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Good Counsel Liffey Gaels and Kevins serve up a derby dish to remember

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Josh O’Brien (right) of Good Counsel Liffey Gaels gets a challenge in on Graham Dunphy of Kevins during their Dublin Junior A Hurling Championship Group 2 game at Galtymore Road. Photo: Arthur Carron

Josh O’Brien (right) of Good Counsel Liffey Gaels gets a challenge in on Graham Dunphy of Kevins during their Dublin Junior A Hurling Championship Group 2 game at Galtymore Road. Photo: Arthur Carron

GOOD COUNSEL LIFFEY GAELS: (back row, l-r) Conor Dunphy, Barry O’Reilly, Andrew Butler, Brian Mahon, Graham Dunne, Adam Skelly, Shane Maher, James Nolan, Shane Kirby, Enna McGowan, Conor Forester, Mark Pollard, Corey Scahill; (front row, l-r) Eoghan Kirby, Ben Quinn, Luke Blood, Adam Quinn, Josh O’Brien, Mathew Potts, Eoin Lightfoot, Richard Delaney and Matt Dwyer.

GOOD COUNSEL LIFFEY GAELS: (back row, l-r) Conor Dunphy, Barry O’Reilly, Andrew Butler, Brian Mahon, Graham Dunne, Adam Skelly, Shane Maher, James Nolan, Shane Kirby, Enna McGowan, Conor Forester, Mark Pollard, Corey Scahill; (front row, l-r) Eoghan Kirby, Ben Quinn, Luke Blood, Adam Quinn, Josh O’Brien, Mathew Potts, Eoin Lightfoot, Richard Delaney and Matt Dwyer.

KEVINS: (back row, l-r) Karol McKenzie, Richie O’Donoghue, Brian Flannery, Matthias Allen, Philly O’Brien, Steven Harrington, Jack Fenlon, Joey Mowlds, Graham Dunphy; (front row, l-r) Dan O’Loughlin, David Reid, Dean Moore, Adam Mitchell, Mark Slattery, Baran O’Mahony, Cathal Minogue, Eoin Treacy and Sean Mooney.

KEVINS: (back row, l-r) Karol McKenzie, Richie O’Donoghue, Brian Flannery, Matthias Allen, Philly O’Brien, Steven Harrington, Jack Fenlon, Joey Mowlds, Graham Dunphy; (front row, l-r) Dan O’Loughlin, David Reid, Dean Moore, Adam Mitchell, Mark Slattery, Baran O’Mahony, Cathal Minogue, Eoin Treacy and Sean Mooney.

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Josh O’Brien (right) of Good Counsel Liffey Gaels gets a challenge in on Graham Dunphy of Kevins during their Dublin Junior A Hurling Championship Group 2 game at Galtymore Road. Photo: Arthur Carron

AN ENTICING Derby Day on the Galtymore Road. The sun was out. The pitch brightly marked. And flagged.

This Go-Ahead Group 2 Junior A Hurling Championship tie was perfectly set up. Both sides had won their first game.

And on All-Ireland final morning, a decent crowd arrived. In their shirt sleeves. Leaving with a Sunday Game to remember.

A duel that could have decorated the sweet sound of Sunday Miscellany.

It was a brilliant match. Right out of the Doctor Cody Casebook. The blocking, hooking, work-rate and skill.

Looking at a spectacle like this, Dublin hurling is going places.

Wonderful craftsmen. Performing so well under the most intense of pressure. And in such tight spaces.

The fixture never rested. And it held the interest until the last train left the station.

In the second half, Counsel’s Corey Scahill took a sideline in front of the clubhouse into the Canal End. It would have brought a smile to Paul Mulhere. It flew over the bar, and almost onto the roof of the Luas, which could have taken it to Croke Park.

The game was enhanced by the excellent young referee, Simon Murphy. He’s a master of the advantage rule.

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In the second period, a Counsel player was fouled. “Ah ref.”

Simon let the play go. The move ended with a peach of a point from Ben Quinn.

“Great refereeing, ref,” came the shout.

The fixture began with a white sliotar. That was replaced by a yellow one. With the game concluding with a white sliotar.

When you see the ball being substituted, it underlines the speed of the modern game.

It was so fast. There was no time to boil the kettle. Or take a breath. And it was sporting. Kevins’ Matthias Allen took a knock. He was helped back to his feet by Counsel’s Josh O’Brien.

“It was a good, honest, fair match,” summed up Pat Power of Kevins. “Both teams played a good brand of hurling. It was end-to-end. It was very close. Both teams deserve a lot of credit.”

“We knew it was going to be a close tussle between two local teams,” reflected Anto Dunphy of the hosts. “Kevins are a good side. We are delighted that we managed to come away with the win.”

The first touch and short passing of the teams impressed. Kevins made the sharper start, playing with the breeze that blew into the Luas end.

Quickly, they were ahead by 2-3 to 0-2. Dave Reid struck their first goal, low to the sack. And on 15 minutes, he diverted the ball to Brian Óg Flannery who finished with a delicious volley.

Yet it was the Gaels who led at the interval, 2-10 to 2-6. Quinn raced clear to nick their opening goal after a superb block by full-forward Barry O’Reilly opened up the runway.

Andrew Butler struck the home team’s second goal, another velvet volley following Scahill’s jinking run.

The third goal came 13 minutes after the restart. Graham Dunphy got it, bringing the visitors back within two points.

But, despite plenty of pressure, that’s as close as they got. But it took a smart save from Shane Kirby to prevent Dunphy’s strike from nestling in the top left-hand corner.

Good Counsel Liffey Gaels defended so well. They had to. Time and again, Kevins’ accomplished centre half-back Joseph Mowlds was winning good ball and sending in long deliveries full of promise.

Yet the Counsel Gaels kept following the Cody Bible. Scrambling for every crumb. And they finished with a pocket of clinching points. Off the sticks of the nimble Quinn, and a couple of more frees from the polished timber of Scahill.

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GOOD COUNSEL LIFFEY GAELS: (back row, l-r) Conor Dunphy, Barry O’Reilly, Andrew Butler, Brian Mahon, Graham Dunne, Adam Skelly, Shane Maher, James Nolan, Shane Kirby, Enna McGowan, Conor Forester, Mark Pollard, Corey Scahill; (front row, l-r) Eoghan Kirby, Ben Quinn, Luke Blood, Adam Quinn, Josh O’Brien, Mathew Potts, Eoin Lightfoot, Richard Delaney and Matt Dwyer.

GOOD COUNSEL LIFFEY GAELS: (back row, l-r) Conor Dunphy, Barry O’Reilly, Andrew Butler, Brian Mahon, Graham Dunne, Adam Skelly, Shane Maher, James Nolan, Shane Kirby, Enna McGowan, Conor Forester, Mark Pollard, Corey Scahill; (front row, l-r) Eoghan Kirby, Ben Quinn, Luke Blood, Adam Quinn, Josh O’Brien, Mathew Potts, Eoin Lightfoot, Richard Delaney and Matt Dwyer.

GOOD COUNSEL LIFFEY GAELS: (back row, l-r) Conor Dunphy, Barry O’Reilly, Andrew Butler, Brian Mahon, Graham Dunne, Adam Skelly, Shane Maher, James Nolan, Shane Kirby, Enna McGowan, Conor Forester, Mark Pollard, Corey Scahill; (front row, l-r) Eoghan Kirby, Ben Quinn, Luke Blood, Adam Quinn, Josh O’Brien, Mathew Potts, Eoin Lightfoot, Richard Delaney and Matt Dwyer.

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KEVINS: (back row, l-r) Karol McKenzie, Richie O’Donoghue, Brian Flannery, Matthias Allen, Philly O’Brien, Steven Harrington, Jack Fenlon, Joey Mowlds, Graham Dunphy; (front row, l-r) Dan O’Loughlin, David Reid, Dean Moore, Adam Mitchell, Mark Slattery, Baran O’Mahony, Cathal Minogue, Eoin Treacy and Sean Mooney.

KEVINS: (back row, l-r) Karol McKenzie, Richie O’Donoghue, Brian Flannery, Matthias Allen, Philly O’Brien, Steven Harrington, Jack Fenlon, Joey Mowlds, Graham Dunphy; (front row, l-r) Dan O’Loughlin, David Reid, Dean Moore, Adam Mitchell, Mark Slattery, Baran O’Mahony, Cathal Minogue, Eoin Treacy and Sean Mooney.

KEVINS: (back row, l-r) Karol McKenzie, Richie O’Donoghue, Brian Flannery, Matthias Allen, Philly O’Brien, Steven Harrington, Jack Fenlon, Joey Mowlds, Graham Dunphy; (front row, l-r) Dan O’Loughlin, David Reid, Dean Moore, Adam Mitchell, Mark Slattery, Baran O’Mahony, Cathal Minogue, Eoin Treacy and Sean Mooney.

Match file

SCORERS – Good Counsel Liffey Gaels: C Scahill 0-12 (10f, 1s); B Quinn 1-2; A Butler 1-0; A Skelly 0-2; L Blood, B O’Reilly 0-1 each. Kevins: D Reid 1-6 (0-5f); B Óg Flannery, G Dunphy 1-1 each; J Mowlds (f), M Slattery, M Allen 0-1 each.

GOOD COUNSEL LIFFEY GAELS: S Kirby; M Potts, G Dunne, E Kirby; C Dunphy, A Quinn, J O’Brien; E McGowan, A Skelly; L Blood, A Butler, B Mahon; C Scahill, B O’Reilly, B Quinn. Subs: C Forester, R Delaney.

KEVINS: B O’Mahony; D Moore, J Fenlon, P O’Brien; C Minogue, J Mowlds, R O’Donoghue; M Slattery, M Allen; D Reid, B Óg Flannery, S Harrington; G Dunphy, S Mooney, A Mitchell. Subs: K McKenzie, E Treacy.

MENTORS – Good Counsel Liffey Gaels: Willie O’Shaughnessy, Brian Moroney, Anto Dunphy. Kevins: Pat Power, Paul Crampton, Ollie Crampton, Timmy Hammersley, Paul McKenzie.

REFEREE: Simon Murphy (St James’s Gaels/An Caislean).

WIDES – Good Counsel Liffey Gaels: 2 (1+1); Kevins: 6 (5+1).

CONDITIONS: Pleasant morning.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Corey Scahill (Good Counsel Liffey Gaels).

Sweeney leads the way for Peregrine’s

St Peregrine’s pulled away in the second half to comfortably account for Réalt Dearg by 8-18 to 3-8 in their JHC ‘A’ Group 1 clash at Blakestown Road on Sunday morning.

Mark Sweeney (3-2) and Kieran O’Sullivan (2-1) proved their scorers in chief on a morning where Caelum Moriarty set the tone with an excellent goal in the first half and proved a constant threat throughout.

Wing-forwards David Carroll and Joe Fitzmaurice kept the umpires busy with four and three points respectively while captain Brian Kelleher led the team superbly in addition to chipping in with two points.

Shane Sweeney was in excellent form at full-back with Craig McPartlin and substitute Eoin Harte also impressing for the winners.

It proved far tighter at Ridgewood Park as St Finian’s Swords pipped St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh by 0-16 to 2-9 in JHC ‘B’.

Eoin O’Connor scored the winning point as the hosts claimed a deserved win through the efforts of Dylan Gray at corner-back and four points by James Burke.

JHC ‘A’ Group 1: St Patrick’s Palmerstown 3-16 St Vincent’s 2-9; Ballinteer St John’s 0-7 Lucan Sarsfields 1-19; St Peregrine’s 8-18 Réalt Dearg 3-8.

JHC ‘A’ Group 2: Cuala 2-19 St Mark’s 1-16; Good Counsel/Liffey Gaels 2-18 Kevins 3-11; Commercials 1-26 Skerries Harps 0-18.

JHC ‘B’ Group 1: St Finian’s Swords 0-16 St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh 2-9; Ballyboden St Enda’s 3-10 Faughs 3-19; St Jude’s 0-16 Lucan Sarsfields 1-13.

JHC ‘B’ Group 2: Castleknock 0-18 Raheny 0-11; Civil Service 3-17 Craobh Chiaráin 4-17.


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