Junior F Hurling Champions

28 August 2021

Dunnamaggin GAA: Junior F Co.Champions
The Dunnamaggin Junior F team made history on Saturday last when they defeated Piltown in Hugginstown in the Co.Final. This was the first time in its history that Dunnamaggin had fielded a third team in the Club championship and to win it out on the first occasion is a fantastic achievement. Dylan Carroll opened the scoring in the first minute with a point from play but Piltown responded immediately with one. Kieran Bergin added a free and nearly immediately after Jason Doherty rattled the net which was quickly followed up by a point from play from Shaun O'Keeffe to push the lead out to 1:3 to 0:1 a great start and we were still only 6 mins in. Piltown got a point back but further points from Conor Long, Kieran Bergin and Shaun O'Keeffe pushed the lead to 1:7 to 0:2. Piltown were rattled but were very much in the game and with some very big strong players on their inside forward line they were giving our fullback line of Shane Kelly, Kieran Buckley and Ger Coffey loads to do. One such ball did get them a point they badly needed but immediately Jason Doherty got his second goal of the day when he was on the end of a high ball in.But just at the water break Piltown got more reward from the high ball in to work a goal to the net to leave the sides 2:7 to 1:6. Colin Fitzpatrick wasted no time at the resumption when he pointed from the first ball in only for Piltown to cancel it out with one of their own. Colin Fitz and Conor added further points but Piltown cancelled them out with ones of their own. This was turning out to be a fiercely contested battle with some super hurling of a very high standard.Conor added a further point from play but Piltown were starting to chip away at Dunnamaggin's lead, mainly from placed ball and they had got it back to 2:10 to 1:8 at the half time whistle.The third quarter was a ferocious affair with Piltown really bringing the game to Dunnamggin but the Dunnamgin lads were hurling really well as a team and outscored their opponents narrowly 5 point to 4 to put the sides in 2:15 to 1:13 at the water break. The intense heat in Hugginstown on a glorious day for any co final to be played was starting to tell on both sides but there was no dip in quality or intensity in the Hurling. Piltown got 3 unanswered points straight after the resumption to cut the lead to 2 points, the worst one ever to have in hurling. But up popped Jason again to put 3 between the teams. Kieran Begin traded scores with Piltown with placed balls to halt any further narrowing of the gap and there was huge relief when the ref finally blew the whistle. Dunnamaggin Junior F Champions. FT: Dunnamaggin 2:17 Piltown 1:17
Panel:- Sean Carroll, Ger Coffey, Kieran Buckley, Shane Kelly, Darragh Walsh, William Bergin (C), Jimmy O'Neill, Conor Long, Jamie McLoughin, Shaun O'Keeffe, Kieran Bergin, Colin Fitzpatrick, Jason Doherty, Dylan Carroll, Roy Cullen, John Ruane, Derick O'Carroll, Patrick Keaneally, Greg O'Donnell, Dan O'Neill, Ian O'Dwyer, John Walsh. Management: Bob Doherty, William Kearney, Gerry Carroll, Ciaran Moore Photo attached of Captain Willie Bergin with the Junior F Trophy