24th May, 2001
Weekly Sports


DOUGLAS HALL AFC

The Seniors are crowned League Champions!
Following a remarkable 26 match campaign in which they won 18 and drew 8 matches, the Seniors were deservedly crowned Champions of the Munster Senior League Division 1. Their last week of action saw two matches against Mayfield, which were both drawn in very different circumstances.
Mayfield visited the 'Hall on Tuesday last and following a tense encounter, a scoreless draw was the result. However, the point in this match was a point gained in the title race. Following a bloodless 3 points against Mallow Utd., everything was set up for a showdown in Mayfield on Sunday morning, with the 'Hall in a stronger position. However, the first half of the game did not augur well, with Mayfield deservedly leading 2-0 at the break. Douglas Hall really got their act together in the second half, putting constant pressure on the Mayfield defence. The first goal was scored by James O'Leary, following a John Healy shot which hit the post. The relentless pressure eventually told, when Healy headed the equaliser from O'Leary's cross with 3 minutes to go.
A draw sufficed for the 'Hall, in another match where the heart and spirit of the team shone through. Heartiest congratulations to manager Kevin O'Sullivan, team captain Aidan Cotter and the remainder of the panel for the massive effort they put in - the reward at the end was very sweet indeed.
Not to be outdone, our Youths have continued on their merry way, qualifying for the Munster Youths Cup Final on Saturday night next, 26th May. They defeated Cork City 1-0 in a very tense and hard fought semi final replay. The scorer was Paul Rose, following a neat one-two with Derrick Bowen. They now face Peake Villa, from Thurles, in Turners Cross on Saturday night and will need to be in tip top form to prevail. C.J. Harrington and Andrew Fealy are certain to have the lads in the best condition possible for this tie, knowing that nothing less than 110% will suffice. The very best of luck to everyone for this game - support from all sides will be very welcome.
Elsewhere, the MSL Juniors are close to the conclusion of their season, but have qualified for the Semi Final of the Super Cup. They were 3-1 winners over Cobh Wanderers in the Quarter Final, with goals from Brian Foley (2) and Michael O'Connor. They face Garryduff on Sunday morning in the Semi, and good luck to Colm Lyons, Jack Kent and the team for this match. They travelled to Ringmahon Rangers on Saturday, and emerged with a fine 4-3 win - goals here from Stephen O'Connell, Trevor Deady, Ronan Guilfoyle and Deccie White.
The AUL Juniors season is also drawing to a close, with a plethora of fixtures. They were defeated 2-0 by Dripsey Celtic, in a match best forgotten and 5-1 by Shandon Celtic. This match featured a typically opportunistic finish from the 'Hall centre forward, the evergreen Tony Keating. In between these fixtures, Rory O'Sullivan performed a one man destruction of Hibernians, scoring all four goals in the 'Hall's 4-1 win.
The Under 17's travelled to Ballincollig to take on the table toppers in the league. Despite creating a number of fine chances, the 'Hall went down 3-2, with the goals scored by Robert Heffernan and Stephen Barry. The Under 14's have run out of form at just the wrong time of the year, suffering two damaging defeats in successive games. They travelled to Limerick to take on Corbally in the Goodson Cup Quarter Final, but found the home side too strong. The final score was 3-1, with the 'Hall goal from Kevin Mulcahy. Following this defeat, they also went down to Greenwood in the league, on a 2-1 scoreline. The goalscorer was Gordon O'Donovan. This effectively ends their interest in the league, with the table toppers now out of reach.Our congratulations to College Corinthians on winning the MSL Premier League, and to Douglas Rugby Club on winning the Munster Junior Plate.

Fixtures:
Thursday, 24th: AUL Junior League Home v. Lough Celtic, 7.00
Youths League Home v. Grattan Utd., 7.00
Saturday, 26th: AUL Junior League Home v. Innishannon, 3.00
Munster Youths Cup Final: Turners Cross, 7.00 p.m.Douglas Hall v. Peake Villa - all support will be welcome.
Under 16 League Away v. Midleton, 11.00
Under 14 (D1) League: Home v. Carrigaline Utd., 3.30
Sunday, 27th: MSL Junior Super Cup Semi Final: Home v. Garryduff, 10.45
Tuesday, 29th: Youths League Home v. Bandon, 7.30
Thursday, 31st: Youths League Home v. Passage, 7.30
Under 14 Prem. League Home v. Lakewood Ath., 7.30
Friday, 1 June: Under 14 (D1) League Home v. Casement Celtic, 7.30


NEMO RANGERS


The U-21 footballers played two games in the championship over the past week. We played St. Finbarr's first in the semifinal and then Douglas in the final. The first ten minutes of the Barrs game passed without either team registering a single score. The Barrs then opened the scoring with a point quickly followed by four well-taken points from our forwards. Two more points gave us a 0-6 to 0-3 lead at the interval. In the second half Barrs
again opened the scoring before we replied with two points. Midway through the half we conceded a penalty that was converted leaving just two points between the teams. We added four more points to give ourselves a 0-14 to 1-6 win. Best for Nemo were Michael Kearney, Gary Crowley, Dylan Mehigan, Eoin Weldon and David Madden. The final was a very exciting encounter against Douglas. We led by a point at halftime. In the second half we began to score more freely and never let Douglas get on top. The final score was 0-12 to 0-7 in favor of Nemo. Best on the night were Gary Crowley, Ronan Murphy, Paul Brophy, James Masters and Jamie Griffin.
On Sunday morning the Junior Bs played the Cs in the quarter final of the B championship. The Cs got off to a perfect start with a goal from Colm Lyons. Midway through the opening half the Cs still lead thanks to some fine scores. The Bs then began to get on top and drew level on the stroke of halftime. It was the Cs who were first off the mark in the second half and were four points up after ten minutes. Five minutes later the sides were level again following a goal from Niall Weldon. The situation got worse for the Cs minutes later when Brian Murphy added another goal. It was time for the Cs to throw all caution to the wind and they did just that throwing men forward in an attempt to rescue the game. However they were caught on the break and eventually lost by five points. Best for the Cs were John Harrington, Paul Hogan, Stiofan Corkery, John Cotter and Morris Kenneally.
Best for the Bs were Adam Murphy, Sean Lyons, Shane O'Connor, Niall Weldon and Richard O'Brien.
On Monday night the Intermediate hurlers played Youghal in the league. Despite a slow start we led at half time, 0-8 to 1-2. After the break we began to dominate the game and a Stephen Calnan goal gave us eight point lead with 15 minutes left. We added on further scores and ran out deserving winners in the end. Best on the night were Stiofan Corkery, Eddie O'Leary, Anthony O'Mullane, John Coogan and Martin Cronin.
In the underage section our U-11 footballers played Brian Dillons in the league. We got off to a good start and led by three points fifteen minutes into the game. However we lost our concentration and conceded four goals before halftime. We got off to a slow start in the second half but as the game went on we began to wear down Dillons lead. We eventually lost after making a spirited comeback. Best for Nemo were in defence Conor Murphy, Kevin Dilloughery and T.J. Looney and in the forwards Stephen Walsh, Stephen Leonard and Michael O'Keefe.

Fixtures:
Fri 25th May IHCship V Na Piarsaigh Ballinlough 7.30pm


DOUOGLAS PITCH & PUTT


President's Prize Results
O/A Nett: N O' Donovan +20
O/A Gross: J Fahy 91
+3 - 6 Nett: G Neiland +17
7 - 12 Nett: B Linehan +13
LAdies Nett: L O' Donovan +5
Weekly Lotto Results
Numbers Drawn: 10, 21 and 23 NO WINNER
Lucky Dip Winners
Mark O' Callaghan c/o Kevin O' Callaghan
Michael Murphy c/o Martin O' Riordan
Ger Glavin c/o St Columbas Hall
TONIGHTS JACKPOT 1,100
VENUE: The Briar Rose
Web Site: http://go.to/dpap


DOUGLAS HALL LADIES


Douglas 2 V Millstreet 1
Douglas got off to a bright start with a goal from Jennifer Walshe in the first 15 mins. Millstreet got a goal back before half-time. Douglas overpowered Millstreet in the second half with some great chances Jennifer Walshe rattled the crossbar and Ann Collins trying her luck from the halfway line. But the girl did come up trumps for us and was first to react to a loose ball in a six yard box with five minutes to go was Donna O'Leary who worked very hard.
Others to play well were Mary McCarthy , Aoife Magnier and super-sub Orla Healy and Gemma Crowley who dominated her goal in the second half.

Douglas Hall Under 16's Girls
Douglas 2 V Carrigaline 3
Naomi O'Leary got a great goal in the first 15 minutes of this game. Douglas kept up the pressure with some great headers from Ashling Collins who was very unlucky not to score. Then out of the blue Douglas lost all control of the match and before we knew it we were 3 - 1 down. But all credit to our girls we dominated the second half and got a goal back from Donna O'Leary.
Girls to do well; Elaine Flannery, Doreen Murray and Maire Moyihan. But the girl to shine was Louise Martin who did everything her manager asked of her.


COLLEGE CORINTHIANS AFC


The final of the Clubs Annual Street Leagues will take place next Sunday May 27th. The finals day is always one of the highlights of the Club year and Sunday I am sure will be no exception.
This years programme will feature 13 finals catering for age groups from Under 7 to Under 11. Some 300 schoolboys will take part with the action starting at 10am and finishing with the presentation ceremony which is timed for 2pm.

Under 7
Following last weekends action De Portivo after 2 fine wins will take on Barcelona in one semi-final of the Under 7 Street League. The second semi-final will be contested by Real Madrid and Valencia. De Portivo skippered by Luke O'Sullivan will be slight favourites against Brian Lenihan's Barcelona, while Valencia under the captaincy of Peter Hurley will be favourite to progress against Real Madrid skippered by Kieran Farmer.

Galatasary, AC Milan, Bayern Munich and Roma will contest the Plate competition. All Under 7 players should be in Corinthians Park for 10.15am on Sunday morning.

Under 8
Despite drawing their final two games Liverpool still finished top of the Under 8 Street League. In the semi-final they will take on Leicester City, while the other semi-final will be contested between Leeds and Manchester United. Finally the play-off for 5th and 6th places will be between Ipswich Town and Arsenal. With players such as Alan Cronin, David O'Donovan, Ciaran Twohig, Kevin O'Connor and Mark Parkes on display the Under 8 finals will be well worth watching. Please note that Under Eight games will take place on the All Weather pitch.

Under 9
There was some surprise results in the Under 9 Street Leagues last Saturday with Sparta Prague inspired by the outstanding Gavin Irwin defeating the top two in the league, Red Star Belgrade and Legia Warsaw. Struggling Dynamo Kiev inspired by Stuart Chisholm also picked up 2 victories against Red Star Belgrade and Crotia Zagreb. These results gave us the following pairings for the semi-finals: Legia Warsaw will take on Dynamo Kiev, while Sparta Prague will look for a repeat victory against Red Star Belgrade. In the play-off for 5th and 6th places Crotia Zagreb will take on Dynamo Moscow. Everyone participating the Under 9 Street League should be in Corinthians Park no later than 9.30am on Sunday morning.

Under 10/11
The final series of matches has still to be played in the Under 11 Street Leagues and will take place next Saturday. Bearing this in mind the draw for the semi-finals and for the 5th and 6th place positions is not available as of yet, however, all Under 10 and 11 players should be in Corinthians Park no later than 10.15am on Sunday May 27th.

Under 7 Friendly v- Lakewood
Last Friday night the Club took two Under 7 teams to Lakewood for two friendlies. The games were played in a very enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere and everyone had a great time. Many thanks to Denis Lucey and Lakewood for their hospitality on the night, also special thanks to the parents who travelled to support the teams.


DOUGLAS GAA SENIOR SECTION


( By Pat Harrington)
Douglas contested their first ever under 21 championship A Grade Final against Nemo Rangers . The first half was both low scoring and very close. Douglas had very good performances from Killian Hogan, Thomas Sheehan, Gary Mcloughlin and Willy Coveney. The halftime score was 0-4 to 0-3 in favour of Nemo.
The South Douglas Road team stretched the lead to three points on a number of occasions - Douglas kept battling back. Two points separated the teams with five minutes remaining but the ability of the Nemo forwards to convert their chances into scores proved crucial. Final score Nemo 0-12 Douglas 0-7
Non Exam Hurling League.
Douglas continued on their winning ways in this competition with a facile victory over a very weak Cloughduv outfit. The halftime score was 4-6 to 0-2 in favour of Douglas. Douglas had plenty of time on the ball. Cloughduv rallied in the second half to score three goals-Douglas finished comfortable winners on a scoreline of 6-14 to 3-4. Next Saturday night Mallow will provide far stiffer opposition in Mallow at 7.30
Non Exam Football League.
Douglas competed with Youghal in this fixture. After a very poor first half performance Douglas were 2-6to 0-6 in arrears. The Douglas mentors made a number of switches and these moves had the desired effects on the team. The Douglas defence tightened up and held the Youghal attack to two points in the second half. In attack goals by Paddy White and Mark Harrington secured victory for Douglas on a scoreline of 2-12 to 2-8.
Junior Hurling I
Douglas and Delaney Rovers played a most entertaining game of hurling at the Northside venue. Despite being short a number of regulars Douglas were only two points in arrears at the interval 2-5 to 1-6.
The opening quarter of the second half was equally as close. In the final quarter the Northsiders got the vital scores to secure the points. Final score 4-11 to 1-12. Best for Douglas were Barry Hanrahan, Patrick Tobin, Sean Murphy and Rory Gunn.
Junior Hurling 2
Douglas and Mayfield played this game in Douglas. Mayfield led 1-5 to I-2 at the break. There was little to separate the teams after the interval. The turning point of the game was Douglas having a goal disallowed - Mayfield immediately seized upon an opportunity at the other end to score a goal. Final score 2-9 to 1-6 in favour of Mayfield.
Congratulations.
Well done to St. Columbas boys and girls schools who have reached The Sciath Na Scoil finals in hurling and camogie. lt is the boys fifth final in a row. Best of luck to both the boys and girls in their respective finals.

FIXTURES.
Non Exam Hurlng-Saturday
Douglas V Mallow at Mallow 7.30
Non Exam Football League
Douglas V Carrigaline at Douglas Tuesday 7.30
See club notice board for junior football championship fixture.


DOUGLAS GAA STREET LEAGUES


(Sponsored by Douglas Credit Union)

Last Saturday May 19th marked the last day of action prior to the Street League Football Finals to be held this Saturday May 26th. No individual match reports are available this week apart from the under ten “Match of the Day” between Sligo and Galway.
Both of these teams have been a little unlucky in previous fixtures but on this occasion served up a splendid display of football, which saw Sligo as eventual winners on a score of 2-5 to 2-3.
The midfield battle was intense with Gerry Roche and Ronan Kelly for Galway paired against David Cuthbert and Michael Carroll for Sligo. All of these players were excellent on the day and only slightly better finishing from the Sligo pairing gave them the advantage. Both goalkeepers on the day were also in top form with both Stephen Comerford for Galway and Darren Clifford for Sligo making some fine saves. Perhaps the most influential player on the pitch was a superb Stephen O Sullivan at centre back for Sligo. His interceptions and accurate delivery of the ball paved the way for most of the Sligo attacks. Well done to both teams on a great exhibition of football and best of luck in the Street League finals on Saturday.
Well done also to all the under ten players participating in the South-East Football Blitz currently running at different venues throughout the region. The boys are really enjoying it and recording very good results. Well done also to the travelling parents and mentors for their support.
Next Saturday May 26th players for the Street League football finals are to assemble at the Douglas Community Centre at 1.pm for a Parade which will take place at 1.30 pm, taking a route through the village and ending at the pitch where finals will commence at 2pm. Presentations will take place in the clubhouse at 4pm approx.
Hopefully the weather will be kind to the event and a great day will be had by all!
Oliver Carroll (PRO)


SPECIAL OLYMPICS SWIMMING IN MALLOW


The Special Olympics Munster regional swimming gala will take place at Mallow swimming pool on Sunday 27th of May 2001. Over 150 athletes from throughout Munster will be taking part. Cork will be represented by four clubs from the city and county.

While the focus of the day will be on fun and the swimmers giving of their best, this years event has an added importance as it is the first step in the qualification process leading up to the World Special Olympics Games which will be held here in Ireland in 2003.

Mary O'Connor, the event organiser, is delighted with the number of swimmers taking part and is hoping that their families and supporters will come along and enjoy the day. Mr. Noel O'Connor the Chairman of Mallow U.D.C. will formally open the gala at 10.30am and there will be a family's centre providing refreshments and information on Special Olympics.


IIBA SHORTMAT INDOOR BOWLS


Ballincollig Senior Citizens Indoor Bowls Club (over60's) Licenced Pairs
Competition for the Pat Cox Perpetual Cup played on Sunday 13 May 2001
Quarter-Finals: Douglas Community (J Curran & M Walsh) beat Carrigaline
Community (J Howarth & R Howarth), Carrigaline Community (J Lynch & G
Ruddock) beat Wilton (B Feeney & A Feeney), Ballincollig Community (M
Buckley & K Buckley) beat Wilton (B Mac Taggart & A Logan), St Anthony's (S
O'Mahony & J O'Mahony) beat Cobh (T Farrell & A Farrell)
S/Finals: Douglas Community (J Curran & M Walsh) beat Carrigaline Community
(Jean Lynch & Gwen Ruddock), Ballincollig Community (M Buckley & K Buckley)
beat St Anthonys (Sean O'Mahony & Jo O'Mahony)
Final: Ballincollig Community (Miah Buckley & Kitty Buckley) beat Douglas
Community (John Curran & Matt Walsh) 6/4 - It was an exciting final to watch
The final was umpired by Hazel Foley and Hazel Payne
Fixtures: Carrigaline GAA IBC Open Licenced Triples Competition for the
Barry Family Perpetual Cup on Monday May 21st to Saturday May 26th, 2001
I I B A (Cork Zone) Annual Challenge Match, City Ladies and Gents versus
County Ladies and Gents on Sunday May 27th, 2001 at St Anthony's Hall
Midleton IBC Open Licenced Triples Competition will be played on Monday
28th May to Saturday 2nd June, 2001


DOUGLAS RUGBY CLUB


There were great scenes of celebration in Musgrave Park on Sunday as Douglas won the junior plate for the second time in their history. Thanks to huge home support Douglas ran out winners by 24 points to 12. Douglas trailed by 6 points at halftime and it seemed the heat of the day was taking its toll, however from the start of the second half Douglas played like a pack of scalded cats. It seemed nothing was going to stop them, two tries in as many minutes put Douglas right back in the game. The first scored by Neil Petterson, the second a penaltytrie awarded when Ger Glavin was pulled away from touching down for a trie. Ger Glavin kicked another penalty to stretch the score to 17-6. Kanturk were awarded a trie late in the game and it seemed as if Fouglas would have to dig very deep to get a result, thankfully Neil Petterson popped up once again to score between the posts. Game, set and match. Without exception all the Douglas players had good games. On accepting the cup, Souglas captain John Coughlan paid tribute to the supporters for cheering them to success, and coaches Finny O'Regan and Neil Petterson for their hard work preparing the side all season. John also paid tribute to the late tony "tucker" O'Flynn to whom this would have been more than just a cup final win, it would have been the world.
Douglas kick off again on Sunday at midday in Musgrave Park v Ballincollig. Although hundreds came last Sunday to support, this Sunday we need thousands. Douglas v Ballincollig - 12 noon - Musgrave Park.


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