Result: Thomas McCurtains 1-6 1-10 Cuchulainns
Cuchulainns first hurling match of the season saw us face the Thomas McCurtains in the Ronan Cup at Goodmayes in East London. We got a good new squad together for this season with a lot of good new players joining our more seasoned players. We had 19 lads out for this one and everyone got a good run out.
The game started at a good pace with Cuchulainns getting in our stride early with a couple of good points in the first 10 minutes. At this stage we were beginning to dominate the midfield area with Crunchie and Joe Cashman doing some sterling work winning and distributing the ball up front. There was also great performances from our entire defencive unit which included Padraig Kavanagh, Pat Nugent, Mike O’ Malley, John Brady, Kieran Graham, and a superb display from Tom Brennan at Centre Back who dominated that area of the field time and time again with some great catching of the sliotar from high balls.
By now Cuchulainns were well in our stride giving our opponents very little in the way of scoring chances and when we added a goal before the break we went in at half time 1-6 to 0-2 to the good, the goal coming from the stick of Damien Holohan, one of our new lads from Co. Laois.
Into the second half, Cuchulainns continued to dominate the game in the midfield and our own half-back line – and although we added a few more points, scores were hard to come by with a few chances going a begging. Nonetheless, despite having a couple of goals disallowed we still found ourselves 1-9 to 0-3 ahead with just 10 minutes remaining. Thomas McCurtains staged a mini-comeback towards the end putting over 3 points from frees, and scoring a goal, also from a free. The final score in the end was a great win for the Cuchulainns by 1-10 to 1-6 – Cuchulainn Abú!
Team: John Murray, John Brady, Kieran Graham, Mike O’ Malley, Pat Nugent, Tom Brennan, Padraig Kavanagh, Joe Cashman, Brian O’ Leary, Christy O’ Shea, Aidan Power, Jonathan Delahunty, David O’ Connell, John Sheahan, Damian Holohan; Subs: Colm Farrell, Brian Murphy, Cathal Murtagh.
Man of the Match: Tom Brennan