Monday 19 November 2018

Cuala complete Dublin hurling hat-trick with another win over Kilmacud Crokes

Cuala 1-13 Kilmacud Crokes 0-13

Cuala players celebrate after the Dublin County Senior Club Hurling Championship Final match between Cuala and Kilmacud Crokes at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Cuala players celebrate after the Dublin County Senior Club Hurling Championship Final match between Cuala and Kilmacud Crokes at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Conor McKeon

Conor McKeon

Cuala have won their third consecutive Dublin Senior Hurling Championship with a one goal win over Kilmacud Crokes in a replay of last year's final.

Cuala's golden generation of hurlers brought yet more silver back to the Dalkey club today.

The All-Ireland club champions won their third Dublin senior hurling title on the trot in Parnell Park this afternoon, having survived everything Kilmacud Crokes pelted them with in a grueller of a final.

A classic, it was not.

But after figuring out a way to beat both Na Fianna and St. Vincent’s from position of potential peril, Cuala did likewise here when it was most needed.

Great champions, they certainly are.

At half-time here, the omens weren’t great for Crokes.

Having won the toss and opted to play with the benefit of a strong wind, they worked their way into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead by the 10th minute, carved mostly with long range points.

Then Cuala went on a run of 1-4 to no score and kept Crokes with nothing to show for their graft for another 20 minutes.

It wasn’t particularly pretty but it was as physical and intense a Dublin county final as there has been.

And despite Crokes’ efforts at physically shunting Cuala from their stride, the Dalkey club were every bit as hard and aggressive.

Vitally, they also had the more lavish arsenal of attackers.

Mark Schutte scored one after a brilliant pass from Seán Treacy.

David Treacy hit three of four frees.

Con O’Callaghan showed little flashes. And though their match-winner from the semi-final, Colm Cronin, was kept relatively quiet by Cian MacGabhann, he executed the most important pass of the first half, a cross-goal ball for Darragh O’Connell, who ran the gauntlet of swinging Crokes hurleys and tapped past Eoin Dalton.

Oisín O’Rorke and the increasingly impressive Feargal Whitely both scored points before the end of the half but with a two point lead and a stiff breeze to come, Cuala looked cozy enough.

Crokes brought plenty of fire to the second half, though.

O’Rorke hit two frees to level the game before Cuala won a penalty when Niall Corcoran fouled Mark Schutte after he fetched a long Cronin ball in front of Crokes’ goal.

David Treacy’s penalty saved by Dalton low to the Crokes goalkeepers’ left and though the Dublin freetaker nailed the subsequent ’65, has also rifled a goal chance into the side netting soon after.

Crokes rallied though.

Whitely and O’Rorke put them within swinging distance of the champions and they clawed back to within a point in injury time.

David Treacy, who was subbed in the 59th minute, was then reintroduced in the 64th as Cuala were awarded a late free.

He made no mistake from 45 metres and through Dillin Mulligan engineered one more chance for Crokes, Cuala survived for their third title on the spin.

SCORERS – Cuala: D Treacy 0-6 (4f, 1 ’65), D O’Connell 1-0, C O’Callaghan 0-3, C Cronin 0-2, C Sheanon, M Schutte 0-1 each. Kilmacud Crokes: O O’Rorke 0-7 (5f), F Whitely 0-3, R O’Carroll, L McMullan, S McGrath 0-1 each.

CUALA: S Brennan; S Timlon, Cian O’Callaghan, O Gough; S Moran, J Sheanon, P Schutte; J Malone, D O’Connell; S Treacy, C Sheanon, D Treacy; C Cronin, Con O’Callaghan, M Schutte. Subs: S Stapleton for M Schutte (42 inj), C Waldron for D Treacy (59), N Kenny for C Sheanon (64), D Treacy for Cronin (64)

KILMACUD: E Dalton; N Corcoran, B O’Carroll, R O’Loughlin; R Murphy, C Gabhann, D Kelly; L McMullen, R O’Carroll; C Conway, F Whitely, N Ó Ríordáin; O O’Rorke, S McGrath, B O’Rorke. Subs: R Hayes for Ó Ríordáin (38), D Mulligan for B O’Rorke (44), S O’Dwyer for McGrath (52), J Gibbons for O’Loughlin (58)

REF: F Gaffney (Na Fianna)

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