The Kilbree Junior A hurlers recently captured the South West Junior A hurling championship title for the second time in three seasons after they defeated Ballinascarthy by three points following an entertaining final showdown played in Randal Og Park, Ballinacarriga. Kilbree were captained to divisional championship glory by impressive midfielder Dylan Coffey who played a key role all season for the divisional champions. John Bohane catches up with the long-serving midfielder who was thrilled to lift the Flyer Nyhan Cup.
Kilbree displayed great character in the closing stages against a Ballinascarthy side who moved one points ahead with four minutes remaining. The Super Blues produced a grandstand finale however, as they recorded four successive points in a frantic finale to secure the club’s second ever Carbery Junior A hurling championship title. Dylan was delighted with the character they displayed. “We showed great heart in the closing stages. We showed great character. Bal had come back very strong and the challenge was put up to us, thankfully we got over the line. There is great spirit in our team and we showed it in the last few minutes. Every player stood up and drove us on to victory. We showed great hunger and courage in the final minutes. It was a great win.”
Ballinascarthy, who were hoping to secure their first divisional championship hurling title since 2000 fought gallantly throughout and following a brace of goals from their ace forward Sean Ryan held the lead entering the closing stages. Dylan is full of praise for the defeated finalists. “They put up a great battle. They showed a lot of character with their second half comeback. I have a lot of friends on their team. They are great hurlers and sportsmen. We have always enjoyed great games against Bal over the last few years. There is only ever a point or two between the teams. The margins are very small. They are a very strong team who I am sure will enjoy more success in the future.”
The talented midfielder was delighted to lift the Flyer Nyhan Cup on behalf of his team-mates. “It was a great honour to be asked to captain this team. It was lovely to accept the cup on behalf of the whole panel. We have a lot of leaders in our squad which makes my job easier. It was great to bring the Flyer Nyhan Cup home back home to our community and into the schools etc. It was a proud moment. Hopefully this championship success won’t prove a flash in the pan. We want to build on this and enjoy more championship glory. The future is looking good for us. We have a lot of talented players in our squad who possess the hunger to improve and achieve more glory. We are also fortunate to have a great management team. Everything has gelled nicely.”
Kilbree centre forward Don McCarthy produced a majestic display in the championship final. The classy forward notched eight points following a great performance. Dylan was full of praise for the cultured player who captured the Man of the Match award. “Don is an unbelievable player. He scored a massive free for us near the end. He has great talent. He drove us on to victory against Ballinascarthy. He is a big talent.”
Kilbree netted one goal during the championship final. Talented full forward Damien O’Gorman netted from close range which moved his side six points clear in the 46th minute. Dylan was delighted with Damien’s vital contribution. “Damien took his goal very well. It was a big moment in the game for us. It came at a vital stage. Damien is very cool in those situations, a great player.”
Dylan himself landed the final score of the match, which moved his side three points clear deep into injury time. The captain overall recorded three points during their famous triumph. He was delighted to contribute to their win. “It was a great feeling when the sliotar went over for the final score. I was happy to contribute. It is a team game however. All the lads played their part in our win.”