Mullinavat 1-14, Glenmore 2-4
This was a cracking good Roinn A League game in the developing Páirc na Reatha in Glenmore on an Arctic evening last Sunday. Whilst opinions might vary apropos quality of skill, there is no arguing about the determination, and value for money given over the course of the game. One would have to say that the basic difference between the sides was the directness of the Mullinavat men who played as much of the game as they could manage in the Glenmore half of the enormous pitch – as one wag said, jazus you would need a taxi to get from one end to the other.
The winners were conspicuously strong down the spine of their team. They had a safe goalkeeper in Paddy Jones, who was fronted up by Ger Anthony at full back. In centre back, Tom Aylward, they had the best player on view, and just outside of him, brother Simon, was king of the midfield battles, in addition to being unerring from placed balls. Ger Malone was very important to the Mullinavat attack, as he led from the centre forward domain by example, while the evergreen Mossy Murphy is a target man that most clubs would die for.
Glenmore were not short on commendable performers either, but their problems were abundantly obvious from the outset. The ploy of inter-passing, and running with the ball were an unproductive waste of great energy. Ken Cottrell for instance is a very good full forward……. if he gets well-directed ball, but too often he had to contend with more than one defender due to the delays encountered further out the park in the ball delivery department. Davy Aylward couldn’t be faulted for the goals that beat him, and even at that, he drilled home a dubious penalty in the 43rd minute awarded because the Mullinavat goalkeeper fired his hurley after a ball that was going wide.
Was the decision correct was the question being asked by one and sundry on the sideline?
Paddy Foran had a great battle with Malone, while Paddy Murphy and Denis Dwyer had a battle royal at midfield with Brian Kenneally and Simon Aylward. The Glenmore forwards worked very hard all through, but the Vat defenders were not in any kind of a charitable disposition on the evening, so while they won some, they also had to play second fiddle too on occasion.
Malone, Kenneally and Simon Aylward had unanswered points by the 13th minute. Then Ken Cottrell hauled Mullinavat back with a cracking goal in the 14th minute. By the break, Mullinavat, with points from Tommy Holden (2), Mossy Murphy, Simon Aylward (2), and a goal from Ger Malone led by 1-10 to 1-2.
Glenmore had a dream restart when Davy Aylward cracked home that penalty after 13 minutes, but it was the Mullinavat lads who re-took the initiative, and a run of scores by Simon Aylward (2), Mossy Murphy, and Ger Malone put some clear water between them and their opponents, as they got over the winning line a comfortable seven points to the good.
The better team won, but Glenmore will play a lot worse and win other games.
Patrons got good value for their shekels on a bitterly cold evening in the biggest pitch in Europe.
Mullinavat: Ger Malone (1-2); Simon Aylward (0-5, frees); Mossy Murphy (0-3); Tommy Holden (0-2); Brian Kenneally, Mikey Jones (0-1 each).
Glenmore: Ken Cottrell (1-0); Paddy Murphy (0-3, two frees); Davy Aylward (1-0, pen); Alan Murphy (0-1).
Mullinavat: Paddy Jones, Mossy Jones, Ger Anthony, Derek Aylward, Robbie Malone, Tom Aylward, Liam Murphy, Brian Kenneally, Simon Aylward, Eoin Maher, Ger Malone, Tommy Holden, Mikey Jones, Mossy Murphy, Pat Mulhearn.
Glenmore: Davy Aylward, Adrian Doherty, Paddy Moran, Colm Doherty, Brian O’Donoghue, Patrick Foran, Paddy Hennessy, Denis O’Dwyer, Paddy Murphy, Paddy Connick, James Cody, Ben Doherty, Sean Duggan,
Ken Cottrell, James Aylward.
Subs (used): Alan Murphy, George Walsh, Fintan Walsh.
Ref: Martin Quilty (Slieverue)