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Junior (A) Footballers Reach City League Final with Narrow Win over Whites Cross.

posted 6 Nov 2013, 16:05 by Willie Horgan
                        The Brian Dillons Junior (A) Footballers qualified for the final of the City Division Junior (1) Football League when they had a narrow ,but deserved, victory over Whites Cross ,in the semi-final, which was played in Pairc Diolunaigh on Wednesday evening, 6th November, 2013. The final score was; Brian Dillons, 1-7; Whites Cross,1-6.
                       Played on a soft pitch, after the continuous rain earlier in the day, this was a typical winter time game, hard and ciose with scoring proving extremely difficult. Brian Dillons took the lead ,after four minutes play, when Tomas Lawrence pointed and midway through the first half they had raced into a 1-4 to 0-2 lead, with the goal coming from the boot of flying half-back, Mark Walsh, after a great inter-passing movement involving a number of players.  At this stage of the game it looked like Brian Dillons would drive on to a comfortable win, like they did against Delanys the previous week.,but they failed to score for the remainder of the first half. A misplaced handpass around midfield led to the Whites Cross goal , a high lobbing shot which seemed destined to go over the bar but dipped as it passed over the head of the Brian Dillons "keeper, Paul McCarthy, and ended up in the corner of the net for a most fortuitous goal, nine minutes from the break. At half-time Brian Dillons were, 1-4 to 1-2 ,ahead.
                    The second half saw Brian Dillons making life very difficult for themselves with some bad wides from several scoring opportunities, with the result that Whites Cross always kept in touch. Midway through the half, Whites Cross were level , 1-5 each, after they scored their third pointed free since the resumption. However, the Brian Dillons defence never allowed them take the lead and  further points from Mark Walsh and Cillian Brosnan pushed Dillons ahead, 1-7 to 1-5, with five minutes remaining. Another pointed free for Whites Cross, in the last minute, left the minimum between the teams in this low scoring second half., Brian Dillons were attacking strongly in the closing seconds and the game finished with another scoring opportunity squandered, but , in the end they were deserving, if narrow winners.. Brian Dillons will meet the winners of the St.Finbarrs and Delanys semi-final game, in the final and will be hoping to lift the League trophy, which they last won in 2004. Scorers for Brian Dillons  against Whites Cross were; Mark Walsh, 1-1; Cillian Brosnan, 0-3 (0-2 frees); Tomas Lawrence,0-2; and John Noonan, who again put in a tremendous amount of good work, 0-1..