Cuala’s footballers hit perfect season

by Gazette Reporter
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CUALA’S AFL9 footballers completed the perfect season last Sunday at Hyde Road as they completed an immaculate 15 wins out of 15 this season.

They stamped their authority on the game early on with Shane Kelly, in for the injured Nick Cosgrave, winning possession and offloading to the clinical Aaron O’Rourke to score.

Matty Higgins added a point with his left boot – adding to his impressive tally of 6-62 over 18 games this season – as Cuala continued to blitz Geraldines in the opening half.

Devastating runs from speed merchant Cillian Greene and some fantastic interplay in the full forward line from talisman Eoin Hackett added 1-2.

Dara Agnew brought a certain grit and passion to the team while Damien Hayes was similarly miserly in defence. Goals from Higgins and Hackett had Cuala 2-9 to 1-2 up at the break.

Geraldines stormed back into contention and bagged two goals to trim the gap significantly. Daragh Lyons was key to curtailing that momentum in the wake of those goals while Keith Keogh settled nerves with a calmly struck point from 30 yards.

Geraldines, though, were chipping away at the lead, leading to some fractious moments with Ronan Murdock breaking down some big chances.

The introduction of Leinster schools champion Luc O Giollain installed confidence throughout the team and he clipped a lovely score and rattled the bar with another attempt.

Greg Egan heroically put his body on the line, resulting in a nasty ankle injury. It required fresh legs and they eventually prevailed as a massive long range score from Cillian Greene brought a huge roar from the large crowd and not long later the ref blew the whistle to signal the end to Cuala’s perfect AFL 9 season.

Keogh ended with 0-6 while O’Rourke weighed in with 0-4, adding to 1-1 salvoes from Higgins and Hackett.

They won the league at a canter, ending six points clear of chasers Parnell’s in the final reckoning, guaranteeing them promotion to AFL8.

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