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Junior (B) Hurlers Share the Points in Exciting Top of the Table League Clash with Whitechurch.

posted 22 Jun 2014, 14:54 by Willie Horgan
             After a most exciting and entertaining game, the Brian Dillons Junior (B) Hurlers finished level with Whitechurch in the City Division Junior (2) Hurling League game, which was played in Pairc Diolunaigh on Saturday evening, 21st June, 2014. This top of the table clash ended with both sides scoring 2-13 which leaves Whitechurch remaining the League leaders with Brian Dillons in second spot  with four games still left to play.
              In a game, which was played in sunny and hot conditions, a draw was a fair result, even though Brian Dillons looked to have snatched victory  when the dynamic Kevin Varian, rattled the Whitechurch net, which pushed Brian Dillons ahead by a point, one minute into added time. However, from the puckout, Whitechurch won possession and slotted over the equalising point..The game was a close affair all through with never more than two points between the sides with Whitechurch just shading the first half, leading by 1-7 to 1-6 at the interval. The Brian Dillons first half goal being a cracking effort from centre half forward Stephen Kelly. Brian Dillons were leading by 1-11 to 1-9 with  ten minutes left in the game when Whitechurch pounced for their second goal, which left them leading by a point. The closing ten minutes were tremendously exciting and at the end of normal time, Whitechurch were ahead by 2-12 to 1-13, but there were still two minutes of added time allowed by the referee. The outstanding Kevin Varian looked to have won it for Brian Dillons with a brilliant goal but, Whitechurch secured the levelling point ,from the puckout.
            Brian Dillons can feel well satisfied with this performance as they were missing five prominent players, James Murphy, Dylan O"Donoghue, Darren McGrath, Philip O"Brien and Andrew Murphy, from the side which defeated Rathpeacon ,four days earlier. John O"Herlihy was, once again, soundness personified in goal, making a few outstanding saves ,during the game. Veteran full-back,Derek McDonnell, gave another spirited performance while Ciarain Kelleher, James O"Shea and James Varian also had their moments in defence.. Midfielders, Michael Colohan and Shane Maher were always full of energy and played some quality hurling, at times. Hero of the game was , without question, the Brian Dillons right half forward , Kevin Varian , who finished the game with a score of 1-13 (0-9 from frees) . A ,truly, remarkable performance.  Stephen Kelly took his goal well and was always a nuisance to the Whitechurch defence while Tommy Boland worked his socks off, at left half forward.  Scorers for Brian Dillons were; Kevin Varian, 1-13 (0-9 frees); and Stephen Kelly,1-0;  The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows;  John O"Herlihy;Stephen Kearney; Derek McDonnell; Ciarain Kelleher; James O"Shea; Ken McCarthy; James Varian; Shane Maher; Michael Colohan; Kevin Varian; Stephen Kelly; Tommy Boland; Kevin Coughlan; Kieran Delaney; and Kyle Corcoran; Subs; Stephen Coughlan for Kevin Coughlan; Seanie O"Dwyer for Kieran Delaney.