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Gaelic Sport: Thomas McCurtains retain McCullough Cup with victory over Fr Murphy’s

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 November 2016

Thomas McCurtains celebrate after winning the McCullough Cup (pic: Claire Costello/Thomas McCurtains GAA)

Thomas McCurtains celebrate after winning the McCullough Cup (pic: Claire Costello/Thomas McCurtains GAA)

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Thomas McCurtains hurling coach Brian Ryan praised his squad after they successfully defended their McCullough Cup title with a 3-16 to 5-3 win over Fr. Murphy’s in the final.

The Goodmayes club began strongly, registering 1-7 without reply in the opening 10 minutes.

Murphy’s hit back with two scrappy goals before the break, but could not reduce the deficit by more than six, leaving the half-time score 1-10 to 2-1 in McCurtains’ favour.

The second half continued in much the same fashion as the first with McCurtains in control all over the pitch and they went on another good scoring run, nabbing 1-4 without reply.

Again Murphy’s hit back with a few goals, but it was a case of too little too late as McCurtains won the cup for a second year in succession.

And Ryan was delighted that the Goodmayes club were able to taste success in the competition once again to finish their season on a high.

“It was a fantastic win to retain the McCullough Cup to add to our Ronan Cup victory already this year, and to also end the year on a high,” he said.

“We hit the ground running and got off to a great start going into an early lead. Even with the advantage at half time, we still didn’t ease up and pushed further in front in the second half.

“Fr. Murphy’s got a couple of late consolation goals, but they were no match for us on the day.

“It was great win for a small club on our own out here in east London, but small club or not, we have huge heart, determination and support from great people and a great bunch of hurlers in the lads from every part of Ireland.

“I’d also like to thank Liam Griffin for his help with the team this season as well as the rest of the management team who have been terrific.”

The men’s footballers will hope to replicate the success of the hurlers when they face Tara in the final of the Mullarkey Cup, though a date is still yet to be set for that crucial game between the London rivals.

After a hugely successful debut season, McCurtains camogie squad are hosting their first ever fundraiser at the Black Lion pub in Plaistow on November 18.

The night promises to be a fun one, with traditional music on offer with performances from the likes of Joe Searson, Sarah Conway and the Brush Dancers.

Tickets are £10 on the door on the night with a raffle to also be held, and the event is open to all, with the club keen to get as much support as

possible for the camogie team.

The camogie team won both the British League and British Junior Championship in their debut season.

New players are always welcome to join the club, with Gaelic football and hurling teams from under-eights to adults.

Based in east London, the club covers a wide area and transport to and from training can be arranged.

For more information, email thomasmccurtains@hotmail.com, or search for ‘Thomas McCurtains’ on Facebook and Twitter.


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