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Junior (A) Hurlers are County League Champions Again.

posted 30 Nov 2014, 11:33 by Willie Horgan
                       The Brian Dillons Junior (A) Hurling team retained the Cork County Junior (A) Hurling League title when they recorded a 3-11 to 0-15 victory over Dungourney in the 2014 final, played at Carrigaline on Friday evening, 28th November, 2014. This win was a just reward for the players and Management after the disappointment of their cruel exit from this years Championship, when Nemo Rangers scored a goal, from a sixty five, in the fifth minute of additional time.
                       Played on an excellent Carrigaline pitch, the County League final produced a tremendously competitive and exciting tussle with the strong finish by Brian Dillons proving crucial to their victory.  Trailing by a point with five minutes remaining in the game, Brian Dillons who had accumulated 18 wides to Dungourneys 8, rattled in 1-4 to their opponents ,0-1, to emerge winners by a five point margin. Dungourney were first to score when they pointed in their first attack ,after just thirty seconds play, to which Brian Dillons replied with the leveling point from centre half forward, Cian McCarthy,after two minutes. Brian Dillons looked in control of the game, at this stage, but, however, the wastefulness  of scoring opportunities, with several wide balls, prevented them from taking the lead.. Then, the East Cork side, in their second meaningful attack, scored their second point, in the sixth minute and followed with a pointed free, which left them leading by 0-3 to 0-1, after ten minutes. After a few more frustrating wide balls, Brian Dillons had their second score  when John Horgan finally found his range when he drilled over a long range free..0-3 to 0-2 after eleven minutes. Dungourney went two ahead again with a point from play, a minute later, but, it was Brian Dillons who were looking the better side and it was only a matter of time, when they would find their range, that their superiority would be reflected on the scoreboard.  A point ,from play, by John Horgan, in the 14th minute, had Dillons trailing by the minimum and the same player followed with two pointed frees ,which pushed his side into the lead, 0-5 to 0-4, after 17 minutes. Dungourney, who were playing second fiddle, at this stage, were back on level terms, with a pointed free, a minute later, but, it was the superior play of Brian Dillons which would see them finishing the first half in style.  Cian McCarthy, with his second point, and another beauty from Tomas Lawrence pushed Dillons ahead, 0-7 to 0-5, after 20 minutes, and when a breaking ball fell into the path of John Horgan, who finished smartly to the net, four minutes from the break,  enabled the City side to lead, 1-7 to 0-5, at half -time.
                  The second half of the game saw Dungourney producing a much better performance and testing Brian Dillons resolve to the limit. After a few more bad wides, in the opening four minutes of the second half, Brian Dillons were unable to increase their lead, which allowed Dungourney back into the game. With five unanswered points, three from frees,, the East Cork side had managed to tie up the scores, 0-10 to 1-7,, after twelve minutes of the second half. Less than a minute later came a hugely important score for Brian Dillons. Great work from Cian McCarthy, who parted the ball to Tomas Lawrence, who had ghosted into space behind the Dungourney defence, which saw Lawrence carry the ball closer to goal before billowing the back of the net for the second Brian Dillons goal...2-7 to 0-10. However, Brian Dillons failed to capitalise on this score , wasting several more scoring opportunities, before Dungourney posted four more points, three from "soft" frees, which saw them leading again, 0-14  to 2-7, with just five minutes remaining. It was then that Brian Dillons took the game by the scruff of the neck and proceeded to dominate the proceedings, scoring 1-4 in the closing minutes. A massive long range free was nailed by John Horgan to bring Dillons on level terms and , two minutes later, the same player put his team ahead with another point from another long distant free. Long serving stalwart, Maurice Carey, put the game to bed when he collected a ball out near the sideline, before taking on the Dungourney defence and finishing, with aplomb,by smashing the ball to the net, for a great goal. Dungourney did manage one more score, when they pointed in the final minute of normal time, but, in the two minutes of additional time, Brian Dillons consolidated their victory with two further points from Mark Buckley and John Horgan (free)...3-11 to 0-15 at the finish.
         The Brian Dillons team are to be congratulated on winning this County title for the second year running and a special word of praise is due to Manager, Billy Cashman and his team of selectors, Jamesy Corcoran, John O"Leary and Brad O"Donoghue.   Goalkeeper, Andrew Murphy, gave another faultless performance between the posts, with his handling of the high ball being top class, while his puckouts are becoming longer and longer . The reason why Andrew was not severely tested for goal bound shots in the game, was due to the dominance of the Brian Dillons defence, which was ,once again, in splendid form. The full-back line of Philip O"Brien, who is blossoming in his new roll, Darragh Rodgers, as powerful as ever, and Michael Noonan, winning all of his tussles,, were always in control. .Darragh Brosnan gave a "Man of the Match" performance , at right half back,with Danny Murphy as commanding as ever , at centre half back, while young Keith McCormick, on the left, produced a terrific display, which would suggest that the half back line is his favourite position.  Tomas Lawrence produced another masterly performance, at midfield, getting on the scoresheet, once again,, with a tasty goal and a point, while his midfield partner, Daniel McCormick, performed with his usual spirited endeavour .Team Captain, Cian McCarthy, was a bundle of energy at centre half forward, scoring two valuable points as well as setting up Tomas Lawrene for the second goal. Wing forwards, Martin  Corbett and Cillian Brosnan, although not figuring on the scoresheet, tried extremely hard and made life uncomfortable for the Dungourney wing backs. Mark Buckley, as he did the previous week ,in the semi-final, worked tremendously hard ,at right corner forward and was rewarded with a fine point in the closing minutes of the game. The lionhearted,Maurice Carey, battled tremendously hard at full forward with his second half goal capping a fine performance. John Horgan, when he found his scoring range, was a constant threat to the Dungourney defence, ending up with 1-7, with his first half goal being top class.         Scorers for Brian Dillons were; John Horgan, 1-7 (0-6 frees);Tomas Lawrence,1-1; Maurice Carey, 1-0; Cian McCarthy, 0-2; and Mark Buckley,0-1; The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; Andrew Murphy; Philip O"Brien; Darragh Rodgers; Michael Noonan; Darragh Brosnan; Danny Murphy; Keith McCormick; Tomas Lawrence; Daniel McCormick; Martin Corbett; Cian McCarthy; Cillian Brosnan; Mark Buckley; Maurice Carey; John Horgan;  Sub; Shane Maher for Martin Corbett (49 mins).