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Junior (B) Hurlers Reach Championship Final with Facile Win over Mayfield.

posted 29 Sept 2014, 17:32 by Willie Horgan
                        The Killer Bees are buzzin ! The Brian Dillons Junior (B) Hurlers qualified for the final of the City Division Junior (B) Hurling Championship when they recorded a facile, 6-17 to 1-8, victory over Mayfield in the semi-final, which was played in Ballinlough, on Sunday morning, 28th October, 2014..Great credit is due to the players and the team Management of Tommy Boland, Ger Allen and Maurice Browne on reaching the decider with the clubs second team and especially ,as they lost quite a number of key players to the (A) panel  in the recent semi-final of the (A) Championship against Nemo Rangers.
                    The Brian Dillons team hit the ground running, in the semi-final, and Mayfield were stunned when Tommy Boland billowed the back of the net, for the first Brian Dillons goal ,after less than thirty seconds play.Three minutes later, Brian Dillons were two goals up when team Captain, James Murphy, who had a superb game, finished to the net after a great assist from Edmund Hussey. Mayfield got up and running with two points, one from a free,..2-0 to 0-2 after seven minutes play. Three points followed from Brian Dillons with the experienced James Horgan, elegant midfielder, Ken McCarthy, after receiving a peach of a pass from James Horgan, and Martin Corbett (free) tapping over . Mayfield were finding it extremely difficult to penetrate the Brian Dillons defence where the half-back trio of James O"Shea, Darren McGrath and Dylan O"Donoghue were particularly outstanding. Further Brian Dillons points followed from Martin Corbett (again) and towering full-forward, Brian Barrett, after a great assist from the outstanding James Murphy, which pushed them ahead, 2-5 to 0-3 after eighteen minutes play. Mayfield hit two consecutive points, in the next four minutes, but, Brian Dillons forwards really exploded in the final five minutes of the opening half. Firstly, Brian Barrett flashed the ball to the net after, once more, receiving a pass from the unselfish James Murphy, which was followed by another point from the excellent Martin Corbett.. The game was as good as over in the final three minutes of the first half when Brian Dillons really pushed the game beyond Mayfield with further goals from James Horgan and James Murphy, who also, added a point, to leave the score at the interval reading.... Brian Dillons, 5-7; Mayfield, 0-5;
                 The second half saw no sign of a Mayfield comeback, even though they scored the opening two points from placed balls.. Brian Dillons were controlling the game with Ken McCarthy playing a major role , at midfield, ably assisted by the hard working Edmund Hussey, while their defence continued to remain rock solid with the half-back line maintaining their superiority and the full-back line of Eoin Keane, the experienced Derek McDonnell and Eoin Hennessy  emerging from the game with first class credentials..  A sixth Brian Dillons goal arrived thirteen minutes into the second half, when the ever dangerous James Horgan finished to the net , for his second goal and even though, Mayfield  managed to beat the dependable Brian Dillons "keeper, John O"Herlihy, for the only time in the game, one minute later, it made no difference to the superiority of Brian Dillons ,who continued to knock over some impressive points in the closing quarter of the game. Centre half forward, Stephen Kelly, although not figuring on the scoresheet, did an amount of good grafting which led to many scores for his fellow forwards and he was unlucky not to goal ,in the first half, when the Mayfield "keeper made a superb save from a goalbound shot.. In the final quarter of the game the Brian Dillons mentors brought in five substitutes  with two of them, Stephen Coughlan and Stephen Kearney, managing to contribute to the scoreline, thieving three points. Overall, a job well done by the entire Brian Dillons set-up.
                  Scorers for Brian Dillons were;James Horgan, 2-3 ;James Murphy, 2-2; Martin Corbett, 0-5 (0-1 free, 0-1 "65); Brian Barrett, 1-1; Tommy Boland, 1-0; Ken McCarthy,0-2; Stephen Kearney,0-2; Dylan O"Donoghue and Stephen Coughan, 0-1 each.    The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; John O"Herlihy; Eoin Keane; Derek McDonnell; Eoin Hennessy; James O"Shea; Darren McGrath; Dylan O"Donoghue; Ken McCarthy; Edmund Hussey; Martin Corbett; Stephen Kelly; James Murphy; Tommy Boland; Brian Barrett and James Horgan. Subs;(all second half) Stephen Coughlan for Brian Barrett; Stephen Kearney for James Murphy; Damien Horgan for Stephen Kelly; Ciarain Kelleher for Eoin Hennessy; Eoin Hennessy for Eoin Keane (injured).