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.
Rower Inistioge 2-18, Mooncoin 5-6
You score five goals in a Junior League game, and you would be well entitled to think that you would be baggin’ the points. However you score eighteen points in the same game, stitch a couple of goals to it, and you would be sure that you would get over the line in front. And that is how it panned out in Mooncoin on Saturday evening when the locals grabbed goals for sport, and didn’t get into the winners enclosure, while the visitors kept on slipping the ball over the Mooncoin bar, stuck on a brace of goals when the opportunity arose, and ‘twas they who took the League points, for the simple reason that they were better at doing the ordinary things well.
Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-11, Erin’s Own (Bagenalstown) 1-7
Shamrocks survive late rally and Bag’ points
Although a late rally on home turf by Erin’s Own of Bagenalstown cut the margin to the minimum, Ballyhale Shamrocks deserved to win this Special Junior League tie. Largely, they played the more constructive hurling but nearly got caught through not etching periods of dominance on the scoreboard.
Again, conditions were bright and breezy (and initially to the hosts’ advantage). The visitors survived an uncertain start, not scoring until the tenth minute via an Enda Fitzpatrick free. Stephen Donnelly quickly augmented.
Kilmacow 3-15, Carrickshock 3-11.
What started as a rather boring, pedantic encounter, ended in a welter of moderate excitement, as the home side, Kilmacow struggled somewhat to hold on to a long-held lead for a meritorious win. It might not have been so if the visitors, in the first half,
Slieverue 3-12, Windgap 2-12.
A single puck of a ball was the difference between these two sides who battled very hard to bag the two League points on offer in Windgap on Saturday afternoon, and on mature reflection, it could be justified that the visitors to Windgap just about deserved to shade a game that ebbed between captivating and very ordinary.