Dunhill/Fenor 0-2;0 Portlaw 0-6
A spectacular performance from Shane Casey was enough to propel Dunhill/Fenor to the Eastern Under-21 B hurling title in the curtain raiser at Walsh Park last Saturday. Casey shot a total of ten points, seven from play, in a man-of-the-match performance. However, it was only when Casey was moved into full-forward and away from Portlaw’s outstanding centre-back John Dee that he really began to do damage.
Dunhill/Fenor signalled their intentions early in the game and raced into a four point lead in the first 10 minutes with midfielder Darragh Murray getting on the scoresheet twice in this period. The other two points came from a spectacular long-range free from Thomas Casey and a neat finish from Jason Burns after some good build up play involving Eamonn Murphy.
Portlaw rallied briefly with two superlative points from play by Niall Fitzpatrick and Paul Power who fired over from a seemingly impossible angle.
Darragh Murray sent over another good point for Dunhill/Fenor which was followed by excellent points from play by Davin Phelan and Shane Casey.
Portlaw conjured up a goal chance for themselves when Paul Power broke through, but his goal-bound effort was tipped over by bar by the alert Colm Keane in the Dunhill/Fenor goal. Portlaw added on a point from a Niall Fitzpatrick free to narrow the gap to three and it was narrowed even further when Frank Galvin scored a great point from way out the field.
In first-half injury time, Dunhill/Fenor danger-man, Eamonn Murphy managed to get free from the shackles of John Dee and scored his first of the afternoon to leave his side three points to the good at the interval.
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