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Junior (A) Hurlers Reach Championship Final with Thrilling Win Over Nemo.

posted 27 Aug 2012, 17:12 by Willie Horgan   [ updated 28 Aug 2012, 07:35 ]
                 The Brian Dillons Junior (A) Hurling team qualified for the 2012 City Division Junior (A) Hurling Championship final with a 
thrilling,2-12 to 1-14, semi-final victory over Nemo Rangers at Ballinlough on Saturday evening, 25th August,2012. This will be their third consecutive final appearance and,also, their sixth in nine years.
                This semi-final clash was brimful of excitement from start to finish with the large attendance being treated to some excellent hurling
and entertainment.  Brian Dillons had the advantage of a strong breeze in the opening half and with points from play from Cian McCarthy and John Horgan, they were two points up after three minutes of play.  Nemo responded with their opening point after five minutes and less than a minute later, Brian Dillons were two up again when John Horgan pointed from a "65. Then, Nemo rattled off three points in a row which put them into the lead tor the only time in the game, 0-4 to 0-3, after seventeen minutes. This lead was shortlived, however,as Brian Dillons were back on level terms with another John Horgan point in the twentieth minute and one minute later came the first Brian Dillons goal when excellent work by young Keith McCormick set up John Horgan, who billowed the Nemo net from twenty metres out. A pointed free ,again, from John Horgan,two minutes later had Brian Dillons four points up but, Nemo were back on level terms with a point, after twenty-seven minutes and a goal a minute later when the Dillons defence , brilliant all through, were guilty of their only careless play of the evening.   Another John Horgan point closed the first half scoring, after twenty nine minutes, which put Brian Dillons, 1-6 to 1-5, ahead at the break.
               Ahead by the minumum of margins and facing the extremely strong breeze in the second-half, the prospect of a Brian Dillons victory looked remote ,unless they were to produce an exceptional performance. We were not to be disappointed as the Brian Dillons side gave a tremendous, spirited ,second -half performance with their defence being truly heroic. John Horgan opened the second -half scoring with a point in the first minute to which Nemo replied wifh a similar score from a free after four minutes. Another John Horgan pointed free pushed Brian Dillons two points ahead again, after five minutes of the second-half and a minute later, John Noonan scored a great goal  which put five points between the teams, the biggest gap in the entire game.  Typically, Nemo were not going down without a fight and four points in a row had the gap down to a single point after twenty minutes of the second-half.. John Horgan put Dillons two points up  less than a minute later but ,two points in a row had Nemo back on level terms ,with six minutes remainjng. Excitement was now at fever pitch . Cillian Brosnan raced in from the endline to put over a great point io push Dillons ahead, again ,but Nemo replied with a similar score et the other end to tie it all up again, 2-11 to 1-14, with just three minutes remaining in the game. In the last minute of normal time, Brian Dillons broke the deadlock again, when Cillian Brosnan scored a magnificent match-winning point from thirty metres out . The Brian Dillons supporters
 had to endure another four minutes of additional time as Nemo searched for the equaliser ,which failed to materialise due to the magnificent performance of the entire Brian Dillons defence. The contest finally ended with Brian Dillons forcing the Nemo defence to concede a "65 which John Horgan, untypically, failed to convert and the final whistle sounded after the puck-out to leave Brian Dillons winners by 2-12 to1-14.
              As already mentioned , the Brian Dillons defence, with the exception of the one first-half lapse which led to the Nemo goal, was in superb form throughout this game. All six defenders performed splendidly wih Danny McCormick , Mark White and Danny Murphy, standing in at full-back for the injured Darragh Rodgers, being particularly out standing.  Cian McCarthy and Tomas Lawrence put in a good shift,at midfield while John Horgans scoring prowess proved to be a most valuable asset ,once again. John Noonan deserved his goal for his work rate with Cillian Brosnan finishing strongly with two splendid points while Keith McCormick and Brian Barrett worked tirelessly  out on the wings. Kevin Coughlan had a decent first -half and will be pushing for inclusion,again, while his second-half replacement, PhilipO"Brien, displayed all his experience in the closing ten minutes of the game.
          The Brian Dillons scorers were; John Horgan,1-9,( 0-6 frees, 0-1 "65); John Noonan,1-0; Cillian Brosnan, 0-2; Cian McCarthy,0-1;
           The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; (1) Tom Triggs ,Capt.,(2) Niall Fahy; (3) Danny Murphy; (4) Michael Noonan;(5) Danny McCormick; (6) Mark White,(7) Darragh Brosnan; (8) Tomas Lawrence; (9) Cian McCarthy;(10) Keith McCormick;(11) Cillian Brosnan; (12) Brian Barrett; (13) John Noonan;(14) John Horgan;(15) Kevin Coughlan.     Sub; Philip O"Brien for Kevin Coughlan ( 50 mins;)