After months of enforced inactivity and a phased return to training, Cuala Intermediate footballers were finally let off the leash last Saturday evening as they began their all-county championship campaign. The venue was Skerries and even the biblical rainfall on the journey north and the absence of a few regulars could not dampen the spirits of the Cuala lads. It was good to be back and everyone was raring to go.
With the rain clearing just before throw in, Cuala started strongly and a few minutes in, Eoin Kennedy stormed forward from centre back to kick the game’s first score. The lively Peter Jackson tagged on another before a lapse in defence let the locals in for a goal which was very much against the run of play. Undaunted, the Cuala lads set about ensuring that the scoreboard was a more accurate reflection of the game. Tough tackling all over the pitch gave the opposition no room to operate effectively. Their sporadic attacks were mopped up effectively by the full-back line of Donal Lane, Neil Sullivan and Philip O’Donnell.
Luke Kelly and Oscar Hussey got a real grip on midfield. Wing backs, Cal Doran and Dan Bailey were marauding forward and with Colm Sheanon acting as an effective attacking fulcrum, the scores began to flow. Darragh McAdam was proving a handful for the Skerries full back and he kicked three first half points. Intelligent running from Jackson placed him to add to his tally. Conor O’Brien also got on the scoreboard and Oscar Hussey weighed in with a fine score to leave the half time score: Cuala 1-8: Skerries Harps 1-3.