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Junior (A) Footballers Beat Delanys in City League Semi-final.

posted 12 Nov 2014, 17:09 by Willie Horgan
                       The Brian Dillons Junior (A) Footballers, who won the 2013 City Division Junior (1) Football League, qualified for the final of this years competition, when they recorded a narrow, 0-11 to 1-7, victory over Delanys, in the semi-final ,which was played in Pairc Diolunaigh, on Wednesday evening, 12th November, 2014. Played in difficult weather conditions with frequent torrential showers, this game proved to be a really tough battle with the stronger finish of Brian Dillons proving decisive.
                      The opening half of the game was an extremely low scoring affair with defences,on both sides on top in a keenly fought contest. Several of the Brian Dillons players looked tired , after the previous Sundays Hurling League semi-final, and Delanys, with the help of a goal, from a penalty in the eight minute, looked the livelier side. However, the Brian Dillons defence with "keeper, James Kirby, were in excellent form and restricted the Delanys half-time score to 1-2 , with only one point coming from play. The Brian Dillons forwards , with a lesser supply of the ball, tapped over just three points from Dave O"Leary, Dave Cremin (free) and Darren McGrath ,which left them trailing by just two points, at the interval.  Dave O"Leary, who was looking extremely dangerous for Brian Dillons, had to retire , five minutes before the interval, with a leg injury and it looked like his team were going to be in trouble , without him, in the second half.
                    Darren McGrath stormed through the Delanys defence, in the opening minute of the second half, to score one of his trademark points, which left just the minimum between the sides. Delanys converted a free, which pushed them two ahead again, after two minutes of the second half, to which Brian Dillons replied with a fine point from Cillian Brosnan....1-3 to 0-5. Then followed another period of Delanys dominance and they increased their lead to four points ,with three consecutive points, one from play... 1-6 to 0-5; At this stage, Brian Dillons had lost the services of outstanding defender, Cian McCarthy, who had to retire with a hamstring injury, and things were looking extremely perilous for his team. However, it was ,at this stage, that Brian Dillons seemed to get their second wind, and with the energetic, Philip O"Brien, playing out of his skin,they stormed the Delanys defence  and with points from Darren McGrath and Tomas Lawrence (two) they had reduced the Delanys lead to the minimum, 1-6 to 0-8, with eight minutes left on the clock. Two minutes later, Delanys pointed to put them two ahead again but, a terrific closing five minutes sealed the deal for Brian Dillons. The Brian Dillons management made a wise move when they re-introduced  Darragh Brosnan, who had been withdrawn, as a precautionary measure at half time, after he had received a yellow card. A powerful solo run through the Delanys defence saw Darragh Brosnan"s shot blaze over the bar, which could, quite easily have ended up in the net and when Tomas Lawrence pointed, a minute later, the sides were level. The closing minutes saw Brian Dillons attacking strongly in search of the winning score, and after several near misses, they were awarded a free kick, twenty metres from the Delanys goal and a good bit to the left of the goalposts. Not an easy free kick ,by any means.  However, substitute, Dave O "Donoghue, displayed calmness and composure and duly tapped over the free, which put Brian Dillons ahead and the game in injury time. Brian Dillons had two more opportunities to increase their lead but, they were not availed of, and Delanys were handed a chance to level matters, again, when they were awarded a thirty metre free, in the third minute of injury time. However, the free kick came back off the upright  and, with the final whistle sounding, Brian Dillons were through to the League final for the second consecutive season . Scorers for Brian Dillons were; Tomas Lawrence,0-3; Darren McGrath,0-3; Dave O"Leary,0-1, Dave Cremin, 0-1 (free); Cillian Brosnan,0-1; Darragh Brosnan,0-1; and Dave O"Donoghue,0-1 (free);  The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; James Kirby; Andrew Murphy; Cian McCarthy; Michael Noonan; Colm O"Connor; Darragh Brosnan; Chris Daly; Tomas Lawrence; Cillian Brosnan; Michael Colohan; Darren McGrath; Philip O"Brien; Dave Cremin; Danny Murphy; and Dave O"Leary;  Subs; Dave O"Donoghue for Dave O"Leary (Injured, 25 mins.); Martin Corbett for Darragh Brosnan (half-time); Dave Coughlan for Cian McCarthy (Injured, 35 mins.); Darragh Brosnan for Michael Colohan (55 mins.);