Our Senior hurlers faced Youghal in difficult conditions on Saturday in the relegation playoff. In a quiet first half there was little to choose between the teams. Douglas welcomed back Cork Star Alan Cadogan from a hamstring injury and the forward showed little sign of rustiness as he was peppered with quality ball early in the game. Even when Youghal tried to implement a sweeper system, the Douglas backs and midfielders with Harry, Donnach and Steve Moylan prominent, were able to ensure the Douglas forwards had plenty to fight for.
The highlight of the half came in the 17th minute when Cadogan goaled, however Youghal eventually gained a foothold in the game and went in to the half-time break two points in front, despite Bourkey, Beansy and James Moylan all splitting the posts. Moylan’s point was followed by his trademark finger pointing and fist pumping (not to be confused with Cormac Dineen's trademark windmill celebration).
The second half proved to be a far more exciting affair and Douglas management's changes both at half time and early in the second half worked wonders. Nathan Walsh added security to the full back line, Cotzy was immediately batting anything that moved, while the workrate of Seanie, Mark Dolan and Diarmuid O’Mahony in the forwards caused turnover, after turnover. Shane Kingston, kicked in to life in the second half and scored three huge points as the game continued in a nip/tuck fashion.
As extra time loomed, it was Bourkey, keen to avoid any potential delays to his appearance at Oktoberfest, who took matters in to his own hands and put Douglas a point up in injury time with a superb effort.
Special mention to Shane ‘The General’ O’Donoghue who did 34 laps of the pitch during the game in order to show off his ankles to everybody in attendance, in what proved to be a controversial outfit choice.
Scorers: Alan Cadogan 1-3, Mark O’Connor 0-6 (0-2f, 0-1 65), Shane Kingston (0-3), Shane Bourke (0-2), James Moylan, Sean Powter, Eoin Cadogan 0-1 each
Douglas: Tom Delaney, Donncahdh Murphy, Conor Kingston, David Sheehan, Colm Lucey, Eoin Cadogan, Mark Harrington, Steve Moylan, Mark O’Callaghan, Shane Bourke, James Moylan, Shane Kingston, Alan Cadogan, Mark O’Connor, Eoghan O’Brien
Subs: Nathan Walsh for David Sheehan (h-t), Cathal Sheehan for Colm Lucey (35) Sean Powter for Mark O’Callaghan (35) Diarmuid O’ Mahony for Eoghan O’Brien (38), Mark Dolan for James Moylan (38)