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Junior (A) Footballers Fortunate To Get Second Chance In Championship.

posted 23 Jul 2012, 17:44 by Willie Horgan
             The Brian Dillons Junior (A) Footballers were most fortunate to finish level with Delanys in the third round of the City Division Junior (A} Football Championship,which was played in Ballinlough on Sunday morning, 22nd July,2012. The game ended at 1-10 each.
             The game finished in dramatic circumstances with Brian Dillons surviving with a late rally which yielded a point in the first minute of injury time and a goal from the penalty spot in the second minute of injury time. In a game which saw the Brian Dillons team playing second fiddle for most of the hour ,they will be glad to get another bite of the cherry as they did not perform to their usual standard on this occasion.
            Delanys began the game in impressive style ,opening up a four point to nil lead after thirteen minutes. Brian Dillons opened their account when full-forward, John Horgan pointed a free in the fourteenth minute and the same player added another from play a minute later.   These scores seemed to settle the Brian Dillons side and they proceeded to play their best football of the hour ,slotting over three further points,two from John Horgan and one from Philip O"Brien, which put them 0-5 to 0-4 ahead after twenty seven minutes of play. Delanys were back on level terms two minutes later with a pointed free which saw the teams go to the half-time break at 0-5 apiece.
         The second -half began with Delanys,once again,controlling the early exchanges with a point after 34 minutes and a goal two minutes later which pushed them into a four point lead for the second time in the game.However, Brian Dillons responded to these setbacks with two quick points, from John Horgan and Philip O"Brien, to leave two points between the teams after 38 minutes, Delanys restored their four point advantage with two further points after 42 minutes as the Brian Dillons performance continued to deteriorate. Two further points,again from John Horgan, maintained their challenge,however, as the final five minutes loomed. Delanys looked to have booked their quarter-final spot with two points in the final two minutes of normal time but,then ,all the drama exploded in the two minutes of injury time.. Firstly, a fisted point from Cillian Brosnan,who had been moved into the Brian Dillons attack, left his team just a goal behind. Now sensing that they had a chance of saving the game, Brian Dillons won the kickout and set up an attack which saw substitute,Dave Cremin in possession and ready to pull the trigger but he was illegally legblocked by a Delanys defender which resulted in the referee awarding a penalty. Cillian Brosnan calmly rattled the net  from the penalty spot which sent the game to a replay.
        Brian Dillons will be grateful to have another chance but, they will have to show a marked performance if they are to have any hope of success at the second attempt..Similar to their first round victory over Na Piarsaigh,their display against Delanys was not impressive. It was rather flat for most of the game but,in fairness to the players,it was their first competitive football game since 12th May,when they played Na Piarsajgh in the opening round.
         The Brian Dillons scorers against Delanys were; John Horgan,0-7(0-4 frees); Cillian Brosnan,1-1(1-0 penalty); and Philip O"Brien,0-2;
              The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; (1) James Kirby;(2) Danny Murphy;(3) Darragh Rodgers;(4) Edmund Hussey;(5) Mark Walsh;(6) Cillian Brosnan; (7) Tom Triggs;(8) Chris Daly;(9) Darragh Brosnan;(10) Cian McCarthy;(11) Brian Barrett;(12) Tomas Lawrence;   
 (13) Dave Coughlan;(14) John Horgan;(15) Philip O"Brien;  Subs; Michael Peters for Chris Daly ,injured (24 mins.) Dave Cremin for Dave Coughlan (40 mins.) Martin Corbett for Philip O"Brien (52 mins.);