Thursday 20 June 2019

The Cuala comeback is praised by Dalkey boss

SCRAP FOR POSSESSION: Cuala and O’Moores Laois. Pic: iLivephotos.com
SCRAP FOR POSSESSION: Cuala and O’Moores Laois. Pic: iLivephotos.com

Team-sheets at the gate. Referee, John Dermody, checked his two watches. And within seconds, the O'Moore's Melody Aces were humming a sweet tune.

They were out of the blocks faster than Kitty the Hare. Cuala knew it was going to be a tough Sunday at the office.

"It took us a while to get up to it," remarked Cuala manager, Donal Murphy. "O'Moore's are used to playing senior championship whereas we were stepping up from the intermediate championship.

"They had more experience than us. And that extra bit of nous in aspects like winning the ball and things like that.

"They had that bit of cleverness and cuteness that we didn't. And fair play to them for that, but we are a young team and we'll learn from it.

"I thought we were super in the second half. Not only did we show our skill but also our strength and physicality.

"In the first half against the wind, we struggled. We didn't do ourselves justice. But we were excellent in the second half. We showed the team we are capable of being, and we gave a display that represented Dublin camogie in a positive light."

In the long run, the result will only be the small print. Cuala will get an extra layer of confidence after this performance.

And it was their spirit that was one of the most impressive features of all. Most teams who trailed by 14 points at half-time would have been excused for folding up the tent. But not this Cuala side. They grew more and more into the tussle. They showed such hunger to get on the ball. And they took some tidy scores.

Their defence also did well, and this is a team that combines talent with industry. The perfect cup of tea.

And the Cuala girls were greeted to a sustained ovation as they made their way to the dressing-room. It was so well deserved. "We are all so proud of them," declared Donal.

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