A BARRLING, courageous winning point by Peter Walsh in the dying seconds of a gripping junior hurling league game in Tullaroan on a balmy evening gave the home support plenty to celebrate, while Dunnamaggan will rue some bad misses and passages of overplay that could have been more productive with a more directness.
But the young corner forward who grabbed the winner comes with a hurling DNA of the highest spectrum, as does his clansman, Shane in the opposite corner, who between them caused plenty of problems for their more mature markers.
The game was keenly contested, and for long periods Dunna’ looked the more likely winners, and the more likely to dominate. They practically owned the ball in the mid-third of the pitch, but for all of their regional ownership, their dividend was certainly not commensurate with the amount of the possession enjoyed.
Paddy Delaney shot Dunnamaggan into the lead after 60 seconds, but Micheál Brennan levelled. Peter Kenneally belted a lead for Dunnamaggan within 30 seconds, but a terrific point by young Walsh (Peter) brought it up square within another two minutes.
And so it continued. Dunnamaggan got points from Kenneally (two frees and a point from play), Richard O’Shea, Anthony Kearney, while Shane Walsh grabbed four points, two from frees. Josh Moore helped with a single, to leave the half time score evenly balanced at Dunnamaggan 0-8, Tullaroan 0-7.
With Dunnamaggan looking the likely winners after the opening new half salvos, and leading by three points, full-forward, Micheál Brennan clattered a ground stroke to the Dunna’ net to bring all things back onto an even keel.
The sides were level at 1-9 (T) to 0-12 (D) after 43 minutes when Paddy Delaney strode through the Tullaroan defence to leave goalie, Gavin Joyce helpless when he shot a terrific goal.
It looked curtains for the white with the green sash brigade. However, capitulation was never a factor in Tullaroan’s metabolism. They clawed their way back. In an exciting closing 17 minutes Dunnamaggan were not to score again.
Points, hard-earned points by Brennan, and two by the Walsh brigade including the winner by Peter saw the Tullaroan men through.
Tullaroan had a super goalkeeper in Gavin Joyce. Paddy Campion had a battle royal with Anthony Kearney, with honours shared. On the half back line, Ger Luby was gallant, while Marc Simpson grew into the game as it boiled to a final cauldron.
Richie Butler was a colossus in midfield, while in addition to the Walsh duo, Joe Norton, until running out of puff, Ed Teehan and Micheál Brennan were terrific.
Dunnamaggan too had warriors, not least of whom were their goalkeeper, Adam Kenneally, Liam Heffernan, Eoin Kearney, Andrew Hickey, William Hughes, Richard O’Shea, Peter Kenneally, Paddy Delaney and Anthony Kearney
Scorers: Tullaroan - Shane Walsh (0-6, three frees); Micheál Brennan (1-2); Peter Walsh (0-4); Josh Moore (0-1). Dunnamaggan - Peter Kenneally (0-7, five frees); Paddy Delaney (1-1); Richard O’Shea (0-3, one free); Anthony Kearney (0-1).
Tullaroan - Gavin Joyce, Willie Doheny, Paddy Campion, Eoin Brennan, Ger Luby, Marc Simpson, Diarmuid Doheny, Josh Moore, Richie Butler, Eddie Teehan, John Maher, Joe Norton, Shane Walsh, Micheál Brennan, Peter Walsh. Subs - Jack Keoghan, James Moore.
Dunnamaggan - Adam Kenneally, William Moylan, Liam Heffernan, Eoghan Kearney, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Andrew Hickey, William Hughes, Aaron Doherty, Richard O’Shea, Sean Connery, Peter Kenneally, Paddy Delaney, Andrew O’Neill, Anthony Kearney, Paddy Power. Subs - J.J. Dunphy, John Fitzpatrick.
Referee - John Guinan (St Lachtain’s).