Dicksboro GAA Club


Junior B


Dicksboro created history when they captured the Northern Junior 'B' Hurling Championship for the first time with victory over James Stephens by 0-17 to 0-10 at Freshford on Sunday. Photographed is the team with their management of Declan Gough, Brian Fitzpatrick, Pat Carroll and E.J. Ryan. Also photographed is team captain Cillian Bhreathnach accepting the Johnny Ivory Memorial Cup.

6th August 2014

Junior 'B' Championship

Dicksboro 3-16 Barrow Rangers 2-20

It took over 140 minutes spread over two matches and a dose of controversy before Barrow Rangers overcame Dicksboro by the slimmest of margins in the Junior B championship in Palmerstown tonight.  It was the Paulstown men who made the brighter start putting three points on the board before the Boro opened their account. By the 16th minute though the Boro found themselves three points to the good after a high ball into the square was expertly caught under pressure by Ger o Donoghue who then turned and finished neatly. Dicksboro maintained their three point lead until deep into stoppage time of the first half before Barrow Rangers plundered a goal of their own to send the sides in level at 1-6 each.

The second half started in the same vain as the first with the Rangers on top, but the Boro men kept in touch thanks to some solid free taking and a lovely point by Stephan Farrell from wide on the left. As the half wore on Dicksboro began to exert their dominance on the match and in a three minute spell from the 23rd to 26th minute scored 2-1, with the goals coming once more from Ger o Donoghue and Sub Paddy Cahill who latched on to a hand pass through to whip the ball home. Barrow Rangers rallied back and three points in stoppage time were enough to send the game to extra time. Full Time score Dicksboro 3-12 Barrow Rangers 2-15.

The Boro came out for the first period of extra time looking the stronger and were camped in the Paulstown half for the first few minutes, but were unable to capitalise with the width of the post denying them on at least two occasions from opening up a lead. The remaining five minutes saw both teams trading points to leave the score at half time in extra time 3-15 2-18.

The second period of extra time saw very little scoring with both sides exhausted after giving there all for 70 minutes at this stage. The vital score of the match arrived with five minutes of the second period gone when Paulstown tapped over to put themselves two up, the Boro did pull one back but they ran out of time, time they should have had to launch one more attack with the final whistle being blown with only 9:48 on the clock. Although they may feel slightly aggrieved the Boro can be proud of their performance as they gave everything for the Jersey. Final Score 3-16 2-20.

Match report by Kevin Nolan.

Video Clip including Ger O'Donoghue and Paddy Cahill's goals can be found on Dicksboro Facebook Page

Team:  A Purcell, D Phelan, R Morrissey, DD Molloy, J Lynch, C Gough, J Watters, M Cudmore, A Nolan, E o Donoghue, G Egan, S Farrell, P Fitzpatrick, G O'Donoghue, J Murphy.
Subs:  P Cahill, C Fitzpatrick, P Turly, R Crotty, C Maharaj, S Tynan, P Dunne, E McCormack, P Dunne.

28th July 2014

Junior 'B' North Championship

Dicksboro 2-12 Barrow Rangers 2-12

This was a game that could have been won, could have been lost and so we cannot complain too much with the draw.  A bit of luck is always handy to have when playing any sport and we had our fair share in this game, both of our goals being rather fortuitous.  The 'Boro were two points behind before an Eddie O'Donohgue free started the ball rolling followed shortly afterwards by an Aidan Nolan point from an acute angle.  Eddie proved to be the driving force for the 'Boro and was our top scorer on the night, scoring 0-6 of our HT score of 1-10.  Our first goal, scored on the 30th minute of the first half resulted from a forty metre effort for a point by James Murphy that dipped below the crossbar to give us a HT advantage of 1-10 to 0-7.

Rangers started the second half just like the first, scoring the first two points before an O'Donoghue long range free was fumbled by the Rangers goalie and dropped into the net and when Ger O'Donoghue added a pointed free four minutes later we found ourselves eight points up.  The 'Boro held the lead up to the twenty sixth minute when Rangers drew level and the score was to remain unchanged for the duration of the game.  In truth, we were under pressure for large portions of the second half but despite this we did have three chances to win the match in the last five minutes, all of which regrettably driven wide.  The match will now be replayed.  

Panel:  Alan Purcell, Drew Phelan, DD Molloy, Conor Marahaj, Jamie Lynch, Ruairi Morrissey, Jessie Watters, Eddie O'Donoghue, Aidan Nolan, Stephen Farrell, Graham Egan, Jim Dollard, Ger O'Donoghue, Peter Fitzpatrick, James Murphy, Conor Fitzpatrick, Marc Cudmore, Philip Dunne, Robert Crotty, Stephen Tynan.

20th July 2014

Junior 'B' North

Dicksboro 2-13 St. Lachtains 1-19

A 10 minute blitz at the start of the second half, in which they outscored the ‘Boro by six points to one was enough to give St Lachtains Freshford a 1-19 to 2-13 win in this round 3 of the Junior B league championship in Freshford on Sunday afternoon.  Things started very well for the ‘Boro with James Murphy stealing in behind his man to finish into the back of the net with only 30 seconds of the game gone, Eddie O’Donoghue tapped over a minute later to put Dicksboro 1-1 to 0-0 up after four minutes. The men from Freshford battled back though and a goal on nine minutes gave them a one point lead. The Boro kept plugging away and some nice scores from Ger o Donoghue, Peter Fitzpatrick and Eddie O’Donoghue frees put them back in the ascendance. With the match nearing half time St Lachtains broke through and looked odds on to score another goal only for Diarmuid Molly to pull off a fantastic block on the line. A long range point in stoppage time from Conor Maharaj sent the Boro in one up at half time 1-7 to 1-6.

The Freshford men came out for the second half like greyhounds from a trap and took their chances clinically, another goal line clearance this time from Drew Phelan prevented the game from going too far out of Dicksboro’s reach. Freshford had quickly opened up an eight point lead but the Boro men never gave up, battling hard but with little reward. With 28 minutes gone in the second half Peter Fitzpatrick popped up to scramble home a goal that gave the Boro renewed belief, St Lachtains were rattled as Dicksboro cut the deficit, unfortunately for the Boro time ran out and Freshford held out to win by 3 points 1-19 to 2-13.

Match report by Kevin Nolan

Panel: A Purcell, D Phelan, DD Molloy, R Morrissey, J Lynch, D Scott, P Dunne, J Watters, C Maharaj, Enda o Donoghue, Eddie o Donoghue, P Fitzpatrick, G o Donoghue, G Egan, J Murphy. Subs: A Nolan (Maharaj), R Crotty (Dunne), J Dollard (G.O.D) and S Farrell (Watters).

5th July 2014

Junior 'B' Championship

Dicksboro 0-20 Erins Own 2-10

Dicksboro picked up there first win in the Junior B league championship, with a hard fought but well deserved victory over Erins Own in a wet Castlecomer on Saturday Night. The Boro produced by far the better hurling in the first half and knocked over some excellent scores from all angles and distances, with the returning Eddie O'Donoghue playing like a man who had never been away. Eight points without reply gave the Boro a sizable lead heading towards half time, but a Erins Own goal on the stroke of half time kept them in the game.

HT Score Dicksboro 0-12 Erins Own 1-4.

The second half saw the two teams exchange points, with the 'Boro once more tapping over some nice efforts, in the end 10 different Boro men would put there name on the score sheet. As the game entered the last five minutes the Erins own attack broke through the 'Boro defence only for Alan Purcell to pull off a wonder stop diving to his left to stop what seemed a certain goal. 'Comer did hit the net from the resulting 65 but the Boro held strong to win on a scoreline of 0-20 to 2-10.

Match report by Kevin Nolan.

1. Alan Purcell
2. Enda o Donoghue
3. Ciaran Gough
4. Drew Phelan
5. Jaime Lynch
6. Eoin Fennelly
7. Philip Dunne
8. Eddie o Donoghue
9. Conor Maharaj
10. Peter Fitzpatrick
11. Stephan Farrell
12. Graham Egan
13. Ger o Donoghue
14. Gary Lynch
15. James Murphy

Subs: Aidan Nolan, John Hanrick, Kieran Dunne, Robert Crotty, Jaime Byrne, Jim Dollard

27th June 2014

Junior B League/Championship

Dicksboro 1-8 Bennettsbridge 1-16

Dicksboro and Bennettsbridge met for the second time in a number of weeks last Friday, with the ‘Bridge men running out winners once more in this opening round of the Junior B League Championship.  The ‘Boro started more brightly of the two teams opening up a two point lead in the first few minutes and having what looked like a clear goal not given, after the ball had squirmed over the line before being cleared.  The ‘Boro managed to keep the lead up to half-time, thanks in no small part to Stephen Farrell’s accuracy from the placed ball.  HT score Dicksboro 0-6 Bennettsbridge 0-5.  Bennettsbridge were quicker out of the blocks in the second half, notching up three points in the first six minutes without reply.  Dicksboro were then dealt a big blow when Diarmuid Molloy was forced off through injury.  The ‘Bridge men extended their lead even further with a goal in the ninth minute, but the ‘Boro answered in kind a minute later, when the Dunne brothers, Kieran and Philip combined to hit the back of the net.  Sadly for Dicksboro, Bennettsbridge stepped it up a gear and rattled over eight points without reply to run out winners on a scoreline of 1-16 to 1-8.

14th June 2014

Joe Walsh Cup

Dicksboro 0-14 Bennetsbridge 2-16

After a bright opening few minutes in which Dicksboro tapped over two nice points, things qickly began to come undone for the 'Boro men, as opponents Bennetsbridge scored a lightning 1-3 in three minutes to give themselves a lead, a lead they would not give up in this Joe Walsh quarter final.  Dicksboro battled hard to make inroads into the deficit but with little luck and come nineteen minutes were hit with the sucker punch of another preventable goal that put Bennetsbridge seven points up.  Two frees fro Darragh Buggy and a nice point from Conor Maharaj kept the 'Boro in touching distance as the teams went into halftime with the score at 2-8 to 0-8.

The second half started with Bennetsbridge on top as they extended their lead to eight points.  The 'Boro, though, kept going and scored two excellent points of their own, the first from Enda O'Donoghue after good work by Darragh Buggy and another from sub, John Hanrick.  Sadly it proved to be notenough as Bennetsbridge kept the scoreboard ticking over and almost snatched a third goal only for a fine save from Alan Purcell.  In the end Bennetsbridge ran out the victors on a scoreline of 2-16 to 0-14.

Match report by Kevin Nolan

Panel:  Alan Purcell, Enda O'Donoghue, DD Molloy, Drew Phelan, Ciaran Gough, Eoin Fennelly (0-1), Marc Cudmore, Conor Marahaj (0-1), Jamie Lynch, Aaron Rowe, Graham Egan (0-2), Darragh Buggy (0-4, frees), James Murphy (0-1), Peter Fitzpatrick (0-3), Ger O'Donoghue (0-1), Philip Dunne, John Hanrick (0-1), Gary Lynch, Aidan Nolan.

27th April 2014

Junior 'B' Hurling League

Dicksboro 0-15 Danesfort 3-15

The ‘Boro’s second outing of the week took place in Palmerstown today and resulted in a loss to now top of the table Danesfort.  Dicksboro played against a significant wind in the first half but even still, 0-3 was a poor return while Danesfort’s 1-10 put them in a very strong position, this coupled with their ten wide’s of the half looked ominous for the ‘Boro.  We did start the second half well, Ger O’Donoghue converting a pointed free while Shane O’Brien created his own score when he caught a ‘Fort puck out and duly put it over the bar.  Ruairi Morrissey followed this up with a great point from approx. seventy yards.  Danesfort, unfortunately replied with 2-2, effectively killing off the game.  Eoin McCormack added another very good point and DD Molloy’s free taking softened the final score.   

Panel: Alan Purcell, Philip Dunne, Diarmuid Molloy (0-3, frees), Ruairi Morrissey (0-2), Eoin McCormack (0-1), James Gittens, Gary Lynch, Jamie Lynch, Jessie Watters (0-2, 0-1 frees),  Stephen Tynan (0-1),  Shane O’Brien 0-2, Peter Fitzpatrick, Ger O’Donoghue(0-4, 0-1 Frees), James Murphy, Drew Phelan.

21st April 2014

Junior 'B' Hurling League

Dicksboro 3-11 Conahy Shamrocks 0-10

A healthy lead was required by the 'Boro at the end of the first half of todays Junior 'B' league game in Jenkinstown as we were playing with a very strong wind and so we had to be happy with our HT lead of 2-7 to 0-4, Shane O'Brien proving to be a goal scorer and provider when he set up Niall Morrissey for the second goal of the half.  The 'Boro were on the scoreboard within a minute of the start with a pointed free from Ger O'Donoghue which was quickly followed by a Shane O'Brien point, a point which started off with a DD Molloy clearance to Ruairi Morrissey.  Ruairi also contributed to Niall's goal when his hard work broke down the ball for the 'Boro.

The second half was going to be an all so different affair as we now played against the wind.  The full back line of DD Molloy, John Kelly, and Drew Phelan were called more and more into the action, along with Eoin McCormac and James Gittens.  James Murphy added two more points to his tally within four minutes of the start of the half, which was not in Shamrocks script.  Shane's second goal on thirteen minutes stretched our lead to 3-10 to 0-6.  Conahy did have their chances but thankfully they did not take them all, while Alan Purcell dealt with anything landing around his square.  Conahy would have been favourites to win this half but the 'Boro's dogged determination won the day, outscoring our opponents by 1-4 to 0-6 in the second half.

Panel: Alan Purcell, DD Molloy, John Kelly, Drew Phelan, Eoin McCormac, James Gittens, Ruairi Morrissey, Jamie Lynch, Shane O'Brien (2-1), Peter Fitzpatrick, Stephen Tynan (0-1), James Murphy (0-5), Graham Egan, Niall Morrissey (1-2, 0-1 free), Ger O'Donoghue (0-2, frees), Podge Lacey, Gary Lynch.


5th April 2014

Junior 'B' North Hurling League

Dicksboro 1-12 Barrow Rangers 0-15

With only two minutes left on the clock, the 'Boro Junior 'B' team were staring down the barrel of a defeat at home in their first game in the league as they trailed by three points.  The 'Boro were awarded a twenty metre free which was saved by Rangers, but quickest to react was Ger O'Donoghue who tapped the sliothar into the net, bringing us back to parity.  The resultant puck-out, however, lead to a point from Rangers and we were again on the back foot.  The game had been pretty level throughout, the HT score been 0-6 each and it seemed that a draw would have been a fair result and this is was came to pass as Graham Egan scored a late point to draw the game.

Panel: Alan Purcell, Graham Egan, Ruairi Morrissey, James Gittens, Jessie Watters, Evan Guilfoyle, Marc Cudmore, Stephen Tynan, Jamie Lynch, Ger O'Donoghue, Aron Rowe, Shane O'Brien, James Murphy, Niall Morrissey, Drew Phelan, Peter Fitzpatrick, Philly Dunne.