Moycullen Superleague Match Report
Date: 13th October 2018
Venue: NUIG Kingfisher
Moycullen 64 (38)
UCC Demons 71 (34)
By Steven Heaney
A POOR second half performance saw Moycullen fall to their perennial Superleage rivals UCC Demons this past Saturday.
The game was an extremely close affair from start to finish, and Moycullen will no doubt be kicking themselves for letting this one slip. The home side had more than their fair share of chances to put the game away in the final period, but sadly, they were simply outworked by a gritty Demons side.
They did begin the game positively however- an early Demons lead was quickly extinguished through some excellent defensive work. Isaiah Harris-Winn and Paddy Lyons pushed the ball on the fastbreak early and often, and their contributions game Moycullen the narrowest of leads by the end of the first quarter.
End of 1st Quarter means Nuark3PointChallenge time. And remarkably after only 1 winner all last year, we had our second winner from our first two games when Marc Beatty nailed his attempt. Well done Marc & many thanks to Morgan and all at Nuark for their support of the SuperLeague team.
Back to the action and Harris-Winn continued to carry the scoring load for Moycullen in the second. A deep three-pointer, and an acrobatic layup from him, brought the Moycullen fans to their feet, and edged the home side ahead by 6 with a couple of minutes played.
Thereafter, the game took on a very back and forth flow, with the sides going score-for-score. In the closing minutes of the second, Cian Nihill hit a jumpshot, and a Paddy Lyons steal led to a sweet layup from Moycullen youngster Paul Kelly on the other end.
At the half, those two scores were the difference between the sides- Moycullen ahead 38-34.
The big crowd in attendance had a very special treat at halftime when we honoured 4 of our Special Olympic Athletes who represented Connacht so well in the Ireland Games in June. Eadaoin, Maeve, Roisin & David were members of the Gymnastics team in the games. They came home with a massive haul of medals winning Gold, Silver & Bronze after competing on the beam, floor, symmetrical bars and vault.
We also had our U9 Girls play a game at half-time; most of the girls only started playing a few weeks ago and they put on a super display for everyone at the game. Well done girls!!
Demons looked a different side in the second half, and they opened the third quarter with 7 unanswered points. Their star man, Irish international guard Kyle Hosford, only arrived at the game at halftime due to GAA commitments in Cork. His introduction pushed UCC’s offense into a higher gear. Conversely, Moycullen were now having to work very hard for scores.
Dylan Cunningham and Joseph Tummon each chipped in a pair of baskets toward the end of the third, which cut Demons’ lead back to two. Then, in the final seconds, Joseph Tummon sank a pair of free-throws which tied the game up going into the final period.
Early in the fourth, Demons began to edge ahead once more, as Moycullen’s offense faltered. The Connemara men missed some important free-throws and committed some costly turnovers. On the opposite end, Demons bigger size allowed them to secure some offensive rebounds, which led to some crucial second-chance scoring opportunities.
Moycullen tried in vain to contain Kyle Hosford of UCC who, remarkably, led all scorers in the game with 23 points, all of which came in only one half of action. Eventually, time simply ran out on Moycullen, and UCC secured the victory, 71 – 64
Next up for Moycullen is a trip to Cork, for a clash with CandS Neptune this Saturday, before they welcome Swords Thunder to the NUI Galway on Monday Oct 29.
Moycullen: Isaiah Harris Winn (20), Dylan Cunningham (9), Joseph Tummon (8), Kyle Cunningham (7) Cian Nihill (7), Paul Kelly (7), Paddy Lyons (6), Conor Curran, Josh Marvesley, Dara Kenna