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Junior (A) Hurlers Topple Mayfield in McCurtain Cup.

posted 11 Nov 2012, 09:16 by Willie Horgan
                 Just seven days after their heartbreaking County final defeat to Kildorrery, the Brian Dillons Junior (A) Hurlers got back to winning ways when they proved too good for Mayfield in the quarter-final of the McCurtain Cup, at Mayfield on Sunday, 11th November,2012.  The final score was; Brian Dillons, 0-19; Mayfield, 2-9.
                 Repeating their victory over the same opposition in the City Championship final, this was a highly creditable performance by the Brian Dillons team when you consider that they were forced to line out without Maurice Carey, Tomas Lawrence, John Horgan, Brian Barrett and Darragh Rodgers, all out injured.  Except for a brief period in the opening minutes of this game, when Mayfield had the opening point, Brian Dillons were never behind for the remainder of the game. Despite having played into the teeth of a stiff breeze in the opening half, Brian Dillons still led at the interval by 0-8 to 0-5.
                Continuing to strike over some impressive points ,in the second half, it looked like that Brian Dillons were coasting to victory on several occasions but, however two Mayfield goals made it that bit more uncomfortable.  The response by the Brian Dillons players to these setbacks was very encouraging as they continued to loft over points from all distances.   This victory puts them through to the semi-final of the McCurtain Cup where they will meet Glen Rovers.
               There were many splendid performers ,for Brian Dillons, in this latest victory. The defence, once again, were soundness personified with Michael Noonan, in particular, continuing to show steady improvement, and producing another powerful display. As already mentioned, some excellent points were scored by Brian Dillons with mid fielder, Cian McCarthy helping himself to four while in the forwards, young Keith McCormick and Andrew Murphy worked particularly hard , with both managing to get their names on the scoresheet.  Cillian Brosnan was a colossus at centre half forward with his markmanship ,from placed balls, impeccable....he put over seven points.
             The Brian Dillons scorers were; Cillian Brosnan, 0-7 (0-5 frees, 0-1 pen.,0-1 "65 ); Cian McCarthy, 0-4; Keith McCormick,0-2; Kevin Coughlan,0-2; Philip O"Brien,0-1; Andrew Murphy, 0-1; Daniel McCormick, 0-1; and Martin Corbett, 0-1.
            The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; (1), Tom Triggs; (2) Dylan O"Donoghue;(3) Danny Murphy;(4) Michael Noonan; (5) Daniel McCormick; (6) Mark White ;(7) Darragh Brosnan; (8) Martin Corbett; (9) Cian McCarthy; (10) Kevin Coughlan ;(11) Cillian Brosnan; (12) Philip O"Brien; (13) John Noonan; (14) Keith McCormick; (15) Andrew Murphy;      No subs., were used.