Dungourney cruise past Douglas but shooting a concern

Dungourney 1-17 Douglas 1-6: Dungourney produced an impressive Cork IHC winning performance at Caherlag on Saturday when they easily accounted for Douglas’ second-string.

It could have been a much greater victory as the east Cork outfit cruised effortlessly onto an encounter against Aghabullogue. An 11 points margin was impressive but the Dungourney mentors will have plenty of work on in the coming weeks with their talented side racking up 11 wides in each half.

Manager Brian Ronayne was frustrated by such poor finishing and also at the late sending off of John Ronayne.

“We performed well below our ability; the pace of the game was slow and it was really annoying to miss out on so many more scores. We really need to go back to the drawing board because from here on we won’t win games by leaving so many scores behind us.”

The victory was never in any doubt against a Douglas side that offered only token resistance, and watch a much more polished team pick up the scores or, at worst, create scoring opportunities.

There was an element of good fortune about Dungourney’s 14th-minute goal which went straight into the net from a long range shot by James Leahy over the heads of several players from both sides.

But there was never any doubt that the better team grabbed control from the early stages. Douglas found themselves restricted to three first-half points as Dungourney pushed on with a total of 1-9. The winners went 12 ahead with three unanswered points inside four minutes at the start of the second-half and Daithi Curtin’s point for Douglas was his side’s first score in 21 minutes.

Mark O’Callaghan grabbed a goal to help the city side gain some respectability on the scoreboard, but it was really of no value because Dungourney were out of sight, mainly through Ryan Denny who nailed four late points.

Scorers for Dungourney:

R Denny (0-8, 1 free), B Ahern (0-4), J Leahy (1-0), S Hegarty (0-2), J Ronayne, K Rohan, S Casey (0-1 each).

Scorers for Douglas:

M O’Callaghan (1-0), P Barry (0-3, 2 frees), D Long, J Moylan, D Curtin (0-1 each).

DUNGOURNEY:

D Hennessy; K Ahearne, M Hegarty, W McCarthy; J Ronayne, N Motherway, J McCarthy (capt); S Hegarty, R Denny; B Ahern, J Leahy, K Kelleher; K Rohan, S Casey, B Ahearne.

DOUGLAS:

P Scannell; C Fitton, D Shaughnessy, J O’Brien; M McGrath, S Collins, D Curtin (capt); D Savage, M O’Callaghan; J O’Mahony, J Moylan, T Neville; O Bermingham, P Barry, D Long.

Subs:

B O’Connor for D Savage (27); S McCarthy for T Neville (half-time); B Collins for D Long, A Baldwin for C Fitton (both 40).

Referee:

D Farrell (Mitchelstown).


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