A MORE focussed and passionate Mullinavat brought a formidable game plan with them to Callan on Saturday in the South junior hurling ‘B’ league, and it paid a rich dividend in that they returned home with a maximum take from their opening two games in .
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.
However, the Callan lads were not for taking a back seat for long periods and a great goal by 16-year-old Sean Tierney in the 11the minute, augmenting a Dan McCormack point, left them in a single point arrears by the 15th minute. A five-point salvo by the visitors (Holden, John Reid, Jim McDonald and Mulhearn 2) gave them great confidence as the game tore on towards the break.
Brian McCann grabbed a point for the ’Lockes leaving the half-time score: Mullinavat 1-7, John Lockes 1-2.
Mullinavat continued where they had stalled before the break when John Reid again was on hand to increase the lead to six points within 60 seconds of the restart.
Two smashing goals in as many minutes by J.J. Corrigan and Brian McCann shot the Callan lads upsides with the ’Vat men, and we now had a game. They even had the temerity to pass by the visitors with a smart point by Mark Shelly in the 37th minute. Mulhearn had matters on an even keel by the 47th minute with a sweet point.
The battle between the two big men on the edge of the Callan square was enthralling. Chris Walsh, never one to take a backward step when a forward one was needed, had a thrilling battle against the big Mullinavat full-forward, Jim McDonald. Walsh a very consistent performer in the number three shirt probably shaded the test, but it was great value.
John Lockes suffered a bad setback when they lost their star centre-forward, Dan McCormack through injury with 10 minutes remaining. It was a loss for which no compensation was readily available.
After McCormack’s departure they took their game to Mullinavat, but the final flourishes from a Mullinavat outfit that sensed victory were more potent, and determined than those of the vanquished, who never threw in the towel.
Mullinavat had fine performers in Mossy Jones, J.T. Murphy, John Reid, Tommy Holden and Patrick Mulhearn. John Lockes were very well served by Chris Walsh, Mark Shelly, Eoin Fahy in goal, Liam Kennedy, Dan Mc.Cormack, and the youthful Sean Tierney.
Scorers: Mullinavat - Pat Mulhearn (0-6, one free); Jim Holden (1-0); Steven Ryan, John Reid (0-2 each);JT.Murphy (0-1, free); Brian Power, Tommy Holden, Jim Mc.Donald (0-1 each). John Lockes - Brian McCann (1-2); J.J. Corrigan (1-1); Sean Tierney (1-0); Mark Shelly, Dan Mc.Cormack (0-1 each).
Mullinavat - Conor Frisby, Robbie Malone, Derek Aylward, Mossy Jones, JT.Murphy, John Mc.Cabe, John Reid, Eoin Maher, Brian Power, Tommy Holden, Pat Mulhearn, Jim Holden, Jim Mc.Donald, Steven Ryan. Sub - Michael Jones.
John Lockes - Eoin Fahy, Mark Shelly, Chris Walsh, Damien Roche, Liam Kennedy, David Phelan, Dan Doheny, Mark Nolan, Niall Hennessy, James Macken, Dan McCormack, J.J. Corrigan, Sean Treacy, Brian McCann.
Refereer - Richard Dowling (Kilmacow).