Young Lions roar to maiden victory

by Gazette Reporter

ABBEY Seals Dublin Lions picked up their elusive first ever win in the men’s Super League on Saturday evening, taking a 63-48 point win over Moycullen in Dublin.

A low scoring first half display saw the home side edge a 27-21 first half lead, thanks to brilliant scoring from Finn Hughes, who went on to finish the game with 17 points in a terrific display by the young guard.

Lions’ tails were up as they increased the lead in style with a great third quarter performance that was led by Hughes and good scoring from James Gormley to extend the lead to 43-30.

Moycullen tried to push back in the fourth with Daniel Vila (17 points) but the combination of Hughes and Gormley stopped any momentum for the Galway side.

Speaking afterwards, Abbey Seals Dublin Lions boss Rob White stated: “It’s a pity it didn’t come sooner in the year. It’s great for the lads, we have no professionals anymore as we took the decision to build on experience for next year.

“For young team with an average age of 18 to 19, it’s a massive win. We know we are going down… we are going to have fun and enjoy it and take everything into next season as our goal is to be back here.”

Elsewhere, Maree stunned DBS Éanna running out twelve-point winners over the Dubliners in Galway.

The game was neck-and-neck in the first half, both teams struggling to gain the upper hand but Maree had the one point lead at the half, 38-37. Maree had a terrific third quarter, building a 14 point lead, with Darin Johnson and Orioles Balsells Plaza at the fore.

Éanna were up against it in the fourth quarter and tried to rally back with Marko Tomic and Stefan Zecevic but Maree didn’t let up and kept the edge. Maree saw out the 76-64 win as the clock ran down.

A late push from Griffith College Templeogue meanwhile saw them overcome Coughlan CandS Neptune on the road, 79-95 on Saturday evening.

Both sides were trading baskets from the start and was close right up until the fourth quarter, with Jason Killen and Lorcan Murphy causing trouble for the Neptune defence, while Nil Sabata and Lehmon Colbert were on form for the Cork outfit.

Templeogue started the fourth quarter with a six point lead and continued to make big scores down the stretch, as they ran out winners in the end.

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