Moycullen Superleague Match Report
Date: 8th December 2018
Venue: Oblate Hall, Inchicore
Templeogue 108 (54)
Moycullen 79 (41)
Another tough encounter away from home proved too much for this young Moycullen Superleague team, who fell 108 – 79 to a physically dominant Templeogue in Dublin Saturday night.
Once again, size and speed proved the undoing of a gutsy but ultimately futile Moycullen challenge as the experienced Templeogue outfit, led by six foot ten Irish international Jason Killeen, ground out a convincing victory.
Moycullen started the brighter and with some excellent scores by Isaiah Harris-Winn and Joseph Tummon it was the visitors who took an early lead.
Moycullen were using their lack of size as an advantage early on, pulling the Templeogue defence wide and connecting on both drives to the basket and long range three point efforts.
Templeogue quickly found their rhythm however and began to proffer from a steady diet of post up play close to the ring and physical moves to the basket.
In a continuing trend from recent games, Moycullen’s opposition benefited from a greater amount of attacks that finished with close range efforts while the Westerners were often forced to rely on shots from afar.
The percentages slowly told and despite a good overall performance, Moycullen were trailing at the half time break 54 to 41.
Never wanting for effort, Moycullen rallied well in the third period, led by team captain Patrick Lyons and Dylan Cunningham.
It never truly looked like being enough though and while the men from Galway reduced and kept the margin to single digits for most of the third period, one suspected Templeogue always had a game deciding run within their capability.
So it proved when the home side put together a devastating series of defensive stops and clinical offensive plays to quickly stretch their lead to 20 and with it, clinch the game as a contest.
In the end, the margin was 29. In truth, this scoreline flattered the home team after what had been a much harder fought game than that measurement suggests.
It does not get any easier for the men from the west over the next two weekends as they remain on the road, playing Tralee Warriors on Saturday night in the Kingdom before testing league champions UCD Marian in the capital on the 22nd.
Moycullen Scorers: Isaiah Harris Winn 29, Patrick Lyons 18, Joseph Tummon 13, Cian Nihill 8, Paul Kelly 6, Dylan Cunningham 3, Kyle Cunningham 2, James Lyons, Dara Kenna