14th February, 2002
Weekly Sports


For the second week in succession, the only match played involved our Youths in Cup action and they again prevailed, winning 2-1 in Extra Time. This match was played in Bishopstown, rewarding the club's foresight in lining up the alternative venue. Athlone Town made the long journey to Cork for the FAI Youths Cup last sixteen fixture. They started brightly, playing with a strong wind and took the lead after 25 minutes. The 'Hall put some pressure on, playing very clever football and equalised through Vinny Motherway after half an hour. Gerald McSorley headed Brian Dwyer's free goalwards and Motherway finished smartly.
The second half was nip and tuck, with both sides enjoying periods on top. The 'Hall probably had the better chances, with Declan O'Connell and Keith O'Callaghan going close. Normal time failed to separate the sides, and Extra Time was also extremely tight. However, with about three minutes on the clock, Brian Dwyer broke from defence and played one-twos with Keith O'Callaghan and Gavin Draper before finishing to the net. Athlone had no time to recover and the 'Hall deservedly moved into the Quarter Finals, for the second year in succession. We await the draw with interest.
Elsewhere, Colin Doyle, who moved from Douglas Hall to Birmingham City during last summer made his debut for Ireland Under 17s v. Czech Republic in Dublin last Wednesday. Colin gave a good account of himself and will be hoping for further call ups in the near future. Congratulations to Colin on a fine achievement, indicative of his progress in Birmingham.
Kevin Mulcahy was part of the Ireland Under 15 squad which travelled to Wales for a friendly last Saturday. He has been a regular with this squad for the last two years and, again, will be hoping for further call-ups.
Sunday, 17 February:
Senior League Home v. College Corinthians, 10.45
AUL Junior League Away v. Inishannon, 2.30
Youths League Away v. Grattan Utd., 2.30
Under 16 League Home v. Hibernians, 11.00


Mon4Feb C. Bennett & O. Cotter - 1st
A. Murpy & M O'Carroll - 2nd
Tues5Feb am M. Sullivan & J. Sweeney - 1st
C. Bennett & O. Cotter - 2nd
Tues5Feb Novice C. Walsh & Eileen - 1st
Tues5Feb 8Tbls N. Trihy & B. Murphy - 1st
N. Fox & D O'Rourke - 2nd
Tues5Feb 7Tbls T. Dunphy & S. Wanglin - 1st
J & N. Sheehan - 2nd
Wed6Feb am M. O'Callaghan & D. Dempsey - 1st
M. Kelleher & A. Mulcahy - 2nd
Wed6Feb Juniors K. Twomey & B. McCarthy - 1st
Wed6Feb 7Tbls P. Lees & F. Cunnane - 1st
W. Daly & M.O'Driscoll - 2nd
Wed6Feb 9Tbls M. O'Callaghan & El. McCarthy - 1st
D. Crowley & S. Wanglin - 2nd
Thur7Feb 11Tbls C. Cronin & K. O'Connell - 1st
Ml. & Mgt Murphy - 2nd
Thur7Feb 6Tbls Mgt & John Mullins - 1st
Fri8thFeb B. Conneely & Pat O'Mahony - 1st


Over the weekend the leagues continued in a successful manner with great numbers in attendance on both Friday night and Saturday morning. This report features Saturday 9/2/02 U-7 matches. These games proved to be exciting affairs with no little skill being displayed. While all involved contributed handsomely ,players to figure prominently were Kilkennys Matthew Grogan and Conor Kingston, Jordan Smith and Colin Downey of Kerry, Claire Shaw of Clare, Meaths John Cantwell, Antrims Krista O' Brien and Rory Jeffers, and Carlows Dylan Long and Mark Horan.
P.S. Special Mention for John Moynihan's rasper for Clare on Fri night.


Once again the weather forced the cancellation of all fixtures at the weekend. So again we take a dip into the history books:
In the 1987/88 season, Avondale recorded a hat-trick of league titles. The Seniors, led by Gene Buckley, took the MSL Premier title for the first time in the clubs history. The Juniors took the AUL Division 1A title and threw in the Saxone Cup, for the third time in four seasons, for good measure. While the Youths, guided by team boss Eddie O’Mahony, were also crowned league champions.
Junior team manager, Liam Treacy, was awarded the Cork AUL manager of the year in a season where the team played 55 games, winning 38 of them.
Having completed the purchase of Avondale Park in 1987, the venue staged its first FAI Senior Cup tie on February 14th, 1988. Unfortunately for the home side, Tramore Athletic were 2-0 winners on the day.


On Sunday 27th of January Damien Dunlea from Douglas represented Ireland in the International Celtic cross country haeld in A.L.S.S.A. in Dublin. Damien ran a very positive race, finishing eighth for which he was over the moon. Leading the race after 3,000 metres the Douglas man pulled an abdominal muscle forcing him to drop back to tenth but recovered with a good sprint at the end to finish eighth. The following weekend the South Munster Championships were held in Carrig na bFhear but alas Damien was still suffering the effects of his injury from Dublin so was rested for this event.
On February 9th the Kit Kat Munster Colleges Championships were held at St. Augustines in Dungarvan. There was a large turn out for this event at which young Dunlea was competing at U-17 intermediate level over 5,000 metres. From the start Damien took an early lead which he held to the finish with 23 seconds to spare over Jason Fahy from West Clare who was a team mate of Damien’s in the Irish squad weeks earlier. This was an excellent result for the fifteen year old, who is still a young intermediate athlete. “ I feel very proud bringing this title back to Coláiste Críost Rí” said Damien , who went on to thank his Dad and personal coach, David, school coach David Cole and Leevale Club coach Der Donovan.


Hosts of 2002 National Mixed Foursomes

Saturday February 9th
P Murphy, D Dennehy & M O’ Riordan – 35 5/16 / J Hanover & M Quirke – 40

Irish Life Cork Leagues
Seniors beat Pfizers 5 – 4 / Inters drew with Pfizers 4 ½ - 4 ½
Juniors beat Dunlops 6 - 3

Weekly Lotto Results
Numbers Drawn: 5, 12 & 29
O’ Donovan’s Off Licence Lucky Dip Winners

Tonight’s Jackpot: €1,040
Venue: St Columbas Hall


Douglas GAA Underage. By Donie Harris

Last week Douglas played Nemo in the 2001 Under 15 final. This game was played in Trabeg and after all the rain the previous week, the pitch was in fair condition. Nemo played with the wind in the first half but it was Douglas who scored in the first minute with a point from Stephen Bermingham who hit another point a minute later. Finbarr O’Donovan and Barry Fitzgearld added two more points minutes later. Douglas were playing well at this stage but a lapse in concentration allowed the Nemo forwards to score a goal and a point to level the game. Gary Hanrahan received a bad knee injury which seemed to upset the rest of the team to the point where they began to lose their grip on the game. At half time the mentors lifted the team with encouraging words and it was a different Douglas team that took to the field, wanting to win this one for Gary.
Playing with more conviction and determination, Douglas scored seven points. Colm O’Sullivan scored two excellent points while Eoin Burke kicked another. Final score Douglas 0-11, Nemo 1-5. As these lads are gone from the Under Age section of the club, we wish them the best of luck in the future. We would also like to wish Gary Hanrahan a speedy recovery and hope to see him back playing shortly.
Coaching Course.
A coaching course will be held in St. Finbarrs Hurling and Football Club on the 16th and 23rd of February for under 12 mentors. The club is recommending to send at least five mentors to this course. This project will place the emphasis on instructing such mentors in the best coaching practices available, thereby giving them the skills and confidence to impart that knowledge to the footballers and hurlers of tomorrow. You are asked to respond positively to this project. Any queries regarding the course should contact Donie Harris, Under Age P.R.O.
Our registration morning will be held next Saturday 16/02/’02 between 10.00am and 12 noon. This registration covers the cost of using the hall, buses to games and insurance. The costs are as follows:
€15 per person……€25 for two people from the same family……..€30 for three or more from the same family.
The Under Age section would like to thank Mrs. Noreen Quinlan who nominated the Under Age in the recent Douglas Village Shopping Centre Cash for the Community Draw in which we were lucky enough to win. We would also like to thank Douglas Village Shopping Centre.

Douglas GAA – Douglas Credit Union Street Leagues. By Gary White.
Last weekend we had a great turn out on both Friday night and Saturday morning. Saturday’s matches proved to be an exciting affair with lots of skill on display. Players to figure prominently were Mathew Grogan (Kilkenny) and Connor Kingston, Jordan Smith and Colin Downey (Kerry). Clare Shaw (Clare), John Cantwell (Meath), Krista O’Brien and Rory Jeffers(Antrim), Dylan Long and Mark Horan (Carlow) all making an excellent contribution.
Special mention for John Moynihans ‘rasper’ for Clare on Friday night.

Douglas GAA Senior Section. By Pat Harrington.
Douglas defeat Waterville in Hartley Memorial.
The memory of Pat “Hartley” O’Sullivan was honoured last weekend when Waterville travelled to Douglas to take on the host club for a memorial cup.
Douglas fielded a team of both youth and experience. It was a very spirited and sporting game with Douglas leading 0-7 to 1-2 at the interval. Donal Meade set up two goals in the second half as Douglas went on to record a victory on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-10. Others to impress were Barry Hanrahan and John O’Sullivan.
A large contingent travelled from South Kerry for the game. A meal was provided for all those who travelled, after the game. Later that evening there was a huge number present for the music, song and craic…..definitely a night to be remembered. Well done to all those from both clubs who organised a great weekend.
Minor Presentation.
The night organised for the presentation of medals was a most enjoyable one, with the following players honoured for their contribution.
Minor Player of the Year – Barry Hanrahan. U-16 Premier Player of the Year – Colin Lahive.
U-16B Player of the Year – Brian T. O’Callaghan. U-16 Club Player of the Year – Andrew Hunt
Thomas Cotter and Mark Harrington were honoured for representing Cork at U-16 level.

County Minor Premier.
The weather caused the postponement of the football league final last weekend. This now may not be played for some time.
There has been a lot of debate over the last few weeks concerning the make up of the hurling /football championships for 2002. One of the proposals is that there would be one premier championship involving both City/County Clubs. If this happened the City championship would no longer have a part to play in the outcome of the County championship. Though it could be run as a separate tournament. The argument against this would be that the City championship would be completely devalued..
These proposals will be voted upon at the next County minor board meeting. Finally to listen toboth sides of the argument one wonders if either side has the players interest at heart or are they just promoting their own patch.
The teams for the County Minor Hurling League have been finalised. Douglas will be pooled with the following teams: Sars, Watergrasshill, Erins Own, Bandon, Ballyhea, Newtownshandrum, Glen Rovers, Blackrock and St. Vincents.
Development Squad.
There has been tremendous response to training from these lads. On Tuesday we train in the Douglas Community School all weather pitch and on Sat/Sun training takes place in Moneygourney. Well done lads keep up the effort. At this point in time there are no definite fixtures for next weekend - see club notice board. Congratulations to Colin Doyle and Kevin Mulcahy who represented their country in International soccer last week. Well done and continued success in the future.


The bad weather of last weekend curtailed a lot of the Club’s activities, but nevertheless there was some key games played and they resulted in victories for the Corinthian’s Senior Team and U13s. However the highlight of the weekend’s action was undoubtedly the finals of the U7 Winter Street Leagues.

Winter Street Leagues
The Winter Street Leagues certainly lived up to their name last Saturday, with the drama and excitement of the finals day itself coupled with a mixture of sunshine, strong winds and showers. However the rain and cold didn’t seem to bother either player or spectator alike and there was a great atmosphere in Corinthians Park for the finals.
The big clash was undoubtedly the meeting of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in the main final. Real went into the final as strong favourites against an improving Barcelona side, who had shocked Everton in the Semi Finals. However on the day Real with Ian Tobin turning in a virtuoso performance on his birthday, proved too strong taking the spoils on a 5 - 1 score line. Peter Mullane, Eoin O’Connell, Conor Horgan, Jack McHenry and Mark Dolan were outstanding for Real, whilst Barcelona’s Jamie Davis, David O’Connor, Sean Hegarty, Peter Stokes and Shane Daly turned in fine performances.
In the match for third and fourth place Everton recovered from last weeks disappointment to defeat a gallant Chelsea side on a 2 - 1 score line. For Everton David Barrett, Kevin Hodgins, Stephen Cronin, Patrick Sullivan and Conor Flanagan impressed, while for Chelsea, Captain Michael Martin, Sean English, Kevin O’Sullivan and Arron Baldwin played well.
The Plate Competition also produced two fine matches, with Cork City getting the better of Liverpool in the Plate Final on a 3 - 1 score line, while in the play off for third and fourth place Arsenal recorded a fine 2 - 1 victory over Manchester Utd. For Liverpool David O’Sullivan, Eoin McNamara, Gus Lewis and Darragh Twomey played well, while for Cork City James Burke, Kieran Elzhi, Art Kelleher and Richard Cahalane were excellent. Man. Utd put up a brave performance against Arsenal pushing Arsenal all the way. They had excellent performers in James O’Shea, Eoin Baldwin, Brian Cooney, Gavin Kennedy and Ryan Flanagan, while for Arsenal Captain Paul Higginbotham , David Twomey, Harry McCarthy, Conor McGiveran and Sean Ryan were very much to the fore.
In between the showers the finals presentation took place with Pat Harte from the Club’s main sponsors CAB Motors presenting the overall winners trophy to Real Madrid’s Captain Ian Tobin. The Club would like to thank CAB for their generous support and sponsorship over the years and special mention also to the coaches of the various teams who have so willingly given up their time over the last three months to support the young schoolboys involved.
With the completion of the Street Leagues our U7’s will now revert back to their Saturday morning coaching sessions, which will still take place on the Club’s all weather pitch. Start time will be 12.15 p.m. and the sessions will finish at 1.30 p.m.
Schoolboy Section
Corinthian Boys maintained their 100% record in the U13 Premier Division with a comfortable 3 - 0 victory over Ballincollig over the weekend. They were not at their best and showed signs of rustiness after a long lay off. However they still proved much too strong for Ballincollig. Goals by Stephen White, Brian Lombard and Eric Hegarty, as well as good performances from Steven O’Brien, Cian Hill and Brian Cavanagh ensured the points went to Corinthians.
Adult Section
In the only other match played over the weekend the Corinthian’s Senior Team defeated Three Dynamos by 2 - 0. John O’Rourke grabbed the all important goals and the Senior’s had top class performers in Robert Brohan, Paul Burke and Pat Murray.
National Cup
The highlight of next weekends fixtures is the meeting of Corinthian Boys and Riverstown in an Under Twelve 4th Round National Cup game. The game takes place on Saturday morning, kick off 10.45 a.m. in Corinthians. The winners will qualify to represent Cork in the last 32 of the National Cup.
Our U14 team travel to Avondale for an important League game on Saturday morning, while on Sunday afternoon our U16s have home advantage when they take on Carrigaline in a 2nd round local cup tie.
Coaching Course
Sixteen of the Club’s schoolboys and adult coaches will take part in an introductory FAI Course at the weekend. The Courses, which are run by Colin O’Brien should prove very worthwhile. The Club currently has some 30 coaches with either Level 1 or Level 2 coaching qualifications.
Portmarnack AFC
The Club is currently finalising plans for a trip to Dublin for two of our U9 teams to take on Portmarnack AFC in two friendly matches. It is hoped that a party will travel to Dublin on the weekend of March 9th and 10th. Portmarnack are one of the top Underage Clubs in the Dublin Schoolboys League and have played the Corinthians U12 team in friendly matches both home and away this season.

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