THE Roinn A under-14 hurling county final replay between Dicksboro and O’Loughlin Gaels was decided in splendid conditions at immaculately turned out Thomastown on Saturday in front of a large attendance, and it produced an abundance of thrilling fare. The ’Boro won by 2-12 to 0-10.
Dicksboro were totally in charge in the first half, notching up 1-2 in the opening four minutes which settled down the players nicely. O’Loughlin’s first score, a point, came from a long range free on the sixth minute. They were unable to add to this until the 27th minute when they claimed another point from a free.
Dicksboro, meanwhile, were constantly adding to their good early blast and a further goal and five points before the interval set them up nicely. At half-time Dicksboro led by a commanding 2-7 to 0-2.
O’Loughlin’s came out in the second half determined to make a game of it, driving low balls in to the ’Boro square in the hope of snatching a goal. The goal did not come, however, mainly due to some sterling defending and brave goalkeeping.
O’Loughlin’s stuck with the task and continued attacking and the ’Boro were, for a time, on the back foot as the Gaels kept registering points on the ’board. For this game to really spark into life, it needed an O’Loughlin’s goal, but as this did not come, the ‘Boro were able to maintain their commanding position to finish deserving County champions.
Dicksboro - Colin Dempsey, Eoghan Moylan, Cian Butler, David Ryan, Justin Cahill, Evan Carroll, Johnny Manogue, Chris Kavanagh, Liam Kennedy, Mark Nolan, Alan Corcoran, Joe Sheehan, Oisin Gough, Edward Moylan, Brian Cleere, Gavin Byrne, Sean Boyd, Jack Condren, Harry Duggan, Cillian Timmons, David Campion, Conor O’Mahony, Kieran Galvin, David Delahunty, Sean Foley, Stephen Cass, TJ Stynes, Liam Brennan Smyth, Liam Stynes, Jack Connolly, Gavin Walsh, James Griffin, Tadhg Butler, Charlie Buckley.
O’Loughlin Gaels - Ben Maher, Joseph Banville, Jay Leahy, Jordan Molloy, Peter Collins, Shane Mahony, Charlie Deegan, Tervine Wallace, Sean Bolger, Ronan Buckley, John Delaney, Robbie O’Driscoll, Owen McCormack, Adam Power, Owen Wall, Conor Heary, Kevin Murphy, Eoin Kelly, Eoin O’Shea, Ryan Poyntz, Padraig Nolan, Joe Murphy, Sean Kenny, Michael Butler, Adam Flynn, Adam Cummins, Shane O’Reilly, Luke Freyne, Stephen Scallan.