Rangers rule roost with stunning rally

A MASSIVE second-half turnaround to this Evening Echo Cork SFC quarter-final at windy Bandon on Saturday saw Carbery Rangers turn a six points interval deficit into a 10-point victory with some swashbuckling football that simply blew Douglas away.

Given the strength of the wind, it was always going to be a game of two halves, but there was nothing in Douglas’s first-half play to suggest they were going to be rolled over so easily.

It’s a semi-final clash now for Rangers and, after earlier defeats by Ballincollig and opponents St Finbarr’s, selector John Murphy was looking forward to the Barr’s game and pleased his side had delivered the goods in such convincing fashion.

“Yes, it’s the Barr’s again. We’ve lost to them for the last two years and it’s a chance to put things right. I was pleased for the lads today, they showed what they could do With the strength of the wind I really felt we contained them well in the first-half and I wasn’t a bit concerned about their six points lead. We showed what we could do in the second-half, a really good performance. We’ll be looking for more of the same in next weekend’s semi-final.”

Douglas looked a jaded team in the second-half, but it was a different story in the opening half as they thundered into the game, Barry Fitzgerald showed early menace in the right corner and he opened their account in the third minute. But it took another five minutes for Mark Harrington to get their second simply because they were far too wasteful with good possession.

With Eoin Cadogan running the show from centre-back, Douglas were in control. though further points from Neil Heffernan and Harrington were all they had to show for their dominance in the opening quarter with Micheal O’Sullivan missing a great chance to open Carbery’s account.

James Fitzpatrick did put Rangers on the scoreboard in the 17th minute, but Douglas soon re-asserted their authority as two frees from John Farrell and a third point from Harrington stretched their lead.

Douglas looked far more threatening when they used the ball long and they were in for a goal in the 27th minute. Cormac Dineen won Maurice Moloney’s kick-out. He found Cadogan in space, the Cork defender put Farrell clear and the corner-forward fired home a fine goal.

Douglas were motoring now, leading 1-7 to 0-1, but indiscipline in defence resulting in Cadogan and goalkeeper Brian Boyle being booked, proved costly as three frees on the trot from John Hayes left Carbery trailing 1-7 to 0-4 at the break.

When Harrington stretched the Douglas lead with a free just after the restart few would have realised it would be their final score as Carbery hit them with a vengeance with some all action football. And it was half-time substitute Johnny Murphy who started the revival with two sweet points before they struck for their opening goal in the 35th minute, Seamus Hayes, who had a terrific second-half, doing the business after good work by John McCarthy and Declan Hayes.

Nothing was going right for Douglas now, Harrington missed an easy free chance and Cadogan gave away a ball which resulted in John Hayes’ equalising point. And it got worse when Cork minor John O’Rourke put Carbery ahead for the first time in the 45th minute.

Despite Cadogan moving to midfield, Douglas could not stem the Carbery tide. Brian Shanahan, O’Sullivan and Kevin McMahon were controlling things for Carbery now and with their forward line hungry for scores they duly arrived. Declan Hayes was in for their second goal in the 49th minute, after good work by Murphy and Seamus Hayes, and two minutes later, with the Douglas defence all at sea, Rangers had their third, this time McCarthy goaling after fine work by John Hayes. Late points from O’Rourke and Fitzpatrick compounded Douglas’s misery. They looked a jaded team and now Carbery Rangers go into a semi-final contest with St Finbarr’s in fine fettle for some sweet revenge.

Scorers for Carbery Rangers: S. Hayes 1-1, J. Hayes 0-4 (0-3 frees), D. Hayes and J. McCarthy 1-0 each, J. Murphy, J. Fitzpatrick and J. O’Rourke 0-2 each, K. McMahon 0-1.

Scorers for Douglas: J. Farrell 1-2 (0-2 frees), M. Harrington 0-4 (0-1 free), B. Fitzgerald and N. Heffernan 0-1 each.

CARBERY RANGERS: M. Moloney; Sean. Hayes. M. Mennis, M. Kelly; S. Murray , B. Shanahan, P. Hodnett; M. O’Sullivan, K. McMahon; D. Hayes, J. Fitzpatrick, J. O’Rourke; J. Hayes, J. McCarthy, Seamus Hayes.

Subs: J. Murphy for Sean Hayes (ht), G. Ryan for Hodnett (32m), A. Jennings for D. Hayes (54m), A. Roche for Murray (57m), N. Hayes for McCarthy (60m.

DOUGLAS: B. O’Boyle; R. Keating, E. Cotter, F. Tobin; J. Lane, E. Cadogan, J. Collins; A. Barry, C Dineen; N. Heffernan, C. Hogan, O. Mulrooney, B. Fitzgerald, M. Harrington, J. Farrell.

Subs: T. Sheehan for Heffernan (41m), P. Carroll for Barry (45m), K. Murphy for Mulrooney (50m), S. McCarthy for Farrell (54m).

Referee: G. Sweeney (Glenville).


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