All-Ireland club champions Cuala dumped out in Dublin semi-final by Dalo’s Kilmacud
Posted On September 21, 2021
Updated Oct 7th 2018, 6:09 PM
Kilmacud Crokes 3-13
Stephen O’Meara reports from Parnell Park
THE MARQUEE GAME of this year’s Dublin senior hurling championship saw the semi-final clash of three in-a-row Dublin, and two-in-a-row All-Ireland champions, Cuala, face southside rivals and 2014 champions, Kilmacud Crokes.
A repeat of the 2016 and 17 finals, this one had some added spice, with the respective managers, Cuala’s Mattie Kenny and Crokes’ Anthony Daly, each being whispered about as potential replacements for Pat Gilroy at the helm for the Dublin senior hurlers.
In the end it would prove to be Daly’s men who triumphed with a scoreline of 3-13 to 1-17.
The game started at a frantic pace, with the sides going man for man at the start, but two Crokes goals in the first half, from Oisín O’Rorke in the opening stages and Ronan Hayes in the 18th minute, would prove key, seeing the challengers lead by 2-8 to 0-7 at the break.
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Cuala’s cause wasn’t helped when they lost the influential Darragh O’Connell to injury in the 13th minute, forcing Kenny to reshuffle his team.
The beginning of the second half would see Croke’s continue to attack, and a strong run and finish from Damien Kelly gave the Stillorgan men their third goal.
Cuala, however, wouldn’t go down without a fight as Con O’Callaghan grew into the game, finishing with four points. Crucially, however, he wasn’t able to make any inroads towards goal, under close scrutiny from Bill O’Carroll.
The holders did pull a goal back in the 50th minute through a Seán Moran penalty, but the Crokes defence, lead by Niall Corcoran, were able to hold strong to the finish out with a two point win.
Crokes will now face Ballyboden in the final as they look to regain their title for the first time since 2014.
Scorers for Cuala: D Treacy (0-11 9f) Con O’Callaghan (0-4) Sean Moran (1-0 1 pen) Diarmuid Flynn (0-1) Colm Cronin (0-1)
Scorers for Crokes: Howard (0-6 6f) O’Rorke (1-0) Hayes (1-0) Damien Kelly (1-0) Conway (0-2) McMullan (0-3) McGrath (0-1) ) O’Rorke (0-1)