Classy Cuala take crown after run of 26-point tal­lies

Irish Examiner - Sport - - GAA - Paul Keane

AIB Le­in­ster Club SHC fi­nal (DUBLIN) ..............

CUALA 1-23 KILCORMAC-KILLOUGHEY ........................ 1-9

(OFFALY) Cuala have breezed through Le­in­ster with 32 points to spare. Within Dublin, they had nar­row wins over St Brigid’s, St Vin­cent’s and Kil­macud Crokes and lost to Bally­bo­den. Con O’callaghan has won vir­tu­ally ev­ery competition he’s en­tered at club, county U21 and county se­nior level this sea­son. He’s also claimed a foot­ball All­star and the Young Foot­baller of the Year award. It must have been tough view­ing for Cil­lian Kiely. The and county man failed to over­turn a red card in time to play and they badly missed his en­ergy. Cuala cap­tain Paul Schutte in­jured his ham­string and was taken off.

His brother, Mark, was al­ready in the stand wear­ing a pro­tec­tive boot on his left an­kle. Ger Healion went man to man with Con O’callaghan ini­tially and con­ceded a goal. Healion was re­placed by Enda Gro­gan, who con­ceded two fur­ther points, with Healion then play­ing as a sweeper.

Noth­ing much worked out and Healion even­tu­ally ended up at full-for­ward.

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