McWey clears the way for The Village

It took a goal from Matthew McWey after 120 action filled minutes to decide this gripping Northern under-21 Roinn A hurling championship clash.

It took a goal from Matthew McWey after 120 action filled minutes to decide this gripping Northern under-21 Roinn A hurling championship clash.

This James Stephens and Dicksboro tie went to a replay, but The Village looked booked for the exit door until Luke Scanlon placed McWey for the winning strike with only second remaining.

Dicksboro must have thought they were through when a 56th minute point from Cillian Buckled left them 1-11 to 0-12 clear. ’Stephens refused to back off, and their ultra determined late efforts produced a magnificent result for them.

The hurling over the two hours was of the highest order, with two talented teams throwing everything they had into the effort for survival. The opening four scores were equally divided. The ’Boro took up the running in the 13th minute when Cillian Buckley pointed.

That was followed by a goal from Jack McGrath before Buckley struck again to put his side 1-4 to 0-2 ahead. It was tit-for-tat up to the rest, at which stage the losers led by 1-5 to 0-6.

The Village opened the new half with a point from a free by Jack McGrath. Kevin Kenny replied before the winners landed a hat trick through Ben Lahart, Tadgh O’Dwyere and McGrath to edge in front, 0-10 to 1-6.

Back bounced the ’Boro. Robbie Fitzpatrick equalised before Buckley shot them in front. Luke Scanlon levelled again in the 49th minute before Ollie Walsh and Buckley pointed to push Dicksoboro within sight of the winning post.

A well struck point from a free by Jack McGrath reduced the deficit to the minimum to set up a nail biting finish. McWey had the final say, his late, late goal deciding a top class match.

Scorers: James Stephens - Jack McGrath (0-6, frees); Ben Lahart, Luke Scanlon (0-3 each); Matthew McWey (1-0); Tadgh O’Dwyer (0-1). Dicksboro - Cillian Buckley (0-6, three frees, one 65); Kevin Kenny (1-1); Ollie Walsh (0-2); Aidan Nolan, Robbie Fitzpatrick (0-1 each).

James Stephens - Gavin Costigan, Luke Hickey, Paddy Duggan, Conor Browne, Harry Wallace, David Hennessy, James Tyrrell, Jack McGrath, Diarmuid Cody, Luke Scanlon, Ben Lahart, Robbie Hayes, Matthew McWey, Niall Mullins, Ray Lahart. Sub - Tadgh O’Dwyer.

Dicksboro - Aaron Duggan, Evan Cody, Michael Hayes, Rory Cahill, Stephen Farrell, Eoin Gough, Gary Gaule, Cillian Buckley, Ollie Walsh, Darragh Buggy, Robbie Fitzpatrick, Evan Guilfoyle, Kevin Kenny, Paddy Cahill, Aidan Nolan.

Referee - Sean Cleere (O’Loughlin Gaels).