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Dublin: 4 °C Monday 20 January, 2020


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Afternoon all and welcome to today’s GAA liveblog. Kevin O’Brien here and I’m in a cold O’Moore Park for today’s Leinster final between Cuala and O’Loughlin Gaels.

Here’s how the teams will line out:


1. Sean Brennan

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

5. Sean Moran
6. Paul Schutte
7. John Sheanon

8. Jake Malone
9. Darragh O’Connell

10. Cian Waldron
11. Colm Cronin
12. David Treacy

15. Sean Treacy
14. Mark Schutte
13. Con O’Callaghan

O’Loughlin Gaels

1. Stephen Murphy

2. Anthony Forristal
3. Andy Kearns
4. Eddie Kearns

5. Alan O’Brien
6. Brian Hogan
7. Huw Lawlor

8. Paddy Butler
9. Paddy Deegan

10. Alan Geoghegan
11. Mark Kelly
12. Danny Loughnane

13. Sammy Johnston
14. Mark Bergin
15. Martin Comerford

David Treacy and Brian Hogan are some of the big names on show today.

David Treacy Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Brian Hogan lifts the trophy Source: INPHO/James Crombie

We’re almost set to go here. Who do you fancy to win it?

Cuala 0-0 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-0

1 min – We’re underway.

Cuala 0-1 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-0

2 mins – David Treacy gives Cuala the lead with a free.

Cuala are starting with Con O’Callaghan in the full-forward line on his own.

Cuala 0-1 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-1

2 mins – Mark Bergin equalises for O’Loughlins.

Cuala 0-2 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-1

4 mins – Treacy converts another free for the Dublin outfit. O’Loughlins will need to cut down on the fouling.

Cuala 0-2 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-2

5 mins – Bergin responds with a free of his own.


GOAL! Colm Cronin finishes to the net after a wonderful assist from Con O’Callaghan.

Cuala 1-2 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-2

7 mins – O’Callaghan made a stunning catch and turn to create that goal for Cronin.

Cuala 1-3 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-2

8 mins – Treacy from another placed ball after O’Loughlins made a mess of a short puck-out.

Cuala 1-3 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-2

10 mins – O’Callaghan draws a foul after a strong run down the line but Treacy’s free goes wide.

Cuala 1-4 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-2

12 mins – Sean Treacy bursts through and has a shot of goal saved by Stephen Murphy, but O’Callaghan fires over the rebound.

Cuala 1-5 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-2

13 mins – Cuala should have had a second goal. David Treacy’s shot was well saved by Murphy before Cronin saw his follow up shot hit the post. Eventually Mark Schutte slotted it over. At the far end O’Loughlins hit a wide.

Cuala 1-5 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-3

15 mins – Martin Comerford blocks down Sean Moran and takes his point. That’s more like it from O’Loughlins. The 38-year-old leading by example.

Cuala 1-5 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-4

17 mins – Bergin sends over a free.

Cuala 1-6 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-3

19 mins – David Treacy fires over a close range free after O’Callaghan was fouled again.

Cuala 1-6 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-5

20 mins – Another free from Bergin edges O’Loughlin back to within four. They’re creeping back into this.


GOAL! Sean Treacy supplied Mark Schutte, who slipped O’Callaghan in for the close-range finish. Cuala are in control now.

Cuala 2-7 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-7

22 mins – Alan Geoghegan and O’Callaghan trade scores.

Comerford was also on target for O’Louglins.

Cuala 2-8 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-7

25 mins – Treacy is on target from a placed ball again as half-time nears.

Cuala 2-8 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-8

27 mins – Bergin sends over a free.

Cuala 2-8 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-9

28 mins – Goalkeeper Murphy sends over a free from his own 45. Great score.

Half-time: Cuala 2-8 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-9

1-2 from play for Con O’Callaghan and an assist for the other goal in the first half in Portlaoise. A threat every time he touches the ball.

Scorers for Cuala: David Treacy 0-5 (all frees), Con O’Callaghan 1-2, Colm Cronin 1-0, Mark Schutte 0-1.

Scorers for O’Loughlin Gaels: Mark Bergin 0-5 (all frees), Martin Comerford 0-2, Alan Geoghegan 0-1, Stephen Murphy 0-1 (free).

We’re back underway for the second half.

Cuala 2-9 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-10

31 mins – Cian Waldron gives Cuala the perfect start to the second half with a score. Bergin responds with a free.

O’Loughlins haven’t been that impressive in attack today. They’ve scored just 0-3 from open play and continue to rely on Bergin’s frees.

Cuala 2-10 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-12

35 mins – Treacy hits a free and then Mark Kelly hits a fine score at the far end. Moments later Bergin converts a free. O’Loughlins are not dead yet.


Cuala 2-10 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-13

36 mins – Another free from Bergin. That’s more like it.

Cuala 2-11 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-13

38 mins – Goal chance for Cuala but Cronin’s shot is saved by Murphy. O’Callaghan hits a fine score minutes later.

Cuala 2-11 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-14

39 mins – Bergin sends over another free.

Cuala 2-12 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-14

40 mins – Treacy sends one over from play. Murphy then pulls off a great save to deny Cronin a goal. Bergin sends over a free.

Cuala 2-12 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-15

43 mins – A good Cuala move ends in Darragh O’Connell firing over.

Cuala 2-15 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-15

47 mins – Treacy hits a sideline and a free over in quick succession. Cuala lead by six.

Cuala 2-15 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-15

48 mins – Bergin converts the free.

Cuala 2-15 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-16

Cuala 2-16 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-16

50 mins – Treacy dispatches a free.

Cuala 2-17 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-16

55 mins – O’Connell hits a fine free for the Dublin club.

Cuala 2-18 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-16

55 mins – O’Callaghan from play. That’s 1-4 for him now.


Cuala 2-18 O’Loughlin Gaels 1-16

57 mins – Goal for Danny Loughnane. It’s game on now.

Full-time: Cuala 2-18 O’Loughlin Gaels 1-16

Cuala 3-19 O’Loughlin Gaels 1-16

62 mins – Treacy hits a free and then Mark Schutte finds the back of the net to seal the win.

Full-time: Cuala 3-19 O’Loughlin Gaels 1-16


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Kevin O'Brien