Dicksboro GAA Club

May 2013

31st May 2013

All County Junior Hurling League

Dicksboro 1-8  Bennetsbridge 4-17

Dicksboro’s run in the All County Junior League came to an end last Friday when we went down to a much stronger Bennettsbridge side by 1-8 to 4-17.  A Darragh Buggy free after one minute of play gave us the first score of the game but twenty two more minutes were to elapse before we raised another flag, while the ‘Bridge had amassed 1-6.  Darragh had a hand in our second score also when his free into the square was pulled on in the air by Willie Cuddihy for a goal.  HT Dicksboro 1-2 Bennettsbridge 2-6.  The second half did not hold much joy for the ‘Boro, adding only 0-6 to our HT score whereas the ‘Bridge added 2-8.

Panel:  Cillian Breathnach (Capt), DD Molloy, David Carroll, John Kelly, Dylan Scott, Mikey Hayes, James Gittens, Conor O’Loughlin, Kevin Nolan, Stephen Tynan, Willie Cuddihy (1-0), Eoin Fennelly, Darragh Buggy (0-7, 0-4 frees), Craig Cahill (0-1), Shane O’Brien.

28th May 2013

Under 14 Roinn 'A' Hurling League

Dicksboro 0-6  Erin's Own 0-6

Panel:  Sean Boyd, Gavin Walsh, Johnny Minogue, TJ Stynes, Stephen Cass, Liam Stynes, Cillian Timmons, Liam Brennan Smyth, Mark Nolan, Tadhg Butler, David Campion, Justin Cahill, Tommy Farrell, Brian Cleere, Jack Connolly, Bobby O'Mahony.

25th May 2013

Under 11 Tournament

Everyone was a winner at Dicksboro’s Under 11 tournament which was held last Saturday in Palmerstown.  This is also a charitable event and this year all proceeds will go to the School of the Holy Spirit, a worthwhile cause indeed.  The six teams taking part were divided into two groups of three, who then played a round robin and this was followed by a final game for each against a team from the opposing group.  The ‘Boro boys had good wins over Naas and James Stephens in their group stage and were up against Dunnamaggan in their final game, which they also won, making it a clean sweep for the ‘Boro on the day.  Many thanks to all who helped out in any way on the day, organising pitches and also in catering for our many visitors.  Panel:  Ger Byrne, Tom Carroll, Mikey Clifford, Eoin Dalton, Jason Delaney, Cormac Kennedy, Daire Long, Ultán Long, Kian Maher, Brian Minogue, Liam Moore, Aaron Murphy, Finn O’Brien, Colm O’Hara, Killian Phelan, Niall Rowe, Oisín Timmons, David Walsh.

19th May 2013

Junior Hurling League

Dicksboro 2-12  Erins Own 3-12

The 'Boro had a blistering start in our second round league match against Erin's Own in Canon Kearn's Park in perfect weather conditions for hurling, scoring 1-3 without reply from the 'Comer men in the first nine minutes of play, with points from James Murphy, Craig Cahill and a goal and a point from Shane O'Brien.  However, as the game was progressing you could see our opponents settling into their stride and they replied with 1-2 before Willie Cuddihy caught a puck out from Darragh Holohan and neatly put it over the bar to maintain a two point lead.  A brace of frees from Michael Rafter and a point from Cillian Breathnach kept our noses in front at HT by a point as 'Comer had added another 1-1.  HT  Dicksboro 1-7  Erin's Own 2-3.
The first quarter of the second half was nip and tuck and it looked like we were going down to the wire, but unfortunately it was the 'Comer men who finished strongest, outscoring us by 1-4 to 1-1 in the last twelve minutes to take the spoils.

Panel:  Darragh Holohan, David Carroll, John Kelly, Ciarán Gough, Evan Cody, Kevin Nolan, Mikey Hayes, Michael Rafter (0-3, frees), Dylan Scott, James Murphy (0-1), Willie Cuddihy (0-2), Stephen Tynan, Shane O'Brien (1-1), Cillian Breathnach (0-2), Craig Cahill (1-2), Aaron McDonald (0-1) for James Murphy, James Gittens for Stephen Tynan, DD Molloy(inj).

18th May 2013

Senior Hurling League

Dicksboro 3-8  Danesfort 1-15

Leading by 2-5 to 1-6 at HT, in this our third league match, the 'Boro supporters present in Bennettsbridge were hopeful that this might be our first win, although mindful that Danesfort still packed a punch.  Our first half goals came from Shane Maher and Martin Gaffney and all the points from frees.  The second half, however, did not go to plan, as we struggled to get scores, a point from Martin Gaffney on the thirteenth minute (our first from play in the match), was our only score until the twenty fourth minute with a Shane Maher point.  By that time, Richie and Paddy Hogan had helped themselves to seven points to give Danesfort the upper hand.  A late penalty, on the thirty second minute, was very well executed by Martin Gaffney, but we ran out of time before we could score that precious point to draw the game.

Panel:  Aaron Duggan, Kieran Cuddihy, Danny Kenny, Enda Malone, Michael Fagan, David Glynn, Kevin Nolan, Cillian Buckley, John Fagan, Martin Gaffney (2-6, 1-5 frees), Oisin Walsh, Ollie Walsh, Cillian Starr, Shane Maher (1-2, 0-1 free), Tom Manning, Cillian Breathnach, Eoin Fennelly for Cillian Starr, Conor O'Loughlin, Evan Cody, Davy Ryan for Tom Manning, Mikey Hayes, Michael Rafter, Stephen Farrell, Shane O'Brien, Darragh Holohan, Paddy Cahill.

12th May 2013

Junior Hurling League

Dicksboro 3-8  James Stephens 1-18

Dicksboro’s first game in the Junior Hurling League was played in a very windy Palmerstown today against James Stephens.  The ‘Boro had the advantage of the wind in the first half and despite having the lead at HT on a scoreline of 3-5 to 0-6, we were unable to hold off the expected resurgence from the Village in the second half.  The ‘Boro goals came from Shane O’Brien, who doubled on a Michael Rafter free and a brace from Cillian Breathnach.  The ‘Boro battled very well in the second half, still leading up until the twenty fifth minute, when a Village goal gave them the edge at 3-8 to 1-15, from which they never looked back.  There was some excellent displays from the ‘Boro men throughout the field but Darragh Holohan has to be singled out for this shot stopping and bravery in our last line of defence.

Panel:  Darragh Holohan, DD Molloy, John Kelly, Ciarán Gough, Dylan Scott, Mikey Hayes, David Carroll, Michael Rafter (0-1, free), Philly Hogan, Stephen Tynan (0-1), Willie Cuddihy, James, Murphy (0-1), Collins Connolly (0-4, frees), Cillian Breathnach (2-1), Shane O’Brien (1-0), James Gittens, Aaron McDonald.

11th May 2013

Senior Hurling League

Dicksboro 0-13  O'Loughlin Gaels 2-15

Dicksboro may have scored first from a Martin Gaffney free in this, our second league match, but O'Loughlins replied emphatically with 1-3 before our next score, this time a point from Ollie Walsh.  That is not to say it was all O'Loughlins during this period, Michael Fagan started a move that could have lead to a Cillian Starr goal but for a very good stop from Stephen Murphy on the O'Loughlins goal.  Three more points from O'Loughlins meant that by the twentieth minute we were trailing by 0-2 to 1-6, a formidable lead to give to a team of the calibre of O'Loughlins.  Indeed one of these O'Loughlin points came from a 65 after Aaron Duggan brilliantly deflected a David Burke shot on goal, which if successful, would have made things quite ominous for us.  The 'Boro did outscore the Gaels by four points to two in the last ten minutes but we still went in behind on a HT score of Dicksboro 0-6  O'Loughlin Gaels 1-8, seven of the O'Loughlin points coming from placed balls.

By midway in the second half, both teams had added four points to their tally and the period between the fifteenth and eighteen minutes were to prove crucial to the outcome of this game.  Firstly, Martin Gaffney was bearing down on goal when he was rugby tackled and awarded a free from which he scored a point and then David Burke from O'Loughlins scored a goal, giving them a 2-12 to 0-11 lead, instead of a potential one point lead.  If the 'Boro had to score a goal at this stage, anything might have happened.  Scores from play were not coming to easy for us (0-3 in the second half), whilst David Burke had a personal tally of 1-4 from play in the second half.  The combination of the two was the difference, we were beaten by the better side on the day.

Panel:  Aaron Duggan, Kieran Cuddihy, Danny Kenny, Enda Malone, Michael Fagan, David Glynn, Kevin Nolan, Cillian Buckley(0-1), John Fagan (0-1), Tom Manning (0-1), Martin Gaffney (0-7, frees) Ollie Walsh(0-3), Derek O'Gorman, Shane Maher, Cillian Starr, Eoin Fennelly for Derek O'Gorman (inj), Mikey Hayes for Enda Malone (inj), Cillian Breathnach, Davy Ryan (inj), Stephen Farrell (inj), Evan Cody (inj), Philly Hogan, Michael Rafter, Darragh Buggy, Kevin Kenny (inj), Oisin Walsh (inj), Jessie Watters, Darragh Holohan.

Match Photos by John Glynn

11th May 2013

Under 16 Roinn 'C' Hurling League

Dicksboro 5-15  Carrickshock 0-2

Four games played and still unbeaten in the league (three wins and a draw), this young under 16 team had another excellent win over Carrickshock this afternoon.  As the score reflects, we were on top of this game from start to finish and in every part of the field. 

Panel:  Gavin Byrne, David Ryan, Cian Butler, Panos Brennan, Peter Lynch, Robert Crotty, Johnny Minogue, Cormac Buggy, Liam Kennedy, Alan Phelan, Conor Fitzpatrick, Brian Power, Dara Lynch, Oisin Gough, Kieran Dunne, Sean Boyd, Kieran Galvin, Brian Cleere.

11th May 2013

Minor Roinn 'C' Hurling League

Dicksboro 1-9  St. Patrick's 2-9

Unfortunately we remain at the bottom of our group in this league following this defeat at the hands of St. Patrick's, Ballyragget in a very windy and unseasonably cold Palmerstown this afternoon.  St. Patrick's had the assistance of the wind in the first half and so it was not surprising that we went in at HT losing by 0-3 to 1-5.  A goal and two points in the first three minutes of the second half without reply, put us on parity and back in the match.  Nothing really separated these two sides and after eighteen minutes we were again level at 1-8 each, but shortly after that, St. Patrick's got their second goal and despite playing with the wind, it was the 'Boro that were struggling to create scores in the last ten minutes, only scoring a point, which came from a free.

Panel:  John Hanrick, Billy Rowe, John Curtin, Brian Comerford, Aidan Nolan, Mark Slater, Cormac Buggy, Thomas Kenny, Ronán Butler, Robert Crotty, Jason Carroll, Bill Sheehan, Evan Carroll, Mark McGarry, Oisin Gough, Conor Fitzpatrick, Alan Phelan, Liam Kennedy, Paddy Boyd, Cian Butler.
9th May 2013

Under 16 Roinn 'A' Hurling League

Dicksboro 3-17  James Stephens 2-11

Last week's match against Mooncoin ended in a very one-sided victory for the 'Boro but today's match was always going to be a sterner test.  In the first nine minutes it looked like a game that could go down to the wire, both teams level at Dicksboro 0-5 James Stephens 1-2 but from that point on, the 'Boro boys dug in, opened their shoulders and started to put a few scores on the board as well as defend heroically.  This effort resulted in a HT score of Dicksboro 2-12  James Stephens 1-5.
The second half started with a Village goal to bring their deficit back to seven points but in truth, the 'Boro never looked like they were going to concede this game, doing just enough to keep a healthy distance in the scoring margin and finishing very well deserved winners. 

Panel: Oisin Gough, Evan Carroll, Cian Butler, Liam Kennedy, Aaron Malone, Aidan Nolan, Robert Crotty, Chris Kavanagh, Thomas Kenny, Andrew Gaffney, Conor Doheny, Kieran Ryan, Bill Sheehan, Edward Moylan, Alan Phelan, Cormac Buggy, Kieran Dunne, Brian Power, Gavin Byrne, Conor Fitzpatrick, Darragh Lynch. 

7th May 2013

Minor Roinn 'A' Hurling League

Dicksboro 2-11  Thomastown 1-14

Our drawn against Thomastown today, which is our last game before the break for the Leaving Certificate, means that when we come back after the break on 15th July we will have to win our two remaining games in the league to ensure we finish on top.  In our game against Thomastown, we started without a number of our key players, due to injury, and had to dig deep into the panel and the strength of the panel was shown in this result as our opponents were a very strong side.  Trailing by a point at HT 0-5 to 0-6, the 'Boro would have to play at the top of their game to get anything out of this match.  In the first quarter of the second half, points were exchanged and there was never more than a couple of points between the sides.  Our break came on the seventeenth minute when a high lobbing sliothar into the Thomastown square was deftly touched into the net to give us a two point lead.  Back came Thomastown and on the twenty sixth minute the sides were level at 1-11 each and at that stage the game could have gone either way.  Two more points from Thomastown in regulation time meant 110% effort was needed from the 'Boro boys in the last few minutes of injury time and this is what we got.  Another goal from the 'Boro deep in injury time gave us a one point advantage but we were unable to hold off Thomastown scoring the equaliser.

4th May 2013

Paddy Grace Hurling Féile

The final stages of the Paddy Grace Hurling Féile was held last weekend when the semi-finals and final were played on Saturday.  The ‘Boro’s semi-final was held in Clara against a very good Graigue/Ballycallan side.  It was obvious from the off that this Kilmanagh team were well coached and a half-time lead by the ‘Boro of 1-3 to 0-2 was assisted by a strong breeze and so a lot more work was still required in the second half.  The second half started with a pointed free from Graigue which was immediately followed by a ‘Boro goal to put us two goals to the good.  From that point, however, Graigue came more and more into the game and with five minutes remaining, they were only one point behind us as we had failed to score since our goal in the second minute.  Thankfully our second and last score of the half was another goal, which probably came against the run of play, but it was enough to put us over the line.  FT Dicksboro 3-3 Graigue/Ballycallan 0-9.

And so we were in the final to be held in Jenkinstown that afternoon against local rivals, O’Loughlin Gaels, a team that we have had many great clashes with in the past.  Yet again the strong wind favoured the ‘Boro in the first half and so we would have hoped to be going in at half-time with more than a one point lead, as was the case, HT Dicksboro 0-7 O’Loughlins 1-3.  Some comfort could be taken from the fact that our defence was performing well as the Gaels three points all came from frees and they were finding it difficult to score from play.  O’Loughlins had a whirlwind start to the second half, scoring 1-1 in the first minute, which was followed three minutes later with another point.  A brace of points on the seventh and ninth minute kept us within shooting distance as we trailed by three points but the Gaels knocked over another couple of points to put more distance between the teams.  A goal on the fourteenth minute ended our scoring and O’Loughlins ran out winners on a scoreline of Dicksboro 1-9 O’Loughlin Gaels 2-9.  We will now put this defeat behind us and concentrate on our league and championship campaigns.  We done to all the boys and good luck to O’Loughlins in the National Féile.

Panel:  Kieran Galvin, Gavin Walsh, Liam Stynes, Stephen Cass, Liam Brennan Smyth, Johnny Minogue, Cillian Timmons, Joe Sheehan, Sean Boyd, Eoghan Moylan, David Campion, Mark Nolan, Justin Cahill, Brian Cleere, Tommy Farrell, Eamonn Morrissey, Tadhg Butler, TJ Stynes, Evan Clarke, Jack Connolly, Nicky Burke, Bobby O'Mahony, Daire Maher, Joseph Lacey, James Griffin, William O'Sullivan, Jack Tynan, Darren Mullen, Mark Kenny (inj).

Photos vs Graigue/Ballycallan
                     Photos vs O'Loughlin Gaels