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11th, Jun, 2013
Douglas win Munster Junior 7s title in Mallow on Sat 8th June
Report and Photo - Courtesy Seamus Cotter Douglas
Douglas Ladies Football Club caused a major surprise on Saturday June 6th in sundrenched Mallow by winning the Munster Junior 7’s Title
This certainly did not seem possible when they were 2 goals and a point down after 2 minutes to a very strong and physical Kildorrery side.
But a moment of inspiration and leadership from team captain Sinead Duggan turned the tide. She burst out of defence leaving a trail of Kildorrery players in her wake and passed to Laura O’Brien who scored the 1st of her 16 goals for the day. Further scores from O’Brien, Emma Cotter Amy Curtin and Mary Barrett had Douglas 4-1 to 3-1 ahead at the break. Both sides pushed might and main for the win and with some stout defending from Eimear Crowley and Ciara Mc Carthy and further scores from Amy Lee and Lisa Smith saw Douglas win a thriller 8-6 to 8-5. This was a huge confidence builder for Douglas as Kildorrery are a very strong and experienced side.
Next up was Mallow and a change of personnel was required as the heat was extremely intense. Eidin Byrne came thundering into the game ably supported by Jenny Owens. Sinead Duggan returned to goal and after a slow start Douglas emerged victorious on a score line of 9-8 to 3-9. Scorers in chief were Laura O’Brien, Mary Barrett and Emma Cotter.
This was followed by a comfortable victory over a Ballyphehane side that was weakened by injuries. Lisa Smith Amy Curtin Ciara McCarthy Eimear Crowley Jenny Owens and a great score from keeper Amy Lee who soloed the length of the field to score a goal were the heroines here.
This brought Douglas face to face with a strong Kinsale side in the semi final. In a very lively match with some great football from both teams Douglas led at half time 3-4 to 1-1.Again scorer in chief was Laura O’Brien with the defence ably led by Sinead Duggan and Amy Lee making some excellent saves in goal. The heat was taking its toll and the introduction of some fresh legs at half time livened up the Douglas challenge. And excellent performances from Emma Barber, Eidin Byrne and Ciara McCarthy brought Douglas to the final on a score line of 4-12 to 4-3.
Fermoy were the opponents in the final having come through their group unbeaten also.
Douglas started in determined fashion and took a firm hold of the game in mid field where the tireless running of Amy Curtin and Emma Barber paid huge dividends. Laura O’Brien was irrepressible up front scoring 3 goals and 5 points in a fabulous performance and was well supported but Mary Barrett and Emma Cotter. Douglas led at half time on a score line of 2-6 to 0-1.
Fermoy started the second half with a goal and a point but Douglas replied with another O’Brien goal and further scores from Lisa Smith Mary Barrett Amy Curtin and Emma Barber put Douglas firmly in the driving seat. Eidin Byrne, Eimear Crowley, Jenny Owens and Ciara McCarthy all defended resolutely to give Douglas victory on a score line of 5-11 to 3-4.
Overall this was a great team performance with each member working her socks off in extremely warm conditions. However special mention must go to the excellent leadership shown throughout by team captain Sinead Duggan, supreme goalkeeping by Amy Lee and deadly finishing by Laura O’Brien who sent a huge message to Robbie Smyth and his fellow Cork Minor selectors in the upcoming All Ireland semi final by scoring a whopping 16 goals and 11 points.
Special thanks to Referee Gene Buckley on his handling of both semi and final and also to the Munster LGFA on their organization of a splendid day.