A most disappointing result in Pairc Diolunaigh yesterday morning Sunday the 12th of July as our Junior (A) footballers went down to Delaneys in the league on a scoreline of 0-9 to 3-12.
Dillons lining out with a weakened team started this game particularly poorly and it was this poor start which cost them the game going 2-03 to 0-2 down after the opening 15 minutes. Both goals scored came from poor play from the Dillons rearguard who were unable to cope with the runners from deep that allowed Delaneys the extra man to create space. After this devastating opening 15 minutes it was however the Dillons side who began to dominate this fixture as the team worked as a unit and building strong attacks from back to front added on a couple of points while they were unlucky not to add a goal or two put for some fine stops by the oppositions keeper and some aggressive defending.
Dillons went in trailing at half time but again came out fighting in the second period however they couldn't find the crucial goals that were needed to get themselves back in this game. As the game wore on the Dillons team tired and without replacements, it was Delaneys who capitalized on this adding 1-3 in the last few moments to make the score a lot more unflattering on the Dillons team.
Valuable lessons have been learned here however for the Dillons lads and the importance of the panel to step up has been made evident, most impressive on the day was Paul McCarthy in goal who made some great stops to keep Dillons in the hunt at times. Lets hope they carry these lessons on ahead of the next round of the championship against St.Finbarr's.
Team: 1. P McCarthy; 2. M Noonan; 3. C Daly; 4. J Murphy; 5. D O'Donoghue; 6. D Rodgers; 7. N Fahy; 8. C Brosnan; 9. T Lawrence; 10. D O'Leary; 11. B Triggs; 12. D Coughlan; 13. T McGrath; 14. D McGrath; 15. J Horgan;
Subs: T Triggs for C Daly(inj)
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