Curraha welcomed Walterstown to Joe McDermott Park for their 6th game of the league, and managed to kickstart their campaign as they registered their first win of the season. The home team were quickest out of the blocks with two early Conor Moriarty frees being followed by a Niall Murphy point following a run from deep and a sharp exchange of passes left him with the space to fire over. The visitors responded with their opening two scores of the game to reduce the deficit to the minimum, before Andrew Coyle opened his account in the 11th minute, quickly followed by another Moriarty point.
Walterstown notched their 3rd score of the game in the 19th minute, with Andrew Coyle immediately responding. Curraha were the dominant side for most of the 1st half, however some wasteful shooting left the door open for the visitors to work their way back into the game. Walterstown had a good spell in the run up to half time, registering 4 scores in the last 7 minutes, with Sean Keogh providing the only response for the hosts. This left the scores level at 7 points apiece at half-time. Curraha registered a high number of wides in this period and will have been disappointed to not be ahead at the break.
Sean Keogh got the opening score of the second half with a fine effort from a long range free, with Luke Farrell following up with a mark soon after. Some wasteful shooting threatened to undermine Curraha's good work as the visitors fired over the next 3 points to give them the lead for the first time in the match, midway through the 2nd half. Curraha equalised in the 19th minute, after an excellent team move down the right saw the ball worked to Neil Shortall who scored a great point at a very important stage of the game. Conor Moriarty put Curraha back in front 3 minutes later, firing over following a fine catch and turn.
The visitors refused to back down and were level again almost immediately. Curraha showed great character over the next few minutes to gain control and push ahead. Neil Shortall and Niall McLarnon both won some great ball around the middle of the pitch and drove the team forward. A Conor Moriarty free put them back in front with 6 to play. Conor Joyce knocked over the next score following another fine team move. Great work from Ian Battersby in front of his own goal soon after began a great move involving Niall McLarnon and Andrew Coyle that teed up another long range Shortall effort which gave them a 3-point cushion going into the final minutes. They had goalkeeper Liam Hogan to thank for preserving this lead as he produced an outstanding save as the visitors broke through the defence for a rare sight of goal.
Walterstown did manage to reduce the deficit to a single point with 2 scores as the game moved into added time, but the Curraha defence stood strong and the visitors couldn't work an opportunity for an equaliser. The last score went to the hosts, as
Curraha broke down the left, and from a tight angle, Conor Moriarty fired over his 6th point of the game.
This was a well-deserved result for Curraha as they secured an overdue win. Results so far this season haven't necessarily been reflective of the performances as they have been unlucky not to pick up at least a couple of wins prior to this. This was an excellent team performance, with some excellent scores and will hopefully provide a platform for a strong finish to the league campaign.
Full Time: Curraha 0-15 Walterstown 0-13
Curraha: Liam Hogan, Mark Phelan, Oisin Fay, Ian Battersby, Conor Joyce (0-1), Niall Murphy (0-1), Seamus Hogan, Neil Shortall (0-2), Niall McLarnon, Sean Keogh (0-2), Conor Moriarty (0-6), Luke Farrell (0-1), Andrew Coyle (0-2), Ciaran O'Hanrahan, Gavin Coyle
Subs: Evan McGovern for Gavin Coyle. Diarmuid Moriarty for Ciaran O'Hanrahan, Sean Ronan for Conor Joyce (Temporary Blood sub