By Steven Heaney
SSE AIRTRICITY Moycullen made it back-to-back home wins when they overcame Premier League rivals UL Eagles this past Saturday in the Kingfisher gym.
Moycullen dominated their Munster opposition on both ends of the floor, in what was undoubtedly one of their most impressive wins this season.
Both sides looked evenly match early in the first period. Moycullen received scoring contributions from multiple players, with James Loughnanne, Raheem Lemons and Paul Freeman each filling the score sheet for their squad. UL Eagles were able to keep a narrow lead behind the three-point shooting of Eoin Quigley and American Staats Battle. As the quarter progressed, Moycullen began to look the more comfortable side, and they had further scoring success through Joseph Tummon and Dylan Cunningham. Eagles held on to a two-point lead as the first period drew to a close.
The Galway men began to control the tempo of the game in the second. Kyle and Dylan Cunningham showed their slashing skills with each picking up a pair of scores early in the quarter. Paul Freeman and Raheem Lemons chipped in too, and before long, Moycullen had jumped out to a 10-point lead. Defensively, Moycullen looked extremely sharp. Lemons and Freeman controlled the boards, while Loughnanne and Kyle Cunningham each picked up steals. Consecutive fouls allowed UL Eagles to cut the Moycullen lead back to six points by the end of the second quarter.
The third period was Moycullen’s best of the game. The Connemara men converted opportunity after opportunity and the Eagles simply had no answer. Raheem Lemons continued his good scoring form, and Moycullen began to cause Eagles all manner of problems on the defensive end. Paul Freeman came up with two blocked shots in the period. This excellent all-around strengthened their lead, and after further scores from Joseph Tummon and Sean Candon, Moycullen were ahead by 15 points.
Moycullen’s lead never really looked in jeopardy in the fourth. With some foul trouble for the home side Coach Nollaig Cunningham utilised different player combinations, but Moycullen’s focus never weakened. Loughnanne, Candon, Kyle & Dylan Cunningham and Paul Freeman each found baskets, as Moycullen stretched their lead out to 22. UL Eagles couldn’t buy a basket in the fourth period, and their frustration facilitated further Moycullen scores. UL Eagles could only find points through free-throws in the fourth quarter. After a handful of further offensive possessions, SSE Airtricty Moycullen coasted to the final whistle. The final score-line read 72-52.
At half time the crowd were treated to a intra-squad game from our U12 Girls under the guidance of their Coach Barry O’Sullivan. Great job by the girls and we look forward to watching them as they enter blitz\league play and back in again at another Premier League game.
Moycullen’s next two games see them away to DCU Saints and Belfast Star, before they finish their season by taking on Swords Thunder in the Kingfisher on March 5th.
SSE Airtricity Moycullen: Raheem Lemons 19, Paul Freeman 14, Dylan Cunningham 13, James Loughnanne 13, Kyle Cunningham 6, Sean Candon 3, Joseph Tummon 4, Paul O’ Brien 2, Gerald Lyons. Coach: Nollaig Cunningham