Munster Senior League Senior Premier
Douglas Hall -3
Picture Courtesy of Jim Coughlan
Douglas Hall were on the money at Moneygourney on Sunday morning.
The emerged from the fog with local bragging rights, a win over the league leaders and three points as they jumped from second from bottom to third in the space of two weeks.
Hall claimed their second successive win to beat near by rivals and early pace setters College Corinthians in impressive fashions.
Hall got off to a great start as a ball down the right wing put Adam Kiely through on goal, despite Mark Power in the Corinthians goal getting a touch, he slotted the ball home after less than 90 seconds.
The Keane Cup winners continued to press Corinthians high and Derek Varian put an excellent chance wide after just 5 minutes. It was an excellent start and the shots were raining down on Power’s goal with Varian and Murphy both putting efforts over the bar inside 20 minutes.
Corinthians began to play their way back into the game and a flowing move on 25 minutes presented a great chance for Evan Browne, but Adzi O’Donovan produced a save to keep his side in front. The ball trickled under his body, but he managed to claw the ball off the line for a corner.
As per tradition with any derby, it was a game played in a high pressure atmosphere and it threatened to boil over on the 35th minute when the referee was forced to share three yellows shared between the sides for an off the ball incident.
This served to galvanize Hall and on 38 minutes Kevin Kelleher broke the offside trap and was through with Power to beat, he squared the ball to Varian who bundled the ball over the line to extend the lead.
Hall stayed on the front foot up to half time where they had a two goal advantage.
The second half kicked off just as it had finished with Hall playing the game in Corinthians half. In the 52nd minute, a great cross from the right was headed expertly into the top right corner of the net by last weeks goal scoring hero Chris Fox .
Hall were now comfortable with a three goal advantage but couldn’t seem to extend the lead. Power pulled off a good save in a one on one with Jason Dunphy after 65 minutes as Hall kept pushing.
For the last twenty ,Corinthians tried to push a little more and had a goal disallowed from a free kick on 78 minutes for a foul on the keeper.
Hall’s defensive pairing of Brian Wilkinson and David Hackett were excellent in the final stages to preserve the clean sheet and hand Corinthians their first league defeat of the year.
That result give’s Hall two wins from two games with one more game to go at home to Cobh Wanderers next weekend before the Christmas break.