The CBS recently took on St Cuans in hurling in Ballinasloe recently. The CBS started the brighter of the two sides as Mark Watson (11) took the first point from a free after the opening possessions were dominated by CBS. It was ‘tit for tat’ in the first few minutes as both sides took some impressive scores leaving the score line at 3 points each, with Mark Watson as the one to watch so far. St. Cuans, dominated for much of the first half, keeping CBS to just 3 points and tagging on 2:12 of their own with their full forward (14) and center forward (11) were very impressive and dominated the score sheet. The Galway side put a lot of pressure on the CBS backline but even the score line did not reflect CBS defended bravely but needed half-time to come desperately. CBS did however create another few chances but struggled to take score after a few bad wides. Darren Gately looked very lively in full forward (11) and after a ball was sent in low to him by wing forward D.J. Hession (12) and he was fouled in the square and won a penalty. It would’ve been a great boost for the Roscommon side but the Cuan’s keeper stepped up to make an outstanding save after Mark Watson had struck the penalty. CBS went in at halftime trailing 2:12 to 0:3 after a tough half of hurling.
The second half began and it was a very aggressive half from the minute it started, both sides came hitting hard and Cuan’s looking to finish CBS off early struck a quick 1:2 and it looked like a long way back for CBS. It was once again the Cuans full forward showing his class and Tomas Tiernan has his hands full but was doing very well. The bright spark for CBS came 10 minutes into the half when D.J Hession banged in a goal after he collected a ball from a miss hit free from Aidan Hoare and it gave CBS a bit of hope. Cuan’s continued to show their class and they proved too strong for CBS. They tagged over multiple scores and a few very flashy goals, however CBS finished the better of the two sides as Mark Watson continued to show his free taking ability and some very good scores from play as well. Darren Gately also buried two very well taken goals, but it was too little too late at that stage and Cuans ran out worthy winners by a score line of 6-17 to 4-10. (article by Diarmuid Hession)