A CRACKING Dublin SHC Group A tie resulted in a deadlock at O'Toole Park last night.
Conor Carton's free deep into injury-time ensured neither side would leave empty-handed, writes Diarmuid Geraghty.
A good start saw the Dalkey men race into an early lead as points from John Sheanon, Barry Connolly and Cian Waldron gave them a 0-3 to 0-1 lead after five minutes, a Conor Carton free landing the opening score from O'Toole's.
Despite the Northside outfit finding their rhythm and controlling large parts, with Andrew and Graham Morris hurling a lot of ball, David Treacy's goal just before the break saw Cuala level 1-7 to 0-10.
The second half began with Connolly and Paddy Carton exchanging scores but Cuala, couldn't get far enough ahead to punish a missed Morris penalty. The final drama came in injury time when Connolly tapped over a free for what looked the decisive score but Carton had the last say with another placed ball.
SCORERS – Cuala: B Connolly 0-9 (0-7f), D Treacy 1-1, J Sheanon 0-2, C Waldron, M Schutte, B Browne, B Fitzgerald 0-1 each. O'Toole's: C Carton 0-7 (0-7f), A Morris 0-3 (0-1 pen), B McLoughlin, K Ryan, G O'Meara, M Carton, G Morris Peadar Carton, L Ryan, Paddy Carton, C Kimmage 0-1 each.
CUALA: S Brennan; C Ó Giolláin, P Schutte, C O'Callaghan; S Moran, O Gough, S Timlin; B Browne, J Sheanon; B Connolly, B Fitzgerald, JJ Ryan; C Waldron, D Treacy, M Schutte. Subs: D Cunningham for Fitzgerald (h-t), S Stapleton for Browne (53), S O'Brien for Ryan (55)
O'TOOLE'S: B McLoughlin; C Mulligan, R Walker, C Gettings; J Bastow, K Ryan, G O'Meara; G Morris, Peader Carton; A Morris, M Carton, C Carton; Paddy Carton, L Ryan, C Kimmage. Subs: P Brennan for Kimmage (38), C McStay for Paddy Carton (53), K Horgan for G Morris (60)
REF: P Behan (Trinity Gaels).