A superb display of individual and team defence were the key elements in laying a solid foundation for Moycullen’s U17 boys team in the Galway league final in Sunday.
Holding your opponent to 29 points especially in a final is a difficult task and when you couple that with some superb offensive execution, Moycullen’s display was even more impressive. With 5 players scoring in double figures it was a complete team performance and an excellent end to the Galway league season for the lads.
Joseph Tummon 10, Sean Kelly 10, Dara O’Sullivan 10, Joshua Marvesley 12, Kyle Cunningham 16, Rory Heffernan 4, Jack Costelloe, Eoghan Kelly 3, Max Brennan 4, Ronan Clancy
The girls were never in trouble against Maree and duly won the Under 17 county title by 12 points. All of the team played their part and even though they fell 10 points behind during a good Maree spell in the second quarter, there never was any doubt that Moycullen would win.
The boys went into the game as underdogs having lost to Maree twice in the previous 10 days including one drubbing. It was a different side that showed up in Killannin on Monday night to do battle as they led from start to finish as they ran out deserved winners on a 45 – 38 scoreline. Coach Lyons had his side in fine fettle as they disposed of a confident Maree side and entertained the good crowd with some excellent scores and even better defence.
The U14 Boys played out a dramatic and memorable final against Maree in early March. Maree started strongly, and were ahead at the end of each of the first three quarters. Moycullen staged a fantastic comeback in the final quarter, with late baskets ensuring victory by 35 to 31, and also guaranteeing the league and cup double for 2013/14. The team now go forward to represent Galway in the All Ireland Club Championship in Dublin on the weekend of April 12th/13th.
U13 Boys: Coach Cunningham makes a winning debut.
The boys had a score to settle with Titans as they had inflicted their only league defeat in two years in Westside back in February. They came storming out of the blocks and led 13—0 after the first quarter and never looked back. Moycullen’s greater squad depth was significant and Titans could never close the gap. The final score of 43-24 reflected their dominance as all of the squad made their contribution to the win. Next stop Ardres, France for this team in June
The U13 girls left it late & kept their fans chewing their fingernails with a late, late spurt to win a tight game against Titans by a single point. Charlie’s angels played a fast tempo game all thro’ and might with a bit of luck had a couple of more baskets but they can justifiably look forward to next year’s challenge at U14 and a tilt at the All Ireland.
Moycullen U12 Boys lost to Titans in their final. The lads put in a great effort and were a credit to their management team, Ronan & Ailish. With another year under their belt, this team will no doubt be challenging for honours.
The girls were dealt a couple of serious blows prior to the game with Laura Corcoran & Jean Hynes both unavailable due to injury. They were chasing the game all through pulling Corrib back from a 12 point lead to six at the end. This team can look forward with a degree of optimism to competing for a place in next year’s All Irelands.