Intermediate Hurling Championship
Cu Chulainns: 4-07
Fulham Irish: 0-8
They say that goals win games, and never was the cliche proven truer than in this semi-final clash that granted Cu Chulainns with an invaluable place in the Intermediate Hurling Championship final.
A remarkable second half comeback that undid the promising lead of their opponents Fulham Irish was the story of this tie.
Cu Chulainns found themselves 0-2 to 0-6 down at half-time, and although the deficit was a mere four points in the game of hurling, it looked to be a mountain to climb for the side that could only muster two scores in the opening half an hour.
However, their remarkable resurgence managed to obliterate the efforts of a side who had trebled their points total of the first half.
Full forward Mick Murphy was the hero of their revival, gaining an exceptional hat-trick to ensure his side progressed to the final where they will face Thomas McCurtains.
It was corner forward Padraig Biggane that scored the opening goal, and his narrowing of the gap proved to be the catalyst for the comeback as the whole team were lifted and put in a much improved performance, holding their opponents to only two scoring opportunities in the second half.
Cu Chulainns: Brendan Quinn, Joe Cashman, Mark Devlin, John Brady, Conor O’Keefe, Tom Brennan, Eoin Scully, Peter Murphy, Aidan Power, John Diviney, Peter Phelan, Damian Moloney, Enda Holohan, Mick Murphy, Padraig Biggane
Replacements: Sean Reilly, Eoin Regan, Sean Moloney, Mick O’Malley, Clarke Henderson, Ben Reynolds, Damian Holohan, John Murray
Fulham Irish: David Gray, Colm Kennedy, Colin Smyth, James McSwiney, Richard Hannon, Colm Davis, Matthew Silke, Michael Broder, Darragh Ryan, Eoin McCarthy, James Mulhair, Declan Hayes, Stephen Murray, Shane Moynihan, Donal Casey
Replacements: Colm Hennessy, John McHugh, Dermot Fitzgerald, Jamie Fahy, Darragh Bass, Shane O’Donnell, Barry Maroney, James Hickey, Frank Ryan, Pat O’Mahoney, Seamus Hannon