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Junior (A) Hurlers Beat Douglas to Reach McCurtain Cup Final.

posted 16 Nov 2014, 13:09 by Willie Horgan
                       The Brian Dillons Junior (A) Hurling team qualified for the McCurtain Cup final with a convincing, 1-18 to 0-11, win over Douglas in the semi-final, which was played, in Douglas, on Sunday morning, 16th November, 2014. Fielding without several of their regular players, Brian Dillons produced an impressive performance, especially in the second half when they had to play twenty five minutes with only fourteen players, after Cillian Brosnan picked up a second yellow card. Brian Dillons began the game in a lackadaisical fashion ,which allowed Douglas to go two points up, one from a free,after less than two minutes play, before Maurice Carey had the opening Dillons point, after three minutes.  Douglas continued their enterprising start with two further points, one from a free, which pushed them 0-4 to 0-1  ahead, after six minutes., before John Horgan pointed a free for Brian Dillons in the seventh minute. Three points in a row,one from a free, had Douglas leading by 0-7 to 0-2, and Brian Dillons were beginning to look worried. However, for the remainder of the first half, Brian Dillons began to play with their usual authority, with their defence settling down to keep the Douglas forwards scoreless up to half-time. Three John Horgan points (two frees) and one from Cillian Brosnan had Brian Dillons trailing by the minimum, 0-6 to 0-7, with twelve minutes to go to the break. John Horgan ,with  a point from a free, brought the teams level, after twenty minutes and the same player added a beauty ,from play, which pushed Brian Dillons ahead for the first time in the game, two minutes later. Brian Dillons were firing on all cylinders, at this stage, with their defence in complete control and their forwards looking ever so dangerous. Cillian Brosnan added a point, after 24 minutes before the evergreen ,Maurice Carey, billowed the back of the net for a powerful goal, which pushed Brian Dillons ahead, 1-9 to 0-7, with five minutes remaining in the first period. Elegant midfielder, Tomas Lawrence, increased the Brian Dillons lead, with another fine point and the half -time whistle sounded soon after with Brian Dillons leading by 1-10 to 0-7.
                 Douglas opened the scoring in the second half with a point from a free, after two minutes, but ,from the puckout, Tomas Lawrence scored his second point, which was followed by a similar score from the hard working, James Murphy which pushed Brian Dillons, 1-12 to 0-8 ahead, Douglas scored their second point, of the second half, in the fourth minute and then ,Brian Dillons suffered a potentially disastrous body blow, when centre half forward, Cillian Brosnan picked up a second yellow card and was sent off. Douglas, with the extra man, added a point, two minutes after Brosnan"s dismissal,  and Brian Dillons looked in trouble. However, for the remainder of the game, the Brian Dillons players dictated the play with all six defenders, Philip O"Brien, Danny Murphy, Derek McDonnell, Daniel McCormick, Darragh Rodgers and Darragh Brosnan, along with goalkeeper, Andrew Murphy, playing heroically.    Four unanswered Brian Dillons points from James Murphy, Maurice Carey and two from John Horgan (one from a free)  stretched the Brian Dillons  lead to 1-16 to 0-10, with nine minutes remaining. Douglas got their final score of the game, a point, in the 23rd minute of the second half, but ,Brian Dillons had the last say with points from John Horgan and Tomas Lawrence which had them convincing, 1-18 to 0-11, winners at the finish.   Brian Dillons will face the winners of the Blackrock and Mayfield semi-final game in the final of the McCurtain Cup, which was last won in 2012 but, however, their attentions will now be focused on next weekends County Junior (A) Hurling League semi-final against the Carbery representatives, St.James.  Scorers for Brian Dillons against Douglas were; John Horgan, 0-9 (0-5 frees); Maurice Carey,1-2;Tomas Lawrence,0-3; Cillian Brosnan, 0-2; and James Murphy,0-2;      Team; Andrew Murphy; Philip O"Brien; Danny Murphy; Derek McDonnell; Daniel McCormick; Darragh Rodgers; Darragh Brosnan; Tomas Lawrence; Martin Corbett; Ken McCarthy; Cillian Brosnan; John Horgan; Mark Buckley; James Murphy and Maurice Carey;  Subs;  Eoin Hennessy for Mark Buckley (inj.) ,50 mins; and Mark Buckley for Maurice Carey (inj.), 58 mins.