All action attacker, Shane Maher, who scored 10 points, led Dicksboro to a badly needed first win in the senior hurling league.
In a game between the ‘basement boys’ in Group B, Maher proved the difference as Erin’s Own (Castlecomer) were put to the sword in well turned out Freshford on Sunday. The result leaves both still anchored to the bottom of the table, but a win in the last series of games could get them out of the relegation zone.
In a contest of raw effort and average quality, the result came down to a shoot-out between Maher and Castlecomer’s main attacker, Michael Murphy. The latter hit an impressive 1-8, but in an attacking unit that produced just two more scorers, each with a point apice, the wing-forward couldn’t produce enough to save the day.
Erin’s Own, with Conor Fogarty a powerful force at centre-back, looked the better team early on as they landed three points without reply.
The ’Boro pulled back a point through lMaher (free), but when Derek O’Gorman goaled in the 13th minute it was a badly needed score which helped the team find its feet.
That goal was the difference between the teams at the break, when Dicksboro led by 1-5 to 0-6.
Erin’s Own attained parity twice during the closing half, at 1-8 and 1-9 each. Cillian Buckley, with a mighty free from his own 65, regained the lead for the ’Boro in the 41st minute.
The free taking of Maher more or less did the rest as he pocketed seven points during this half.
Relegation is still on the agenda for both, but.....
Scorers: Dicksboro - Shane Maher (0-10, seven frees); Derek O’Gorman (1-0); Cillian Buckley (0-2, frees); David Glynn, Ollie Walsh, Kevin Kenny (0-1 each). Erin’s Own - Michael Murphy (1-8, five points frees); Conor Fogarty (0-2, one free); Peter O’Donovan, Declan Dunne, Anthony Kavanagh (0-1 each).
Dicksboro - Aaron Duggan, Evan Cody, Kieran Cuddihy, Enda Malone, Tom Manning, David Glynn, Kevin Nolan, Cillian Buckley, Cillian Starr, Derek O’Gorman, Marco Ruessman, Ollie Walsh, Kevin Kenny, Shane Maher, Paul O’Flynn. Subs - Oisin Walsh for Starr; Martin Gaffney for Ruessman.
Erin’s Own - Tom Brophy, Noel Callinan, Padraig Keating, Ciaran Wallace, Gerry Callinan, Conor Fogarty, Robert Moran, Aidan Moran, Peter O’Donovan, Michael Murphy, Michael Owens, Declan Dunne, Jimmy Byrne, Anthony Kavanagh, Peadar Boran. Subs - Eoin Brennan for D. Dunne; D. Wallace for Byrne; Eddie Brennan for Boran; Andrew Carron for Kavanagh.
Referee - Peter Burke (Emeralds).