By Kieran Pyke – Transition Year Sports Correspondent (Hurling)
The Douglas Senior Hurling team performed outstandingly well in the recent county final clash with The North Monastery Secondary School. After a superb first half performance Douglas were ahead by a whopping 15 points but lost out on the cup by a mere 2 points.
The game began with determined Douglas midfielder Eoin Noonan (pictured) knocking the sliotar to an oncoming forward, but possession quickly changed, and before a minute had gone, the North Mon were up by 1 point to no score. It took Douglas a few minutes to get up to speed, but 10 minutes later, DCS led the game with the score at 1-8 to 5 points.
A short while later, another goal came thanks to a skilful solo run from star striker, Daniel Savage, who contributed to all 3 of Douglas’ goals.
The North Mon keeper subsequently gave a poor puck-out, and the ball once more fell into the hands of the DCS centre forward.
Within a minute of Douglas’ second goal being scored, the northsiders’ net was shaken a third time. By the end of the first half, Douglas had gained a total of 3 goals and 15 points, as opposed to the North Mon’s 1 goal and 6 points.
In the second half, Douglas turned to face the strong, whirling wind. From the first moments of the second half, it was quickly revealed that DCS would have to fight much harder to stay ahead.
11 minutes from the restart, Doulgas’ lead was shortened to 8 points, after a second North Mon goal in the 40th minute.
Douglas fought back, with points won by midfielder Eoin Mc Carthy, right forward Daire O Shaughnessy, and full forward Jimmy Burke. However, a short few seconds after the points were scored, the sliotar ended up just outside the Douglas box, where a lone striker blazed it into the goal.
The score was now 3-18 to 3-12, a six point difference with Douglas on top.
A nail-biting 8 minute stalemate went by before a free was given to the North Mon side. The sliotar was placed perfectly at the corner of the square, where a powerful centre-forward was running to receive the ball. A quick turn and a whip of his hurley was all it took to beat the Douglas keeper.
With the score at 3-19 to 4-13, the North Mon had closed the gap to a tiny 3 points. For the Douglas team, it was crystal clear that there would be a dramatic conclusion and that the game could go either way.
The frustration of the DCS team was evident in their game, and soon enough they conceded another killer free, moments after which the ball was in the back of the net for a fifth time.
The teams were neck and neck with just 2 minutes remaining. A controversial free was awarded to the North Mon when the hurley was knocked from a player’s hands. The shot dipped into the box, where it was caught by DCS keeper, Luke Mc Grath, who cleared it as fast as he could. However the ball returned to the North Mon left half forward, who knocked it over the bar in the last minute, the final blow to a team who more than deserved the cup.
Douglas Community School: 3-19
The North Monastery: 5-15