Michael Lyng Motors Intermediate Hurling League Round 5
Young Irelands Gowran 3-12
Young Irelands produced a storming final quarter as they outscored Dunnamaggin 1-7 to 0-1 to overturn a 5 point deficit & emerge victorious.
It was looking even bleaker for the Gowran men after 20 minutes as they trailed 0-7 to 0-1, but goals from Jack Brennan & a Tommy Phelan penalty saw them narrow the gap to a solitary point at the interval. 0-11 to 2-4.
Dunnamaggin remained in control throughout the third quarter playing much the better hurling, but Young Irelands began to turn the screw as they dominated the final quarter with inter-county senior Mikey Carey leading the way from centre-back.
Mikey was exceptional from start to finish as he gave a colossal performance & he was always to the forefront even when the team were struggling.
The rest of his teammates followed suit with Philip O’Donnell excellent throughout, while the rest of the defense were strong & tenacious in that final quarter particularly when Dunnamaggin threw everything at them in the dying minutes.
Tommy Phelan was a reliable figure from placed balls & hurled up a storm in general play with magnificent determination, while Sean Carey, Ted Drea & Jack Brennan – who had a superb second-half – were all prominent figures who contributed handsomely at various stages with Drea in particular a real handful anytime he was in possession.
However, it was Dunnamaggin who were quickest out of the blocks & by the 18th minute they built up a 0-7 to 0-1 lead.
The half-forward line of Darren Fitzpatrick, Ray Cody & Eoghan Kearney led they way as they contributed 4 points between them, while Michael Cody, Shaun O’Keeffe & Denis Walsh were also on target during that opening quarter.
Ted Drea & Darren Fitzpatrick exchanged points before Jack Brennan blasted home a superb goal in the 22nd minute to give the Gowran men a new lease of life. 0-8 to 1-2.
Dunnamaggin replied immediately with points in quick succession from Darren Fitzpatrick & Ray Cody, but Young Irelands were given a second lifeline when they were awarded a penalty in the 26th minute after Ted Drea was fouled.
Up stepped Tommy Phelan who blasted the resulting penalty to the net. 0-10 to 2-2. Sean Carey & Ted Drea added further points either side of an Eoghan Kearney free as Dunnamaggin led 0-11 to 2-4 at half-time.
Ray Cody & Eoghan Kearney(free) added to Dunnamaggin’s account early in the second-half to extend their advantage(0-13 to 2-4), before in the 35th minute Sean Carey had a goal chance blocked by Seaghan O’Neill at the expense of a ’65.
Following an injury stoppage, Tommy Phelan stepped up to convert the ’65 & narrow the margin to just two points – 0-13 to 2-5 – but Dunnamaggin replied with three points in quick succession between the 42nd & 44th minutes from Eoghan Kearney, Andy Hickey & substitute Kieran Bergin to give them a 5 point lead. 0-16 to 2-5.
Dunnamaggin remained in control, but Young Irelands began the fightback as points from a Tommy Phelan free & Padraig Naddy left just three points between them. 0-16 to 2-7.
There was no score between the 45th & 53rd minutes as the Gowran men began to dominate without translating onto the scoreboard.
However, they kept persisting & by the 58th minute they had drawn level courtesy of three points from Tommy Phelan including one from play & the leveller from a long distance free. 0-16 to 2-10
They also squandered goal chances as efforts from both Padraig Naddy & Ted Drea were wide of goal, but the latter would get his just reward.
Eoghan Kearney pointed a free in the 59th minute to edge Dunnamaggin back in front, but 30 seconds later Jack Brennan replied with a superb effort from play to restore parity. 0-17 to 2-11.
About 5 minutes injury-time were played & the decisive moment came in the 63rd minute.
Sean Carey made a surging solo run towards goal & he passed inside to Ted Drea who finished emphatically with a powerful shot.
Carey also made another surging solo run to set-up Jack Brennan as he fired over the insurance & Young Irelands go into next’s Saturday’s Championship1st round clash against Mooncoin full of confidence after the manner of their strong finish.
Dunnamaggin led for so much of the match & Ray Cody enjoyed a great battle with Mikey Carey as he scored 0-4 from play, while Harry Walsh, Jack Brett, Darren Fitzpatrick in first-half & Eoghan Kearney featured prominently.
They will play an in 45form O’Loughlin Gaels in the first round of the Championship next Sunday.
Young Irelands Gowran – Tommy Phelan 1-6(1-0 penalty 0-4 frees, 0-1’65), Ted Drea 1-2, Sean Carey 0-1, Jack Brennan 1-2, Padraig Naddy
Dunnamaggin – Eoghan Kearney 0-6(0-4 frees), Ray Cody 0-4, Darren Fitzpatrick 0-3, Michael Cody, Shaun O’Keeffe, Kieran Bergin & Andy Hickey 0-1 each
Young Irelands Gowran – Jason Brennan, Pat Farrell, Michael Walah, Philip O’Donnell, Seamus Farrell, Mikey Carey, Gavin Manning, Tommy Phelan, Patrick Brennan, Sean Kehoe, Geoff Brennan, Sean Carey, Padraig Naddy, Ted Drea, Jack Brennan
SUBS: Sean Farrell, Jimmy Lennon
Dunnamaggin – Seaghan O’Neill, Ian Walsh, Harry Walsh, Jack Brett, Joe Fitzpatrick, Michael Cody, Darragh O’Keeffe, Andy Hickey, Shaun O’Keeffe, Darren Fitzpatrick, Ray Cody, Eoghan Kearney, Conor Brett, Denis Walsh, Luke Fitzpatrick,
SUBS: Kieran Bergin, Paul Kirwan, Peter Kenneally,