McCullough Cup QF
Fulham Irish 4-21 to 1-10 Kilburn Gaels B
Wednesday, June 28 2017
Irish were back at the Scrubs on Wednesday night to play in the quarter finals of the McCullough Cup against Kilburn Gaels B.
Their plan was simply put to them by manager Mick Ruby, who told them: “You have to forget about last weekend’s disappointment and put in the work rate tonight lads, no excuses” and this is what Fulham did.
From the opening minute, Irish’s Slyman wriggled free of his man to catch a crossfield ball to notch up the first point of the night for Irish.
This was soon doubled as a free to Fulham was converted by O’Donnell. O’Donnell was back in action as a poor clearance from Kilburn, went into the path of him where he laid off to Slyman who picked out Kennedy for his first score.
Slyman was making a nuisance of himself in the forward line and his first opportunity on goal was on the twelfth minute, but the goalie made a fine save to deny him.
Fulham kept the scoreboard ticking over with points from Broder, Marrinan, Larkin and Harte, however Gaels managed to claw some points from converted frees and a lovely point from play.
With half-time looming, Gaels needed to keep in distance with the score and a dropped ball into the house of Fulham. As both teams scrapped for sliotar, Kilburn managed to get the all-important shot and scored a goal.
But Fulham was not to be outdone, and as Harte latched on to a breaking ball, he pinpointed a pass to Slyman, who on this occasion beat the goalkeeper with a goal for Irish who went in at half time 1-12 to 1-05.
The second half started as much as the same as the first half, with Slyman running the show up front, and he was soon on a one-on-one with the Kilburn goalie, only for the goalie to pull off another good save.
Gaels cleared their lines, but again Fulham came back at them, this time O’Donnell weaved through their defence to score a goal.
O’Donnell threatened the goal again on two separate occasions, but Gaels managed to deal with this.
O’Donnell on his third direct route to goal spotted Kennedy available who took the pass and went for the point, only for the ball to drop behind the goalie and in the back of the net. Despite all this, Kilburn battled hard to win the breaking ball and were unlucky on more than one occasion not to finish off some of their moves with a score.
Irish rung the changes, but continued to have the upper hand with Harte, O’Donnell and Slyman now in full flow.
All three continued to create opportunities on goal and added to the score tally.
Irish’s final goal saw a free O’Donnell play the ball to the awaiting Baker, who produced a perfect stick pass to Wade who recorded his first goal in a Fulham shirt.
With the final whistle gone, Irish had met the challenge set down by their manager.
Despite the end score line, Gaels battled for every ball right to the end.
Fulham Irish: Keith Greene, John McHugh, Don O’Connell, Eamonn Sullivan, Frank Ryan, Pat O’Mahony, Kevin McHugh, James Marrinan, Shane O’Donnell, Stephen Martin, Eoin McCarthy, Mike Broder, Colm Kennedy, Luke Slyman, Niall Larkin, Mick Ruby, Derry Fitzgerald, Eamonn Wade, George Baker, Hugh Connolly, John Condon and Mick Harte.