IT WAS an evening to forget for a proud Tullogher-Rosbercon after they shipped a very heavy loss to Mooncoin in the intermediate hurling league.
True, the losers were without the foreign based contingent of Pat Hartley, Walter Walsh, Liam Barron and Moling Cottrell in Mullinavat on Sunday, but still should not have lost by so much to Mooncoin.
Mooncoin, who had talent aplenty on the sideline - the team that took to the field bore little resemblance to the side listed in the programme, either in names or numbers. They set the tone of the game early with points from Diarmuid Mackey, Gerry Kirwan, Michael Grace and Eoin Hennebry.
Richie Dollard opened the Tullogher account in the tenth minute with a free, but the aforementioned Mooncoin sharpshooters had already registered five points. That tally increased quickly with points again from Grace, Ray Wall, Mark Fitzgerald, Tom Kearns, and Mackey rattling off the scores.
At half-time the scoreboard made for grim reading for the Tullogher faithful. They trailed Mooncoin by 11 points (0-16 to 0-5).
It truth, one could not attach any blame to the likes of Richie Dollard, Michael Grennan, John Cottrell or John Murphy. They gave their last drop of energy, but others were less conspicuous.
The second half followed much the same pattern, with Mooncoin doing as they pleased. They also brought on all of their substitute allotments. That certainly didn’t help the Tullogher cause.
All of the names mentioned in the first half as scorers obliged again in the second half, some of them more than once. Eddie Mackey had an outstanding game at number six for Mooncoin.
In summation, Mooncoin looked the team with all of the talents, and could figure later on in the season. Tullogher-Rosbercon looked the team with all of the problems. Unless they get their departed souls back from foreign climes, one would fear for them.
SCORERS: Mooncoin - D. Mackey (0-6, 0-4 frees); E. Hennebry, M. Grace, R. Wall (0-5 each); K. Kirwan (0-3); T. Kearns, D. Purcell (0-2 each); E. Mackey, M. Fitzgerald, S. Crowley (0-1 each). Tullogher Rosbercon - R. Dollard (0-8, 0-6 frees); John Barron, John Cottrell (0-1 each).
Mooncoin - N. O’Hanlon, S. Walsh, C. Daly, T. O’Hanlon, A. Walsh, E. Mackey, S. Wall, M. Fitzgerald, P.J. Rowe, D. Mackey, R. Wall, K. Kirwan, M. Grace, T. Kearns, E. Hennebry. Subs: D. Kearns, S. Crowley, D. Purcell, N. Mackey.
Tullogher-Rosbercon - M. Roche, T. Cooke, J. Hartley, D. Grennan, G. Heffernan, M. Grennan, I. Power, R. Dollard, M. O’Brien, J. Barron, J. Cottrell, T. Conway, W. Ryan, E. Cullinane, J. Murphy. Sub: P. Meggs.
Referee - J. Fitzgerald (Piltown).