Mullinavat 2-14, Ballinkillen 0-14
This corresponding Junior League Roinn A fixture was practically a facsimile of last year where the home side raced into a lead that prompted opinions of game over by the half way stage. Twelve months ago Mullinavat tore the Carlow defence to shreds to such extremes, that they were practically gone out of sight long before the break. On Saturday evening last, Mullinavat again raced through the visitors defence with little problem, and by the 13th minute they had bagged 2-6 without the semblance of a reply from the Carlow men. Ger Malone, Simon Aylward, David Murphy, Brian Kenneally,
Carrickshock 0-22, Tullogher Rosbercon 1-9
It wasn’t the greatest game you could see, but there has to be something to admire in the work-rate and skill of a team that clatters twenty-two points between an opponent’s posts----- and there was plenty.
Instance the free-taking of John Power. Instance the very positive running, and scoring abilities of Johnny Butler. Instance the dexterity of Gerry Mulcahy who seems to be in all kinds of trouble in possession of the ball, but who can extricate himself with some deft movement to slice balls over the bar with great unorthodoxy.
Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-14, Thomastown 0-12
Ballyhale Shamrocks made the Special Junior A League semi-finals via merited success against Thomastown.
The standard in a highly competitive tie, played last Friday evening at beautifully appointed Grennan, was commendable. If the visitors’ late flurry ― a free augmented in added time by Michael Carroll and Liam Grant ― did the hosts some disservice on the margin, the more consistent side won. This contest was defined by its two goals. Ballyhale had much the better of early exchanges but a series of wides allowed an economical Thomastown parity at 0-4 apiece on 25 minutes when Pádraig Caulfield pointed.
Erins Own 2-14, Mooncoin 2-12.
This Junior League clash in Canon Kearns Park on Friday evening was interesting, competitive, and entertaining. There were some classic performances given, not least of which was a tremendous display of effortless
Mullinavat 1-15, John Lockes 3-5.
A more focussed and passionate Mullinavat brought a formidable game plan with them to Callan on Saturday evening last, and it paid a rich dividend, in that they returned home with a maximum take from their opening two games.
Mullinavat were quickly into their stride and had adorned the scoreboard with 1-2 before the Lockes could grab their breath. Their goal came from the stick of Jim Holden while Pat Mulhearn and Steven Ryan garnished Holden’s effort with well-taken points.