It was a cold December Sunday, but that didn’t stop the supporters travelling to Mullinavat for this engaging South under-21 Roinn B hurling championship clash.
They were treated to a great game. Dunnamaggin dominated all over the pitch and emerged deserved winners.
Piltown opened the scoring with a converted free from Shane O’Dwyer in the first minute.
This was followed shortly after by a great point from Ronan Coffey.
Luke Fitzpatrick opened his scoring tally with a point in the second minute. A great pass from Aidan Nugent to Cian Kinsella in the third minute say Cian put his name on the scoreboard with a fine point.
Dunnamaggin’s John Fitzpatrick, who was outstanding and caused havoc for the Piltown defence, scored another great point in the ninth minute from a Paul Kirwan pass.
Piltown’s Ian Long, who fought hard all day, tapped one over in the 10th minute.
Dunnamaggin went on the attack and dominated the play. They shot a tally of 1-4 in the space of 10 minutes.
Forwards John Fitzpatrick, Dara Keane and Ronan Coffey put in great displays, and with two points from John Fitzpatrick, one a converted free, two points from Ronan Coffey and a goal from Dara Keane, who capitalised on a Piltown mistake before kicking the ball into the net, turned the direction of the game.
Shane O’Dwyer added two more points to the Piltown score, one a converted free. Ronan Coffey closed out the first half scoring with another point for Dunnamaggin.
Half-time score: Piltown 0-5, Dunnamaggin 1-8.
The winners started the second half as they finished the first.
They opened the scoring with a great point from Ronan Coffey in the 34th minute.
The Dunnamaggin defence was superb and, despite the fact that Piltown got a few runs on goal, they stood firm.
Shane O’Dwyer opened the Piltown scoring in this second half with a converted free in the 36th minute.
This was followed shortly afterwards by a converted free from Eoghan Kearney.
Shane O’Dwyer dropped a high ball short as the Piltown forwards tried again to find the back of the net.
Again the defence held firm and Shane O'Dwyer had to settle for a 65.
Another point from Dara Keane saw Dunnamaggin extend their lead and hold on the game.
John Fitzpatrick and Shane O’Dwyer traded points, scoring two converted frees apiece between the 46th and 55th minutes.
John Fitzpatrick continued his great run with another two points, one a converted free, in the dying minutes and Ronan Coffey closed out the scoring and the match with a great point.
This was a great win for Dunnamaggin, who will now meet Tullaroan in the county final.
Credit to Piltown for battling to the end.
Best for Dunnamaggin were John Fitzpatrick, Ronan Coffey and Arron Doherty.
For Piltown, credit goes to Tom Kenny and Shane Walsh.
SCORERS: Piltown - Shane O’Dwyer (0-7, five frees, one 65); Ian Long (0-1); Cian Kinsella (0-1). Dunnamaggin - John Fitzpatrick (0-7, four frees); Ronan Coffey (0-6); Dara Keane (1-1); Eoghan Kearney (0-1, free); Luke Fitzpatrick (0-1).
Piltown - Ronan Ryan, Darragh Walsh, Michael (Mixer) O’Dwyer, Thomas Murray, Shane Walsh, Aidan Nugent, Tom Kenny, Ian Long, Shane O’Dwyer, Michael O’Dwyer, David Kinsella, Cian Kinsella, John Kenny, Aidan Ryan, Jamie Norris. Subs - Declan Duggan, Oran Brophy, Aaron Gallagher.
Dunnamaggin - Robbie Macauley, Jack Brett, Arron Doherty, Darragh O’Keeffe, Victor Costello, Eoghan Kearney, Brian Farrell, Ian Walsh, Michael Cody, Paul Kirwan, John Fitzpatrick, Luke Fitzpatrick, Dara Keane, Ronan Coffey, Willie Bergin: Sub - Roy Cullen.
Referee - John Kennedy (Shamrocks).