CUALA 4-20; CRAOBH CHIARAN 0-5
Another powerful team display from Cuala’s 2nd Adult hurling team pushed them into the last 4 of the Junior A Hurling Championship with a facile win over under-strength Chraobh Chiarán in ShanganaghPark. The quality of the passing and the penetration of the inside forward line were the defining elements of this win. The full-forward line of Dara Twomey, Andrew Murphy and Justin Byrne contributed 2-10 between them, half of Cuala’s total, but some of the movement and passing was awesome. Eoghan Breathnach continued his brilliant season with a fine contribution of 2-1 but this was a classy team performance full of excellent long and short range passing, clever overlaps and unselfish distribution.
It was also fair to note that the man in the middle referee Chris Mooney was very good on the night and must have a big future ahead of him as a referee in Dublin. He was always in control of the game and provided the platform for an entertaining game
Team: Stephen Butler, Martin Cahalan, Andrew Browne, Niall O’Dowd, Jack Behan, Bobby Browne, Cian Byrne, Scott O’Brien (0-2), Jake Malone (0-3, 1 free), Seán Dowling (0-1), Eoghan Breathnach (2-1), Cillian Sheanan (0-1), Justin Byrne (1-2), Andrew Murphy (0-4), Dara Twomey (1-5, 3 frees). Substitutes: Neil Kelly (for Niall O’Dowd 48 mins.), Eoin Brennan, Conor Hayes (for Martin Cahalan 38 mins.), Jack Lahert, Colm Murphy (for Cian Byrne 40 mins.), Liam O’Dowd, David Ryan (for Cillian Sheanan 42 mins.), Seán Gibney, Matthew Higgins (0-1) (for Dara Twomey 45 mins.) Conor Basss, Cian McCarroll. Wides: Cuala had 3 wides in the first half, 9 in the second. Craobh had 5 in the first half and 7 in the second.