Irish lose out by a point to fancied McCurtain’s

Ronan Cup
Tuesday, May 9 2017
The Scrubs
Fulham Irish 0-08 to Thomas McCurtain’s 0-09

London forward Shane O’Donnell, made his first appearance of the season for Irish as they took on a much fancied Thomas McCurtain’s in the Ronan Cup on a sunny Tuesday evening at The Scrubs.

It was Shane who recorded the first two scores within three minutes of the game before McCurtain’s had their first point from play.

Both sides continued to battle for the breaking ball, but Irish were coming out on top as a cross field pass from O’Donnell made its way into the forward line, where Clare man Kev McHugh, latched onto a pass and from a very tight angle, scored a point.

Thomas McCurtain’s, determined not to let Irish get any further ahead, created a goal opportunity but for Irish’s full back Don O’Connell to clear the lines.

This was to be the last passage of play for O’Connell as he picked up an injury. McCurtain’s continued to drive forward with a desire to breach the goal of Irish and had a further chance but the threat was contained by the Fulham backs.

Thomas McCurtain’s did score a further two points, one from a free, making the sides level for the first time in the game.

Fulham had three chances to score goals themselves during a good dominant period of play but on all three occasions, McCurtain’s managed to thwart the threat. Irish continued to take advantage of this period and notched up a further five points before the half time whistle went. Irish were ahead by five.

The second half in contrast for Irish was frustrating as McCurtain’s made changes to their game plan in order to have any say in this match.

Slowly but surely, McCurtain’s began to cheap away at Irish’s lead as Fulham struggled to get into gear and go through the motions.

The intensity picked up from both sides as they tried to stop each other from making any impact on the last quarter of the game but McCurtain’s continued to take the scores when it counted.

Eight minutes before the end of the game, McCurtain’s drew level before a strongly contested free was awarded for them to go up by one.

Irish did have a chance to draw level but their attempt went wide. The last couple of minutes, Fulham tried to move the ball around to create the open space to get a score but Thomas McCurtain’s dealt with the pressure Irish put them on. Final whistle gone and McCurtain’s won by a point.

Irish will take heart from the first half with four out of the six forward’s recording a score however they will be frustrated with their second half performance. Well done to both sets of teams for a high intensity game.

Fulham Irish: Keith Greene, Stephen Martin, Don O’Connell, James McSwiney, Frank Ryan, Fergus O’Regan, Eamonn Sullivan, Michael Harte, Shane O’Donnell, Eoin McCarthy, Luke Slyman, Colm Kennedy, Pat O’Mahony, Kevin McHugh, Niall Larkin, David Gray, James O’Rourke, John Condon, James Marrinan, Declan Hayes, Michael Broder, John McHugh, John Connole, Hugh Connolly, Geroge Baker, Eamonn Wade and Darragh McInerney