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Brian Dillons Complete League Double as Junior (A) Footballers Beat St.Finbarrs.

posted 24 Nov 2013, 10:56 by Willie Horgan
                   Having already captured  the City Division Junior (A) Hurling League title on the previous Sunday, with a 2-18 to 2-13 win over Blackroock, Brian Dillons completed a unique double when their Junior (A) Footballers had a thrilling, 0-11 to 1-7, victory over St.Finbarrs in the City Division Junior (A) Football League final, out in Pairc Diolunaigh on Friday evening, 22nd November, 2013. This victory was some consolation for the Footballers for their Championship final loss , after a replay, to the same St.Finbarrs side.
                   Played on a bitterly cold evening, out in artic Pairc Diolunaigh, Friday nights game produced some fine spells of fast , free -flowing and exciting football.  It was close at the finish with St.Finbarrs finishing strongly , scoring 1-2 in the final seven minutes, at which stage Brian Dillons looked safe when leading by five points, 0-10 to 0-5.  Tomas Lawrence opened the scoring with a neat point  in the very first Brian Dillons attack after less than a minutes play. The "Barrs equalised , one minute later, and with their lively full-forward line giving the Brian Dillons defence a torrid time, they went ahead when scoring their second point in the sixth minute. However, the Brian Dillons full-back line got to grips with the "Barrs speedy forwards and the scoring threat diminished while at the other end, the Brian Dillons forwards proceeded to play some very attractive football themselves..Points by Darren McGrath and Niall Fahy pushed Brian Dillons ahead,0-3 to 0-2, after nineteen minutes with the Barrs levelling the scores a minute later. Brian Dillons were the dominant side at this stage and should have been well ahead but for some faulty shooting from scoreable positions, they chalked up eight wide balls to the "Barrs two in the opening half. However, they began to find the range ,in the closing ten minutes of the half, and with some fine points from Darragh Brosnan, Darren McGrath, Philip O"Brien, John Horgan and Cillian Brosnan they had raced into an 0-8 to 0-3 interval lead.
                   St.Finbarrs began the second half in determined style and with points in the fourth and fifth minute ,from a free, they trailed by 0-8 to 0-5. Brian Dillons were, once again, wasting some good scoring opportunities with some more wayward shooting and had to wait until the tenth minute for their first second half score ,when John Horgan kicked over a placed ball. The same player added another point, two minutes later which restored Brian Dillons five point cushion, 0-10 to 0-5. The scoring rate dropped alarmingly for the next eleven minutes as defences, on both sides were on top and the next score arrived with seven minutes left for play, when the "Barrs goaled to bring them right back in contention. It became most uncomfortable for Brian Dillons when another St.Finbarrs point left the minimum between the teams, with three minutes of normal time remaining. Brian Dillons went two points up again , in the final minute of normal time, when substitute, Dave O"Leary pointed a free but, in the third minute of additional time allowed by the referee, St. Finbarrs were back to within a point when they converted a free kick.  However, the full -time whistle sounded from the kickout and Brian Dillons were City Division Junior (A) Football League Champions for the first time since their last triumph in 2004. A richly deserved victory for Brian Dillons in the end and credit the players for recovering from their Championship final defeat to the same opposition in October. Well done,also, to Team Manager, Kieran Hanley, and selectors Alan Whelan, Pat Fitzgerald and Martin McSweeney(Coach).
              The Brian Dillons goalkeeper, Paul McCarthy, not fully recovered from the ankle injury received in the semi-final win over Whites Cross, had another fine outing between the posts and has proved an adequate replacement for long time custodian, James Kirby, who emigrated early in the summer. The full back trio of Martin Corbett, Edmund Hussey and James Murphy, had their hands full with the speedy "Barrs full forward line in the opening ten minutes of the game, but, they eventually got to grips with the situation and proceeded to defend solidly for the remainder of the game. Niall Fahy was absolutely flying at left-half back and his constant forays into the "Barrs defence led to several scores while he pilfered a point himself,also. Cian McCarthy and Mark Walsh were also, full of running and they completed a highly effective half back trio.  The midfield pairing of Tomas Lawrence and Darragh Brosnan had some fine periods of dominance in this sector while both players also, contributed to the Brian Dillons scoreline. Cillian Brosnan and Darren McGrath used their height and strength to good advantage in the Brian Dillons half-forward line while John Noonan, who shows a great appetite for the game, has proved the find of the season for the Brian Dillons football management. Philip O"Brien and Kevin Coughlan worked tirelessly in the corner forward positions, while John Horgan, still nursing a troublesome groin injury which clearly hampered his mobility, scored three valuable points from placed balls. Second half substitutes Chris Daly, Mark Buckley, Dave O"Leary and Dave O"Donoghue also , played their part in this victory, while Tom Holohan"s massive kickouts proved invaluable when he replaced the injured Paul McCarthy, between the posts, late in the game.
          Scorers for Brian Dillons were; John Horgan,0-3 (frees);Darren McGrath,0-2; Niall Fahy, Tomas Lawrence, Darragh Brosnan, Cillian Brosnan Philip O"Brien and Dave O"Leary (free), 0-1 each.
          The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; (1) Paul McCarthy;(2) Martin Corbett; (3) Edmund Hussey; (4), James Murphy; (5) Mark Walsh; (6) Cian McCarthy; (7) Niall Fahy; (8) Tomas Lawrence; (9) Darragh Brosnan; (10) John Noonan; (11) Cillian Brosnan (Captain); (12) Darren McGrath; (13) Philip O"Brien; (14) John Horgan; (15) Kevin Coughlan; Subs., (all second half); Chris Daly for Philip O"Brien; Mark Buckley for John Noonan; Dave O"Leary for Kevin Coughlan; Dave O"Donoghue for Darren McGrath; Tom Holohan for Paul McCarthy.