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Junior (B) Hurlers Remain Top of the League with Exciting Win over St.Finbarrs.

posted 25 Jul 2014, 17:48 by Willie Horgan
                The Brian Dillons Junior (B) Hurlers increased their lead at the top of the City Division Junior (2) Hurling League when they recorded an exciting, 1-16 to 1-11, victory over St.Finbarrs, at the Togher venue on Friday evening, 25th July, 2014. The decisive score came in the twenty sixth minute of the second half, with Brian Dillons clinging on to a one point lead, 0-15 to 1-11, when full-forward James Murphy plucked a long delivery from the air and, when under pressure from his opponent,cleverly passed the ball to teammate Stephen Coughlan , who had come on as a sub. earlier in the second half, and he billowed the net with a piledriver... Dillons ahead, 1-15 to 1-11.  A pointed free from top scorer, Kevin Varian, three minutes later gave Brian Dillons a five point victory in the end.
               St.Finbarrs opened promisingly and within the first twenty seconds, scored a fine point, before a Brian Dillons player had touched the ball. From the puckout, Brian Dillons most dangerous forward, Kevin Varian,won possession and duly slotted over the equalizer. However, St.Finbarrs showed that they really meant business, when they scored a goal almost immediately, and Brian Dillons were in for a testing hour . Displaying all the skills they have produced in recent games, Brian Dillons got to grips with the situation and, with Kevin Varian leading the charge, some splendid points were recorded and with their defence restricting the "Barrs forwards to just four further first half points, the teams went in at half-time with Dillons leading by 0-12 to 1-5.
             Brian Dillons increased their lead in the first minute of the second half when full-forward, James Murphy, stroked over a fine point. It was as this stage that St.Finbarrs seemed to  be getting control of the game and,with four consecutive points, three from frees,they only trailed by the minimum, 0-13 to 1-9, after ten minutes of the second half had elapsed. A pointed free from Kevin Varian, helped to stop the rot  and Brian Dillons were two points ahead again. The St. Finbarrs half-back line were, clearly,in control and the Brian Dillons forwards were being deprived of scoring chances and when the "Barrs added two further points, one from a free, the sides were level, Brian Dillons, 0-14 to 1-11, with thirteen minutes remaining.  Two minutes later, Kevin Varian, with a trademark point, pushed Brian Dillons ahead again and with the game in the balance, the Dillons defence , in which goalkeeper, Mark Kelly, Eoin Hennessy, Niall Fahy, James O"Shea and Dylan O"Donoghue were absolutely outstanding,  held the "Barrs forwards scoreless for the remainder of the game,  Then, with just four minutes remaining, came the Stephen Coughlan goal which put the game beyond the Barrs and a Kevin Varian pointed free consolidated the Brian Dillons victory, in the final minute of the game. Scorers for Brian Dillons were; Kevin Varian, 0-11 (0-6 frees); Stephen Coughlan, 1-0;James O"Shea, 0-2; Ken McCarthy, Michael Colohan and James Murphy  0-1 each.   The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; Mark Kelly; Ciarain Kelleher; Niall Fahy; Eoin Hennessy; James O"Shea; Dylan O"Donoghue; Michael Colohan; James Varian; Luke O"Connell; Ken McCarthy; Stephen Kelly; Kevin Varian; Tommy Boland; James Murphy and Kevin Allen.   Subs. (All during second half ); Eoin Keane for Ciarain Kelleher; Stephen Coughlan for Kevin Allen.