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Junior (A) Hurlers Maintain Unbeaten League Run with Narrow Win Over Mayfield.

posted 23 May 2014, 17:24 by Willie Horgan   [ updated 26 May 2014, 07:43 ]
                    Reigning County and City Junior (A) Hurling League Champions, Brian Dillons, maintained their unbeaten run in this years City Division Junior (1) Hurling League when they recorded a narrow, 1-14 to 0-16, over Mayfield, which was played out in Mayfield on Friday evening, 23rd May, 2014.
                   Both teams were missing first choice players for this game and after a tense struggle, Brian Dillons finished stronger to snatch victory with two splendid points from the stick of Cian McCarthy.  Lining out without eight of last seasons Championship team,namely,Danny Murphy,Niall Fahy,Mark White, Daniel McCormick, Keith McCormick,Niall O"Sullivan,Dave Coughlan and John Horgan, the Brian Dillons team never played with their usual fluency but,however, displayed good character by carving out a hard earned win , at the finish.     Brian Dillons went into an early lead when Tomas Lawrence pointed a free after he, himself, had been fouled. Mayfield were ahead, two minutes later with two points, one from a free,and went further ahead, in the seventh minute, with another point....0-3 to 0-1. Brian Dillons, then, settled, and scored six unanswered points per Tomas Lawrence, three frees, Mark Buckley, two, and Andrew Murphy, after a great assist from Brian Barrett, who  had benefitted from his switch from full-forward to wing forward.  Leading by 0-7 to 0-3 with ten minutes remaining in the first half, Brian Dillons failed to score for the remainder of the first half  which allowed Mayfield draw level with four unanswered points, two from frees, when the half time whistle sounded. It was 0-7 each at the interval.
                 Mayfield were quick off the blocks in the second half when they scored four points, two frees, within three minutes, to go into an 0-11 to 0-7 lead and Brian Dillons looked in trouble. Worse was to follow for Brian Dillons when Cillian Brosnan, who was performing strongly at wing back, had to retire injured after five minutes of the second half and five minutes later, outstanding midfielder, Tomas Lawrence, had to leave the field as he had work committments. Considering all these setbacks, Brian Dillons , displayed great spirit by maintaining a strong challenge, which ,ultimately,brought victory. John Noonan reduced the arrears with a point ,after five minutes of the second half, and Tomas Lawrence slipped over another pointed free, just before he left the stage...0-11 to 0-9 in Mayfields favour. Another pointed free for Mayfield, increased their advantage to three points, after eleven minutes of the second half. Three minutes later came a crucial score for Brian Dillons  when Andrew Murphy, who had switched with Brian Barrett to the full-forward berth, made the perfect connection to a long range free, to score a spectacular goal ,which had the sides level...1-9 to 0-12.. Mayfields response was quick and they went into the lead,again, with two points, one from a free, after 17 minutes of the second period had elapsed. Darragh Brosnan, who was outstanding at centre back for Brian Dillons, had the margin down to the minimum when he converted a long range free, with twelve minutes remaining.  Mayfield went two points ahead, two minutes later, with ,yet ,another pointed free ,but, however, in the tense closing ten minutes, Brian Dillons began to show glimpses of the form that brought them County and City League titles last year, Firstly, Kevin Coughlan ,who had replaced the departed Tomas Lawrence, at midfield, slotted over a fine point, which was followed by the equalizing point from Darragh Brosnan.. The scoring threat from Mayfield had been extinguished ,at this stage, as the Brian Dillons defence had put up the shutters, with sterling performances coming from Darren McGrath, Maurice Carey and Darragh Rodgers, in those closing ten minutes. Two minutes from the finish, Brian Dillons went ahead when the hitherto subdued Cian McCarthy, burst into life, and ran through the Mayfield defence to score a fine point. Mayfield were not finished yet, though, and when they won a free, fifteen metres from their own goal, their goalkeeper struck a powerful shot which sailed over the bar for a magnificent equaliser, with just one minute remaining. However, when it seemed the game might finish level, Cian McCarthy won the puckout and, once again, charged through the Mayfield defence, to put over the winner for Brian was 1-14 to 0-16 at the finish. Scoreers for Brian Dillons were; Tomas Lawrence, 0-5 (frees);Andrew Murphy, 1-1; Mark Buckley,0-2; Darragh Brosnan, 0-2 (frees); Cian McCarthy, 0-2; John Noonan and Kevin Coughlan, 0-1 each.  The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; James Murphy; Maurice Carey; Darren McGrath; Michael Noonan; Cillian Brosnan; Darragh Brosnan; Darragh Rodgers; Tomas Lawrence; Shane Maher; John Noonan; Cian McCarthy; Andrew Murphy; Kevin Coughlan; Brian Barrett; and Mark Buckley;  Subs; Philip O"Brien for Cillian Brosnan (inj. 35 mins.) Ken McCarthy for Kevin Coughlan (38 mins.) Kevin Coughlan for Tomas Lawrence (40 mins.); Stephen Kearney for Maurice Carey (inj. 55 mins.)    The Brian Dillons team are in action again on this forthcoming Monday evening, 26th May, 2014, when they have a home game ,out in Pairc Diolunaigh, against Douglas in another round of the City Division Junior (1) Hurling League.