McCurtains show glimpses of title credentials

Thomas McCurtains 3-11, Shalloe Pearse 1-08

By Damian Dolan.

Thomas McCurtains showed glimpses of why they’re being touted as serious challengers for this year’s junior title, but they failed to put this game to bed until Eoin McWilliams claimed his second goal with seven minutes remaining.

In Steven Warde, John Winters, Gavin O’Flaherty and McWilliams, McCurtains have a strong spine, and they threatened to put Pearse’s to the sword early on. McWilliams claimed the first of his brace in the second minute after being set up by James Kelly.

Pearse’s were being pinned in their own half. Barry McHugh added a brace of frees and although Shane O’Neill opened Pearse’s account, Winters added goal number two. The midfielders’ initial shot was well blocked by Richard Harrington, only for Winters to react quickest to the rebound and make no mistake at the second attempt.

After 13 minutes McCurtains led 2-2- to 0-1 with Pearse’s were struggling to contain O’Flaherty’s driving runs from deep, while Warde was spraying the ball around the park.

O’Flaherty thought he’d added goal number three when his shot looped over Eoghan Collins, but the referee had already blown for a foul and McCurtains had to be content with a McHugh free.

For more see this week’s edition of the Irish World

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