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Junior (C) Footballers Collapse to Second Half Rochestown Comeback.

posted 4 Sept 2013, 16:28 by Willie Horgan
                            The Brian Dillons third choice Junior Football team failed in their attempt to reach their second consecutive City Division Junior (C) Football Championship final when they were narrowly beaten, 4-9 to 4-7, by Rochestown in a remarkable semi-final, at Ballinlough on Wednesday, 4th September,2013. Difficult to believe that Brian Dillons were leading by 2-7 to 1-1, at half-time and ,at one stage in the opening half, they commanded a lead of 2-6 to 0-1. However, a resurgent Rochestown outfit stormed into the game ,in the second half, when they completely got on top at midfield and their continuous onslaughts on the beleaguered Brian Dillons defence reaped a remarkable 3-8 in the final thirty minutes.
                        It started so well for Brian Dillons when playing with the advantage of a fresh breeze, they had the opening score, a goal, in the third minute when full-forward, Andrew Daly finished to the net.. On top all over the field with the half-back-line of Luke O"Connell, Stephen Crowley and James Varian, in particular, driving forward and setting up the forwards for plenty of well taken points, it looked all over when half -forward, Kevin Varian, scored a brilliant second goal to put Brian Dillons ahead, 2-5 to nil, after twenty two minutes of the first-half. James O"Shea added another point for Brian Dillons before Rochestown opened their account with a pointed free after twenty five minutes. This score seemed to inject new life in to Rochestown and ,two minutes later, they had their first goal to which Kevin Allen pointed for Brian Dillons, to close the first half scoring, 2-7 to 1-1 in favour of Brian Dillons.
                    The second half saw an amazing comeback by Rochestown when they completely controlled the midfield action while their forwards , with a plentiful supply of the ball, became increasingly threatening.. After twenty minutes of the second half had elapsed, they had turned the game around when they led by 4-5 to 2-7 against a Brian Dillons side which had completely lost its shape.. Veteran Seanie O"Dwyer brought Brian Dillons back into the game when he billowed the net for a spectacular goal, their first score of the second half, with just nine minutes remaining. Rochestown responded with two further points to put them ahead, 4-7 to 3-7, with less than three minutes left on the clock. Brian Dillons levelled matters, in the twenty ninth minute ,when effective substitute, Maurice Carey goaled to make it a 4-7 each game.
 Rochestown, however, had the final say when they kicked over two points in the two minutes of added time to run out 4-9 to 4-7 winners after an amazing game, It certainly did not look like that they would be victorious at half -time, but ,full credit to them for their second half resurgence.      Scorers for Brian Dillons were; Seanie O"Dwyer, 1-2; Kevin Varian,1-2; Andrew Daly,1-0; Maurice Carey, 1-0; Kevin Allen,0-2; and James O"Shea, 0-1;  The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows;(1); John Shek; (2), Eoin Hennessy; (3), Stephen Walsh; (4) Ciarain Kelleher; (5) Luke O"Connell; (6) Stephen Crowley; (7), James Varian; (8) James O"Shea; (9), Mark Walsh; (10), Kevin Allen; (11) Michael Peters; (12),Kevin Varian; (13),Seanie O"Dwyer; (14), Andrew Daly; (15), Tossy Kelleher;   Subs; Ken McCarthy for Stephen Walsh (injured, 21 mins.); Maurice Carey for Mark Walsh;(40 mins.); Stephen Coughlan for James Varian ;(45 mins.)