Duhal­low Dan’s the man at the death

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - Therese O’Cal­laghan

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.

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