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Dublin: 7°C Tuesday 9 March 2021


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Cuala (Dublin) 3-21 Slaughtneil (Derry) 2-11


Welcome along to our coverage of today’s game in Athletic Grounds.

Here’s the starting Cuala side, Paul Schutte a big loss for the Dublin champions.


1. Sean Brennan

2. Oisin Gough
3. Cian O’Callaghan
4. Simon Timlin

5. Sean Moran
19. Colum Sheanon
7. John Sheanon

8. Jake Malone
9. Darragh O’Connell

10. Sean Treacy
11. Colm Cronin
12. David Treacy

13. Cian Waldron
14. Con O’Callaghan
15. Mark Schutte


O O’Doherty

Robert McCartney
Sean Cassidy
Paul McNeill

Meehaul McGrath
Karl McKaigue
Shane McGuigan

Eoin Cassidy
Conor McAllister

Chrissy McKaigue
Cormac O’Doherty
C McKenna

Brendan Rodgers
Sé McGuigan
M McGuigan

Cork’s Colm Lyons the referee today.

So who will advance to contest the decider against Clare’s Ballyea?

Game on at the Athletic Grounds.

Slaughtneil 0-1 Cuala 0-0
3 mins – Slaughtneil’s main man Chrissy McKaigue pops up early to inspire them with the opening point of the game.

Slaughtneil 0-1 Cuala 0-1
4 mins – But Cuala bounce back straight away. It’s their prolific freetaker David Treacy who is on target from his first placed ball of the afternoon.

Slaughtneil 0-2  Cuala 0-2
5 mins – Lovely delivery into the Slaughtneil forward line where Brendan Rodgers collects and snaps over a point. At the other end Mark Schutte races clear to fire over a levelling score. Lively opening to this one.

Cuala 0-3 Slaughtneil 0-2
6 mins – That is an outstanding strike from David Treacy. He knocks over a huge free from the right sideline.

Cuala 0-4 Slaughtneil 0-2
8 mins – Shane McGuigan fouls Mark Schutte and Treacy does the rest from the free. Two in it now.

Cuala 0-5 Slaughtneil 0-2
10 mins – Neat finish from a tight angle by Colm Cronin for his first point of the day. Cuala well on top, they’re winning all the puckouts.

Cuala 1-6 Slaughtneil 0-2
12 mins -He’s been a bit quiet so far but Con O’Callaghan explodes into life there. The star man of Cuala’s Leinster campaign, he gathers a low ball, turns Karl McKaigue and unleashes a sensational shot to the top corner of the net. Treacy follows it up with a pointed free and Cuala are flying.

Cuala 1-7 Slaughtneil 0-2
17 mins – O’Callaghan so close to a second goal but the shot is diverted wide. The play is brought back for an earlier foul on the Cuala forward and Treacy taps over the free.

Yellow card for Meehaul McGrath. Slaughtneil are in a bit of bother all over the pitch.

Cuala 1-7 Slaughtneil 0-3
18 mins – And just then Chrissy McKaigue pops up when Slaughtneil need him most by hitting over his second point from play.

Cuala 1-8 Slaughtneil 0-3
19 mins – David Treacy in acres of space around midfield and he’s the time to calmly launch over a point from play.

Cuala 1-10 Slaughtneil 0-3
22 mins – The Dublin champions are storming clear now. Jake Malone and Colm Sheanon chip in with points from play.

Cuala 1-10 Slaughtneil 0-4
24 mins – Cormac O’Doherty taps over a free for Slaughtneil. You get the sense they need to get to half-time now without falling further adrift.

Cuala 1-10 Slaughtneil 0-5
25 mins – And there’s another Slaughtneil point, Brendan Rodgers blasting over a fierce drive.

Cuala 1-13 Slaughtneil 0-5
28 mins – But Cuala respond in a strong fashion. Treacy from a free and O’Callaghan with a brace from play.

Second half is under way.

Cuala 2-13 Slaughtneil 0-5
32 mins – Sean Treacy knifes through the Slaughtneil defence and steps aside the cover before firing a low shot to the net.

Cuala 2-13 Slaughtneil 1-5
34 mins – And Slaughtneil respond with Gerard Bradley netting. He felled – a penalty could have been awarded – and it then looked like he’d picked the ball off the ground, before striking the ball one-handed in to hand Slaughtneil a lifeline.

Cuala 2-15 Slaughtneil 1-6
37 mins – A spree of points scored there. Colm Cronin and Sean Moran for Cuala, Cormac O’Doherty replies for Slaughtneil.

Cuala 2-17 Slaughtneil 1-6
40 mins – Colm Cronin and David Treacy hit points to further increase Cuala’s advantage.

Cuala 2-18 Slaughtneil 1-6
42 mins – Sean Treacy with the latest Cuala point, they nearly grabbed a third goal before that but O’Callaghan’s shot was brilliantly saved.

Sub: Nicky Kenny in for Cuala for the injured Cian Waldron.

Cuala 2-19 Slaughtneil 1-8
49 mins – Con O’Callaghan cuts apart the Slaughtneil defence and adds another point.

Cuala 2-20 Slaughtneil 2-10
55 mins – Long ball into the Cuala defence is not dealt with by goalkeeper Sean Brennan and Sé McGuigan runs in to bat the ball to the net for Slaughtneil’s second goal. Cuala’s response is instant as they add another point through sub Nicky Kenny.

Cuala 3-20 Slaughtneil 2-11
59 mins – And that’s that. Cuala hit the net for the third time, substitute Niall Carty scoring after great work by Mark Schutte.

Cuala become the first Dublin club to reach the All-Ireland senior hurling final. They’ll face Clare’s Ballyea on St Patrick’s Day. It’s not all over for Slaughtneil of course. They’ll be in Croke Park on 17 March as well, when they’ll take on Kerry’s Dr Crokes in the football decider.

About the author:

Fintan O'Toole