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Junior (A) Footballers Advance to Championship Quarter-final with six point win over St.Michaels.

posted 14 Jun 2014, 16:24 by Willie Horgan
                        The Brian Dillons Junior (A) Footballers advanced to the quarter-final of the City Division Junior (A) Football Championship when they recorded a 1-14 to 1-8 victory over St.Michaels ,at the Ballinlough venue on Saturday evening, 14th June, 2014. Their opponents in  the quarter-final will be Whites Cross.
                         As expected, Brian Dillons got nothing soft from St.Michaels, and they had to work extremely hard for their six point victory. The Blackrock side opened promisingly  and in the opening four minutes they attacked dangerously but ,failed to raise a flag. Then, in the fifth minute, Brian Dillons opened  up the St.Michaels defence which saw full -forward, Cillian Brosnan bursting through and parting the ball to the unmarked Dave O"Leary whose goalbound shot was brilliantly saved  by the St.Michaels "keeper only for the rebound to fall to Darragh Brosnan, who put the ball over the bar for the opening score. This score seemed to settle Brian Dillons and with Tomas Lawrence, Darragh Brosnan and Darren McGrath winning plenty of aerial ball, further points followed from Dave Cremin, from a Dave O"Leary pass, and Cillian Brosnan, from a free,which  pushed them 0-3 to nil ahead after thirteen minutes play. Two minutes later, another fleeting movement, which involved several players, ended with Cillian Brosnan passing to incoming midfielder, Tomas Lawrence, who billowed the back of the net for a great goal for Brian Dillons.... 1-3 to nil after fifteen minutes. Thanks to the great defensive display by the Brian Dillons backline, in which Martin Corbett, Andrew Murphy and Colm O"Connor were particularly prominent, St. Michaels had to wait for twenty minutes for their opening point...1-3 to 0-1, Cillian Brosnan restored Brian Dillons six point advantage with a point ,after twenty-two minutes, and the same player scored a similar score, from a placed ball two minutes later... 1-5 to 0-1. St. Michaels finished the first half in determined fashion, adding two points from placed balls, one from a close-in free and the other from a 45 metre kick, and were prevented from goaling by a smart save from  Paul McCarthy, who had a solid game ,in goal, for Brian Dillons.. Tomas Lawrence closed the first half scoring with a point, in the final minute, to leave Brian Dillons leading, 1-6 to 0-3, at the interval.
                  Brian Dillons went further ahead, three minutes into the second half, when the hard working, John Noonan, pointed to which St.Michaels replied with a similar score, six minutes later. The Brian Dillons side began to gain a firm foothold of the game, at this stage and a string of points from Colm O"Connor, Dave Cremin (free), John Noonan and Tomas Lawrence pushed them into a 1-11 to 0-4 lead ,with fifteen minutes left.  St. Michaels reduced the arrears when they pointed from a "45, after 16 minutes of the second half, but, however, the gap was back to ten points,again, when the industrious, Philip O"Brien scored a fine point for Brian Dillons, two minutes later... 1-12 to 0-5. St. Michaels began to come more into the game in the remaining twelve minutes of play and when they got through for a goal, which was sandwiched between two points, one from a free, they were only five points adrift with six minutes left.  Brian Dillons weathered the storm, however, and with Cillian Brosnan , who had switched to the middle of the field, winning some vital aerial possession, they laid siege on the St.Michaels goalmouth but , some wayward shooting cost them a few more points. The scoring closed with two points, from frees, by Cillian Brosnan and a similar score, also from a placed ball, for St.Michaels to give Brian Dillons a deserved but, hard earned, 1-14 to 1-8 , victory. Scorers for Brian Dillons were; Tomas Lawrence, 1-2; Cillian Brosnan, 0-5 (0-4 frees); John Noonan, 0-2; Dave Cremin, 0-2 (0-1 free); Colm O"Connor, Darragh Brosnan and Philip O"Brien, 0-1 each. The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; Paul McCarthy; Martin Corbett; Edmund Hussey; Andrew Murphy; Colm O"Connor; Cian McCarthy; Kevin Coughlan; Tomas Lawrence; Darragh Brosnan; Philip O"Brien; Darren McGrath; John Noonan; Dave Cremin; Cillian Brosnan ; Dave O"Leary;   Subs;  Mark Buckley for Philip O"Brien (50 mins.); Michael Noonan for Kevin Coughlan (51 mins. Black Card )