Duhallow Dan’s the man at the death
DUHALLOW returned to winning ways after squeezing past St Colman’s in the Cork U21 Premier 1 Hurling Championship in Mourne Abbey.
They outscored St Colman’s 1-3 to 0-1 in the dying minutes – the goal a fantastic strike by Kanturk’s Daniel O’Connell – to secure victory in round two.
St Colman’s – an amalgamation of Russell Rovers and Cloyne – looked to have enough done when they led by four points with as many minutes remaining. However, in a game where there was very little between them and having given their all, they had to settle for second best.
Both had tasted round 1 defeat, so it was winner-takesall. It was tight for most of the opening half with never more than three points between them. Duhallow edged it 0-4 to 0-2 after 10 minutes, an exquisite sideline ball from Luke Philpott getting them off the mark. A couple of well-taken points by free-taker Brian O’Shea helped St Colman’s move five points to four ahead. Two Philpott dead balls pushed Duhallow one up before the first decisive moment arrived – a green flag from Brian Walsh on 26 minutes that would enable the east Cork outfit lead, 1-7 to 0-7 at the interval.
St Colman’s outplayed Duhallow four points to one with some tasty scores from Jack Hallahan, Mikey Cahill and Briain Minihane, to open up a six-point advantage midway through the second half.
Three Philpott points in-arow clawed back the deficit as St Colman’s would only score twice more. Duhallow finished strong. O’Connell’s goal was followed by Ryan Walsh and Tomás Walsh points. An O’Connell point two minutes into injury time sealed the win.