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Under 21 Roinn A Hurling County Final

posted 11 Jan 2015, 14:18 by Kevin Kelly   [ updated 11 Jan 2015, 14:26 ]

Thomastown U21 hurlers earned themselves a reprieve by scoring two goals in the closing stages of the JJ Kavanagh & Sons Roinn A Hurling county final versus Dicksboro last Sunday in Nowlan Park to earn a replay.

The opening exchanges were even, with the scores at 0-3 each after fifteen minutes. Thomastown then scored four unanswered points to lead by 0-7 to 0-3. Discksboro pulled a point back but Thomastown found the net in the 25th minute through John Donnelly after great work by Dylan Caulfield and Air Burke. Points were exchanged over the next few minutes but then a goal for Dicksboro in the 29th minute changed the nature of the game and left the half time score at 1-8 to 1-5, with Thomastown playing into a stiffening breeze in the second half.

Dicksboro came out for the second half with increased purpose and hit a purple patch for 15 minutes, hitting seven unanswered points to turn a three point deficit into a four point lead. A pointed free from Robert O’Hanrahan and a well worked free from Johnny Barron only interrupted the Dicksboro onslaught as they scored four more points to lead by six points with two minutes remaining. With the clock ticking down, Thomastown threw the kitchen sink at the Dicksboro goal and were rewarded with a goal in the 59th minute from substitute Danny Monks. After the referee signalled four additional minutes, Thomastown pushed forward relentlessly and snatched a third and equalising goal, again from that man Monks. Both sides had chances to win the game in the remaining minute or two, but both sides would have been relieved to hear the final whistle.

Final Score: Thomastown 3-10 Dicksboro 1-16

The replay is scheduled for Nowlan Park on Sunday 18th January with throw in at 1.30.

Well done to the lads for the tremendous fighting spirit they showed to get another shot at the title. Also, thanks to all for the huge support from Thomastown and we hope to see you all there again next Sunday to get behind the lads.

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