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Junior (A) and (B) Hurlers Have Mixed Fortunes in Opening League Games.

posted 25 Mar 2014, 18:58 by Willie Horgan
          Both the Brian Dillons Junior (A) and (B) Hurling teams opened their 2014 City Division League campaign with mixed fortunes during the past few days. The Brian Dillons second string , despite putting up a brave performance against a strong Whitechurch first choice team, were beaten, 2-15 to 0-11, out in Whitechurch on Sunday morning, 23rd March, 2014. Then , two days later on Tuesday evening, 25th March, 2014, the Brian Dillons Junior (A) Hurlers, winners of last seasons County and City League titles, got this years campaign off to a winning start with a good, 2-11 to 0-10 , victory over Bishopstown ,under the lights ,out in bitterly cold Pairc Diolunaigh.
           The game in Whitechurch was a competitive affair for three-quarters of the game with the sides level, Brian Dillons (B) 0-9; Whitechurch, 1-6, with fifteen minutes remaining
  A "soft" second goal for Whitechurch seemed to knock the fight out of Brian Dillons and the last ten minutes saw Whitechurch in complete control, out scoring Brian Dillons by 0-9 to 0-2. Brian Dillons began the game impressively and, with the wind behind them,raced into a 0-6 to nil lead at the end of the first fifteen minutes. Whitechurch received a massive fillip when a defensive mistake by Brian Dillons,  ten minutes from the break,leaked a goal  and with the sides sharing four points between them in the remaining first half minutes , the score at the interval was, Brian Dillons (B), 0-8; Whitechurch, 1-2.
          Whitechurch had the advantage of the breeze in the second half and their forwards enjoyed plenty of possession, but the game remained competitive until the end of the third quarter with the sides all square., However, a second mistake by the Brian Dillons defence led to a second Whitechurch goal and that was that. Whitechurch completely dominated the closing quarter  and with a litany of well taken points coasted to a comfortable victory over a now dispirited Brian Dillons team..It is vitally important for the Brian Dillons team to recover from this defeat , as there are still plenty of games remaining in this League. Whitechurch are one of the strongest teams they are likely to meet, as they were competing in the Junior (A) League last season.  Scorers for Brian Dillons were; Dave Coughlan 0-7 (0-6 frees); Tommy Boland,Kevin Coughlan, Maurice Carey and James Murphy (free), 0-1 each. The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; Kieran Delaney; Stephen Kearney; Derek McDonnell; Eoin Hennessy; James Murphy; Maurice Carey; James Varian;Shane Maher; Ken McCarthy; Kevin Coughlan; Tommy Boland;Dave Coughlan; Andrew Murphy; Philip O"Brien and Mark Buckley; Subs. used; Kevin Varian for Shane Maher (Injured);Edmund Hussey for Ken McCarthy; Cian Crowley for Kevin Coughlan
        Better luck for the Brian Dillons Junior (A) Hurlers when they were victorious over a relatively strong Bishopstown side on a 2-11 to 0-10 scoreline, in the opening round of the City Division Junior (1) Hurling League. Played on a bitterly cold night, Brian Dillons were never in danger of losing this game , despite having to lineout minus  quite a number of their regular first choice players due to injuries, exams and work commitments. Playing with the advantage of the artic wind, in the opening half, Brian Dillons raced into a 1-5 to 0-1 lead at the end of the first quarter, with the goal being a spectacular score from the stick of centre-forward, Cian McCarthy after receiving a peach of a pass from Maurice Carey.
A second goal, another beauty from full-forward, Niall O"Sullivan, pushed Brian Dillons ahead, 2-7 to 0-2, with half-time looming, with Bishopstown pilfering two late points to close the first half scoring.    Brian Dillons opened the second half in impressive style with two early points from the impressive midfielder, Tomas Lawrence and flying centre forward, Cian McCarthy. However, Bishopstown, now playing with the wind at their backs, gained a foothold on the game  and with fifteen minutes remaining, they had reduced the deficit to two goals..2-9 to 0-9. They could have been closer but for the resolute defending of the Brian Dillons backline, in which full-back, Danny Murphy, had a superb game. The introduction of Brian Barrett to the Brian Dillons team appeared to swing the initiative back in his teams favour, with his strength and height depriving Bishopstown of winning possession around the middle of the field. Tomas Lawrence capped a fine performance with two further points with several other scoring opportunities wasted due to faulty shooting and players opting to try for goals when points were there for the taking.. However, Billy Cashman and his management team can feel reasonably satisfied with the 2-11 to 0-10 victory. Scorers for Brian Dillons were; Tomas Lawrence, 0-6, (0-5 frees); Cian McCarthy, 1-1; Niall 0"Sullivan,1-0; Kevin Coughlan, Shane Maher, Maurice Carey and Cillian Brosnan (free), 0-1 each. The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; Andrew Murphy; Niall Fahy; Danny Murphy; Michael Noonan; Cillian Brosnan; Mark White; Darragh Brosnan; Tomas Lawrence; Kevin Coughlan; John Noonan; Cian McCarthy; Shane Maher; Dave Coughlan; Niall O"Sullivan; Maurice Carey; Subs.used; Brian Barrett for Shane Maher; James Murphy for Niall Fahy; Philip O"Brien for Maurice Carey..