New York take Kevin Boland’s Dublin at Gaelic Park
New York 4-19 Kevin Boland’s, Dublin 3-18
New York and their visitors Kevin Boland’s served up a rousing game of hurling on Friday evening at Gaelic Park, with the decision going down to the wire before New York pulled away one final time.
The game was a close contest throughout with never more than five points separating the sides.
When it came down to the wire, a penalty save by Eddie Hogan from Liam Cahill, strong defensive work by Eoghan Kyne, Liam Butler and Brian McNaughton with crucial scores up front by Dermot Hehir and Donie Broderick sealed the issue for the winners.
Cahill was a guest player for Boland’s as he was in town for the Matthew Macklin fight on St. Patrick’s night. The former All-Ireland winner posed for photos both before and after the game and really enjoyed his evening back at the Mecca. He won four New York medals in his career with his beloved Tipperary.
New York opened by putting sustained pressure on their opponents, but they couldn’t parlay it into scores. Cahill had the first point of the contest in the fifth minute before full forward Pat Egan scrambled the ball to net for a New York goal.
Kevin’s pulled back level with points from Liam and Sean Cahill, and then went ahead with another all-star score. New York were level again, however, when a great run by Robbie Jackson resulted in an excellent point.
The sides split four points evenly with Paul Loughnane and Richie Hartnett, who had just arrived off the bench for New York, while John Whelan and James Tracey replied for the battling Dubs.
After 20 minutes Hartnett had the ball in the net when he was set free by an intelligent pass by Loughnane. New York had further chances that went a begging while their opponents capitalized on some short puck outs to create at the other end. Liam and Sean Cahill again had scores.
The final five minutes resulted in both sides adding to their totals, Hartnett and Donal Broderick for New York while Conor McGovern and Liam Cahill for Kevin’s left the score 2-6 to 0-10 at the break.
There were a flood of scores in the second half and it started almost immediately. James Tracey had the opening score, but Dermot Hehir replied with a superb goal after an excellent pass from Donie Broderick.
Broderick followed with a point from distance. Sean Cahill hit a brace but Hehir picked off two very fine scores to leave it 2-10 to 0-13 points with 10 minutes gone.
Brian Flannery had a score for Kevin’s to again narrow the lead, but another point from Hehir and a goal from Pa Ryan extended the advantage to six.
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