskeam), AJ O’Connor (do); K Buckley (Knocknagree), J Healy (Ballydesmond), S Murphy (do); B O’Callaghan (do), D Moynihan (Knocknagree); D O’Connor (Ballydesmond), D Gayer (Castlemagner), A Walsh (Kanturk); K Holland (do), J Cott (Castlemagner), M Dilworth (Knocknagree).

Subs: P Gayer (Castlemagner) for K Buckley (ht), N Fleming (Ballydesmond) for B O’Callaghan (40), P O’Leary (Kiskeam) for J Dennehy (50), J Collins (Castlemagner) for A Walsh (60), K Buckley (Knocknagree) for J Healy (65), E O’Connor (Kanturk) for S Murphy (68).

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

Subs: M Milner for P Collins (ht), K O’Connell for D O’Dwyer (ht), K Crowley for P Deane (50), N Collins for T O’Donovan (55), P Collins for D O’Donovan (65), M Farr for M Quinn (65).

Referee: K Murphy (Nemo Rangers).

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