16th September 1999
Weekly Sports


Douglas GAA Under Age Section

Douglas recorded two very good victories over a five day period to qualify for the U14 A grade hurling championship final. The first game was played against na Piarsaigh. The first half was a very low scoring affair with Douglas leading 0-3 to 0-2. Douglas upped their game after the break. Goals by Mark O’Callaghan and David O’Sullivan stretched the lead to seven points. Na Piaraigh reduced the lead with a Paul O’Sullivan goal, Mark Harrington sealed victory with a fine solo effort which ended up in the northsiders net. Final score 3-4 to 2-2, in favour of Douglas.
The semi-final was against Glen Rovers. Whilst the Glen boys got the early points, Douglas replied with goals by David O’Sullivan, Mark Harrington and O’Mahony to lead 3-1 to 0-5. The Glen got two early points, but Douglas replied with a Kenny Barry goal. At this stage the Glen took complete control. It was backs to the wall for Douglas. The Douglas defence was outstanding - all six backs - in particular Thomas Cotter and Colin Doyle. Denis O’Riordan made some very important saves to deny the Glen of certain goals.
Douglas U15 footballers recorded a fine victory over Bishopstown in the A grade league. O’Sullivan scored two goals in the opening half, Fergal O’Sullivan scored a third goal to give Douglas a seven points interval lead. Ian Trinder made some marvellous saves to keep Douglas in the game. Douglas upped the tempo of the game again and Fergal O’Sullivan goaled to seal victory.
Douglas (B) played Bishopstown (A) in the U14 B grade hurling championship. Douglas gave a very good account of themselves for three quarters of the game. Goals by David O’Regan, Edwin McCarthy and Stephen Barry left Douglas four points in arrears with fifteen minutes remaining. Padraig Greaney and David O’Donovan played well for Douglas.
Hurling Results (A grade)
U13 Douglas defeated St. Vincents
U15 Douglas 4-5 - Ballincollig 2-3
Fixture: U14 Championship Hurling Final
18/9/99: Douglas v Barrs or Mayfield (Pairc ui Ring) 2pm.
Fixture: U12 County Football Final
18/9/99: Douglas v Nemo (Carrigaline) 3.30pm.


The bad weather forced the cancellation of two of last week's schoolboy matches, but nevertheless several of our teams were in action.
Our Under Twelve Premier Division side took on Passage in their first match of the season and after a few early shocks, came back well to take the points on a 4-2 scoreline. David Kearney had given Corinthians the lead early on, but Passage struck twice just before half time. In fairness to Corinthians they raised their game in the second half with Ian Cullinane taking over the midfield, the goals had to come. Mark Murphy equalised shortly after half time and further goals from Cullinane and James Malone sealed the victory. This is undoubtedly a team of great promise which is capable of challenging for honnurs this season.
It was a good week also for our Under Thirteen team, they traveled to Mayfield and came away with an excellent 4-2 victory. The foundations for the win were certainly laid in the first half when they took full advantage of the elements to race into a 4-0 lead. Mayfield to their credit, fought back bravely in the second half, but some stout defending by Ian O' Callaghan, Mark O' Donovan and Graham O' Halloran ensured the points went to Corinthians.
Coaching takes place every Saturday morning in Corinthians Park for the younger members of our club, schoolboys are coached in the basic skills of the game as well as playing small sided matches. Sessions for the Under Nine (1990), Under Ten (1989) age groups take place between 10.00am and 11.30am and for the Under Seven (1992) and Under Eighjts (1991) from 12.00 noon to 1.30pm. Anyone seeking further information should contact Terry O' Donovan at (891257).


Playing activity was a little restricted during the last week - the weather played its part, with some games cancelled because of heavy rainfall. The weekend was also restricted - the All Ireland Hurling Final meant that Sunday was free - ongratulations to all involved with Cork on their smashing win.
In the AUL Junior League, we hosted Strand Utd. and suffered a disappointing 4-2 defeat. The scorers were John Carroll and Ger O'Keeffe (penalty). This was an early blow to the side's ambitions of securing promotion. However, it is still early days and if they get back on the winning trail, they will challenge in the league.
The Under 17's great run in the League Cup came to a halt at the hands of Tramore Athletic. The lads battled hard and put in a great effort to recover from a 4-1 deficit to get back to 4-3. However, the effort involved took its toll, and Tramore finished stronger, to win 7-3. The 'Hall scorers were Derrick Bowen, who has had a great start to the season, Damien O'Callaghan and an own goal.
The Under 16's visited Midleton, who have held the upper hand for a couple of seasons. Despite a fine battling performance, the home side emerged flattering 3-0 winners. As during last season, the team is having problems finishing opportunities, and we will be hoping that this can be resolved.
The Under 11's continued in the league, with another fine win. Here, they proved too strong for Casement Celtic, winning 2-0. The marksman was Ronan Tolman, who scored both goals. They travel to play Glen Celtic next Sunday, and this will be a good test for the team.
The big match of next weekend is the FAI Intermediate cup fixture, away to Leeds. Leeds will, undoubtedly, be the firm favourites for this match, given their previous Intermediate Cup record and their current Premier status. However, the 'Hall have tightened up considerably and are sure to be fired up for the match. At the time of writing the panel has not been finalised, but Kevin O'Sullivan and the squad have been working hard, and will not lack for effort. An upset will not be out of the question - go for it lads.

Senior, FAI Intermediate Cup Away v. Leeds, Sunday 19th., 10.45
MSL Junior, League: Home v. Fermoy, Saturday, 18th., 3.00
AUL Junior, League: Home v. Ard-na-Laoi, Saturday, 18th., 3.30
Munster Youths Cup: Home v. Tramore Athletic, Sunday 19th., 3.00
Under 15 League: Home v. Leeds Utd., Sunday, 19th., 3.00
Under 11 League: Away v. Glen Celtic, Saturday, 18th., 11.00


In a week when bar stool currency is all about hurlers another group of dedicated sports men went into action, Douglas rugby players .Sundays venue was Muskerry Rugby Club, had Muskerry known what was ahead there may well have been thirty extra tickets needed in Croke Park.
Douglas first and second teams were on fire. The first team winning by 34-0, thanks to a hat trick of tries from Ray Mullanaffy and two from Ger Glavin, Martin Pinfield, Noell Swanton, and Enda O'Mahony all had out standing games.
The Douglas second team led by John Quilter stormed into the O'Sullivan Cup final with a 24-3 win over Muskerry. Having been written off the day before by the local paper douglas showed why they are reigning champions, the Douglas pack were unstoppable, they drove Muskerry up and down the field and eventually put them to rest somewhere near Cloghroe Church.
Dan Harman showed the genius of a Brazilian striker late in the second half to kick the douglas team into a well deserved victory. The Douglas players of the day were Nonie Payne, Paudie Kelleher, Eamon Kinevan and John Quilter. Douglas play the final on Sunday in Muskerry grounds at 12 noon. Douglas first team play at home at 3 o'clock., come and watch douglas, nowhere else is rugby played with more pride and passion. follow the signs on Maryborough Hill. New players contact Martin Pinfield - 892921 or douglasrugby@oceanfree.net


Last weeks results:
A.O.H. Cup
Grave Vale 10 - 2 Ardmanning Celtic

This Cup Match turned out to be a one-sided affiar. We were six goals ahead at half-time. John Kineally scored 2 goals, Tony Noonan scored 2 goals, Ray O’Mahony scored 1 goal and Robbie Bermingham scored 1. In the second half we scored 4 more goals. Paul Horgan scored 2 and James O’Callaghan scored 2. Ardmanning Celtic got 2 goals before the final whistle. Players to shine were Richard O’Sullivan, stand in goalie, Damian Lynch, Kevin Bermingham and Tony Noonan.

Next fixture:
Sunday, 19th Sept., 10.45pm St. Michaels Cup.
Grange Vale v 4th Batt.


Saturday Scramble
1st Nett.
Martin O’Riodan
Stephen O’Leary
Brian Hartnett
Sunday F/Ball
1st Nett.
Tony Noonan
Sean O’Connor
1st Gross
Denis Cashman
Ger Neiland

Saturday Scramble at 2.30pm
Sunday F/Ball at 11am.
New Members Welcome.
Green Fees available.

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