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Junior (A) Footballers Share the Points with Delanys in League;

posted 16 Sept 2014, 17:01 by Willie Horgan   [ updated 16 Sept 2014, 18:02 ]
`                           The Brian Dillons Junior (A) Footballers, in their first outing since their shock defeat to Passage in the Championship semi-final, played out a draw, with Delanys, in the City Division Junior (1) Football League, out in Pairc Diolunaigh, on Tuesday evening, 16th September, 2014. The final score in a hard fought game was 1-13 each.
                             The opening half of this game was very evenly contested with defences on both sides ensuring that scoring was going to be extremely difficult.  Philip O"Brien, who had a superb game, got Brian Dillons off the mark with a point in the opening minute. Delanys equalized, in the fourth minute ,and took the lead, two minutes later, when they pointed a free kick. Colm O"Connor had Brian Dillons back on level terms when he kicked over a fine point , after nine minutes play. Points in the sixteenth and seventeenth minutes from Dave Coughlan and Darren McGrath pushed Brian Dillons two points ahead but, Delanys were back on level terms, after 20 minutes with two quick points ,in the space of a minute. Brian Dillons took the lead, again, after 21 minutes, when Dave Cremin slotted over but, however, it was shortlived as two points, in the next two minutes, pushed Delanys , 0-6 to 0-5, ahead..With four minutes remaining in the opening half, Tomas Lawrence, brought the teams level, once again, when he kicked over a free ,which brought the first half scoring to a close....0-6 each, at the interval.
                      While there was little or nothing to separate the teams, in the opening half, the second period was in complete contrast, with both sides having periods of dominance  which seemed to put them out of reach of their opponents. Firstly, it was Delanys, who controlled the opening sequences of the second half, with four unanswered points, one from a free. which saw them in the driving seat when leading by 0-10 to 0-6, after six minutes play. However, Brian Dillons were back in the game, one minute later, when , after some great movement ,which involved several players, Philip O"Brien applied the finishing touch for a great goal..... Dillons only s point behind, 1-6 to 0-10. Brian Dillons failed to capitalize on this tonic score and ,it was Delanys  who regained their composure  and added two further points which pushed them ahead, 0-12 to 1-6, with thirteen minutes left in the game. It was at this stage that Brian Dillons seemed to realize that they could lose this game ,and they proceeded to play some brilliant football in the next ten minute period. Cutting open the, hitherto,solid Delanys defence they scored  six unanswered points and were most unlucky not to a goal when Chris Daly ploughed through and his blistering shot, which seemed destined for the net, agonizingly ,came back off the crossbar.. The six points, which came from super sub, Dave O"Donoghue who nailed three, Tomas Lawrence,Dave Cremin and Philip O"Brien , pushed Brian Dillons three ahead, 1-12 to 0-12. with four minutes left.  Delanys were not finished, however, and with two minutes left, they responded with a goal to level matters again.  Darren McGrath looked to have won it for Brian Dillons when he pointed ,from a difficult angle, with the game in the final minute , but, Delanys won possession from the kickout and worked the ball upfield which brought them the levelling point at the death. A share of the spoils appeared to be a fair result.. This result has Brian Dillons at the top of the League Table ,level on points with Passage but, with a far better scoring average and with two games remaining to play, in the next few weeks, the chances of qualifying for the County League are certainly promising.  Scorers for Brian Dillons, against Delanys, were; Philip O"Brien, 1-2; Dave O"Donoghue, 0-3; Dave Cremin, 0-2; Darren McGrath, 0-2; Tomas Lawrence, 0-2 (0-1 free); Colm O"Connor and Dave Coughlan ,0-1 each.  The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; James Kirby; Michael Noonan; Chris Daly; Andrew Murphy; Niall Fahy; Cian McCarthy; Kevin Coughlan; Colm O"Connor; Darragh Brosnan;; John Noonan; Tomas Lawrence; Philip O"Brien; Dave Cremin; Darren McGrath; and Dave Coughlan;  Subs; Shane Maher for Kevin Coughlan (Half-time) and Dave O"Donoghue for Dave Coughlan (45 mins.)