DOHENYS V BANDON - (Number of times read: 1506)
Derry Farr | 21 November 2007
Dohenys 1 – 4 Bandon 1 - 12
Deplorable though the conditions were Bandon and Dohenys managed to serve up an entertaining South West junior C football league final, at Dunmanway, on Saturday afternoon last. There was no denying the better team won, this was Bandon’s third junior cup of the year, but the refusal of Dohenys to capitulate, particularly under sustained last quarter pressure, made for an enjoyable game in the most unpleasant of conditions. Against a strong wind and driving rain the winner’s made their mark in no uncertain manner and going in on level terms at the break they had the bulk of the hard labour behind them. However Bandon found the loser’s defence difficult to break down for a while after the resumption but once outstanding midfielder Tomás O’Donoghue slipped home a forty fourth minute goal it was the beginning of the end for Dohenys who simply didn’t do enough when favoured by the elements in the opening half.
Despite the guile of Stephen Mohan, Joe Kelly, Barry O’Donovan and particularly Cathal Crowley their attack didn’t see enough of the ball to build up an early advantage. In fact, after Cathal Crowley pointed in the first minute for the losers, it was the winner’s who came good in conditions where even the dogs wouldn’t have been allowed out. Driven on by the deeds of O’Donoghue, Darren Ryan, David Lehane and Cathal Moloney the winners roared into a three-point lead after Darren Murray and Joe Burke had pointed to add to the brace from O’Donoghue. Young Tom Collins was instrumental in getting Dohenys restarted and the experienced combination of O’Donovan, Mohan and Crowley set up a sixteenth minute goal coolly taken by Joe Kelly. This was as good as it got for Dohenys who had Cathal Kelleher, Martin Collins and Clement Deane, their best player over the hour, performing heroics at the back to prevent Bandon from going to town. However when turning over on level terms it was inevitable that the lily whites would triumph but against a strong loser’s defence, where James McCarthy really excelled in the closing half, it took the winner’s some time before they could say they were on safe ground. In fact it took a forty-fourth minute Tomás O’Donoghue goal, set up by Joe Burke and Darren Murray, to really propel them to a deserved victory over a gallant Dohenys who kept going to the very end when Brian McCarthy forced a great save from Eóin McSweeney in the winner’s goal.
Scorers; Bandon; T O’Donoghue1-3, D Murray, R Crowley, B O’Dwyer 0-2 each, J Burke, A O’Donnell, M Moloney (free) 0-1 each.
Dohenys; J Kelly 1-1, C Crowley 0-3 (0-1 free).
Teams; Dohenys; T Buckley; C Kelleher, C Deane, M Collins; J McCarthy, W O’Brien, E Freeman; T Collins, F Cronin; C Moloney, S Mohan, B McCarthy; B O’Donovan, J Kelly, C Crowley. Subs; D Collins, G Hayes.
Bandon; E McSweeney; M O’Leary, C Moloney, A Nyhan; D Crowley, D Ryan, D Lehane; T O’Donoghue, T Crowley; D Kelly, D Murray, B O’Dwyer; M Moloney, J Burke, R Crowley. Sub’s; K Doyle, D Corcoran, A O’Donnell.
Referee; Donal Shorten, St Mary’s.