Final Score: Moycullen 108 – 97 C & S Neptune
By Steven Heaney
MOYCULLEN SECURED what could turn out to be a vital win over Superleague Rivals C & S Neptune this past Saturday.
This win means Moycullen now sit second from bottom on the league table, tied with Neptune and Killorglin
Speaking after the game, Moycullen Dylan Cunnnigham was quick to point out that while his side have hoisted themselves off the bottom of the league table, they have a handful of crucial fixtures remaining.
“We’re obviously delighted to get the win – it was extremely hard fought, and we’re happy to get off the bottom of the table,” he said.
“But this run of home games we have coming up is going to be huge for us- there really are no easy games in this league anymore, and we need to string a few results together now,” he added.
The Connemara men started the game well, with Paddy Lyons, Cunningham, Cian Nihill and Isaiah Harris-Winn each contributed to Moycullen’s impressive 27-point scoring output in the first.
Neptune battled back in the second however. The Cork men looked to exploit Moycullen’s lack of inside-size at every opportunity, pushing the ball in to their veteran American star, Lehmon Colbert.
Moycullen struggled to handle Colbert, and on the other end, shots they were hitting in the first quarter seemed not to want to fall in the second. With Colbert leading the way, all the momentum and energy was with the North Cork City outfit and at this stage they were beginning to score at will and what had once seemed like a comfortable lead for Moycullen was quickly eroded.
Moycullen’s offensive woes, and Neptune’s inside play quickly saw the visiting side turn a 10-point deficit into a two-point lead just before halftime. However, a good response from the home side saw them steady the ship and go into the halftime interval with a two point lead.
In an interesting turn of events, a fire alarm forced an evacuation of the NUI Galway Kingfisher Gym midway through the third period with the home side having the slenderest of margins.
The game itself was delayed for half an hour, and luckily for the players and spectators, the alarm proved to be a false one.
When play resumed, and the elongated third period finally ended, the sides were level again: 79 to 79. It was all to play for in the last ten minutes of this crucial SuperLeague tussle.
Neptune edged themselves into a narrow lead early in the fourth, but Moycullen quickly found the answer.
Some Neptune indiscipline forced Harris-Winn to the freethrow line, where he netted 6 shots in a row- putting his side back in the lead.
A pair of huge three-pointers from Harris-Winn and Kyle Cunningham put Moycullen up 7 with just over two minutes on the clock, and from there they never looked back.
Credit to both teams, when the game was halted for 30 minutes due to the fire alarm the game could have petered out and become a scrappy, messy finish. However, the very opposite happened; a super last 13 minutes had the huge crowd on the edge of their seats throughout and it was a thrilling end to what was a cracking game
All six of Moycullen’s remaining fixtures are home games, and they will be looking to take full advantage of this hometown support as they battle to keep their Superleague hopes alive.
Moycullen: Isaiah Harris-Winn (29), Paddy Lyons (21), Dylan Cunningham (15), Cian Nihill (13), Kyle Cunningham (10), Paul Kelly (9), Conor Curran (8) Josh Marvesely (3), Joseph Tummon, James Lyons, Dara Kenna.