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Junior (A) Footballers Finish Level with "Barrs in Championship Final.

posted 30 Sept 2013, 10:13 by Willie Horgan
                                    Brian Dillons and St.Finbarrs will have to meet again when they finished level in the City Division Junior (A) Football Championship final, at Ballinlough on Sunday afternoon, 29th September, 2013.  The final score was; Brian Dillons,0-10; St.Finbarrs,1-7.
                                   While they have a second chance to win this Championship, the Brian Dillons players and supporters will feel justifiably aggrieved at not winning at the first attempt, due mainly to an inexplicable decision by the match referee in the dying seconds of the game. With the sides level and Brian Dillons attacking, Darren McGrath fielded a high ball just outside the "Barrs parallelogram and headed for goal only to be dragged to the ground by two defenders. Everybody expected the referee to award a penalty to Brian Dillons but, no whistle sounded and when Darren McGrath attempted to pick himself off the ground, he was pushed back down and with his hand touching the ball on the ground, the referee then, blew the whistle to award the "Barrs a free out. Unbelievable. The final whistle sounded after the free kick was taken.  While this was a most unsatisfactory finish to the game, Brian Dillons should have been  a couple of points ahead at this stage as they kicked four bad wides from scoreable positions in the closing five minutes. A tremendous second half performance from Brian Dillons, saw them come from five points in arrears, 1-6 to 0-5, at the interval, to take the lead, 0-10 to 1-6, with six minutes left in the game. The "Barrs scored the equalising point, their only score of the second half, three minutes later and then came the Brian Dillons missed chances plus the controversial refereeing decision, which sent the game to a replay which will be played on next Sunday morning, 6th October, 2013, again in Ballinlough with an 11.30am throw-in.
                        The game ,itself, was a dour affair with classy football ruled out because of the slippery conditions which prevailed due to the continuous drizzle and the tricky ,blustery breeze, which made it difficult for the players. Brian Dillons took the lead .in the opening minute, when full-forward, John Horgan, swung over a fine point from play. However, the "Barrs responded in style, with two points, one from a free, to put them ahead,0-2 to 0-1, after five minutes. Four minutes later, Brian Dillons were in trouble when the "Barrs scored their goal after a fine passing movement which involved several players. Another pointed free pushed St.Finbarrrs further ahead, 1-3 to 0-1, after ten minutes play, and the Brian Dillons defence were in trouble with the quick moving, clever, "Barrs forwards . At this stage, also, Brian Dillons were losing out for the battle of supremacy at mid-field. John Horgan reduced the arrears, when he pointed a free, after twelve minutes, but, three points in a row, one from a free, pushed St.Finbarrs, 1-6 to 0-2, ahead with ten minutes of the first half remaining. Brian Dillons, realising that they were in trouble, began to come more into the game and, with Cillian and Darragh Brosnan getting on top at midfield, their defence finally getting to grips with the "Barrs forwards, three points from John Horgan (two frees ) and Tomas Lawrence, in the closing five minutes of the first half, left four points, 1-6 to 0-5, between the teams at the interval.
                  The second half saw Brian Dillons open hesitantly and were fortunate that the St.Finbarrs forwards missed a few scoring opportunities. However, once they settled down, Brian Dillons began to dominate the proceedings with defenders , Edmund Hussey, Dylan O"Donoghue  Cian McCarthy and Chris Daly, who had switched wuth Tomas Lawrence, excelling,. At midfield, the Brosnan brothers continued to dominate and with their forwards receiving a plentiful supply of the ball ,Brian Dillons had forged ahead, 0-10 to 1-6 , after twenty four minutes of the second half, with the points coming from John Horgan (four, one free ) and Tomas Lawrence. Darren McGrath was most unlucky not to goal when his fisted effort beat the "Barrs "keeper only to go agonisingly inches wide, with five minutes remaining. The "Barrs had their only score of the second half when they pointed, with three minutes left, to tie up the scores.Four scoreable chances were sent wide in the closing three minutes by John Horgan David O"Leary, David O"Donoghue and Shane Maher before the controversial refereeing decision ensured that the game was going to a replay. Scorers for Brian Dillons were; John Horgan, 0-8 (0-4 frees) and Tomas Lawrence (0-2)
                The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; (1) Paul McCarthy; (2) Dylan O"Donoghue;(3) Edmund Hussey; (4) Martin Corbett; (5) Niall Fahy ;(6) Cian McCarthy; (7) Tomas Lawrence; (8) Darragh Brosnan; (9) Cillian Brosnan (10) John Noonan; (11) Darren McGrath; (12), Dave O"Leary; (13),Mark Buckley; (14), John Horgan; (15), Chris Daly; Subs; Mark Walsh for Martin Corbett (23 mins.); Shane Maher for John Noonan (37 mins.); David O"Donoghue for Mark Buckley (46 mins.); Philip O"Brien for Chris Daly (52 mins, Temporary sub.); Chris Daly for Philip O"Brien (54 mins. ).