Dicksboro GAA Club

May 2014

16th May 2014

Senior Hurling League

Dicksboro 1-11 Fenians 1-9

A dying seconds block from Kieran Cuddihy from what looked like a certain goal saved the day for the 'Boro in a very tense last few minutes of this league fixture against Fenians.  Going into injury time, the 'Boro were comfortable with a five point lead but Fenians were awarded a 21 which they converted to make it a two point game, a very dangerous lead for the 'Boro.  The 'Boro crowd were calling for the full time whistle but the referee was not agreeable and played on.  Fenians, on the puckout, immediately got the sliothar back into the 'Boro danger zone where there was frantic efforts from both teams to get possession. The sliothar managed to find its way into a Fenians hand and he was about to pull the trigger but for Kieran's interception.  The ball broke out and full time was sounded.

This was a strange game from the 'Boro, we could not get into our stride at all in the first half, only enforcing our dominance in the second half.  The first half was littered with wides from both sides.  Martin Gaffney had the 'Boro on the scoreboard with a point in less than a minute but worryingly we waited twenty three minutes before our next, a brace of points from Cillian Starr to leave the HT score at Dicksboro 0-3 Fenians 0-6.

The turning point came midway in the second half with a Martin Gaffney goal, which resulted from a scramble in the small square, Martin getting the vital touch which was deflected into the net.  The 'Boro were now leading for the first time, 1-7 to 0-8 and apart from the late charge from Fenians, you could sence that once we got in front, that was where we were going to stay.

Panel:  Aaron Duggan, Kieran Cuddihy, David Glynn, Robbie Fitzpatrick, Michael Fagan, Danny Kenny, Enda Malone, Ollie Walsh, Cillian Buckley, Martin Gaffney, Oisin Walsh, Paul O'Flynn, Cillian Starr, Shane Maher, Derek O'Gorman, Cillian Breathnach, Michael Hayes, Kevin Nolan, Philip Hogan, Tom Manning, Rory Glynn, David Ryan, Marco Ruessman, Michael Rafter, Evan Guilfoyle, Corey Cahill, Conor Doheny, Andrew Gaffney, Eoin Fennelly.

Match Photos by John Glynn

11th May 2014

Senior Hurling League

Dicksboro 3-13 Erins Own 3-10

Dicksboro seniors were put through a stern test by a very determined Erins Own in their second league game of 2014 in a windy Freshford, but the 'Boro side ended the game with honours.  We started the first half playing with the wind and early points from Cillian Buckley and Martin Gaffney helped to steady the ship. We know were not going to have all our own way when with just five minutes on the stopwatch, Peadar Boran scored his first of two goals on the day to give 'Comer a one point advantage. The 'Boro responded immediately with a Cillian Buckley 65 and soon after the puckout, Martin Gaffney broke down the ball for Cillian Starr to score a point.  Points were exchanged over the next ten minutes but it was on the nineteenth minute that the 'Boro started to put some distance between the teams, outscoring 'Comer by 1-3 to 0-1.  The 'Boro goal was probably one of the best scores of the fixture, starting with a Paul O'Flynn driving run before he offloaded to Martin Gaffney who's pinpoint pass to Shane Maher gave him no excuses but to put it in the net.  HT Dicksboro 1-9 Erins Own 1-4.

A facial injury to Cillian Buckley just before HT left us wondering whether he would field for the second half, but thankfully he did as he put in a sterling performance in the half forward/back and midfield areas. Even still, we were rocked at the start of the second half as 'Comer scored 2-1 without reply within six minutes from the start and with the 'Boro now playing against the wind we were on the back-foot.  Oisin Walsh lead the 'Boro comeback with a goal, Gaffney again being the provider. The 'Boro were now playing better than in the first half but still back came 'Comer, equalising the game on twenty minutes at Dicksboro 2-10 Erins Own 3-7.  When Paul O'Flynn cut a sideline into the square it was latched on by Gaffney who went from goal provider to goal getter and from that point we never relinquished our lead but our defence still had to hold out against a never say die 'Comer.   

Match Photos by John Glynn

11th May 2014

Junior Hurling League

Dicksboro 0-9 Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-18

A very strong second half performance from Ballyhale overwhelmed the 'Boro Juniors this evening in Palmerstown outscoring us by 0-11 to 0-2 in the half to finish convincing winners.

Panel: Cillian Breathnach, Rory Glynn, John Kelly, James Gittens, Eoin Fennelly, Kevin Nolan, Corey Cahill, Jamie Lynch, Michael Rafter, Philly Hogan, Marco Ruessman, Peter Fotzpatrick, Ger O'Donoghue, Davy Ryan, James Murphy, DD Molloy for James Murphy, Graham Egan for Peter Fitzpatrick, Drew Phelan for Ger O'Donoghue, Alan Purcell for John Kelly.

Match Photos by John Glynn

5th May 2014

Paddy Grace Féile

The Paddy Grace Féile semi finals and final were held in Clara today.  Our semi final was against Thomastown while James Stephens had to take on O'Loughlin Gaels.  The game against Thomastown, who we had faced on numerous times in the past turned out to be very one sided which came as a bit of a surprise as our games are normally much closer.  FT Dicksboro 4-7 Thomastown 0-1.

On the opposite side, the Village and O'Loughlins were having a much tougher contest, O'Loughlins eventually winning by four points. The final between ourselves and O'Loughlins was full of drama, our 0-3 to 1-2 deficit at HT together with the fact we were reduced to fourteen players just before the end of the half did not favour a 'Boro win.  The second half saw a tremendous 'Boro performance, each and every player raising their efforts but still it looked like we were going to come out the wrong end of this game as we were still a goal behind with less than a minute left on the clock.  In a dream ending and with the last puck of the game, the 'Boro got the goal they craved which put the game into extra time.  Only five minutes were to be played in each half of extra time and so it was obvious from the start that every score was going to be precious.  Neither team scored in the first half of ET and by now the excitement and tension was at fever pitch.  O'Loughlins were first to score in the second half, a point, but yet again the 'Boro boys refused to be beaten and replied with two points to clinch the title.  FT Dicksboro 1-10 O'Loughlin Gaels 1-9.

Panel: Nicky Burke, Joe Lacey, Liam Stynes, Liam Hennessy, Padraic Moylan, Eoghan Moylan, Liam Brennan Smyth, Justin Cahill, Daire Maher, Evan Clarke, Tadhg Butler, Tommy Farrell, Darren Mullen, Mark Nolan, Bobby O'Mahony, Mark Kenny, William O'Sullivan, Jack Tynan, Colm O'Grady, David Conway, Shay McEvoy, Patrick O'Shea, Oisin Tynan, David Delahunty, Keith O'Connor, Luke Morrissey, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Cian Rowe, Conor Egan, David Kelleher.

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5th May 2014

All County Junior Hurling League

Dicksboro 1-12 Mount Leinster Rangers 1-10

The 'Boro Juniors battled the elements and a Mount Leinster Rangers team, which contained up to nine starters from their All-Ireland Final defeat to Portumna to come out victorious in the All County preliminary round in Thomastown today.  Backed by a strong wind in the first half, the 'Boro quickly took the lead, a lead they were not to relinquish for the next 60 minutes.  Helped by the close in free taking of Ger O'Donoghue and the long range frees of Michael Rafter, the 'Boro kept the scoreboard ticking over.  Then midway through the half, Philly Hogan latched onto the ball and drove at the heart of the MLR defence before slotting the sliothar into the back of the net. Just a few minutes before HT though, MLR grabbed a goal back to leave themselves trailing by three points at HT.

The weather conditions continued to deteriorate as the match went into the second half.  With the wind and rain blowing into their faces, the 'Boro defence, each to a man held strong and repelled all comers, whilst the 'Boro forwards notched up the required scores.  There was one final scare for the 'Boro in the final moments when MLR were awarded a 21, but the taker slipped and it sailed over the bar, leaving the 'Boro to run out worthy winners.

Panel: Cillian Breathnach, Rory Glynn, John Kelly, James Gittens, Eoin Fennelly, Kevin Nolan, Michael Rafter, Cillian Starr, Jamie Lynch, Philly Hogan, Marco Ruessman, Peter Fitzpatrick, Ger O'Donoghue, Derek O'Gorman, Graham Egan, DD Molloy, Drew Phelan, Alan Purcell.