Match Reports‎ > ‎

Junior (A) Footballers Comfortable Winners over Bishopstown in League.

posted 23 Apr 2014, 16:39 by Willie Horgan   [ updated 24 Apr 2014, 15:16 ]
               The Brian Dillons Junior (A) Footballers continued their recent good form, with their third consecutive victory in the City Division Junior (1) Football League, when they recorded a comfortable, 2-12 to 1-4, win over Bishopstown, at Pairc Diolunaigh, on Wednesday evening, 23rd April, 2014.. Except for a fifteen minute spell in the opening half , Brian Dillons never looked like losing this game and were completely on top during the second half. The Brian Dillons management were again in experimental mode for this game as several players were unavailable due to injuries, work committments and Darragh Brosnan playing in a game with the Cork under-21 hurlers. Tommy Triggs and Andrew Murphy, once again, were given a chance in the full-back line, and they repeated last weeks performances, with two more splendid defensive displays. Colm O"Connor ,standing in for the work tied Cian McCarthy , at centre half back, played solidly all through while Tom Harrington , again, showed flashes of his old self at left half back . The other two defenders, Michael Noonan and Martin Corbett, were ,also , in great form with the result that the forward threat ,from Bishopstown, was minimumised. Bishoptown  only scored one point from play in their first half tally of four, the three others coming from placed balls,while their only score of the second half was a goal in the last minute of the game.
            Brian Dillons opened the proceedings in convincing style with a point from midfielder, Tomas Lawrence, and a splendid goal from corner forward, Shane Maher, which pushed them into a 1-1 to nil lead, after just three minutes play. Bishopstown then, began their period of dominance and with three consecutive points, two from frees,were only trailing by the minumum, 1-1 to 0-3, in the tenth minute of the game.  Shane Maher pointed to push Brian Dillons two ahead, after thirteen minutes, but, Bishopstown had it back to the minumum, with a pointed free, four minutes later. During this period of Bishopstown dominance, Brian Dillons were fortunate that "keeper, Tom Holohan, made a point blank save, to prevent a certain goal,. However, after surviving the Bishopstown onslaught,, Brian Dillons proceeded to dominate the closing twelve minutes of the opening half, scoring five points without reply. Tomas Lawrence had his second point ,after eighteen minutes, and four minutes later, a great run by Kevin Coughlan resulted in a Dave O"Leary point . Dave Cremin got in on the act with a point ,after twenty six minutes, with Tomas Lawrence and Dave O"Leary both pointing again , which left Brian Dillons leading, 1-7 to 0-4, at the interval. Brian Dillons could have been further ahead only for the Bishopstown "keeper saving Cillian Brosnan"s penalty kick in the final minute of the first half.
        The opening eight minutes of the second half were fairly evenly contested with neither side scoring, until Cillian Brosnan put over a free from an extremely difficult angle , in the ninth minute Two minutes later, the game put was well beyond the grasp of Bishopstown, when  Shane Maher, who was most impressive in the corner forward position, pounced for his second goal, which left Brian Dillons leading by 2-9 to 0-4. Further Brian Dillon points followed from Darren McGrath, John Noonan,Cillian Brosnan (free) and substitute, Dave O"Donoghue with the Bishopstown only score of the second half, a goal, coming in the final minute of the game. Next game for Brian Dillons is on next Monday evening, 28th April, when they travel to Mahon to face St.Michaels in another League game, as preparation for their opening Championship encounter ,against St.Nicks, which is scheduled for Sunday morning, 11th May,2014. Scorers for Brian Dillons against Bishopstown were; Shane Maher,2-1; Tomas Lawrence, 0-3; Dave O"Leary,0-2; Cillian Brosnan, 0-2 (frees); Darren McGrath, John Noonan, Dave Cremin and Dave O"Donoghue, 0-1 each;  The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows;  Tom Holohan; Michael Noonan; Tom Triggs; Andrew Murphy; Martin Corbett; Colm O"Connor; Tom Harrington; Darren McGrath; Tomas Lawrence; John Noonan; Cillian Brosnan; Kevin Coughlan; Shane Maher; Dave Cremin; Dave O"Leary; Substitutes (All second half);James Murphy for Colm O"Connor;Paul McCarthy for Tom Holohan; Dave Coughlan for Kevin Coughlan; Dave O"Donoghue for Dave Cremin; Eoin Hennessy for Martin Corbett;