Toureen Group Junior Football Championship Final
Thomas McCurtains 1-10
Dulwich Harps 0-12
By Fiona O’Brien
Thomas McCurtains will contest intermediate championship in 2018 after a second-half goal from Mark McGirr was enough to seal a one-point win over Dulwich Harps.
It was the fourth time that the teams met in 2017, with the sides winning two games each, but McCurtains winning the most recent encounter, the league cup final, by two points.
McCurtains got two early scores on the board through pointed frees off the boot of Niall Coffey, before it was negated by a fine Ciaran Stone score.
Niall Russell came up the field to equalise with a finelytaken 45, before Dulwich quickly exerted their early dominance, by scoring three unanswered points.
Their full-back line did well to snuff out the early danger from McCurtains pacy half-forward line, and Ronan Devlin and Michael Clarke began to win vital ball in the middle to set up the next two scores from Joe Brolly and Stone once more.
Full-forward Darren White would get the next one, and it could have been curtains for McCurtains as Conor Smyth made an error in a short pass to Kevin Delahunty, which was intercepted well by David draper to set Stone up on goal.
McCurtains were fortunate not to go six points down at this early stage as Stone kicked his shot straight into the hands of Conor Mulrennan, and from there they pushed on to cement a more level first-half.
The dangerous McGirr took the next point after a darting run down the left, before each team struck wide.
Some really good play by Richard Ellis down the right freed Patrick Halligan for the next score, and the McCurtains levelled the playing field soon after as Thomas Clarke set up McGirr for his second from midfield.
Dulwich would go one ahead again, as the game twisted and turned, as Aaron Higgins and Michael Clarke teamed up well down the right wing to set up Stone for yet another score.
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DULWICH HARPS: Niall Russell (0-1), Dara Walsh, Daniel Lynch, Damian Fitzpatrick, Aaron Higgins, Damian Rogers, Tim Russell, Ronan Devlin, Michael Clarke, Ciaran Stone (0-6), Ryan Brolly (0-1), David Draper, James McDermott, Darren White (0-3), Enda Tuohy, SUBS: Sean Lavery (0-1) D Donohoe, M Malone, R McAnearney.
THOMAS MCCURTAINS: Conor Mulrennan, Paudie O’Shea, Connor Smyth, Thomas Lynagh, Kevin Delahunty, Brian Hourigane, Richard Ellis, Patrick O’Neill, Thomas Clarke (0-1), James Searson, Niall Coffey (0-3, 2f), Stephen Quinn, Conor Murphy, Gavin Gallagher, John Winters Mark McGirr.
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