Dicksboro B 4-6 Galmoy/Windgap 1-14
A 65th minute goal by midfielder, Alan Corcoran, stole victory for Dicksboro B in this under-16 Roinn C hurling championship semi-final in Ballyragget.
It was a cruel way for the Galmoy/Windgap side to lose out as they had been 10 points clear at one stage. They led 1-8 to 0-2 at half time.
The key to the turn around was the introduction of David Campion at right half forward in the 45th minute for the ’Boro and the speed of Brian Cleere on the opposite wing. Te pair tormented the losers defence and hit three goals from play along with winning some vital frees.
Another factor was the moving of Kieran Galvin from full back to wing forward for the seconf half, where he won vital possession. The amalgamated forces had made a good start with some nice early points.
Oisin Phelan hit two good ones in the first quarter while he also won two frees which Niall Walsh converted. Kieran Galvin was clearing a lot of ball for Dicksboro but his marker, Brandan Phelan did make a burst in the 21st minute when he soloed in from the left wing.
His first shot on goal was blocked by Gavin Byrne, but Phelan one handed the rebound to the net. Conor Drennan and Jack Delaney added a point each. Dicksboro only managed two sores in that half, a pointed free by Brian Power and one from play by Alan Corcoran.
Galmoy/Windgap went to the break in control, but it must be said that Dicksboro did hit six wides during that half.
The winners upped the tempo after the interval and could have been off to a good start were it not for two wonderful saves by James Culleton on the Galmoy/Windgap goal. He saved from Kieran Ryan and Adam Clifford.
Brian Cleere then sprung to life and showed tremendous speed to solo in from the left wing and strike two identical goals. It was still 1-13 to 2-3 in favour of Galmoy/Windgap, but when David Campion was introduced to the ’Boro attack he made a series of probing runs resulting in two points by Adam Clifford before Campion hit a goal.
Oisin Phelan had a goal disallowed at the other end and this would have arrested the slide.
The ’Boro drove on. They were dealt a blow when John Minogue had to leave the field after going over on his ankle. With a substantial amount of injury time played, they won a 30 metre free which was struck low. The shot was blocked but Alan Corcoran let fly and his effort took a deflection to the top of the net to seal victory and a place in the final for Dicksboro.
Dicksboro B - Gavin Byrne, David Ryan, Kieran Galvin (0-1, free), Eoin Moylan, John Minogue, Sean O’Gorman, Peter Lynch, Cormac Buggy, Alan Corcoran (1-1), Adam Clifford (0-2), Kieran Ryan, Daragh Lynch, Ciran Dunne (capt), Brian Power (0-2, frees), Brian Cleere (2-0). Subs - Panus Brennan, Joe Shiel, David Campion(1-0), Sean Boyd.
Galmoy/Windgap - James Culleton, Ryan Murphy, David Doyle, Sean Phelan, Robert White, Kieran Phelan (capt), Conor Grace (0-1, 65), Patrick Grace, Jack Delaney (0-1), Josh Price (0-1), Niall Walsh (0-5, 0-4 frees), Conor Drennan (0-1), Oisín Phelan (0-2), Brandan Phelan (1-3), Cathal Phelan. Sub - Shane Cullen for C. Phelan 45 mins.
Referee - Ger O’Grady (Erin’s Own).