Moycullen march on minus star Patrick Lyons

Moycullen, minus star player Patrick Lyons, managed to defeat Neptune 86-64 in a highly entertaining Men’s U20 semi final.

Moycullen march on minus star Patrick Lyons

Lyons opted to take up a scholarship in America after the Christmas break but it made little difference as Nollaig Cunningham’s team produced quality basketball.

Leading 37-29 at the break, the westerners gathered momentum in the third quarter with Rory Gilson punishing the Leesiders at will.

By the end of the third quarter Moycullen’s lead had extended to 16 points. Coming down the stretch Moycullen stayed in control and Neptune were always chasing the game.

Naturally the Moycullen coach Nollaig Cunnigham was delighted: “It was a mixed performance as we did the majority of our plans to perfection but when we lapsed Neptune found a way to get back at us,” Cunningham said.

The Moycullen boss praised all concerned as the majority of his team were involved in an early morning defeat in the Men’s U18 semi final.

“We lost to Fr Mathew’s and for these players to come back out and win shows the true character that’s in this squad,” Nollaig added.

Belfast Star will play Moycullen in the decider following their hard earned 73-60 win over a brave Limerick Lakers side.

In a pulsating opening half the northerners had to call on all their reserves to go in at the break leading 35-31.

The game was still in the melting pot coming down the stretch but a late rally inspired by Aidan and Conor Quinn ensured Star a place in the decider.

Experience of playing at this level was cited by Aidan Quinn as the reason his side had seen off the stiff Lakers challenge.

“This is my fourth time playing in this championship and that helps in a tight game,” Quinn said.

“The Lakers were a quality side that refused to go away and we had to call on all our resources to take our place in the final.

Moycullen will be very difficult opponents and we have it all to do in the next fortnight on the training court to prepare for this crucial game.”

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