Our senior hurlers travelled out to Bray Emmets ground on Sunday 16th November to face Crumlin in the AHL2 promotion playoff final. They were joined by a big crowd of supporters from Cabra who were expecting a tough game. Having lost by 4 points to the dame opposition earlier in the year, we knew this was going to big a hard task.
The game started well for the Barrs and an early Eamonn Dillon score settled any nerves. Finbarrs were finding scores easier to come by early in the game and led by 3 points after 10 mins. Crumlin began to find their range and it was them who found the net first when their midfielder was allowed to run through our defence before passing to the full forward who struck the goal. Our lads regrouped and went in level at halftime.
The second half continued in the same vain as the first, with Crumlin’s accuracy from placed balls keeping them in it. A Robbie McCarthy goal mid-way through the half looked to have given us the edge only from Crumlin to reply with their second goal moments later. The game looked to be slipping from us but for two late frees from Dillon to ensure the game finished level.
In the first period of extra time captain Ger Doddrill really put his mark on the game with two superb scores, but again Crumlin would not lie down. Incredibly the sides were level again at halftime in extra time. In the second period it was Finbarr’s superior fitness and the class of Dillon and Doddrill which saw them home winning by 2 points 1-27 to 2-22. In an incredible game its hard to signal out individual performances, but Doddill’s masterclass as well as a great showing from Aaron Costello at wing-back, not to mention the free scoring Eamonn Dillon will live long in the memory for all that were present.
Naomh Fionnbarra : Eoghan Sweetman; Billy Hyland, Pato Whelan, Sean McDonnacha; Aaron Costello, Tony Costello, John Bailey; Gary McAuley, Shane Commins; Carl Turner 0-2, Ger O’Reilly 0-1, Robbie McCarthy 1-1; Ger Doddrill 0-6, Eamonn Dillon 0-16 (9f), Ryan Curley 0-1.
Subs: Thomas Lynch for Bailey, Owen Fogarty for Commins, Darren Langan for Turner