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Scoreline Does Not Reflect Under-21 Footballers Efforts in Championship Loss to Nemo,

posted 4 Apr 2014, 16:48 by Willie Horgan
                  The Brian Dillons Under -21 Footballers were defeated by Nemo Rangers in the City Division Under-21 Football Championship quarter -final at a wet and windy Ballinlough, on Friday evening, 4th April, 2014. The final scoreline of 2-11 to 0-8 does not fairly reflect the great effort put in by the Brian Dillons team who, throughout the hour,  enjoyed seventy per cent ,at least, of possession and could quite easily have won if they had not wasted so many scoring opportunities , through faulty shooting. Instead, it was the more economical and cuter Nemo side, that availed of every opportunity that came their way, that advanced to the semi-final. Over the hour, Brian Dillons chalked up a total of fourteen wides while the more methodical Nemo side had only five.
             On a horrible night for Football, Brian Dillons opened the scoring with a point from Michael Peters, after five minutes play, and wasted several more opportunities in the early stages . The cleverer Nemo forwards, with limited possession, profited from every chance that came their way and ,at the end of the opening quarter, they had surged ahead by 1-3 to 0-1. With Darren McGrath and Darragh Brosnan, until his injury,on top ,at midfield , Brian Dillons clawed their way back into the game and three fine points by half forward, Kevin Varian,, left only two points between the sides with five minutes remaining in the first half. Then , Nemo scored their second goal, completely against the run of play, when a long delivery skidded on the slippery wet sod past outstanding Brian Dillons full-back, Dylan O"Donoghue, and the Nemo full -forward first timed a ground shot to the back of the net for a most fortuitous goal. Another point for Nemo , in the last minute of the first half, saw them leading by 2-4 to 0-4 at the interval and Brian Dillons were facing an uphill struggle as, on such terrible weather conditions, a two goal deficit was going to be extremely difficult to overcome in the second half.
           The second half began with Brian Dillons wasting another scoring chance and from the kickout, Nemo worked the ball upfield and with great efficiency, added another point ...2-5 to 0-4. Brian Dillons began to dominate, at this stage, with Darren McGrath playing himself to a standstill,at midfield, and wing backs Kevin Coughlan and Andrew Murphy surging forward to link up with the attack, they laid siege on the Nemo goalmouth. Two points ,from placed balls, by James O"Shea were followed by two bullet like drives, which seemed destined to finish up in the Nemo net, only to hit the upright. Nemo, in one of their rare attacks, during this stage of the game, added a point...2-5 to 0-5 after  fifteen minutes of the second half. Darragh Brosnan, now playing at full-forward, was clearly hampered by the hip injury which he picked up in the first-half, but he still managed to break through the Nemo defence, to score a fine point...2-5 to 0-6. Several more scoring opportunities were wasted by Brian Dillons before Kevin Varian scored his fourth point , which left just four points between the team, with ten minutes left in the game. Nemo began to have their period of dominance, at this stage,, and despite the gallant efforts of Stephen Kearney, Michael Noonan and ,particularly, the lion-hearted, Eoin Hennessy, in the Brian Dillons defence, the Trabeg side finished in the style with five points in the closing ten minutes. Scorers for Brian Dillons were; Kevin Varian,0-4; James O"Shea ,0-2 (frees); Michael Peters and Darragh Brosnan,0-1 each. The Brian Dillons team lined out as follows;  Cian O"Callaghan;Stephen Kearney; Dylan O"Donoghue; Eoin Hennessy; Kevin Coughlan; Michael Noonan; Andrew Murphy; Darragh Brosnan; Darren McGrath; James O"Shea; Shane Maher (Captain); Kevin Varian; Michael PetersKieran Delaney; and Brian Manning; Subs; Adam Cotter for Kieran Delaney and Ryan Burns for James O"Shea (both second-half).. .
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