Gaelic Sport: Thomas McCurtains beaten by Brothers Pearse in London Intermediate Hurling Championship final
PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 October 2017
London Intermediate Hurling Championship final: Thomas McCurtains 0-11 Brothers Pearse 3-21
Thomas McCurtains’ hurling team missed out on winning the London Intermediate Championship after losing 3-21 to 0-11 against Brothers Pearse in the final.
In a frantic start, it took three minutes for the first score to be recorded when Mark Russell tapped over his first free of the day for McCurtains.
However, the Goodmayes club were quickly pegged back by points from Stephen Frawley and Phillip Hogan from play.
Both teams were finding it hard to find space inside the forward lines as both defences were on top.
McCurtains and Pearse were relying heavily on their free takers, with the Goodmayes club trailing 0-5 to 0-4 after 20 minutes.
Pearse then showed a glimpse of the danger that was to come as they broke through the McCurtains rearguard, but the resulting shot went narrowly wide.
McCurtains were not going to lie down and a shot from close range resulted in a 65-yard free which Russell slotted home.
Pearse dominated the closing periods of the first half, though, and led 1-10 to 0-6 at the break.
McCurtains started the brighter of the two teams in the second period and scored the first two points courtesy of Russell and Joe McGuire to reduce the gap to five.
This was as close as McCurtains would come, however, as the defining moments of the game came in a feisty two-minute period around ten minutes into the second half.
Tempers were flaring on both sides before Danny Connolly got his second goal.
The subsequent puck out resulted in melee and McCurtains were reduced to 14 men when Joe Coulson was giving his marching orders.
Pearse turned the screw and did not let their opponents back into the game, snuffing out any opportunities in the backs and proving clinical in attack with Tony Clarke leading the way.
McCurtains only managed to record three more scores, two frees from Russell and a point from Eddie Breen in the dying minutes, in the rest of the half.
The gloss on the score for Pearse came in injury time when Connolly added his third of the afternoon.
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