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Date: February 19, 2024

DUNGARVAN UNDER 15 HURLERS ARE REGIONAL FEILE DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONS

DUNGARVAN UNDER 15 HURLERS ARE REGIONAL FEILE DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONS

GROUPED with teams from Kilkenny, Wexford, Offaly, Carlow, Dublin and Kerry, Dungarvan made the trip to Castlecomer in Kilkenny last Saturday to participate in one of the seven Regional competitions around the Country as Division 2 champions of Waterford.

The town club played three Group games and in finishing second to Oulart the Ballagh from Wexford, qualified for the Cup semi final against Dublin side Ballinteer  St. Johns.

GROUP GAMES

Dungarvan2-5 Bennettsbridge 1-4.

The teams were level at half time on a score of 1-2 to 0-5. Eoin Walpole from Bennettbridge opened the scoring but Ryan McGovern put Dungarvan into the lead with two fine scores from play.

Pierce Quann, then had two points either side of a second Bennettsbridge score by Jamie Walsh but the Waterford champions were  back on their heels shortly after when the same player found the net. Just before half time Pierce Quann struck his third point to level proceedings.

Bennetts bridge stretched their lead further after the break with a brace of pointed frees by Eoin Walpole, 1-4 to 0-5 but the Blues shot into the lead shortly after when Cormac Silke found the net from close range. Just before the finish, Rian O Sullivan placed Charlie Crotty for a second goal to ensure a winning start to the day.

Dungarvan 1-6 Ballinamere/ Durrow (Offaly) 1-1

Dungarvan made it two wins out of two with a 0-5 victory over the Offaly champions. Pierce Quann opened the scoring with 0-2(1f) but their opponents took the lead with a goal from a long range free by Ciaran Clavin.

Dungarvan had the opportunity to score a goal themselves when Cormac Silke was fouled in front of goal but Ryan McGovern’s penalty shot went agonisingly wide of the posts.

The winners  gradually got on top during the second half with Pierce Quann, 0-2(1f) and Ryan McGovern working the scoreboard before Ballinamere/Durrow got their only score of the half per Luke McRedmond, 0-5 to 1-1.

The goal Dungarvan  so badly required came from a Daniel Healy batted effort to open some daylight between the teams and Pierce Quann finished off the scoring with his fifth point of the game.

 

Oulart the Ballagh 2-8 Dungarvan 0-0.

The Wexford champions proved too strong for Dungarvan in their final league game to determine  who would top the group.  With both teams already qualified for the semis, the Blues rested some players in this energy sapping day of hurling. The winners got a goal at the very outset by Rhys Wickham and Dungarvan trailed at the break by 2-3 to 0-0 after a a second Wexford goal by Martin Dempsey.

The winners added five more points from five different players in the second half to confirm their ranking as the best team in the group.

CUP SEMI FINAL

Dungarvan 3-6 Ballinteer St. Johns 3-2.

Pierce Quann and Charlie Crotty opened the scoring from play for Dungarvan but two goals just before half time by Conor Fitzgerald and Conor Mac Eachain left Ballinteer St. Johns ahead by 2-1 to 0-4 at the break.

Playing with the strong breeze in the second half, Dungarvan placed Pierce Quann at full forward and two goals quickly followed, one by Quann and the other by Oisin Byrne who really impressed in the semi final and final stages.

Byrne added a point before Ballinteer were handed a lifeline late on when David O Meara scored the Dublin side’s third goal to level the game at 3-2 to 2-5. Dungarvan weren’t going to leave a place in the final behind them and a second point by Oisin Byrne was followed in a dramatic finish by a second goal by Pierce Quann and Dungarvan’s third.

CUP FINAL

DUNGARVAN 1-3  OULART THE  BALLAGH 0-4.

Having been beaten by 0-14 by the Wexford team in the Group stages, Dungarvan won the sports psychology ahead of the decider with Oulart the Ballagh who were expecting to win while the Dungarvan mentors had their charges biting at the bit to reverse the earlier result.

Oulart the Ballagh started with the same intent as earlier but on this occasion they met a stubborn opposition playing into the wind and scores were hard to come by.

In a tough battle the stronger physically Wexford team scored first from a Josh Sinnott free while Pierce Quann replied similarly three minutes later. In a half of all pointed frees, Sinnott put the favourites in front again and Martin Dempsey made it 0-3 to 0-1 before Pierce Quann reduced the deficit to the minimum at half time.

Dungarvan were improving as the game progressed and their intent on winning this time round was clear in their intensity and not leaving an up to this free scoring combination build up a lead. The Blues proved to be the better hurling side and despite three early second half wides, the key score arrived when Jacob Dalton struck the only goal of the game.

The Wexford side threw everything in to attack including their dominating full back Feidhlim Proctor Laird and Carter Tohill left just 0-1 between the teams with a fine score from play nearing the final whistle.

Dungarvan attacked one again and a pointed free by Pierce Quann gave the Blues that most dangerous of leads, 0-2. In one final throw of the dice, Oulart the Ballagh’s top player Ryhs Wickam tried to work a goal but the Dungarvan defence held firm as the final whistle sounded.

Dungarvan paced themselves well over the five games, playing their best hurling in the semi final and final. Even if they had not come out on top, their attitude workrate and perseverance in these games would have been ample compensation.

There were a number of young players on the Blues side and they all stood up well when introduced during the games.  Calum Fitzgerald was a competent goalie and of the players on the age, Daniel Healy was the best full back in the competition, team captain Ryan McGovern was a thorn throughout in opponents’defences with his searching runs and Pierce Quann kept the scoreboard ticking all day. Rian Sullivan, Charlie Crotty, Louis Simms, Corey Lyons, Oisin Byrne and Jacob Dalton got through a huge amount of grafting while Darragh Walsh, Aaron Dillon, Stefan Clifford,  Joey Morrissey, Cormac Silke, Jamie Connolly, Michael Perlak, Jake Wall and Jack Prendergast King all performed at a level higher than their young age.

Team mentors on the winning team in Kilkenny were Bobby Lyons, Lee Healy Deglan O Hartaigh and  Ivan Fitzgerald who paced the efforts of their charges to perfection. The many supporters also played their part in a very successful day for the local club in the Kilkenny venue.

PRESENTATION

The winning trophy was presented to the Dungarvan captain, Ryan McGovern by the Competition coordinator in Castlecomer, Paddy Murphy.

DUNGARVAN FEILE PANEL 2023 Darragh Walsh, Daniel Healy, Arron Dillon, Rian Sullivan, Stephan Clifford, Corey Lyons, Jacob Dalton, Pierce Quann, Oisin Byrne, Ryan McGovern, Jack Mulcaire, Lewis Simms, Charlie Crotty, Joey Morrissey, Cormac Silke, Jamie Connolly, Calum Fitzgerald, Jake Wall, Michae3l Perlak, Jack Prendergast King, Oisin Hallahan, Ronan Gleeson, Rian Hallahan.

 

 

 

 

 

THANKS BALLYCOE NURSERIES

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The club is indebted to local firm Ballycoe Nurseries for sponsoring our bedding flowers for the club grounds this week. The blue coloured flowers with their yellow centre is sure to attract much favourable comment!! As with all of our sponsors, we would encourage our members to support the Cossies when possible.

WELCOME WIN FOR SENIOR HURLERS

ALL COUNTY HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 1

WELCOME WIN FOR DUNGARVAN

DUNGARVAN 1-16 MOUNT SION 0-17

Having given league walkovers to Roanmore and Passage, Dungarvan will be happy to have got their season off the mark with a well deserving win over Mt. Sion away last Saturday evening. Dungarvan were without  Patrick Curran, Johnny Burke, Kealan Daly,Ryan Donnolly, Eoin O Callaghan, Brian Curran and Mikey Burke while Stephen Roche and Martin F. O Neill were absentees  for ‘Sion. Austin Gleeson retired after twenty minutes.

Stars of the show for the winners were County footballer Michael Kiely, who had little or no hurling preparation  done for the small ball game, wing back Jack Lacey chipped in with 0-4 from play in an overall very impressive performance and goalie David Flynn who saved a crucial second half penalty from Martin O Neill.

Michael Kiely had Dungarvan first three scores(2f) with Austin Gleeson and Scott Ryan getting the home side off the mark. A superb strike by Jack Lacey was followed by two scores from midfielder Jamie Gleeson for ‘Sion and the home side forged in front with a brace of pointed frees by Evan McGrath, 0-6 to 0-4.

Mt. Sion were confined to a further 0-1f in the second quarter and no return from play since the 12th minute as the visitors took a firm grip on proceedings. Two points from play by Michael Kiely was followed by a second Jack Lacey point and the Blues got the rub of the green when a Michael Kiely ‘65’ went all the way to the Mt. Sion net, 1-7 to 0-7.

The winners dominated the final minutes of the half with Kyle Healy and Kiely(f) and Lacey again finding their range, 0-6 the difference at the break.  Both teams struck two first half wides.

SECOND HALF

Mt. Sion won the second half by 0-10 to 0-7, scoring the final 0-2 of the game to ensure an exciting finish.  Martin O Neill opened the scoring from play with one of Dungarvan’s leaders on the field, Colm Curran replying similarly. Michael Kiely popped over his fourth point from play and Dungarvan still held a 0-7 lead after an exchange between John Kennedy and a fourth Kiely pointed free, 1-13 to 0-9.

At this stage, the start of the final quarter ‘Sion began to take control and scores by Martin O Neill, Scott Ryan 0-2(1f) and Alan Kirwan made it a 0-3 differential with 53 minutes played. During this scoring burst by the home side, they also won a penalty but Blues goalie David Flynn brought of a fine save from Martin O Neill to help keep his team ahead, 1-13 to 0-13.

Jack Lacey and PJ Fanning traded minors as did Donal Power and Colm Curran as Dungarvan kept their noses in front, 1-15 to 0-15. Michael Kiely had Dungarvan final score from a free before Martin O Neill(f) and PJ Fanning finished off the scoring.

A hard earned but welcome win for Dungarvan, who can build on this while Mt. Sion will be disappointed overall after playing a number of challenge games against outside teams such as Ferns and Midleton in their preparations to deny Ballygunner a record ten in a row titles.

Dungarvan’s Top Three : Michael Kiely, Jack Lacey, Cathal Curran.

Mt. Sion’s Top Three : Martin O Neill, PJ Fanning, Stephen O Neill.

Observer’s MAN OF THE Match : Michael Kiely.

Number of Scorers : Dungarvan : 4. Mt. Sion : 9.

Scores From Play : Dungarvan : 0-10. Mt. Sion : 0-12.

Frees For : Dungarvan : 13. Mt. Sion : 12.

Wides : Dungarvan : 11. Mt. Sion : 8.

Score of the Match : Jack Lacey’s first first half point for Dungarvan.

Scorers :

Dungarvan : Michael Kiely 1-9 (1-6f), Jack Lacey 0-4 Colm Curran 0-2 , Kyle Healy 0-1.

Mount Sion : Evan McGrath 0-3f, Martin O Neill 0-3(1f), Scott Ryan 0-3(1f). Jamie Gleeson and PJ Fanning 0-2 each, Austin Gleeson, John Kennedy, Alan Kirwan and Donal Power 0-1 each.

Teams :

Dungarvan : David Flynn; Robbie Wall, John Curran, Gavin Power; Conor Sheridan, Cathal Curran, Jack Lacey; Darragh Lyons, Tristan Loftus; Joe Duggan, Michael Kiely, Colm Curran; Kyle Healy, Jack Fitzgerald, Gary Donnolly. Sub : Mark McGarry for Gary Donnolly.

Mount Sion : Iggy O Regan; Mikey Daykin, Stephen O Keeffe, Tommy McGrath; Austin Gleeson, PJ Fanning, Martin O Neill; Ben Flanagan, Jamie Gleeson; Scott Ryan, Donal Power, John Kennedy; Lee Flanagan, Evan McGrath, Alan Kirwan. Subs : Peter Penkert for Austin Gleeson, Lee Halligan for Evan McGrath.

Referee : Nicky Barry(Passage).

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2291 : Man of the Match Michael Kiely turns Mt. Sion defender Tommy McGrathbefore slotting over one of his 1-9(5f) scoring tally

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