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DILLON'S CROSS
In their tenth year of existence, Dillon’s Cross finally got their hands on some silverware this year by winning the AUL 1B title. Dillon’s have been promoted from 3B twice and AUL 2B once but never as champions.

For such a small club to gain promotion two years running is a testament to the massive effort put in by the players and the backroom team at the club. The people who have been with the club from its establishment in 1998 have welcomed any new arrivals and it’s the family atmosphere and great rapport of the players that they attribute to their success this year.

Players like Philip Kelly (captain), Brian Meany, Graham O’Leary, Clive Kiely and Jason O’Donnell have all been there for the majority of the disappointments over the decade. Damien Wiley and John Kiely, no longer playing, also remember losing a play-off to Carrigtwohill and losing out to a five game winning run last season which saw Mayfield snatch league victory from Dillon’s by a single point.

This season in AUL 1B came down to three front runners in January - Dillon’s, Watergrasshill and St John Bosco’s. The turning point of the season from a Dillon’s Cross view was their 3-2 defeat of Bosco's in the East Cork side's own patch which effectively made it a two horse race between The Cross and The Hill.

Dillon’s knew that if they could avoid defeat in their final four games they would push Watergrasshill all the way to final day. The Dillon's lads thought they had let it slip when they left Leeside with only one point with a couple of games to go with The 'Hill having a similar result on the same night.

Ironically, it was the team that snatched the 2B title from Dillon’s last year who handed them the title. Mayfield defeated Watergrasshill on the final midweek game of the league. Dillon’s hosted their neighbours in the final game and although the league was won, the nine month unbeaten run in Silverheights was defended also - a 2-0 win wrapping up a fantastic season for the twenty five man club!

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