Dicksboro GAA Club

Seniors 2014

19th October 2014

Senior Hurling Championship

Dicksboro 2-13 St. Martins 2-16

Two periods of inspirational play, one in each half, lead to goals on both occasions for the 'Boro in our quarter final championship game today against St. Martins, held in a windy Freshford.  The difficulty for the 'Boro was that this type of play was not consistent throughout the game and so we eventually succumbed to our opponents.  Playing with the wind in the first half, we were probably a bit surprised to find ourselves behind after only seven minutes by 0-1 to 1-2, the goal coming from John Maher, who was one of St. Martin's best performers on the day.  The next eight minutes belonged to the 'Boro, Michael Fagan providing Shane Maher with the opportunity to point, the first of an unanswered 1-5 spell.  Cillian Buckley, who worked tirelessly throughout the game, was next to split the uprights within a minute.  We had to wait all of three minutes before the next, a driving run from Martin Gaffney before he hand-passed to Shane Maher who scored his first of two within a minute.  Two minutes later, Evan Cody, who was marking John Mulhall at the time picked up a loose ball about 90 yards out and took his own score.  One of our best passages of play was to follow when an Aaron Duggan clearance was brilliantly caught by Andrew Gaffney who then moved it on to his big brother, Martin. Martin made up another few precious yards before again hand-passing, this time to Eddie O'Donoghue who buried it in the net.  So, after sixteen minutes we were now leading by 1-6 to 1-2 and we should have pressed on but the opposite occurred, St. Martin's replying with three unanswered points.  Cillian Buckley stopped the rot with a point before we went into injury time, which was to last for four minutes, allowing the 'Boro to add two more to St. Martins one.  HT score Dicksboro 1-9 St. Martins 1-6.

In the second half, Dicksboro were now playing against the wind, but despite this you would still expect to creat good scoring opportunities and so it was very disappointing that our first and only score from play in the half came on the thirtieth minute, all other points coming from Andrew Gaffney and placed balls.  St. Martins, meanwhile were squandering a lot of their chances by driving them wide, but they still amassed 1-9 in the half.  Our goal was again worked from a defensive position, Michael Fagan supplying Cillian Buckley, whos immediate and accurate pass to Martin Gaffney split the St. Martins defence before Martin finished.  But it was all too late as St. Martins held on for a three point win.

Panel:  Aaron Duggan, Evan Cody (0-1), David Glynn, Robbie Fitzpatrick, Eoin Gough, Michael Fagan, Danny Kenny, Ollie Walsh(0-2), Cillian Buckley (Capt) (0-2), Martin Gaffney (1-0), Oisin Walsh, Paul O'Flynn, Andrew Gaffney (0-5, 0-4 frees),  Shane Maher (0-3), Eddie O'Donoghue (1-0), Kevin Kenny for Oisin Walsh, Darragh Holohan, Cillian Breathnach, Michael Hayes, Cillian Starr, Stephen Farrell, Tom Manning, Conor Doheny, Enda Malone, Philip Hogan, Kevin Nolan, Marco Ruessman, Shane O'Brien, Michael Rafter, Eoin Fennelly, Rory Glynn, Enda O'Donoghue, Kieran Cuddihy, Corey Cahill.

Match Photos by John Glynn

11th October 2014

Senior League Shield Final

Dicksboro 0-19  Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-20

Report to follow....

Panel:  Aaron Duggan, Evan Cody, David Glynn, Danny Kenny, Michael Fagan, Cillian Buckley (Capt), Eoin Gough, Ollie Walsh(0-1), Martin Gaffney(0-1), Oisin Walsh, Eddie O'Donoghue(0-2), Paul O'Flynn(0-2), Andrew Gaffney (0-11, 0-9F), Shane Maher(0-1), Kevin Kenny,Darragh Holohan, Cillian Breathnach, Michael Hayes, Cillian Starr, Stephen Farrell, Tom Manning, Conor Doheny, Enda Malone, Philip Hogan, Marco Ruessman, Shane O'Brien, Michael Rafter, Eoin Fennelly, Rory Glynn, Enda O'Donoghue, Kieran Cuddihy, Corey Cahill, Kevin Nolan.

Match Photos by John Glynn

16th August 2014

Senior Hurling League

Dicksboro 2-18 James Stephens 2-14

Dicksboro seniors had a fantastic win last weekend over city rivals, James Stephens in the final group game of the league in a game that ebbed and flowed in each teams favour at different points.  The final turning point came on the twenty fourth minute of the second half when Eddie O’Donoghue found himself wandering on our half forward line, like a rattlesnake ready to pounce on its prey and latched onto a free ball before splitting the uprights.  This brought the game back to level but more importantly it fired up Eddie, who, three minutes later scored a great goal by pulling on an attempted clearance by Derrick Brennan.  The ‘Boro had a very good start to this game, leading by 1-2 to 0-1 after three minutes, our goal coming from a ball delivered by Cillian Buckley down the wing to Andrew Gaffney, who drove a very powerful shot to the net.  This was the start of Andrew’s huge contribution to Dicksboro’s cause as he finished the game with a very impressive 1-8 to his name before been substituted due to injury.  The Village did rally themselves, however, and after twenty five minutes were in front by 2-5 to 1-3 and this lead could have been more as they twice seriously threatened the ‘Boro goal on other occasions only to be repelled by the ‘Boro’s defence.  HT Dicksboro 1-7 James Stephens 2-7.

The Village stretched their lead to 2-10 to 1-8 after only three minutes of the start of the second half but the ‘Boro soon caught up, bringing it level after ten minutes.  The game was nip and tuck after that before Eddie’s point and goal sealed the victory.

FT Dicksboro 2-18 James Stephens 2-14.

Match photos by John Glynn

12th July 2014

Senior Hurling League

Dicksboro 1-15 Danesfort 1-15

The fourth round of the Senior Hurling League versus Danesfort was played in St John’s Park today in overcast and windy conditions. Having lost two of their first three games Danesfort had the greater incentive to do well and to try to move out their joint fifth position in the League table. Success for Dicksboro would leave them in the upper end of the table and away from relegation battles. This combined to produce a keenly contested and tight game. After near misses at both ends early on Ollie Walsh, in the third minute, opened the scoring with a point into the wind at the town end. This lead did not survive long as Richie Hogan goaled in Danesfort’s next attack. Danesfort’s lead was quickly extended with two frees from Hogan and a point from Cathal O’Neill. Not to be out done Dicksboro produced two points, one each from Paul O’Flynn and Andrew Gaffney before Shane Maher brought the teams level in the tenth minute with a goal. The teams went point for point to the interval with Ritchie Hogan, four points (0- 3 from frees) and Cathal O’Neill two points. The Boro’s five points were provided by Stephen Farrell, Paul O’Flynn, Cillian Buckley (free), Andrew Gaffney and Shane Maher to leave Danesfort leading by a single point at half time. (1.09 to 1.08).

Danesfort continued where they left off with two early points, a Hogan free and Cillian Treacy before Shane Maher steadied matters for the Boro with a twelfth minute point. Hogan added a further free and together with an O’Neill point left Danesfort leading by four points by the 15th minute. The final quarter was Dicksboro’s most dominant period with a pointed free by A. Gaffney followed by points from play from Stephen Farrell, Kevin Kenny and Shane Maher with Danesfort’s only score being another pointed free by Hogan. With five minutes on the clock Danesfort lead by a point, Hogan pointed his ninth free. The Boro’s answer were two well taken points from frees by Andrew Gaffney. The result leaves Dicksboro in the third place in the League with 5 points from four games, behind the Rower Inistioge and James Stephens, both on 6 points from their four games. This situation means that Dicksboro’s final League game, scheduled for Aug 16th against James Stephens, will decide the top two league positions.

1st July 2014

Aylward Cup

Dicksboro 3-14 Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-12

The third round of the Aylward Cup took place in Ballyhale on Tuesday night in glorious sunshine. Dicksboro got off to a flying start with a second minute point from Shane Maher quickly followed by a goal by Kevin Kenny who was put through by Martin Gaffney. Ballyhale’s response was an eight minute point. The Boro had control of the mid part of the first half during which they scored a goal and a point from Marco Ruesmann and Paul O’Flynn to leave the score 2.02 to 0.01 after twenty minutes.

The Shamrocks added to their tally with two points from frees in the 23rd and 24th minutes. The teams swapped points before half time with Martin Gaffney scoring two long range points and Michael Fagan getting on the scoreboard in injury time to leave the interval score 2.05 to 0.05.

Ballyhale started the second half far better and had three points on the board, two from frees, before Paul O’Flynn got the first of six unanswered Dicksboro points. Shane Maher with three, one from a free, Gaffney, after probably the best scoring movement of the night, and wing back Michael Fagan getting his second of the evening leaving the score at 2.11 to 0.08. Scoring honours were shared from there to the end with the Boro scoring 1.03 from Gaffney, Maher and Rory Glynn, a point each and the Boro’s third goal coming from substitute Eoin Fennelly.

The Dicksboro performance was a significant improvement on the previous outing against Dunnamaggan. With two wins and a draw after three games Dicksboro lead the group table by a point from Ballyhale. Next outing in the Aylward Cup is scheduled for Tuesday 15th July against Tullaroan in Palmerstown. Meanwhile the next round of the Senior Hurling League is down for decision for Saturday 12th July against Danesfort in St John’s Park at 7.30 p.m.

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

12th April 2014

Senior Hurling League

Dicksboro 1-11 Rower Inistioge 1-13

Our first round game in the senior hurling league yielded a disappointing result for the 'Boro, losing out by two points at the final whistle. Playing against the wind in the first half, we failed to create a lot of scoring chances, three of our points of the half coming from frees while Paul O'Flynn scored our only point from play. The Rower's first half tally of 1-7 could have been greater but for a vital interception by David Glynn who prevented what looked like the first goal of the game at the expence of a 65. A goal was to come for the Rower shortly afterwards from their top scored, Michael Grace who converted a penalty. HT Dicksboro 0-4 Rower Inistioge 1-8.

The wind died a bit in the second half so we lost whatever advantage that could have given us but still up to the nineteenth minute we had only added three points, two of which were frees. David Glynn, meanwhile prevented another sure Rower goal with a great stop and clearance from the 'Boro goal-line. The last twelve minutes of the game were the best for us as we pressed hard, Derek O'Gorman pouncing on a rebounding shot from Cillian Buckley to score a goal and giving us a lifeline while a Shane Maher pointed free on the twenty seventh minute put us within a point but unfortunately that was our last score of the game.

Match Photos by John Glynn

Panel:  Cillian Beathnach, Kieran Cuddihy, David Glynn, Robbie Fitzpatrick, Eoin Gough, Danny Kenny, Cillian Buckley (0-1, free), Ollie Walsh (0-1), Martin Gaffney, Oisin Walsh, David Ryan, Paul O'Flynn (0-4), Kevin Kenny, Shane Maher (0-5, frees), Cillian Starr, Darragh Holohan, Michael Hayes for Robbie Fitzpatrick inj, Stephen Farrell for David Ryan, Philip Hogan, Evan Guilfoyle, Michael Fagan for Cillian Starr, Tom Manning, Derek O'Gorman (1-0) for Kevin Kenny, Shane O'Brien, Rory Glynn, Michael Rafter, Marco Ruessman.