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Narrow Win for Junior (A) Hurlers over Douglas in League Thriiler.

posted 26 May 2014, 16:51 by Willie Horgan
                     For the second time in the space of three days, the Brian Dillons Junior (A) Hurling team had to come from behind to snatch victory by the minimum of margins in  the City Division Junior (1) Hurling League. Following on their,1-14 to 0-16, victory over Mayfield on the previous Friday night, they recorded a thrilling , 0-22 to 2-15, victory over Douglas, out in Pairc Diolunaigh, on Monday evening, 26th May, 2014.
                     The game against Douglas was a top class encounter with a high quality of hurling all through, adorned with some splendid scores. As in the Mayfield game, Brian Dillons displayed great spirit and character to come back on two occasions, when they looked in trouble against Douglas, to fashion a thrilling victory which leaves them on top of the League Table, unbeaten after four games played..With several players still out injured, Brian Dillons began the game in a careless manner and allowed Douglas to storm into a 1-3 to nil lead after six minutes play. Points from Andrew Murphy and John Horgan got Brian Dillons up and running ,but, Douglas were hurling with confidence, at this stage, and another point pushed them ahead,1-4 to 0-2 after ten minutes. Cian McCarthy got his first point, one minute later to which Douglas replied with a similar score, almost immediately. It was noticeable ,at this stage, that Brian Dillons were coming more into the game with their defence, in particular, getting to grips with the Douglas attack ,which only managed to score one more point for the remainder of the first half. Brian Dillons began to play some delightful hurling in the closing quarter of the half and the points flowed. John Horgan reduced the arrears with a point ,after 17 minutes, but, Douglas struck back with a similar score, six minutes later...1-6 to 0-5 in favour of Douglas. Six unanswered points followed for Brian Dillons, Andrew Murphy, who worked tirelessly from start to finish, had two in a row before John Horgan slotted over from a free....1-6 to 0-8. Brian Dillons secured the equalizer with a great bit of teamwork ,which saw Tomas Lawrence passing to John Horgan, who, in turn ,set up Shane Maher for a fine point.. Another fine bit of combination saw Brian Barrett winning an aerial ball and deftly parting to half-back, Daniel McCormick,, who scored a fine long range point ,which put Brian Dillons in the lead for the first time in the game.  Cian McCarthy increased the Brian Dillons lead with another point in the dying seconds of the first half ,which left the half-time score reading, 0-10 to 1-6, in Brian Dillons favour
                   Brian Dillons went further ahead ,after two minutes of the second half, when Kevin Coughlan, after receiving a pass from John Horgan, pointed ,to which Douglas replied with a similar score from a free. Brian Dillons ,then, scored three points in a row. John Horgan, after receiving from John Noonan, got one, after four minutes, and added another, one minute later. Centre back, Darragh Brosnan, who was, once again outstanding, put over a fine long range effort....0-14 to 1-7, after six minutes of the second half..  Douglas refused to throw -in the towel, however and a point , after eight minutes of the second half was followed by their second goal, one minute later, which had them back on level terms...0-14 to 2-8. Things got worse for Brian Dillons, at this stage, when Douglas hit over three points in a row, to lead by 2-11 to 0-14, with 15 minutes remaining. Similar to the game with Mayfield, the previous Friday evening, Brian Dillons kept their composure, and in spite of hitting some bad wides, points from John Noonan, John Horgan and Cian McCarthy had them back on level terms, 0-17 to 2-11, with ten minutes left.  Excitement was at fever pitch ,at this stage of the game, and two pointed frees pushed Douglas ahead, by two, once again but, it was quickly back to one, when Cian McCarthy slotted over his fourth point. Douglas regained their two point advantage, when they scored almost immediately, with just over five minutes remaining. However, Brian Dillons stamped their authority on the game in the closing few minutes with points from Darragh Brosnan (free0 and two from John Horgan which put them into the lead again....0-21 to 2-14.   A brilliant strike from half-back, Darragh Rodgers, who was back to his best after his lengthy absence ,due to injury, sailed over the bar to push Brian Dillons two points clear, 0-22 to 2-14, with the full-time whistle beckoning. Douglas had it back to a one point margin, when they pointed a "65, with almost the last puck of the game. At the end of a wonderful game, Brian Dillons were winners on a 0-22 to 2-15 scoreline.
                Scorers for Brian Dillons were; John Horgan,0-8 (0-1 free); Cian McCarthy, 0-4; Andrew Murphy, 0-3; Darragh Brosnan,0-2; (0-1 free); Daniel McCormick, Darragh Rodgers, Shane Maher,John Noonan and Kevin Coughlan ,0-1 each. The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows; James Murphy; Eoin Hennessy; Darren McGrath; Michael Noonan; Daniel McCormick; Darragh Brosnan; Darragh Rodgers; Tomas Lawrence; Shane Maher; Brian Barrett; Cian McCarthy; John Noonan; Andrew Murphy; Kevin Coughlan and John Horgan.  Subs., Philip O"Brien for Michael Noonan (inj. 20 mins.); Niall O"Sullivan for Shane Maher (45 mins.) and Mark Buckley for Eoin Hennessy (50 mins.);.