DOOHAMLET DO THE DOUBLE

27 November 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Doohamlet 1-10

Aughnamullen 0-08

JOHN GRAHAM

It may have been disappointment in the Ulster club intermediate championship semi-final a week previous but on Sunday last a sharper, more focused Doohamlet finished their season on a high note as they clinched a first ever intermediate double of championship and league when they proved too adept in most aspects of their game for Aughnamullen in this very entertaining contest that was played in bright if somewhat chilly conditions in Corduff on Sunday afternoon last.

The victory sees Doohamlet take the intermediate football league for only the second time in their history, they last won it back in 1935 and on the day they were full value for their win despite a somewhat faltering start that saw them five points adrift after 20 minutes and yet to raise a white flag.

By half-time though they had addressed that situation when they went in a point in front and then laid the foundation for victory in a strong third quarter during which they held Aughnamullen scoreless and rattled over five unanswered points themselves, four from the boot of Barry McGinn, to put themselves in a very strong position. Aughnamullen did rally in the latter stages but they found the Doohamlet defence in resolute mood and that along with the leadership of Colin Walshe in the outfield exchanges the O’Neills held out for what was in the end a comfortable enough victory.

Spare a thought for Aughnamullen though in that despite contesting the intermediate league final they miss out on promotion as Carrickmacross now move up to senior next year along with Doohamlet as they finished top of the league.

Aughnamullen got off to much the brighter start and had Doohamlet under pressure but missed chances were the order of the day for both sides before Pete Dooney opened the scoring with a point for Aughnamullen after seven minutes.

A minute later Doohamlet had the ball in the Aughnamullen net but the effort was ruled out because of a technical infringement.

Aughnamullen went on to dominate the following 10 minutes with points by Kevin McArdle from a free for a foul on Mark McArdle, an indiscretion that saw Martin Hughes pick up ….

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