Coughlan C & S Neptune 85 Moycullen 107
COUGHLAN C & S Neptune suffered yet another defeat in the Men’s Super League when they were demolished at home to a rampant Moycullen side.
No excuses this was the poorest performance from Neptune this season and for player-coach Lehmon Colbert he didn’t hold back in his frustrations at the end of the game.
“If you want to become a millionaire tomorrow you don’t achieve that by sitting on your backside and its similar to my squad when you have limited numbers attending training this is the end result,” said Colbert.
Granted Neptune went into the game minus Kyle Hosford and Cian Heaphy but the overall performance from the majority of the squad was well below the standard required at this level.
The opening exchanges were scrappy, with both sides choosing silly shooting and passing options with the home team showing little bite at either end of the court.
It was noticeable the outside shooting of Dylan Cunningham wasn’t addressed and when he drained his second three-pointer in the fifth minute the visitors edged into an 11-8 lead.
The overall play was pretty on the eyes particularly in defence where players were allowed unchallenged shots and layups.
Moycullen were certainly on a roll and Patrick Curran finished with consecutive baskets that gave them a 26-21 lead.
On the restart, Moycullen went into overdrive as they scored baskets for fun with Patrick Lyons showing some lovely touches outside the arc.
The one player that stood out for Neptune was Ger Noonan who fought like a tiger at the post and it was his inspiration that got his side back in the game.
Noonan is reportedly entering the final weeks of his career but the one trait he possesses is a superb brain for the game as he showed on more than one occasion in this period that his skills will be missed at the Blackpool club.
The westerners struggled in the closing minutes to the interval and with Colbert and Roy Downey executing late baskets the deficit was reduced to the minimum at the break 49-48.
In the third quarter, Neptune were dismantled and it was down to some stunning outside shooting from the visitors as Neptune looked sloppy in defence.
Trailing 83-62 entering the final quarter Neptune looked in dire straits and although they managed to reduce the deficit to 10 points they never looked likely to win.
Worrying times indeed for a side that were being touted as potential championship contenders back in October but how times have changed at the Blackpool club.
Although it's easy to point fingers players need to look in the mirror and this defeat epitomised the deterioration is getting worse on a weekly basis.
Scorers for Coughlan C & S Neptune: N Sabata 32 L Colbert 18, G Walsh 13.
Moycullen: C Curran 28, G Olsen 24, P Lyons 16, J Tummon 16.
NEPTUNE: L Colbert, E Lenihan, G Walsh P Hoffman, J Hannigan, N Sabita Vila, S McCarthy, R Downey, A Heaphy, G Noonan.
MOYCULLEN: D Kerins, J Connaire, P Kelly, J Ryan, D Cunningham, K Cunningham, P Lyons, G Olsson, J Tummon, D Vila, D Kenna, J Lyons.
Referees: M Nazimek (Dublin) L Aherne (Limerick), M Thornhill (Limerick).