Dohenys a facile win over Patrick’s
JUST as predicted last Saturday’s Clóna Milk-sponsored Carbery U21B Hurling Championship final, at Ballinacarriga turned out to be a damp squib.
A totally unprepared losing team, an amalgamation of clubs, with very limited practice time together proved no match for Dohenys, whose only real test came in their penultimate round joust with Ballinascarthy. Here the Dunmanway lads eked out a thrilling one-point extra time victory and now have this Divisional hurling championship to add to their Carbery U-21 AFC title won earlier in the season. Containing many of this squad Dohenys completed the double, despite being without the services of key players Mark Buckley and Fionn Herlihy. Their replacements filled in more than adequately against St Patricks whose score, a well taken Kevin Minihane strike from far out, was in the 20th minute.
Prior to that alert Doheny corner forward Aidan O’Donovan, pounced on a rebound from a Cathal O’Donovan shot that Alan Crowley did well to save, to register the winner’s opening goal of a game where a trio of Johnny Kelly points added to by Bill Murphy, Cathal O’Donovan, Seán Daly, Jamie Carroll and the in-form Kevin O’Mahony had Dohenys eight points clear inside the first eight minutes of play.
Despite some sterling play from the saints they couldn’t prevent Dohenys from continuing to dictate the trend in a contest where a well-taken Kevin O’Mahony goal approaching the break made it 216 to 0-1 at the change-over.
The procession of scores continued unabated after the resumption when Dohenys brought on the replacements and still ruled the roost. Two goals from Cathal O’Donovan, a second from Kevin O’Mahony, added to majors registered by Seán Daly, Jamie Carroll and a splendid late strike by Aidan O’Donovan completed the winner’s goals tally. Dohenys now advance to a joust with the Muskerry champions in the next round.