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Great End to 2013 Season as Junior (A) Footballers Capture McSwiney Cup.

posted 8 Dec 2013, 10:30 by Willie Horgan
                   In the final game of the 2013 season, the Brian Dillons Junior (A) Footballers recorded a ,1-6 to 0-4, victory over the defending champions, Whites Cross, in the McSwiney Cup final, out in Pairc Diolunaigh on Friday evening,6th December, 2013. This victory completed a most successful season for Brian Dillons and brings the trophy haul to five for the year, with the County  and City Junior (A) Hurling League titles, the City Junior (A) Football League title and the Eastern Section of the Rebel Og Minor Football League title already in the clubs trophy cabinet.
                 Friday nights game proved to be a low scoring affair with defences on both sides on top. Brian Dillons can feel well satisfied with the final result considering that they had to line out without four of their Championship final squad, Paul McCarthy, Niall Fahy, Philip O"Brien and John Horgan, and it showed that they have a really talented panel at their disposal.Displaying a brand of excellent, refreshing football, Brian Dillons were never in danger of losing this game, even though they had to play the entire second half minus a player, with effective midfielder, Darragh Brosnan, picking up a second yellow card in the final minute of the first half. The only fault with the Brian Dillons performance was that the forwards squandered numerous scoring opportunities, although some misses were desperately unlucky. The opening score of the game arrived in the third minute when the Brian Dillons left-half-forward, Darren McGrath, after a fine solo run, slotted over an equally fine point.. Two minutes later, Brian Dillons were two up when Dave O"Donoghue, tapped over a free kick. Whites Cross reduced the arrears when they had their opening point in the seventh minute of the first half but two minutes later came a huge score for Brian Dillons, which really put them in a commanding position. A high ball delivered into the Brian Dillons inside forwards was expertly fielded by full-forward, Cillian Brosnan, who turned and, despite the close attentions of the Whites Cross defenders, unleashed an unstoppable shot to the back of the net for a great goal. The next fifteen minutes remained scoreless until Whites Cross scored two points ,from frees , in the twenty fourth and twenty sixth minutes of the opening half.   Dave O"Leary had Brian Dillons, 1-3 to 0-3, ahead with a point, which closed the first half scoring, after twenty eight minutes. Even though , Brian Dillons could feel well satisfied with their first half performance, the dismissal of Darragh Brosnan, who received a second yellow card just before half-time, must have been a concern for the second half. However,Brian Dillons superiority was even more pronounced in the second half with the defence giving an outstanding performance and containing the Whites Cross forwards, who only managed a solitary point in the entire half hour.
          The Brian Dillons attack, although playing with only five forwards, threatened ominously in the third quarter of the game which forced the Whites Cross defenders to foul , and they were punished by the accurate boot of Dave O"Donoghue, who kicked three points from placed balls,  which pushed his team ahead, 1-6 to 0-3, with fifteen minutes left in the game.. Strangely, Brian Dillons were not to score again for the remainder of the game, although they were desperately unlucky not to have finished off,at least, two goal scoring opportunities.. Whites Cross had the final score of the game, their only one of the entire second half, when they pointed with five minutes remaining, which left the final score reading, Brian Dillons, 1-6; Whites Cross, 0-4.  A fitting end to the season, therefore, for the Brian Dillons Footballers, who reached the Championship, League and McSwiney Cup finals, winning the latter two and being desperately unlucky to lose to St.Finbarrs in the Championship final, after a replay. They can look forward, with confidence, to the 2014 season as they now are a seriously talented outfit.   Goalkeeper, Tom Holohan, filling in for the unavailable Paul McCarthy, had a most reliable game between the posts with his lengthy and intelligent kick-outs proving most beneficial. The entire full back line of Dylan O"Donoghue, Edmund Hussey and James Murphy were absolutely outstanding from start to finish in this game. Cian McCarthy continued his prowess as a first class centre half back with another brilliant performance while ,on the wings, Mark Walsh and Martin Corbett were flying.  Darragh Brosnan was unlucky to be dismissed , before half -time, as he had  produced a commanding midfield performance up to then, while his partner, Tomas Lawrence had his usual highly efficient game. John Noonan, once again, ran himself to a stand still and again showed that he is the most improved footballer, on the team, while centre half forward, Dave O"Donoghue, who kicked four classy points, can feel well satisfied with his contribution to this triumph. Darren McGrath used his strength and height advantage to good effect in the half forward line and later, at the edge of the square while slotting over a splendid point also. Team Captain, Cillian Brosnan, gave ,yet, another wholehearted display in the Brian Dillons colours, both at full-forward and when switched to the half forward line, later in the game while his first half goal was a powerful score.  Dave O"Leary , with his speedy running, created many headaches for the Whites Cross defenders,and he deserved more scores than the one point that he put over. Chris Daly played as an effective third midfielder in the first half, but , he really came into his own after Darragh Brosnans dismissal, and proceeded to give a powerful second half performance. Second half substitutes, Shane Maher, Mark Buckley and Kevin Coughlan, all introduced in the final quarter, contributed handsomely to this victory for Brian Dillons.   Scorers for Brian Dillons were; Dave O"Donoghue, 0-4 (frees); Cillian Brosnan, 1-0; Darren McGrath and Dave O"Leary, 0-1 each. The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; Tom Holohan; Dylan O"Donoghue; Edmund Hussey; James Murphy; Martin Corbett; Cian McCarthy; Mark Walsh; Darragh Brosnan; Tomas Lawrence; John Noonan; Dave O"Donoghue; Darren McGrath; Dave O"Leary; Cillian Brosnan; Chris Daly;  Subs; Shane Maher for Darren McGrath; Mark Buckley for Dave O"Leary; Kevin Coughlan for Dave O"Donoghue.