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Junior (B) Hurlers Prove Too Strong For Rathpeacon in League Encounter.

posted 17 Jun 2014, 16:16 by Willie Horgan
              The Brian Dillons Junior (B) Hurlers recorded an impressive, 1-18 to 1-10, victory over Rathpeacon ,in the City Division Junior (2) Hurling League, at sun kissed Pairc Diolunaigh on Tuesday evening, 17th June, 2014. This victory pushes Brian Dillons into second place in the League Table and more importantly, with the first round of the Championship, against St.Vincents (B), fixed for Sunday, 29th June, player- Manager, Tommy Boland and his management team of Ger Allen, John O"Herlihy and Maurice Browne must be pleased with the performance of their team in this latest victory..
               With conditions ideal for Hurling and played under extremely warm and sunny weather, this game was evenly  contested in the opening quarter , with the teams level at 0-5 each, , although Brian Dillons had accumulated nine wides to their opponents two  at this stage of the game. During the second quarter of the game, Brian Dillons began to put some daylight between the teams and three consecutive points ,from Philip O"Brien, Kevin Varian and Stephen Kelly pushed them ahead, 0-8 to 0-5, after 25 minutes play. Two minutes later ,a long clearance out of defence from James Varian was latched onto by Kevin Coughlan, who carried the ball deep into the Rathpeacon defence before giving an astute pass to Kevin Varian, who ,duly, billowed the back of the net for a great goal for Brian Dillons 
 The experienced Tommy Boland quickly added two lovely points ,followed by a similar effort from Shane Maher which gave Brian Dillons a healthy, 1-11 to 0-5, interval lead. What was most encouraging about the first half performance for Brian Dillons was the commanding display of their defence ,with all six, James Varian, Derek McDonnell, James Murphy, James O"Shea, Darren McGrath and Dylan O"Donoghue ,outstanding and ensuring that goalkeeper, John O"Herlihy, had a reasonably easy half -hour.
        The second half began with Brian Dillons increasing their lead with points from Ken McCarthy and Dylan O"Donoghue, from a free, which left them leading, 1-13 to 0-5, after three minutes.  Rathpeacon scored two points of their own, in the next three minutes, but ,Brian Dillons restored their eleven point advantage when Kevin Varian (free) and Philip O"Brien pointed.... 1-15 to 0-7, after twelve minutes of the second half, One minute later, Rathpeacon got through for their goal ,when a ball that looked to be going over the bar ,came back off the upright and was slammed to the net ,past the helpless John O"Herlihy, which left eight points between the sides..  Before Rathpeacon could capitalise on this goal, Tommy Boland pushed Brian Dillons nine points clear, when he raced through in possession and when surrounded by several Rathpeacon defenders, he still managed to kick over a wonderful point. The closing minutes  of the game saw Brian Dillons adding two further points , from Shane Maher and Andrew Murphy, and Rathpeacon notching three points of their own , which left Brian Dillons leading by 1-18 to 1-10 at the final whistle.  Scorers for Brian Dillons were; Kevin Varian, 1-4 (0-1 "65, 0-1 free); Philip O" Brien, 0-3; Tommy Boland,0-3; Shane Maher,0-2; Andrew Murphy,0-2; Dylan O"Donoghue (free), Stephen Kelly, Ken McCarthy and Kevin Coughlan, 0-1 each. The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; John O"Herlihy; James Varian; Derek McDonnell; James Murphy; James O"Shea; Darren McGrath; Dylan O"Donoghue; Michael Colohan; Shane Maher; Kevin Varian; Stephen Kelly; Philip O"Brien; Tommy Boland; Ken McCarthy; Kevin Coughlan; Subs (all second half); Andrew Murphy for Stephen Kelly; Stephen Kearney for Derek McDonnell; Ciarain Kelleher for James Murphy; Damian Horgan for Tommy Boland; and Kyle Corcoran for Kevin Coughlan.