Like the drawn game, the Barr’s nearly left this game behind them as they led by nine points five minutes into the second half, only for Dillons to rally and cut the deficit to a point with 13 minute remaining.
However, the Togher side pulled out all the stops and two points from man of the match Adrian Murphy in the closing stages sealed victory.
John Horgan, Dillons’ top scorer last week, was well policed by Eoghan Kennifick and held him to just one point, although Horgan will rue some missed chances, especially when his side were in the ascendancy in the second half.
Dillons made the better start and were 0-3 to 0-1 ahead at the end of the first quarter. The turning point in the game came on 24 minutes when Horgan sent Thomas Lawrence through on goal but his shot rebounded off an upright. The Barr’s worked the ball upfield quickly and substitute Adrian Callanan, who had just come on, found the net to put his side 1-5 to 0-3 ahead.
Three unanswered points extended the Barr’s advantage to seven at half time.
Dillons began to get a grip on the game after conceding three early points in the second half. Cillian Brosnan scored a penalty to leave four between the sides and Horgan hit the upright with a cracking shot at the end of the third quarter.
Points from Mark Walsh and Lawrence reduced the margin to one but wayward shooting meant Dillon’ never levelled the scores.
Scorers St Finbarr’s: A Murphy (0-5, 3fs), C Madden (0-3), A Callanan (1-0), C Keane, L Arslan (0-2 each), P Harte (0-1).
Scorers for Brian Dillons: C Brosnan (1-0 pen), D Brosnan (0-2), D O’Leary, C Daly (1f each), C McCarthy, J Horgan, D McGrath, M Buckley, M Walsh, T Lawrence (0-1 each).
ST FINBARR’S: J McDonnell; C Nagle, E Kennefick, R McCarthy; S Keane, M Ryan, I Power; A Murphy, L Arslan; D Comyns, C McCarthy, C Keane; P Harte, P Kerins, C Madden.
Subs: A Callanan for Kerins (23), D Scannell for Comyns (51), R Browner for C Keane (55).
BRIAN DILLONS: P McCarthy; Dylan O’Donoghue, E Hussy, M Walsh; N Fahy, C McCarthy, T Lawrence; D Brosnan, C Brosnan; David O’Donoghue, D McGrath, D O’Leary; M Buckley J Horgan, C Daly
Subs: P O’Brien for David O’Donoghue (ht), S Maher for O’Leary (46), J Noonan for McGrath (55).
Referee: J Dorgan (Nemo Rangers).