Douglas (Cork) 2-22; Dungarvan 1-9
Despite the tonic of a Karl Duggan goal in the 11th minute, Dungarvan had to settle for second best against a very good Douglas side in the semi-finals of the Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship at Fraher Field on Sunday last.
From the off the Cork champions – who narrowly lost out last year in the Cork intermediate premier championship to eventual county, Munster and All-Ireland winners Blarney – were always on top..
With less than 90 seconds played, Stephen Moylan set up Mark Harrington to put the south Cork side into the lead. Cormac Curran, Dungarvan’s most lively forward of the afternoon, soon cancelled that out from a free with three minutes played.
Stephen Moylan put Douglas back in front after six minutes, but just two minutes later they had a major let off when Cormac Curran shot wide with a ground stroke close to goal; the surface, which resembled a minefield in places, not helping the young Dungarvan forward in his effort.
Mark Collins then found himself with a good goalscoring opportunity at the other end of the field but his effort too went wide of the mark.
Goal chances came thick and fast. On 11 minutes, Liam Ryan, who impressed in the latter stages of the domestic championship, spotted Karl Duggan in a much better position, laid the ball off and the Dungarvan centre forward gave Brian Boyle in the Douglas goal no chance with a bullet of a shot to give the Old Boro boys a deserved 1-1 to 0-2 lead.
Cormac Curran stretched Dungarvan’s lead on the quarter-hour mark when he pointed a free, but the rebel County representatives hit back with points from centrefield pairing Colin O’Mahony and Barry Fitzgerald.
Cormac Curran responded with a point from play on 20 minutes for Jimmy Healy’s charges but this was as good as it got for Dungarvan.
Richard Murphy pointed a minute after Curran’s effort and a further sixty seconds later Mark Harrington – clearly one player that Denis Walsh will be looking seriously at – drew a good save from David Moore, though Mark Collins was on hand to put the ball over the bar from the rebound.
The first half ended with Richard Murphy pointing for Douglas to give them a two-point lead going into the second period.
Within three minutes of the re-start the game was over as a contest. Douglas began the second half in whirlwind fashion. James Moylan received a pass from Mark Harrington just 36 seconds in and he pointed from close range. Richard Murphy, another player surely in senior county contention, scored and almost straight away Mark Collins sent over an effort, followed just seconds later by a Barry Fitzgerald point from play to put them six points to the good.
In the 34th minute Dungarvan were awarded a 21-metre free which Karl Duggan stepped up to take and rather than go for the safer option of putting the ball over the bar he went low and hard, but the ball was cleared out a crowded Douglas goalmouth.
On 36 minutes Harrington played received the ball from Odhrain Mulrooney and gave David Moore no chance as the Cork side grabbed their first goal, putting them nine points in front.
Cormac Curran was next to score when he pointed a free for Dungarvan, but full-forward Harrington hit a brace of quickfire points.
Cormac Curran pointed a couple of frees to keep Dungarvan just about in touch, before Douglas hit back with a barrage of scores from Harrington (2), Mulrooney (2) and Richard Murphy.
With seven minutes left Harrington scored his second goal when he collected a Murphy pass. Dungarvan substitute Johnny Lynch pointed with six minutes remaining and Harrington and Cormac Curran then exchanged points before Barry Fitzgerald and David Morrissey did likewise.
The final act of the game was for Harrington to put the ball between the Dungarvan uprights to give Douglas a facile victory and a place against South Liberties in the Munster Final on November 22.
Douglas: B Boyle; D McSweeney, A Barry, F Tobin; C Dineen, E Cadogan, R Keating; C O’Mahoney, B Fitzgerald; M Collins, O Mulrooney, S Moylan; R Murphy, M Harrington, J Moylan. Subs: T Cullinane for F Tobin, F Desmond for R Murphy, K Murphy for C Dineen, W Coveney for M Collins, C Lucey for S Moylan.
Scorers: M Harrington 2-8 (0-1 free), R Murphy 0-4 (3 frees), B Fitzgerald 0-3, M Collins, O Mulrooney 0-2 each, S Moylan, C O’Mahoney, J Moylan 0-1 each.
Special. From speaking to those in the club who grew up with Caolan, those that were his friends, his teammates, there is a desire to find a word to sum him up, but there isn’t one word alone that can do him justice. Special is a close as it comes and even that comes nowhere close to summing up Caolan.
This past week marked six years since the passing of Caolan. In his 18 years on this planet, Caolan left behind a legacy that people who live five times as long could only hope to replicate.
From a sporting point of view, it was very apparent early on, that we had got a gem. Following in the footsteps of his brothers Odhran and Eanna, Caolan joined the street leagues and made an immediate impression. His friend Brian Cuthbert, recalls a time representing Sligo in Under 9 hurling, when someone who he didn’t know was dominating the game. It was his first interaction with Caolan and on this particularly hot day, he remembers this guy with an unusual name, getting stuck in and taking control of the game. Not one to hold back, Caolan, did as he always did and gave his everything, resulting in the heat eventually getting the better of him and he crouched down in exhaustion. Water bottles weren’t necessarily the norm for Street leagues at the time, so one of the coaches asked the parents if anyone had a drink. One of the fathers duly stepped up and after Caolan had taken a few drinks, he was ready to go again. Brian, also feeling the heat went looking for a drink but was told he would have to wait until he worked as hard Caolan before he deserved one. Even in Street Leagues, Caolan set standards.
Personally, I struggle to remember much from my street league days, yet Caolan made such an impression, everyone remembers him from this time. Whether it was Caolan being able to convince Daithi Curtin’s parents to allow him to join the Street Leagues or Caolan, taking the unprecedented step of playing for the age above him as well as his own age on Saturday mornings, resulting in him collecting two trophies on Finals day, something that kids could only dream of, Caolan always had a positive impact.
Caolan’s sporting brilliance continued through the underage ranks. It was mentioned a lot over the last week, that Caolan always had an air of confidence about him. Nothing seemed to faze him. When someone from the ‘Barrs started throwing his weight around in an underage championship game, other players seemed reluctant to take a stand. Not Caolan. He may have been one of the smallest fellas on the pitch that day, but it didn’t stop him standing up for his teammates, taking a stand, and quieting down the brash opponent.
Caolan was blessed with the Mulrooney sidestep. Another teammate and friend of Caolan’s, Alan Cadogan remembers the ‘iconic’ sidestep. It doesn’t seem to be something you can teach, but it is something each of the Mulrooney children and likely the parents have. Caolan perfected it.
It was impossible not to like Caolan. Martin Barry recalls a challenge game up in Urlingford one time. Martin, as he tends to be, was intense about the challenge ahead and expected to be named centre back. When the team was announced, Caolan was named to the number six position, as he so often was, so Martin had a word with him before the game. “Don’t be going running up the field and trying to score now and making me look bad from the times, I played Centre Back ,” Martin pleaded. There was almost a smirk on Caolan’s face, every time he got the ball. At one point, Caolan ran the length of the field and slotted a score from 20 metres out. As Caolan ran back to his position Martin, was absolutely bulling. As he went to give Caolan a piece of his mind after the game, a huge grin broke out on Caolan’s face. He would back his teammates up no matter what, but that didn’t mean he wouldn’t wind them up whenever he got the chance as well. Martin, failed at stayed angry with Caolan and the two of them laughed about it all the way back to Cork.
Centre back was the position that Caolan made his own. Likely the most difficult position on the pitch to play, Caolan was able to excel there. It was the position he played in the Minor County final. Douglas were beaten that day, but as he always did, Caolan performed. The number six jersey seemed to be huge on him, but no challenge ever seemed too big for him. After Caolan’s passing the club decided it would not use the number six jersey at Minor level for the foreseeable future to honour Caolan. When Douglas captured the Minor football title in 2013, the centre back that day, wore the number 26. The same when we won the Minor Hurling Title in 2015. Shane Donegan lined out at centre back wearing 26. Those attending the game, not from Douglas, may have found it strange, but everyone in the club knew that Caolan was still there with us. Still fighting alongside us, like he always did.
As I spoke to people this week about Caolan, there seems to be one frustration. There is a frustration that they can't find the words to accurately represent Caolan the way they still see him. Passionate, confident, friendly, genuine, positive, centre of attention, friend. These are all words that are used to describe him and yet everyone seems feel those words alone are not enough. Special. Special is as close as we can come. Simply put Caolan was special. He had a way about him that he would treat everyone the same. It didn’t matter whether you were the most popular kid, or the quietest, Caolan seemed to be friends with everyone. He was always there for his friends. To this day, a number of them still wear wristbands with his name on it. It’s their way of keeping someone who meant so much to them, close.
A person like Caolan will never be forgotten. Whether its seeing someone dominating the centre back position in Douglas colours, watching his sisters Seosai and Muiread play camogie, watching his brothers Odhran and Eanna when they eventually come back to Cork and resume playing with the club, seeing someone with the ‘Caolan’ wristband or seeing his parents Eugene and Margaret, we will remember Caolan. He touched people in a way that makes those that knew him thankful to have had the opportunity. He will live on in our memories, in our club until we get to see him again. Forget icon of the week, Caolan was just an icon, a legend. He was special.
*New Year, New Opportunity*
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Both Monday and Saturday classes will run simultaneously in blocks of 6 weeks (1st block 5 weeks). I will hold a talk on training and nutrition on the 1st night of each block giving people the opportunity to weigh in (optional) and set an individual plan in place for the following six weeks.
5 week block. Starting Saturday the 6th
€10 pay as you go (either class)
There will be a limited number per class so booking is essential to secure your place. Gift vouchers also available.