22nd November, 2001
Weekly Sports


By Pat Harrington

Douglas Win Junior C Title.
Douglas started poorly in this decider against Belgooly. Jim Barry popped up against the run of play to score a goal but Belgooly replied with some fine scores while the ageless Barry scored another 1-1. Douglas were well led by Captain, Padraig McCarthy while up front Josie Barry was very influential, scoring the third goal of the half. Douglas led at the interval by 3-3 to 1-6.
Belgooly began the second half by kicking over four unanswered points. John Keneally showed great athleticism in the middle of the park with a very solid Brian Spillane at centre back. Up front, Stephen Dwyer, Stephen Dorney and Christy O’Mahony Jnr. Scored some fine points. Mark Kennedy’s introduction as a substitute was a vital factor to the team’s success. Final score Douglas 5-9 Belgooly 1-12.
This victory wasn’t just for the panel of players but also for those players who were involved with the team over the past eleven years and who had to endure the loss of six finals. It was an extra special victory for Don McSweeney who played with the team over a fifteen year period and has achieved success in his first term as selector.

U-16 County Football.
Douglas and St. Finbarrs met in the semi final of the Premier Grade County football at Shanbally last Sunday. A tough and physical encounter from the beginning Douglas found themselves well on top in the early stages thanks to the strong play of Paddy White and Kenny Barry at midfield. The Togher side split the Douglas defence mid way through the first half to score a goal but Douglas quickly replied with a long kick from Paddy White to Stephen Bermingham who put the ball in the back of the net. Despite commanding performances from Eoin Cadogan and Ray Keating, Douglas ended the half three points down.
Douglas began the second half scoring three points without reply with the ‘Barrs’ hitting the upright and crossbar in the space of a couple of minutes. Padraig Greaney won some vital balls at wing forward in this nip and tuck battle while David O’Regan mopped up at the back. The sides were level on three occasions but it was Douglas who finally broke the deadlock through a Barry Fitzgearld point to secure victory for Douglas. Final score 1-9 to 2-5. The final in this grade will take place in two weeks time against either Beara or Ballincollig.

Minor Football.
Douglas and Nemo met in the semi final of the Grade A league. Douglas took the game to Nemo early on with Paddy White showing great skill to break through the Nemo defence to score a great goal and followed up with a point from a sideline kick. Nemo hit the crossbar but one of their mid fielders was on hand to slot away a fine goal. Douglas regained their composure thanks to the strong play of Neil Heffernan and James Moylan while Stephen Bermingham was very lively at corner forward leaving Douglas to lead by three points at the break.
Nemo were on top after the break but Douglas responded with some great team play to culminating in some quality scores. Final score : Douglas 1-9 Nemo 2-3. The final will be played against Bishopstown at Ballinlough see notice board for details.


By Donie Harris.

Under 11 Reach City Football Final.
Last Saturday our Under 11 Footballers went back to Blackrock for the semi final of the city football tournament. Having lost the hurling final the previous week to Blackrock, Douglas were determined to make amends. This they did, playing with great determination and purpose, leading at half time by 1-4 to 1-0. They ran out convincing winners at the final whistle on a scoreline of 4-10 to1-0 after a great team performance.
U-15 H/L Final.
Douglas and Bishopstown met in the Hurling League Final last week at Bishopstown. Bishopstown were first to settle opening the scoring with a point which was quickly equalised by Finbarr O’Donovan. The first half finished on a low score of 1-2 to 0-2 in favour of Bishopstown. The second half started with Douglas taking the initiative. Both defences were on top of their game, in particular Colin O’Sullivan in the Douglas corner back slot. Tactical switches by the Douglas mentors to swing the game in Douglas’ favour were in vain as Bishopstown ran out winners on a score of 1-5 to 0-5. Best for Douglas were Rory O’Keeffe and Barry Fitzgearld.
U 14 F/L Semi Final.
This game played in Douglas last weekend saw this Douglas team reach the final of the league with a thrilling two point win over Vincents after extra time. Final score 2-7 to 2-5. They have already won the City Final and County Final and are now going for a hatrick of victories.
Fixtures for the coming weekend.
Under 14 Football League Final - Douglas v Mayfield - Sat 24th Nov. in Togher @ 2.30pm.
Under 15 Football League S/Final – Douglas v St. Finbarrs – Sat 24th Nov. in Douglas @ 12.30pm.
Under 13 F/L S/East. – Douglas V Valley Rovers – Date and time to be announced.

Club Personality
Liam Collins.
Liam Collins is regarded by many as most gifted players of both codes ever seen. Affectionately known as ‘Sam’, Liam was trainer of the Under 15 and 16 teams that won premier grade honours in 1957 and 1958 and was also a selector of the Junior Hurling team that won the Championship in 1984. Liam played under age with St. Finbarrs at a time when Douglas had no under age teams.


For the first time in the clubs 35-year history, Togher Athletic Club triumphed in the Cork County cross-country championships in Banteer, on Sunday 4th of November. On a gruelling course with heavy underfoot conditions, it was Toghers Robert Heffernan and Leevales Martin McCarthy who took out the pace. After the 1st lap McCarthy pulled away on an uphill section and went on to win with Heffernan 2nd. In the team contest Togher won the title with Robert Heffernan in 2nd position, Josh Palmer in 4th, Niall Duncan in 7th and Shane O’Shaughnessy in 10th. Toghers other team members were Timmy Murphy, Tony Lilley, Fergal Tubridy, Steven Macklin and Anthony Kelly who all ran gutsy races. This was the first time the club has won the senior team title since their formation. This was a magnificent day for the club and everyone enjoyed the night’s celebrations in the Deanrock Bar. Credit must be given to John Hayes and Frank Doherty for all the effort they put into training the athletes.
The Club recently held their AGM at the clubhouse in Togher. There was a big attendance at the meeting and all members were in great spirits after a very successful year. All the athletes were praised for their performances during the year, especially that of Robert Heffernan finishing in the world championships. The big news was that of John Hayes, stepping down from the role of secretary after 13 years in the job. He has done a wonderful job and now he can focus all his attention on training.


Christmas Faye M O'Connor, E Harris & D Dennehy

Turkey Fourball
L O' Donovan & B Downey - 36 / N O' Donovan & W Mc Carthy 44
Hole In One: Dave Ahern

Weekly Lotto Results Numbers Drawn: 6, 7 & 23 NO WINNER
O' Donovan's Off Licence Lucky Dips
Marua c/o Ellis Ryan
Jimmy O c/o Tony Noonan
John Francis c/o Rochestown Inn
Tonight's Jackpot: 1700
Venue: St Columbas Hall

Web Site: http://go.to/dpap


By Adrian Fitzpatrick (P.R.O.)

Junior Cup games always provide a great days entertainment and last Sunday’s game at Moneygourney was no exception as Douglas played Crosshaven in the quarter final of the Junior Challenge Cup. Douglas started well with Ger Glavin slotting over a fifth minute penalty. Colin Corkery at scrum half was supplying Willy Lehane with precision passes while our high flyer Derry McCarthy came on early in the first half to replace John Coughlan who was injured. Crosshaven came back with a try despite gallant tackling from Noel Swanton, Jonathan Payne and Ger Glavin. Strong pressure from the opposition allowed Crosshaven put another tries on the board before the half. Words of inspiration at half time came from Denis Barry and John White after which Anthony Costelloe put in his usual classic performance helped along by Anthony Gilbert.
Crosshaven’s position in the division above proved too much for Douglas despite great performances by Eamonn Kinahan, Jim O’Leary and Dave Callaghan. Overall an unlucky Douglas team who gave a gutsy performance but were beaten on the day by the stronger team.

Training……@ Moneygourney…….WEDS @ 7.45pm.
FRI @ 7.00pm.
Don’t Forget!!!……Race Night on Friday 30th Nov. 9.00pm sharp……all welcome.
Anyone interested in joining Douglas R.F.C. contact : Joe Whelan @ 086-8232580.


Results for last weekend 17th – 18th Nov.
Under 18’s lost their league match against Cork Con. 28 – 20. Best for Sundays Well were William McCarthy and Daniel Jackson.
Under 14’s lost their league match against Clonakilty 10 –25.
Under 8’s /9’s/10’s/ 11’s travelled to play Highfield in a series of friendly matches. A good mornings Rugby was had by all.

Fixtures for this weekend 24th -25th Nov.
Under 18’s travel to play Fermoy in a league fixture. Kick Off @ 11.30am.
Under 16’s play Mallow in a league match in the farm. Kick Off @11.30 am.
Under 14’s / 13’s / 12A’s and 12B’s are training on Saturday morning from 10 until 12.
Under 11’s / 10’s / 9’s and 8’s play Clonakilty at home in Musgrave Park. Kick Off @ 11am.


FAI Senior Cup football came to Corinthians Park last Sunday with the visit of Greystones for a first round match. The prise for the winners was a big one with a place in the second round giving the possibility of a game against one of the top League of Ireland Clubs such as Cork City and Shamrock Rovers. With so much at stake the game was always going to be tight and competitive and so it proved.

Greystones with five across the back were happy to defend for long periods and bide their time hoping for the possibility of a breakaway goal. In contrast Corinthians with plenty of possession worked hard to try and find away through the packed defence, however even though they did create some great chances particularly late on the break through just wouldn't come and the game ended in a disappointing 0-0 draw. While manager, Fergus McDaid I am sure will be disappointed with the result, on the evidence of last Sundays match all is certainly not lost and Corinthians are more than capable of coming away from Greystones with a victory. The replay takes place next Sunday.

Schoolboy Section
It was a very quiet weekend on the schoolboy front with only three of our teams in action. Results were mixed with Corinthian Boys progressing in the Under 11 Cup while Douglas Corinthians were knocked out of the Under 13 Cup by a strong Ringmahon side.

Under 11
Corinthian Boys maintain their 100% record this season when they travelled to Rockmount last Saturday and came away with a 7-1 victory in the first round of the local cup. Strange as it may seem our lads seem to be struggling at the moment to put together, a good sixty minute performance and last Saturday was no exception. Having gone behind early on they struggled to breakdown a resolute Rockmount defence and at half-time, Rockmount were still a goal to the good. However following the half time pep talk Corinthians were a different side in the second half and turned the game on its head scoring seven times. It was a truly remarkable performance. Corinthians goal scorers in that amazing second half were Barry O'Driscoll (3), Eoin Kilcommons (2), Philip Brady and Robert O'Connell, while Ger Keane, Christopher Fox and Geroid Cullinane turned in fine performances.

It was not such a good weekend for our Under 11 First Division side Douglas Corinthians who suffered a disappointing defeat going down 2-0 at home to Passage. It was rough justice on our lads as they dominated much of the game without any luck in front of goal. Kieran Woods, Robert Creagh and Conor Murphy were the pick of the Corinthians side on the day.

Under 13
Douglas Corinthians bowed out of the Under 13 Cup but only after a good team performance against Ringmahon Rangers. Ringmahon always looked the stronger side but our lads battled away to the finish and received their just award when Jonathon Perrott scored near the end. Daniel Cronin, Mark Walsh and Brian Tierney did well for Corinthians.

Sunday 25th November
Under 12 League Corinthians Utd v Rockmount 10.45am
Under 12 Cup Mayfield Utd v Corinthian Boys 11am
Under 14 Cup Kilreen Celtic v Douglas Corinthians 2.15pm
Under 14 National Cup Corinthian Boys v Castlebridge Celtic 2.15pm
Under 16 League Corinthian Boys v Avondale Utd 12noon


Disappointment was our lot following the FAI Cup First Round fixture in Dublin; the Under 13's and Division 1 Under 15's progressed in cup competitions, the Under 17's drew in the league, while the AUL Juniors and Under 11's suffered narrow defeats.
The Seniors travelled to Dublin to take on Garda in the First Round of the FAI Senior Cup and suffered a very disappointing defeat. The travelling party were in buoyant and confident mood leading up to the match, but Garda were too strong on the day. The 'Hall suffered early setbacks, with Garda very flattered to lead 2-0 after 15 minutes. The 'Hall dominated the remainder of the first half, putting constant pressure on the Garda defence. The 'Hall scored with five minutes to the break, when Gavin Roche's free kick was deflected to the net off a Garda defender. The half time score of 2-1 to Garda did not reflect the play, but it certainly seemed possible to retrieve the situation at the interval.
The second half picked up where the first left off, with the 'Hall pressing forward constantly. The Garda defence was solid, but the 'Hall did create a number of half-chances. Unfortunately, the vital touches in front of the goal were always from Garda defenders. With the 'Hall pushing forward, we were a little vulnerable on the break, and so it proved with 10 minutes to go, when a swift Garda attack led to the third goal. The final minutes of the match were then played out, but Garda really rubbed salt into our wounds with a fourth goal with the last kick of the match. The 'Hall bowed out, on a very unflattering 4-1 scoreline, but not without giving the Garda side a real scare. Next Sunday, we have an opportunity to get the "wheels back on the wagon", when the Seniors take on Everton in the Munster Senior Cup.
The AUL Juniors recent good run came to an end last Saturday, when U.C.C. emerged with a 2-1 win. Rory O'Sullivan netted the 'Hall goal from the penalty spot. They have an opportunity to turn the tables on Thursday night when they travel to play U.C.C. in the Mardyke under floodlights.
The Under 17s travelled to Ballinhassig for their first league match and were good value for a 1-1 draw. The 'Hall were the better team, but couldn't convert dominance into goals. The goalscorer for Douglas Hall was Adrian Newman, direct from a corner.
The Under 15 Division 1 side had a hard fought 1-0 win over Ballincollig Utd. in the Local Cup. The scorer was Conor Stanley, who converted Killian Murphy's cross for the winner in the first half. The 'Hall defence was well on top in the second half and they held out for a very good win. Denis O'Sullivan was in goals for the 'Hall and kept an impressive clean sheet.
The Under 13's were well on top against Rockmount in the National Cup, recording a fine 4-0 win. The goalscorers were Eoin O'Leary and Kevin Murphy, with 2 apiece. The goalkeeper was Brian Derham, who was impeccable in keeping his clean sheet.
The Under 11's were most unfortunate in the Local Cup, going down 4-3 against Greenwood. They battled all the way to the end, but couldn't get the equaliser they deserved. The scorers were Conor Lucey, Olan Bermingham and Richard Martin.

Thursday, 22nd November - AUL Junior League Away v. U.C.C., 7.30
Saturday, 24th November - AUL Junior League Home v. Killeady Celtic, 2.30
Sunday, 25th November. - Munster Senior Cup: Away v. Everton, 10.45
FAI Youths Cup: Away v. Kilreen Celtic, 2.00 / Under 16 Local Cup: Home v. Ballincollig, 11.00


U11 Cup: Kilreen Celtic 1 0 Avondale Utd.
A draw would have probably been a fair result, as Avondale took on this well organised Kilreen side. Strong performances from Stephen McCarthy and Pat Parfry and eight corners in that last five minutes were not enough to break down the Kilreen defence.

U13 Troy Cup: Nufarm Athletic 1 3 Avondale Utd.
The U13's continued their winning ways with a well deserved 3 1 win over Nufarm Athletic. The scorers for Avondale were Michael Harrington, Darragh and Simon Zebo. Declan Kelleher and Hassan Mohammed put in fine displays, but Billy McCarthy was the star of the show with three fine saves at crucial times to keep Avondale in front.

U15 League: Carrigaline 0-3 Avondale United
Avondale had a comfortable win over Carrigaline with goals from Brendan Spillane (2) and Sean Kelleher. Fergal McDonnell, Mark Dineen and Cormac O'Keeffe were Avondale's top performers.

Other Results:
Senior: Tramore 0-0 Avondale
Juniors: Avondale 0-2 Crosshaven
Youth: Avondale 1-1 Kilreen (Avondale won 4-2 on penalties)
Thank You
The race night on Friday, November 16, at the Blackrock Inn was a tremendous success and we thank everyone who supported this important fund raising event. A special word of thanks to our main sponsor, Cashman's Bookmakers, for looking after the betting on the night.
Sat. Nov 24 U12 Cup Home V Bandon at 11:00 a.m.
U14 Cup Away V Rockmount 10:45 a.m. / Youths Home V Bandon 2:30 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 25
U16 League Away V Corinthians Boys 12noon / Junior: Away V Garryduff B 10:45 a.m.


Under 16 training Sunday Morning 10 O'Clock. Please bring indoor and outdoor gear.


On Saturday afternoon Nemo U-15s played Carrigaline in the football championship. Nemo settled early on and, with their half-forward line causing a lot of trouble for the opposition's defence, opened up an early lead. After fifteen minutes Nemo led 0-3 to 0-1 and could have being further ahead but for some great saves from the Carrigaline keeper. Nemo dominated for the rest of the half and led at the interval 1-5 to 0-1. In the second half they began to take some great scores as they pushed further ahead of Carrigaline. Nemo ran out easy winners in the end. Paul Kerrigan, Peter McCabe, Gearoid O'Shea, Kieran Weldon and Eric O'Sullivan all gave good performances.
The Nemo minor footballers played Douglas in the semi-final of the league last Sunday morning. Nemo started very slowly and found themselves 1-1 to no score down after only a few minutes. Nemo responded well though and drew level shortly afterwards thanks to a goal by Neil O'Sullivan and a point by Shane Marshall. However Nemo then lost concentration before half time and went in four points adrift at the break, 1-5 to 1-1. In the second half Nemo began well with two early points before Douglas took control for the next fifteen minutes and shot over four unanswered points to leave the scores 1-9 to 1-3. Nemo did their best to retrieve the game but eventually lost 1-9 to 2-3, the second goal again being scored by Neil O'Sullivan. Best for Nemo were Michael Dorgan, Stephen Twomey and Neil O'Sullivan.

Sat 24h Nov U-15FL Semifinal V St. Vincent's 2.30pm,
U-11F Blitz V St. Vincent's Bishopstown 3.00pm.
Sun 25th Nov U-16FL Semifinal V Douglas Douglas 11.30am, AIB Munster Club Football Final V Fethard Fermoy.


National Singles Championship (Golden Charter)(Cork Zone) Sections One/Five:The following players have qualified for the 4th round to be played on 25th November:
N Barry, E Punch, P Deegan, B Moloney, D Williamson, L Conlon, H Burrows, B Logan, T Lawton, P Dunlea, T Burke, P Barry, J Kirby, I Foley, M Virgo, C Barrett, J O'Driscoll, R Payne, N O'Shaughnessy, O Deegan, V Barry, M O'Leary,J Devlin, E Bannon, N Harte, M Lynch, D Fitzgibbon, T Kenneally, K
Mc Carthy, A Stockley, T O'Neill, D Twohig, F Corkery, S Mullins, Con Middleton, P Power, S Cooke, P Corbett, G Swanton & J Curran.
Ladies Singles Championship (Golden Charter)(Cork Zone) Sections One /Three:The following Ladies have qualified for the 4th round to be played on Friday 30th November: A Stockley, E Daly, B Kenneally, N O'Shaughnessy, S O'Leary, M Lynch, T Burke, K Mc Carthy, F Long, C Bushe, E Mc Carthy, H Foley, C O'Sullivan, K Gilmore, C Murphy, B Cremin, K Mullen, V Swanton, D Deegan, M Fitzgibbon, E Fitton, A Butler, B Carroll, P Lane,
National Triples Championship (Golden Charter)(Cork Zone): Section One: Winners: Crosshaven (Con Middleton, Conor Middleton & Mary Middleton)
Section Two Winner: Little Island (Joe Kirby, John Long & Bridie Harty)
Section Three Winner: Carrigaline Community (Theresa Burke, Jean Lynch & Marion Keating)
Section Winners Play-off: Crosshaven (Con Middleton) Received a Bye and Little Island (Joe Kirby) beat Carrigaline Community (Theresa Burke) Crosshaven and Little Island will meet in the final on Sunday 27 January 2002
Fixtures: National Championships: National Fours on Friday 23rd, National Pairs on Saturday 24th and National Singles on Sunday 25th November 2001.
Christmas Bowls Tournament Organised by Cork Zone Committee (I I B A) in St Anthony's Hall, Ballinlough on Sunday, 2nd December.


Mon12Nov D. Crowley & M.Miller - 1st
B. Donovan & M Delaney - 2nd
Tues13 Nov am F Maverly & F. Keohane - 1st
C. Halligan & M O'Sullivan - 2nd
Tues13Nov Novice B. O'Donovan & B. O'Brien - 1st
Tues13Nov(5 Tbls) T O'Donoghue & T. Barriscale - 1st
Mgt O'Connell & B. O'Riordan - 2nd
Tues 13 Nov (11Tbls) A. Auchincloss & S. O'Neill - 1st
D & A. Roche - 2nd
Wed 14 Nov(Nov am) M. Murray & R. Corkery - 1st
Wed14Nov am J. Creagh & A Lynch - 1st
Wed14Nov Juniors M. O'Reilly & U. Fry - 1st
Wed14Nov (9 Tbls) B & D O'Driscoll - 1st
M. Maguire & J. O'Sullivan - 2nd
Wed14Nov (8 Tbls) M. Miller & E. O'Neill - 1st
N. Murphy & T. O'Sullivan - 2nd
Thur15Nov I & J McDonald - 1st
M. Lantry & C. Nolan - 2nd
Fri 16 Nov M. O'Callaghan & D. Dempsey - 1st


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