AHL1 – Sun 12th June, Bray
Cuala 2-17 St Vincents 0-11
On a bright Sunday morning, ideal for hurling, the Cuala Senior Hurlers faced St Vincents in round 7 of the AHL1. With both teams having personnel on county duty, this was a sporting and entertaining game, with some very good skill on show. The early encounters were evenly contested with Cuala opening proceedings after 6 mins with a Nicky Kenny point, followed by a well-placed Naoise Waldron free. Vincents soon replied with two points of their own, however the Cuala defence soon settled to contain the Vincents attack.
As the half wore on however, Cuala began to assert some dominance in the game, as Cian Waldron, Sean Moran, Andy Murphy, Nicky Kenny and Brian “Breezer” Fitzgerald split the posts to increase Cuala’s lead. Nicky Kenny, who was posing a real threat to the St Vincents’ defence, picked up an injury which required him to be replaced by Justin Byrne, 16mins into the half. The Cuala attack did not let up however and before the halftime whistle, Cian Waldron struck to register Cuala’s first goal of the game, leaving Cuala up by 1-8 to 0-3 at the break. St Vincents opened the second-half scoring with two well-taken points from the left wing, however the Cuala defence of John Sheanon, Ross Tierney, Karl Schutte, Rob Reid, Simon Timlin and Shane Stapleton, marshalled by goalkeeper, Ryan Di Felice were holding firm against any Vincents goal-threat. Possibly the score of the game was registered by Cuala corner-back Rob Reid, who having won the ball just outside the Cuala full-back line, moved forward to strike a long-range score. St Vincents continued to press with some good scores, but were thwarted in any goal attempts by a strong Cuala defence and midfield. The outcome of the game was effectively sealed when the in-form Sean Moran, advanced to secure Cuala’s second goal and victory. Final score; Cuala 2-17 St Vincents 0-11.
Cuala: R.Di Felice, R.Reid (0-1), R.Tierney, S.Timlin, S.Stapleton, J.Sheanon (0-1), K.Schutte, S.Moran (1-2), C.Sheanon, C.Waldron (1-1), S.Murphy (0-1), N.Kenny (0-2), N.Waldron (0-5), B.Fitzgerald (0-3), A.Murphy (0-1). Subs: N.O’Dowd, D.Lane (for S.Timlin) and J.Byrne (for N.Kenny)
(Thanks to – Paddy Connolly 4×4 – one of our major sponsors for this season)