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U21 Hurlers are Southern Champions

23 November 2013

U21 South Final 23rd Nov 2013

The Dunnamaggin U21 hurlers were crowned South champions in a crisp Piltown when they defeated the fancied Kilmacow side on a score line of Dunnamaggin 1:12 Kilmacow 1:06. This game was a repeat of last year’s final which Kilmacow were victorious in and they would have been bookies favourite to retain their title but Dunnamaggin had other ideas.

The game opened in brisk fashion with Kilmacow pointing from the throw in and having all the play up front. Willie Phelan then stepped up to take his first of many frees on the 5min mark to level matters. Kilmacow then pushed in front with another point before Paddy Delaney levelled it from play. The game was dominated by frees and breaks in play with Kilmacow adding two further points to Willies three from frees Dunnamaggin 0:5 Kilmacow 0:4. As the game headed for half time, so did the real turning point when unsung hero of the game Conor Long got a vital flick in to stop a certain goal. This was followed up immediately by some very vigilant goal keeping from Andrew O’Dwyer when a dangerous dropping ball off the posts seemed to be heading to the back of the net but was well cleared with the help of Conor Long. Willie pointed again from a free just before half time to send the sides in Dunnamaggin 0-6 Kilmacow 0-4.

Dunnamaggin hit the ground running when Anthony Kearney pointed from play immediately from the restart. The Dunnamaggin Half back line of Aaron Doherty, William Phelan and Paul Kirwan really started to impose themselves and were allowing nothing to go through and anything that did, was getting mopped up by the skilful Eoghan Kearney at full back. Captain Peter Kenneally got his name on the score sheet after a good delivery from William Phelan to Anthony Kearney who laid off the ball to Peter. Willie pointed again after being fouled to put four between the teams and the upset was on. Then when a Dunnamaggin player was fouled on the 21 up stepped Willie to take the free which the majority of supporters though he would slot over the bar but the Co Senior panellist had other ideas and rattled the net.. Dunnamaggin 1-9 Kilmacow 0-5. Ray Cody was now on for William Bergin. Captain Kennelly added to the Kilmacow problems with another point. Kilmacow were shaken and the game started to turn into a scrappy affair and there were a number of flare-ups. Kilmacow were not about to go away and pointed from play and worked a good ball across from the right hand side which was well finished to the net. Dunnamaggin 1-10 Kilmacow 1-6 with ten to go. Michael Costello came on for the ever improving John Fitzpatrick with ten to go. Dunnamaggin continued to hold the Kilmacow attack as  Willie stepped up again to point two more frees to bring his tally to 1-9 and see the game out. Dunnamaggin now go on to play Bennettsbridge in the Co. Final on 7th Dec in Nowlan park.

Panel:- Andrew O’Dwyer, William Moylan, Eoghan Kearney, Conor Long, Aaron Doherty, William Phelan, Paul Kirwan, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Michael Cody, Ronan Coffey, John Fitzpatrick, Peter Kenneally, Paddy Delaney, Anthony Kearney, William Bergin, Michael Costello, Ray Cody, Adam Kenneally, Paddy Power, Jack Brett, Jason Doherty.Mentors:- Kenny Moore, Noel Hickey, Denis Lahart.