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Dillenberger grabs glory for Columba's

HOCKEY (Junior Boys A League): St Columba's scored their first 'A' level victory over Wesley in over a decade as Pascal Dillenberger grabbed a last-gasp winner to secure a famous 2-1 win.

It continued their fine start to the season as they picked up their third win to move close to securing a league semi-final berth, backing up high-scoring wins over Newpark (6-5) and St Andrew's 'B' (7-3).

Against Wesley, it was a wide-open tie with chances abounding for both sides. Freddie Morris looked the most threatening Columba's forward.

His older brother, Harry (pictured), was the creator in chief, stepping up from midfield and beating players to create chances for the forwards and, despite a couple of Wesley corners, Columba's hit the front by half-time.

Freddie Morris was the creator, finding a great passing line for Wolfe Purcell to nip and score. The second half saw Wesley turn up the pressure with goalkeeper Alexander Bisgood forced into some good saves.

Columba's could not keep hold of the ball and were forced to make some fine defensive tackles.



Threat

Johnny Dalrymple was providing the main attacking threat while Ben McCrea produced a series of excellent tackles to set the moves in motion.

In response, Harry Morris was forced to throw a lot of overheads which resulted in some counters while also relieving the pressure.

But Wesley got back on terms with 10 minutes to go when the accumulation of attacks finally told, a neat ball across laying up a simple finish from a few feet out.

They looked keen to push on for a winner but Harry Morris produced the circle entry which stole the show. It was a strong run which led to a melee that eventually fell to Dillenberger. His reverse-stick effort was miscued but looped up awkwardly and spun in as the Wesley defence looked on in horror.

Elsewhere, St Andrew's have bossed the opening phases of the opposite group, beating their own 'C' team 4-1 while also grabbing a 5-0 success over Wesley 'B' and they have done similarly well in the Senior Group One with wins over St Killian's and Sutton Park.