Perfect weekend for Cuala’s hurlers

by Gazette Reporter

PERFECT weekends come quite rarely in sport but Cuala’s senior hurling section enjoyed one last weekend winning two junior county championships and a massive senior league fixture.
The first of the three huge games threw-in on Saturday evening in Parnell Park as the Dalkey side’s Junior first team took on Scoil Ui Chonaill in the Dublin Junior A Championship final.
After a tight enough opening 15 minutes, what’s been a flying Cuala side all season began to flex their muscles and pull ahead of the opposition. It takes a certain kind of character to so dominantly control a final but Cuala’s Con O’Callaghan did exactly that. His goal just before the break was the first of a spectacular hat-trick and really took the wind out of Ui Chonaill’s sails.
It would probably go too far to describe it as a one-man show however as O’Callaghan’s teammates played crucial roles, particularly the half-back line who were brilliant on the day. Shane Murphy was key too, providing plenty of ammunition for dual star O’Callaghan, whose father Maurice was also a one-time dual player and represented Dublin in both football and hurling.
Scoil Ui Chonaill did hit back at various stages throughout the second half, scoring a respectable three goals but the win never looked in doubt from that first O’Callaghan goal and the final score was 4-22 to 3-08.
Sandwiched in between the club’s two championship finals was an AHL1 game for the seniors against Ballyboden on Sunday morning. JP Byrne’s side were looking to remain on top of the table but were facing a Boden side at full strength with the likes of Conal Keaney, Dotsy O’Callaghan and more all back in their ranks.
Cuala had a good side out themselves, with their defensive six keeping Boden’s scoring at a minimum. Sean Moran was brilliant further afield and Cuala ran out 2-9 to 0-9 winners.
Diehard Cuala fans left that game and headed straight for O’Toole Park for the junior D championship final against Clontarf.
This Cuala side had a mixture of youth and experience with veteran Ken Fitzgerald leading a side packed with minors.
Andy Power at full-back turned in an excellent performance, as did Conal Kelly and Dublin Camogie manager Shane O’ Brien. The final score was 2-14 to 1-14 which wrapped up a perfect weekend.
Cuala club man Tadhg Murphy was delighted when speaking to the Gazette on the weekend. “It couldn’t have gone much better really, it’s the result of a lot of hard work and dedication and hopefully all three sides can continue their good form and push on even further now.”

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