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Junior (A) Hurlers Ease into County League Semi-final with win over Ballymartle.

posted 2 Nov 2013, 13:04 by Willie Horgan
                        The Brian Dillons Junior (A) Hurlers eased their way into the County Junior (A) Hurling League semi-final with a comfortable fifteen point victory over the Carrigdhoun representatives, Ballymartle, at the quarter-final stage, out in Pairc Diolunaigh on Friday evening, 1st November,2013.  The final score was Brian Dillons, 1-17; Ballymartle, 0-5. Following on their comprehensive victory over Mayfield , in the City League semi-final, on the previous Sunday, Brian Dillons produced another refreshing brand of hurling in this game and were always in cruise control from the throw-in.. The only blemish in this victory was the total of twenty one wide balls, fifteen in the opening half, which they amassed during the hour and which could have been costly against tougher opponents.
                       Played on a calm ,but chilly, night out in Pairc Diolunaigh, Brian Dillons opened in determined fashion with points from Keith McCormick and John Noonan with less than two minutes played. Most of the Ballymartle attacks were capably dealt with by the, once again, solid Brian Dillons defence in which Danny Murphy, at full-back, and Mark White, at centre half back, were particularly outstanding. Ballymartle had their first score, a pointed free, after twelve minutes ,at which stage , Brian Dillons had four points on the board and they should have had more but, for some wayward shooting. When the half time whistle sounded, Brian Dillons were leading by 0-9 to 0-3, but, such was their superiority, they should have been further ahead if they were more clinical in their shooting with their wide total reaching a ridiculously high total of fifteen in the opening half hour.
                    The second half began with both sides exchanging points in the first two minutes but , then Brian Dillons began to turn the screw and with a flurry of points and a beauty of a goal, from top scorer, Cian McCarthy, they were ahead, 1-14 to 0-5, after eighteen minutes and were home and hosed. Manager, Kieran O"Mahony, emptied his bench for the remaining twelve minutes of the game and with three further points, Brian Dillons finished 1-17 to 0-5 ahead. As already mentioned, the Brian Dillons defence was, once again, superb with goalkeeper, Andrew Murphy, adding to his growing reputation as a first class netminder, with another clean sheet. Tomas Lawrence, who put over four fine points, and young Keith McCormick formed an excellent midfield partnership, who were always on top. John Noonan"s constant running and tremendous workrate , as well as scoring two fine points, was a big factor in this win, while Cian McCarthy ,Cillian Brosnan and Kevin Coughlan also, took their scores well.   Brian Dillons now meet Freemount , who were winners over Ballinascarthy in another quarter-final, in the semi-final which is likely to be played next weekend.  Scorers for Brian Dillons against Ballymartle were; Cian McCarthy,1-4; Tomas Lawrence, 0-4; Cillian Brosnan,0-3 (0-1 free);John Noonan,0-2; Kevin Coughlan, 0-2; Keith McCormick,0-1; and Darragh Brosnan, 0-1 (free).
 Team; Andrew Murphy; James Murphy; Danny Murphy; Maurice Carey; Niall Fahy; Mark White (Captain); Darragh Brosnan; Tomas Lawrence; Keith McCormick; Cillian Brosnan; Cian McCarthy; Brian Barrett; John Noonan; Dave Coughlan; Kevin Coughlan; Subs;(all second half) Daniel McCormick for Cian McCarthy; Dylan O"Donoghue for Dave Coughlan; James O"Shea for Keith McCormick; James Horgan for Kevin Coughlan and Michael Colohan for John Noonan.