Strong finish sees Dwyers defeat Glenealy
MICHAEL DWYERS and Glenealy served up an enjoyable and well fought under-13 hurling league encounter in Glenealy recently.
Conditions for hurling were good with most players comfortable with the playing surface and displaying a high level of the hurling skills of lifting, blocking, hooking and striking.
The visitors settled early and were the more dominant side for the first quarter with Ivor Fenton and Joe Manifold playing well at midfield.
However, the long striking Glenealy centre back Lorcan Byrne opened the scoring with a longrange point after five minutes.
The western lads responded with an Ivor Fenton point from play and Andy Corrigan’s first point from a free.
On the quarter hour mark Glenealy went ahead again when centre forward Alex O’Dowd shot to the net from a free.
Lorcan Byrne followed with another pointed free as the home side began to get a bit of a run on the game.
Another long range effort by Lorcan Byrne dropped all the way to the net to push Glenealy’s score to 2-2 at this stage but a goal from close in by Callum McCrea helped to keep Michael Dwyer’s in the hunt.
Alex O’Dowd and Lorcan Byrne added two further Glenealy points from frees but the Dwyers rallied in the few minutes coming up to half time.
First, Andy Corrigan soloed through the Glenealy defence and buried a goal. Alan Ryan completed the scoring for the first half with another Michael Dwyers point to leave the Glenealy lads leading at the break by the minimum margin 2-4 to2-3.
The visitors began the second half in a very strong fashion and got on top for the first 15 minutes.
The Glenealy defence of Keith Lawless in goal, Sean Dunne, Sean Gillespie, James Byrne and the Fannings, Bobby and Jonah, stood up well to the pressure but they could not prevent further goals from Andy Corrigan (2) and Kiltegan’s Josh Byrne plus a point from Joe Manifold to put the visitors in a commanding position mid way through the half.
Andy Corrigan, Ivor Fenton and the hard-working Jimmy Malin were keeping up the pressure and Glenealy looked in danger of losing badly.
But to their credit they rallied and came back strongly into the game.
Lorcan Byrne pointed another free and when a loose clearance from the Dwyers defence found the same Lorcan Byrne on his own about 30 metres out, the Glenealy man scored a goal with a great shot.
The score now stood at 5-4 to 4-5 and for a brief period Glenealy were back in the game.
However, the visitors reacted to the danger and finished the last ten minutes strongly.
Top scorer Andy Corrigan added 1-1, Ivor Fenton also got 1-1 and Callum McCrea pointed to leave Michael Dwyers deserving winners on a final score of 6-8 to 4-5.
Scorers: Michael Dwyers: Andy Corrigan 3-3, Ivor Fenton 1-2, Calum McCrea 1-1, Josh Byrne (K) 1-0, Alan Ryan and Joe Manifold 0-1 each.
Glenealy: Lorcan Byrne 2-4, Alex O’Dowd 1-1, Conor Doyle 1-0.
Noah Hayes of Michael Dwyers looks to go past Glenealy’s Bobby Fanning during their under-13 clash in Glenealy.