Our U 13 team Cuchulann Gaels started their first match with a challenge against a strong Division 1 team from Round Towers. As we will play in a competetive Div 2 league, it was a good test for our joint team with Kildangan.
In a first half where Towers dominated the scoring with some very big players, Cuchulann were shell shocked and we were 3 goads and 2 points down before we got into any any stride.
Lack of sharpness in the basis such as passing, fielding and shooting were evident to see in our played but was t be expected. However as the match progressed we started to find our way and made some scores from Conor Hyland and Caomhin Doolan.
Players who performed well were Conor and Caomhin in midfield while Tadhg Ryan and Cormac O Mahony were very strong in defence.
At half time we re-grouped and went out with an improved drive to succeed in the second half. As time went on Cuchulann Gaels stated to dominate play with good performances from Shane Smyth and Gary Maguire helping the cause. Goals from Conor Hyland and Dave Craddock were added as we finished with a flourish to give us confidence going forward.
The final result of 4-8 to 2-8 did not reflect fairly on us as we won the second half well. However, we will need to improve in all areas if we are to challenge for honours in this league but with some strong players missing we expect to make that improvement.
Scorers: Conor Hyland 1-4, Caomhin Doolan 0-3, David Craddock 1-1
The new Cuchulann Gaels jersey was launched last night, which is a combination of both club colours and it certainly looked the part.
As funds are low in the club, we are asking players to pay €10 for a set of socks and shorts, these will be available on match nights.
First league match is on Wednesday 25th August, away to Castledermot at 6.30 p.m.