London GAA: McCurtains stay strong

Thomas McCurtains Granuaile Intermediate Hurling Championship

WReilly Intermediate Hurling Championship

Thomas McCurtains 2-19
Granuaile 2-10

Thomas McCurtains kept their unbeaten championship streak going with a nine-point victory over a plucky Granuaile side who were unlucky not to get more out of the game.

The Harrow-based club will rue their composure in front of the posts though as a number of wides ensured that they could never come back from conceding a flurry of scores during one period of the first half.

Granuaile opened the scoring through a pointed Paraig Ahern free in the first minute, before Colm Grace passed back to Joe Coulson for the equaliser three minutes later.

A second pointed Ahern free was quickly negated by a lovely sideline cut by Mark Russell, before the east Londoners took the lead for the first time, with Coulson winning the puck out and ran beyond the reach of Jack Woulfe to take his point.

But in a tit-for-tat start to the game Granuaile would level the scores for the third time on 11 minutes, as Richard Jameson and Dan Hennessy teamed up well to put pressure on McCurtains backs to force a free which Ahern duly took once more.

But in a lapse of intensity from Granuaile, they went on to concede 1-5 without answer in a seven-minute period which characterised the final score, as were neck and neck with them for the other 53 minutes.

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GRANUAILE: Tom Healy, Richard Barnes, Niall Carr, Arron Kelly, Alan Callanan, Gearoid Ahern, Conor Devlin, Kevin Bulfin, Parack Ahern (0- 5, 5f), Jack Woulfe (0-1), PJ Delaney (1-0), Daniel Casey (1- 1), Tommy Flynn, Richard Jameson (0-3, 1f), Dan Hennessey.

THOMAS MCCURTAINS: Steven Donoghue, Liam Sweeney, Brian Ryan, Shane Smyth, Liam O’Brien, Ryan Carson, Gromagh Long, Kieran Dowling, Alan Clancy (0-1), Mark Russell (0-7, 4f), Michael O’Leary (0-2), Joe Coulson (2-6), Sean Regan (0- 1), Colm Grace (0-1), Cormack Smyth (0-1).

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