16th Dec - U21 Champ Final

U-21B hurling Championship Final

16th December 2012


Dundery 4-11
Blackhall Drumree 2-17

Dunderry seemed to have all the answers for the Blackhall/Drumree combination in the final of the Under 21 B Hurling Championship played at a sunny Trim. The sides will have to go again as Dunderry twice came back to level matters both in normal and then extra time.

Blackhall Drumree raced into an early 1-3 lead before Dunderry could make a mark in the game. Corner foward James Reilly was in great scoring form in the early stages with three fine points and when Stephen Doyles long range free ended up in the Dunderry net the combination side were in cruise control. Dunderry stormed back into the game with a Darren Scannell goal and brace of points from the outstanding Killian Minogue. Blackhall Drumree hit back with points from Stephen Doyle, Stephen Morris and Keith Rooney to lead 1-6 to 1-2 after 20 minutes. County hurler Stephen Morris landed three points before the break and it looked like his team would enjoy a comfortable half time lead until John Moran got in for Dunderry's second goal to leave the half time score Blackhall Drumree 1-9 Dunderry 2-3.

The second started as the first with Blackhall Drumree striking first. Young hurler of the year Shane Whitty splitting the posts with a long free. Dunderry found a new lease of life, Minogue pointed and then county minor footballer Stephen Coogan scored 1-1 within two minutes to give his team the lead for the first time. Blackhall Drumree were back in front 1-13 to 3-6 with ten minutes remaining courtesy of two points from Morris and one from Colm Whitty. Minogue and Moran put Dunderry back in front before Morris
agian pointed two frees to give his team a slender advantage with time almost up. Simon Carty came to Dunderry's rescue with the last puck of normal time with a fine point as the game ended 3-9 to 1-15.

Extra was certainly a game of two halves. Dunderry striking first when Minogue again knocked over an early free before James Rattigan bounced and rattled the Dunderry net. Morris and Rattigan added points to close out the half 2-17 to 3-10. The cup seemed destined for the Blackhall/Drumree lads wearing the Blackhall Gaels colours as Dunderry
struggled to find any scores. A Minogue free seemed to be the only score of the half. But as in normal time Dunderry found that bit extra and at the death Carty again came to their rescue again with a splendid goal to leave the final score 4-11 to 2-17.

Blackhall Drumree: Paul Kelly, Gavin Byrne, Conor Delaney, Brendan O'Malley Gareth Rooney, Shane Whitty (0-1), Conal O'Sullivan, Stephen Morris (0-9), James Rattigan (1-1), Stephen Doyle (1-1), Keith Rooney (0-1), Colm Whitty (0-1), Philip Carey, Niall Mangan, James Reilly (0-3). Subs: Niall Kelly, David Reilly

Dunderry scorers: Killian Minogue (0-7), Stephen Coogan (1-2), Simon Carty (1-1) and John Moran (1-1) each, Darragh Scannell (1-0)

Referee Tony Healy Longwood

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