Moycullen U18 Men showed unbelievable heart in the National Cup Semi FInal vs Tolka Rovers to overturn an 18 point deficit in the second quarter, tieing the game at the end of regulation, 71-71, before edging the overtime period for a magnificent 78-76 victory and a place in the final vs Neptune BC.
Moycullen face Tolka Rovers in the U18 National Cup semi final next Saturday. The teams have crossed paths many times over the years and indeed have already faced each other three times this season, twice in friendlies and once in the Cork County Board tournament. Tolka edged the Cork County Board clash in overtime and the teams split the other two friendlies.
Sunday’s National U18 Cup Quarter Final was another thrilling encounter between two clubs with very similar profile’s who have met on many occasions over the years. From U13 Community Games All Ireland’s in Mosney to a National Senior Cup Final in Tallaght to many other closely-fought contests across all ages, the common theme is always honesty of effort and pride in their parish. Both share the tradition of an annual Christmas “Blitz” which bonds them to their communities and feeds the love of the game in two “unusual” centres of basketball excellence.
On Sunday, they went toe-to-toe once again and with just over 2 mins on the clock in a ding-dong affair, Castleisland led by 4. However, over the closing period, Moycullen showed the greater control and experience, scoring the last 11 points and earning a place in the National semi-final against Tolka Rovers in early January.
Moycullen U18 Men face St Mary’s Castleisland in the U18 National Cup quarter final on Sunday (Dec 6th) at 3.00pm in the Jes, Galway. Having won their qualifying pool, Moycullen have secured a home draw but know that St Mary’s will provide stern opposition as their only loss in qualifying was to the firm Cup favourites, Neptune.
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