Dicksboro qualified for the minor hurling championship Roinn A final when they saw off the challenge of league champions, St Lachtain’s (Freshford) in a rousing semi-final at Tom Ryall Park on Saturday. They winners meet James Stephens, who saw off Emeralds in the semi, in the final, winning by 2-13 to 2-9.
A good crowd witnessed an entertaining game as both sides served up good hurling with some good individual displays. In the end the ’Boro deserved the win. Eoin Gough gave the city side an early lead when he converted a free and this was quickly replied to when Jack Boland landed his first point.
St Lachtain’s had the chance to edge ahead with some close-in frees, but the opportunities were missed. In the sixth minute Shane O’Brien fielded a good centre before he crashed the ball to the Freshford net. This big score was the real difference between the sides for most of the game.
Patrick Cahill and Stephen Farrell extended the winners lead with points before Shane Donnelly replied with one when he fielded a good ball under pressure. Ross Walsh and Eoin Gough exchanged points before Jack Boland landed his second to leave Dicksboro ahead by 1-4 to 0-4 with 10 minutes remaining.
The hard working Stephen Farrell landed another city point before Lachtain’s hit a good spell with points from Jack Boland, Shane Donnelly and James Meagher to leave them one adrift. Dicksboro had a great effort from Robbie Fitzpatrick come back off into play the crossbar, but Cory Cahill was on hand to send the rebound over the bar to leave his side ahead by 1-6 to 0-7 at the break.
On the resumption St Lachtain’s had a great opportunity to move ahead, but instead they ran up four wides. It was nip and tuck during the third quarter as Shane O’Brien and Liam Hickey exchanged points and this was replicated by Eoin Gough and Shane Donnelly to leave the winners two ahead.
With 10 minutes left Lachtain’s were still well in contention before Dicksboro gradually got a grip on the game and landed points per Eoin Gough, Stephen Farrell and Eoin Fennelly followed by two pointed frees by Gough to leave the score 1-13 to 0-9 with five minutes remaining.
Two minutes later Lachtain’s were dealt another bad blow when a mix-up in their rearguard let in the winners in for a soft goal by Kevin Kenny. Lachtain’s fought back and landed two late goals through Jack Boland and substitute Jason O’Mahony but their efforts came too late to save the day.
Scorers: Dicksboro - Eoin Gough (0-6, frees); Shane O’Brien (1-1); Kevin Kenny (1-0); Stephen Farrell (0-3); Cory Cahill, Eoin Fennelly, Patrick Cahill (0-1 each). St Lachtain’s - Jack Boland (1-3); Shane Donnelly (0-3); Jason O’Mahony (1-0); James Meagher (0-1, free); Liam Hickey (0-1, free); Ross Walsh (0-1).
Dicksboro - Darragh Holohan, Conor Doheny, Evan Cody, Thomas Carroll, Dylan Scott, Rory Glynn, Cory Cahill, Enda O’Donoghue, Robbie Fitzpatrick, Eoin Fennelly, Eoin Gough, Stephen Farrell, Shane O’Brien, Kevin Kenny, Patrick Cahill. Subs - Marc Cudmore, Jason Carroll, Andrew Gaffney.
St Lachtain’s - Darren Brennan, Darra Quinn, Criomhtain Bergin, Paul White, Colin Corcoran, James Meagher, Jack Cleere, Shea Burke, Simon Rafter, Jack Boland, Alexander Rafter, Shane Donnelly, Odhran Waldron, Liam Hickey, Ross Walsh. Subs - Killian Hughes, Jason O’Mahoney.
Referee - Jim Fitzgerald (Piltown).