11th July, 2002
Weekly Sports


Douglas girls traveled to Limerick on Monday night last to represent Cork in community games it was held in the University of Limerick. They met Clare champions New Market on Fergus. This was a match a pliminary round Douglas had to play to qualified for the Munster finals on Saturday. Douglas started well with Jenny O 'Donovan scoring a goal only for the ref calling her back for a free which Jenny scored a point from. Jenny added 2 more goals in the first half but Newmarket responded with 2 goals leaving the half time score 2-1 to 2-0. Douglas upped their game in the second half with some brilliant saves from Moiré O'Donovan in goal. Douglas responded with 5 unanswered points to come away winners on a score line of 2-6 to 2-0.
Playing away on Saturday in Limerick leaving club at 9.30.

Douglas U11 B team played their second match against the Barrs on Saturday last. With twins Katriona and Pamela Mackey playing midfield the Barrs soon found themselves under pressure. Tracey Mc Carty, Sinéad Beaven and Megan Murphy all had shots on goal, Cliona Daly getting the goal eventually.
The back line played their part allowing little past Semma Long, Nicola Leo and Karen O Connell.The Barrs got their equaliser in the second half with the match ending 1-0 to 1-0.

Douglas 1-7 Watergrasshill 0-1
On Wednesday last Douglas took on Watergrasshill in our first League match of the season. The game also marked the return of Amanda O'Regan who played in goal after 10 months out with serious injury. The game itself was slow to start but points from Helen O'Mahony, Lousie O'Regan and Fiona O'Donovan settled the team down. Watergrasshill to their credit fought hard but an opportunist goal from Carmel Downey who worked hard for the hour took the wind out of their sails. Further points from Fiona O'Donovan and two excellent points from frees by Amanda O'Regan settled the issue. Claire Barry had a great game a scored a fine point to finish the scoring. Douglas ran out easy winners in the end. All subs were used and two U-14 players Lousie Sheehan & Jenny O'Donovan were introduced to Junior A level. Well done to all.


Following an extremely short closed-season, the Seniors are back in action next weekend. There seems to have been no break at all for Kevin O'Sullivan and the squad, as they have been preparing dilligently for next weekend's match for the last few weeks.
By virtue of their performances in last season's FAI Intermediate Cup and the newly introduced Summer Soccer for the Eircom League, we have qualified for the First Round of the 2002/03 FAI Senior Cup. The winners of the first round move on to join the Eircom League clubs in the Second Round of the cup. Accordingly, our home draw against Malahide Utd. is of great significance and the team will not lack for motivation next Sunday.
We have already competed twice at this stage of the Senior Cup and were "rewarded" with draws in Dublin against really big guns - Ashtown Villa and Garda. We were unsuccessful on both occasions. This time around, we have a home draw and an opportunity to get into the open draw with the Eircom League clubs. Sunday will be a huge occasion for the club with kick-off fixed for 2.30.
The team has been in training since mid-June and have had a number of friendlies in the last few weeks. It has been strange, facing into potentially one of the biggest, most prestigious matches of the season, without the benefits of competitive matches in a local competition.
Accordingly, the team will really be facing into the unknown - no real form for either team to guide the pundits, no test for either team in a competitive situation. The best of luck to Kevin and all the squad for Sunday's fixture.
The club A.G.M. will be held on Friday evening next, 12th. July at John O'Sullivan's Rooms. All members are requested to attend.


CITY SEMI-FINAL By Pat Harrington

Douglas and Bishopstown played in the quarter-final of the premier minor football championship. The opening quarter was a very dull affair with the town scoring a point the Douglas reply was a goal scored by Mark Harrington. The Douglas defence was under a lot of pressure but coped well. Neil Heffernan, Paul Kelly, Mark O'Callaghan and Frank Tobin were very solid. Douglas led at the interval by 1 6 to 0 3.

The pattern of the second half was similar in many ways to that of the second quarter of the first half with Douglas in control. Bishopstown scored a goal after fifteen minutes, reducing the deficit to three points. Douglas had plenty of possession but overplayed the ball and took the wrong options on a number of occasions. Fergal O'Sullivan kicked a couple of good points from frees. Bishopstown scored two points to leave a goal between the sides. In the final five minutes Bishopstown laid siege to the Douglas goal, but David O'Connor and Jeremy McCarthy in particular stood firm and Douglas held on for victory on a scoreline of 1 10 to 1 7. An important victory for Douglas who go on to meet Na Piarsaigh in the semi-final next Saturday. Please check club noticeboard for confirmation of date and time of fixture.

Douglas and Dohenys played in the senior football championship at Bandon last Sunday night. The west Cork side played with the aid of the wind in the first half. Despite the best efforts of Cormac Dineen the Dohenys were on top at midfield. The Dunmanway outfit broke the ball and the forwards were quick to pick up the loose ball. Dohenys scored seven points in the first half. Douglas replied with three points from John Farrell and an excellent score form Willie Coveney from near the sideline.

As the second half commenced Douglas looked to be in a very strong position. It was the West Cork lads who got a vital score in the first five minutes. Neil Heffernan was introduced as a sub and he proceeded to do very well on his debut for Douglas seniors. Although Douglas did up their game, the failed to make inroads against a very well organised Dohenys' defence. Victory was clinched by the West Cork side with a second goal five minutes from the end. Final score: Dohenys 2 - 10, Douglas 0 - 8.

Douglas second string played Valleys in a league encounter. Because of examinations and hurling fixtures this was the teams first football game in over ten weeks.

Early on the South East team were on top but thanks to the hard work of Brian T O'Callaghan and Eoin Carroll Douglas led 0-3 to 0-2 after 20 minutes. Valleys took complete control in the last ten minutes and led 0-5 to 0-3 at the break.

The second half started in similar fashion. Good defensive play by Denis O'Riordan and his fellow defenders denied the Rovers of three certain goals. Having weathered the storm Douglas once again took control. Frank Walsh was denied a certain goal by a marvellous save by Valley's 'keeper. Two late points by Valleys gave them a five point victory, 0 11 to 0 6. It was great to see Graham Coughlan after injury he was as competitive as ever.

Douglas travelled to Youghal to play the local club in this league fixture. Both sides were short a number of regulars. Having played with the wind in the first half Douglas led by 0 5 to 0 2 at the interval. Points by Willie Coveney and John Farrell helped Douglas gain two valuable points as a result of victory on a scoreline of 0 12 to 0 5.

Douglas played Mayfield in this secondary cup competition. The Mayfield team were successful in this encounter.


It was another busy week for some of our underage players and teams, with a number of our sides involved in 7 a side and Southside league action. The highlight of last weeks action was undoubtedly the Under Nine League and Cup finals between Corinthian Boys and Kilreen Celtic which provided some fantastic entertainment.

Under Nine
Since they first met in an Under Seven final two years ago these particular Corinthians and Kilreen sides have met on numerous occasions providing some great action with usually only a kick of the ball between the two sides. This was certainly the case again last week when they provided two classic encounters.
The League Final was first on the agenda on Monday night. Kilreen started brightly and dominating possession in the middle of the field they took the game to Corinthians, but the strong Corinthians defence superbly marshalled by David O’Donovan and Luke Connolly stood firm. However early in the second half Kilreen did make the deserved break through. This only served as a wakeup call for Corinthians and in a ten minute spell Corinthians scored three times with Mark Parkes, Ian James and Ryan Levies finishing off some tremendous moves. Kilreen never recovered from these set backs and the League title went to Corinthians.
The two sides met again in the Cup Final the following Thursday night and what a thriller they served up. Kilreen once again started brightly and jumped into the lead after five minutes. The lead did not last long with Corinthians replying10 minutes later through Mark Parkes. For the next hour including extra time the game swung from end to end, but there was no further scoring and so to a dramatic penalty shoot-out which saw all 22 players taking a penalty with Kilreen eventually prevailing 8-7. Given the heartbreak that this Kilreen side had suffered at the hands of Corinthians over the previous 12 months their victory was well deserved.
Congratulations to the management trio of Kieran O’Donovan, Alf Parkes and Brian O’Connor and to their entire squad on some excellent performances. The successful U9 squad was : Cian Hammond, Kieran Twohig, Eoin O’Meara, David O’Donovan, James Furlong, Luke Connolly, Cian McWhinney, Kevin O’Connor, Ryan Levis, Alan Cronin, Brian Forde, Mark Parkes, Ian James, Andrew Healy, David Abbott.

Schoolboys League
With the old season coming to an end, it won’t be long before thoughts will start turning to next years Schoolboys League season 2002/2003. The Club has entered 12 teams in next years Schoolboys Leagues, ranging in ages from U11 to U16. If anyone is interested in joining Corinthians and playing with one of our teams then please contact Terry O’Donovan at 4891257 or Danny Drennan at 4363602.


Hosting the National Mixed Foursomes - September 2002
Saturday July 6th
B Collins, P Murphy & D Desmond – 37 1/3 / D Quirke, A O’ Leary & T Feeney – 43
Sunday July 7th
T Feeney & P Murphy - +16 / T Feeney & M O’ Riordan – 43

Congratulation to Stephen O’ Leary on winning the Inter National Stroke
at the weekend in ESB

Visit our NEW website: douglaspitchandputt.com

Weekly Lotto Results: Numbers Drawn: 1, 12 & 22 NO WINNER
O’ Donovan’s Off Licence Lucky Dip Winners
Jim Hanover c/o The Club, Jack Mc Sweeney c/o The Hall
Norah Quirke c/o Liam Quirke
Tonight’s Jackpot: €2, 470 Venue: The Grange


Kevin Barry Cup
EMC 2 – Carrigaline 2 - Carrigaline win on penalties
Newcomers EMC are showing everyone in the Cork Ladies Soccer League that they are a force to be reckoned with. Wednesday night say them face a strong Carrigaline side from the first division. They proved that the new teams from division 3 are bringing with them enormous talent.
EMC showed great team spirit, character and determination, unfortunately for them they began the game with 10 players and for a lot of the game were down to 9 due to injury. Carrigaline took full advantage of the situation and by half time were 2 goals up. The EMC keeper kept the scoreline low by making some fantastic saves and getting some great assistance from her defence.
EMC came back in the second half with Orla Sheehy scoring a goal from a free and Louise Aherne heading one into the back of the net. Kathleen Ryan, who went into goal for the second half, made a great save when there was a penalty awarded against EMC. The game finished level at 2-2. As it was a cup game, it went into extra time so 20 more minutes were played. The sides remained level. Then to a penalty shoot out which Carrigaline won with some great saves by their goalie. Truly this was a wonderfully competitive game.

Challenge Cup
Rangers (2), C.S.O. (0); Buttevant (0), Hibernians (2);


Mon24June H. Myers & S. Tobin - 1st
A. Murphy & M O'Carroll - 2nd
Tues25Juneam E. O'Neill & B. O'Sullivan - 1st
C. Bennett & O. Cotter - 2nd
Tues25June Novice N. Lordan & T. Dowling -- 1st
Tues25June pm D. White 7 F. Murphy & 1st
E. Taylor & L. Hanna - 2nd
Wed26June am R. McCarthy & A. McCarthy --- 1st
Wed26June pm L. O'Hanlon & D. Forde --- 1st
M. Hanrahan & F. Cunnane - 2nd
Wed26June Novice K. Twomey & F. Burns - 1st
Thur27June L O'Hanlon & O. Olden - 1st
Fri28June M. Murphy & B. Ahern - 1st

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