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Depleted Junior (B) Hurlers Beaten by a Goal in League Semi-final.

posted 2 Nov 2014, 12:43 by Willie Horgan
                   The Brian Dillons Junior (B) Hurlers,fielding only seven players that played in the previous weeks Championship final, went under to St.Vincents, by 1-9 to 0-9, in the semi-final of the City Division Junior (2) Hurling League, at Ballinlough on Sunday morning, 2nd November, 2014. It was a most disappointing end of the season for Brian Dillons and it certainly called into question the loyalty of several players , who failed to turn up, without explanation, for this League semi-final. On the previous Sunday, Brian Dillons had a panel of 26 players  togged out for the Championship final against Whitechurch but, just ,one week later, only 13 of that panel were present, and it was a struggle to field fifteen against St.Vincents. The absent players , in no uncertain manner, left their Club, their teammates, team Management and ,particularly, Manager, Tommy Boland, down with a bang.
               The game, itself, was a close affair, and with a little luck, the way understrength, Brian Dillons side could well have won. A goal for St.Vincents, just before half-time, proved to be the difference in the end. Full marks to the Brian Dillons team, who battled bravely to the end, and a special word of gratitude to goalkeeper, John O"Herlihy, who lined out despite carrying a painful shoulder injury and ,also, to Minor players, Eric O"Donoghue and Mark Sheedy, who ensured that a full team was fielded.. Former player, Michael Barry, also , answered the call  and sat in the dug-out as a sub. Scorers for Brian Dillons were; Michael Colohan, 0-4 (0-3 frees); Ken McCarthy, 0-2; Stephen Coughlan, James Murphy and Eric O"Donoghue, 0-1 each.  The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; John O"Herlihy; Ciarain Kelleher; Derek McDonnell; Eoin Hennessy; Damian Horgan; Darren McGrath; Eoin Keane; Michael Colohan; Ken McCarthy; Eric O"Donoghue; James Murphy; Stephen Coughlan; Mark Sheedy; Seanie O"Dwyer; and Kieran Delaney.  Sub,  Michael Barry for Mark Sheedy (50 mins.)