Thomas McCurtains 0 -12
St.Clarets 0 – 11
Sunday 18/04/10 Greenford
Sunday afternoon saw (a neatly full strength) McCurtains get off to a flying start in the opening round of the league against a very able St.Clarets side in Greenford on Sunday afternoon.
Played in ideal conditions McCurtains raced into a 3 pint lead in the first 15 minutes with some neat interchange of play between the midfield and the full forward line, with the “Castledearg Bomber” proving a handful at the edge of the square.
In the opening exchanges both Keegan and Ryan dominated round the middle of the field with the Pistol and the lively Don McDonald showing well on the wings enabling McCurtains to shade Clarets in the opening proceedings. A strong performance from the defence, notably Collins and the “Looouutthh” duo proved a solid foundation on which McCurtain build upon leading 7-4 at the interval. The introduction of Howlin mid way through the first half added to the attack as his ability to bring others into the game proved decisive with some intelligent distribution for the ball.
The second half saw Clarets come out the stronger and they clawed their way back to level matters after 20 minutes. During this period McCurtain lost their way temporarily with some way word forward shooting. However a late rally and a sublime save from Martin “the cat” Keys proved enough to secure the two points on the day. All in all McCurtains proved worthy winners in what was effectively only their third outing of the season. Bearing in mind this was the opening league encounter there is certainly room for improvement as more difficult challenges lie ahead with some big names yet to be played. Training resumes this coming Tuesday 19.30 at Goodmays.
Well done to all involved, as everyone gave 100% on the day. A special mention goes out to both Cahir McHugh and Peter Haughey, McHugh managed to stay on the field of play for the duration of the game (all be it behind the line!!) and Pistol for providing the late night entertainment in O’Gradys after!!
Team; M.Keys (Dublin), J.P.McCardle (Louth), J.Collins (Galway), G.Marron (Louth), Keelan (Mayo), E.McHugh (Tyrone) Cpt., Paul (Tyrone), D.Ryan (Mayo), B.Keegan (Dublin), D.McDonald (Monaghan)S.Slattery (Kerry), P.Haughey (Tyrone), J.J.Hogan (Galway), Emmet “The Bomber” McGarvey (Tyrone), C.Maunsell (Kerry)
Subs; Howlin (Wexford) for Hogan
Scores – E.McGarvey 4
C.Maunsell 5 (2f)