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Junior (B) hurlers see off Douglas in League

posted 8 Jun 2015, 03:15 by Niall Fahy
The Brian Dillons (B) hurlers beat a good Douglas side last Saturday evening in Pairc Diolunaigh on a scoreline of 2-19 to 1-10. This was the teams last game before their Championship date with St.Vincents next Sunday in Ballinlough and they played some fine hurling to win this game.

Leading for most of the game even when playing against a strong breeze in the first half, Dillons took a few minutes to settle into the game and come to grips with the Douglas forwards who were constantly moving about the park trying to open up space. They however didn't turn this period of control into scores on the board and with the clever puck outs of Dillons net minder Sean O'Dwyer and the industry of the Dillons 6 forwards and midfielders,Dillons kept adding to the score board and never looked back. When James Murphy at full forward hit the back of the net in the final few minutes of the first half it confirmed Dillons overall dominance in the first period against the wind.

With this strong wind now at their back the forward unit and midfield increased their work rate and got their just reward as the score board kept ticking over, Colin Lynch lining out in his first game for Dillons at centre forward picked up some lovely points and was unlucky after turning his man to see his fierce shot graze over the bar. From half back Darren McGrath landed two big points from inside his own half to push Dillons further ahead and with ten minutes remaining Tommy Boland spun his man and through on goal he finished to the net. The last few minutes were cagey with Douglas putting on serious pressure and unfortunately for Dillons they found the net with a late strike that looked like a late challenge on the keeper.

A solid performance before championship for the Killer Bees, and with a few people missing for this game it looks a strong panel and a bit of headache for team selection for the management team. It would be hard to single out individual players for praise in this game as it was a team performance, the full back line was solid throughout as were Darren McGrath, Ed Hussey, Stephen Crowley and Dave Coughlan, the latter two around the middle of the park worked well together. Up front all six forwards shone as did the replacements who came in, the half forward line of Cotter, Lynch and Kev Coughlan got through great work and caused the Douglas defence all sorts of problems whilst all getting on the score sheet. The inside line of Boland, Murphy and McGinty won great ball and all got on the score sheet while bringing others into the game. The subs Klose, S Coughlan, Varian, Kelleher and Shek all contributed off the bench with scores/ assists or strong defensive displays.

Overall a good workout especially with such a tough opening round game for the Killer Bees next week where they will hope to bring the same intensity to the game. Their is definitely a buzz back around this side and we wish them the best next week.

Team: 1. S O'Dwyer; 2. S Kearney; 3. D McDonnell; 4. E Hennessy; 5. D McGrath; 6. N Fahy; 7. E Hussey; 8. S Crowley; 9. D Coughlan; 10. K Coughlan; 11. C Lynch; 12. A Cotter; 13. T Boland; 14. J Murphy; 15. M Buckley. Subs used: Connor Klose, Stephen Coughlan, Kevin Varian, Ciaran Kelleher and John Shek.