In what was difficult playing conditions to say the least Cu Chullains narrowly beat Thomas McCurtains on a scoreline of 0-9 to 0-8.
Cu Chullains can take huge credit for their hard work and never say die attitude in grinding out a result from this game, as we where under serious pressure. Our early pre season training stood by the players well and the effort and commitment off all players must continue for us to have a successful season in what is our clubs 80th year in existence.
The game started fairly even with Cu Chullains playing against the wind in the first half but we adjusted well to the stiff breeze against us. After some good football the first score off the afternoon came from some great play by Charlie Cowley who slotted over with the outside of the boot from 20 metres. Sean Kelly got the second point after some good play by the defence and midfield who worked the ball in direct to Kelly who took on his man and slotted over the bar.
Next up on the score sheet was Danny Denton who found space behind the McCurtains defence and after a fisted pass slotted over a nice point.
The McCurtains only registered 2 points in the opening half and with 2 Chris Eastwood points the teams finished off at the interval 6-2 to CuChullains advantage.
After some positive feedback from the management team of DJ Bradley, Mick Rogers and Cathal Murtagh we took to the field with what we thought would be a slightly easier task as we had the wind behind our backs but this was not the case.
McCurtains started the stronger and kicked over a couple of points with the defence under serious pressure. The one and only Goal chance of the afternoon fell to a maccartains player and with his head bearing down on goal with only the Goal keeper to beat Sean Moloney pulled off a wonder save to keep us with our slim points advantage.
When Cu Chullains managed to get up the field we took our chances well , with Pod Biggane, and calvin registering vital points on the board after hard work through out the team.
We managed to hold on to our one point lead and all the players especially the defensive and midfield unit have to take extra credit as we where under a lot of pressure but hunted the McCurtains players in packs and came out on top.
Lets hope we can continue our good start to the year with victory over our old rivals Dulwich in Thursday Evenings Game.
Man of the Match: Anthony Tighe
Scorers: C Eastwood 0-3, S Kelly 0-1, P Biganne 0-1,C Cawley 0-1,D Denton 0-1, J Kinch 0-1,Calvin 0-1
Team: Sean Moloney, Shimbo Kinsella, Keith Mcgovern, Joe Cashman, Eddie Mcguigan, Tom Brennan, Danny Denton, Anthony Tighe, John Kinch, Calvin, Chalrie Cawley, Damien Barker, Chris Eastwood, Sean Kelly, Pod Biggane. Subs. Kieran Wynne, Kevin Cott, Paul Cahill, Eoin Kelly, Connor Molyneux, James Molloy